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Wedding Dresses for Short Brides

Finding the perfect gown for your body type is a daunting task. You’ve spent hours pouring over bridal magazines, but it’s hard to picture the style on your own figure when the model is 6’2”! Before you try on every style you’ve selected, edit your list down to the best wedding dresses for short brides. To help you narrow down the options, we’ve come up with some shopping tips to aid you in finding a gown that makes you look and feel amazing.

The best wedding dresses for short brides.

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If you have a petite frame (small in stature and narrow at the waist), you need to find a gown that elongates your figure. Silhouettes to shop for are sheath, trumpet, and the always flattering A-line. Avoid princess-style gowns with excess material—you’ll drown in them! They’ll make you appear shorter than you really are, hiding your beauty in bunches of material. Stay away from over-detailed dresses with lots of beading or big bows, too. They may be beautiful, but they’ll hide your show-stopping looks in the end.

If your dream look requires a veil, keep it simple. A birdcage would be ideal, or anything short. Chapel-length will be too much fabric for your small frame.

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What were those amazing silhouettes again?


Show off that slim figure with a slinky, body-hugging gown. Slim celebrities go with this look for a reason! Give your cleavage a boost with a halter neckline.


If you crave a bit of drama, a trumpet is your ideal fit-and-flare. The long waistline will elongate yours, and the flare at the bottom will balance your petite frame. A strapless neckline with simple accessories would complement this style.

Allure Romance 2455 small Allure Romance 2455 Back small


I’ve said it again and again: An A-line silhouette is gorgeous on every body type. If you’re petite, shop for an empire waist. If you’ve got some gorgeous curves, highlight your natural waist for a flattering result.


A look that hits at or above the knee could be both flirty and fashion-forward! If you’re having a casual affair or want a fun reception outfit, shop lines like Encore by Watters for plenty of on-trend options.

Maggie Sottero Emilena small Maggie Sottero Emilena Back small

What to avoid:

Lots of fabric

Show off that fab figure—don’t hide it.

Excess details

Beading and bows will take away from your beauty, not accentuate it.

Long veils

What did I say about lots of fabric?

Dropped waists

A low waistline will make your legs appear even shorter. I’m pretty sure this isn’t something a petite bride desires.


This retro length may be adorable, but it won’t do anything for you! A cocktail dress that hits at the knee or higher is a better alternative.

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Revisit our guide to wedding dresses for short brides as you review your own list. Your perfect dress is closer than you think, and we’re here to help you find it. Need more help? Email or call 1-877-294-4991.

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