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The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

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In this third installment of our immensely popular series of features on unique and beautiful wedding dress choices, Emily from Paper Tiger Press proves that short doesn't necessarily have to mean casual with today's stylish options ranging from tea length to high-low hemlines and sheer skirts. 

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Dress via Vanessa Jackman.

Though floor-length gowns are de rigueur for formal evening affairs, brides who are getting married during the day, at informal venues or in outdoor ceremonies should take full advantage of the opportunity to rock an uncommon hemline. It goes without saying that shorter hemlines also make for easier maneuvering like getting in and out of cars, and, um....using the bathroom without assistance!

Tea length gowns that hit mid-calf are a really elegant way to wear a shorter hemline without looking too casual. Because of their popularity in the 1950's and 60's and their lasting association with that era, tea-length gowns tend to have a retro vibe to them, though they can veer Ballerina-chic when made with tulle. The cinched waist and full-skirted look of typical tea-length gowns can look great on a wide range of figures, but girls with thicker ankles or muscular calves may want to go even shorter as a knee-length cut is more universally flattering.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Aire Barcelona dress via Chic Vintage Brides.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Sassi Holford dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Justin Alexander dress.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Love Found True dress.

Speaking of shorter cuts, nothing says fun and youthful like a short wedding dress. They often get written off as being too informal, but thanks to brands like Marchesa and BHLDN, cocktail-length wedding dresses can be both a chic and more practical alternative to a floor length gown for lunchtime receptions and outdoor weddings. As an added bonus, shorter styles tend to be less expensive than their lengthier counterparts. Let me rephrase that: with the money you’ll save, you could definitely justify a pair of fabulous wedding shoes...that’ll actually be seen.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Marchesa dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Dress via Dustjacket.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Zuhair Murad dress via Wedding Inspirasi

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Love Found True dress.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Monique Lhuillier dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Fabienne Alagama dress via French Wedding Style.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Watters dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Krikor Jabotian dress via Wedding Inspirasi

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Bien Savvy dress via Belle the Magazine.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Paolo Sebastian dress.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Bien Savvy dress.

If you love the idea of unimpeded mobility but still want something formal, a gown with a high-low or "waterfall" hemline could be the answer. Though these gowns are a relatively new trend, they're definitely gaining popularity for being the best of both worlds.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Reem Acra dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Marchesa dress via The Wedding Scoop.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Givenchy-inspired wedding dress via The Wedding Scoop

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Lover dress via Hello May.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Lazaro dress via Wedding Inspirasi.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Designed by the bride and handmade in Cambodia dress via The Wedding Scoop.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Marchesa dress.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

St Pucchi dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Alena Goretskaya dress via Wedding Inspirasi.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Dress via Pinterest.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Pronovias dress via Brides.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Dior dress.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Monique Lhuillier dress via Wedding Inspirasi

Another cool variation on the high-low is the "leg veil" or sheer overlay skirt. Featuring a long, sheer skirt over a shorter inner lining, these dresses have been huge on the red carpet as well as wedding runways lately. Depending on the style, their looks range from romantic to super-trendy - there's definitely a version for everyone!

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Time Taken To Make A Dress (Singapore-based) dress via The Wedding Scoop

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Maison Yeya dress.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Elie Saab dress via Brides.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Love, Yu (Singapore-based) dress.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Zuhair Murad dress via Wedding Inspirasi.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Galia Lahav dress.

 

{Read the first two installations of Emily's four-part feature on unique and beautiful wedding gowns here and here.}

 

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About Emily

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

Emily Loke founded Paper Tiger Press in 2009 after noticing a lack of fine personal and event stationery in the Singapore market. Since then, it has been her mission to revitalize the wedding invitation industry by employing traditional artisan craft techniques to create her signature stately, multi-card invitation suites. Emily’s chic designs have appeared in top-tier publications such as Style Weddings, The Peak, Prestige Weddings, Singapore Tatler, Her World Brides, and the Business Times.


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