The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses

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. 

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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.

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Aire Barcelona dress via Chic Vintage Brides.

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Sassi Holford dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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Justin Alexander dress.

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Dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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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.

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Marchesa dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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Dress via Dustjacket.

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Zuhair Murad dress via Wedding Inspirasi

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Love Found True dress.

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Monique Lhuillier dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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Fabienne Alagama dress via French Wedding Style.

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Watters dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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Krikor Jabotian dress via Wedding Inspirasi

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Bien Savvy dress via Belle the Magazine.

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Paolo Sebastian dress.

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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.

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Reem Acra dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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Marchesa dress via The Wedding Scoop.

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Givenchy-inspired wedding dress via The Wedding Scoop

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Lover dress via Hello May.

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Lazaro dress via Wedding Inspirasi.

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

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Marchesa dress.

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St Pucchi dress via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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Alena Goretskaya dress via Wedding Inspirasi.

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Dress via Pinterest.

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Pronovias dress via Brides.

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Dior dress.

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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!

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

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Maison Yeya dress.

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Elie Saab dress via Brides.

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Love, Yu (Singapore-based) dress.

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Zuhair Murad dress via Wedding Inspirasi.

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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

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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.