Swooning over short wedding dresses

Maybe because Mad Men is in full swing again I have the 1950s and 1960s on the brain, but lately, I've been obsessed with tea-length wedding gowns.  I just love the sweet simplicity of the style.  Sure, the shorter length is not for every wedding or for every bride: a tea-length (i.e., about half way between the knee and ankle) dress is better suited for a less formal affair and conjures up visions of whimsy and playfulness.  If a cathedral length veil has always been your dream, then you may want to rethink a shorter dress: birdcage or shoulder length veils, flowers in the hair or no veil at all are the way to go with this style dress.  You'd probably have to have your attendants in a similar length dress or something shorter.  And the groom and his entourage would need to tone down their formality level too - perhaps with a quirky color choice, a suit instead of a tux or even sneakers instead of dress shoes.

Here is quick round-up of some seriously swoon-worthy dresses that are short on length but not short on style.  I even found one of my beloved Audrey Hepburn, which I threw in for good measure (from the movie Funny Face).

Unlike a longer wedding gown, people will notice your shoes, so definitely make them count!  I'll have a post on fun wedding shoes coming up next week.

What do you think: if you were wearing a shorter wedding dress would you do a veil or no veil? Do tell! {I'd probably wear one of those birdcage veils -- just because I find them completely adorable}

See you swoon,


  1. Thanks for this. often it can be hard to pick the best bridal shoes. Many times women will go for good looking shoes. But also they need to keep in mind about their comfort. Wearing an uncomfortable pair can ruin a woman's best day, isn't it?

  2. I agree! And I think ballerina flats work so beautifully with short dresses. Thanks for the comment!

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  5. Shanna the very first dress has absolutely stolen my heart. My husband and I are renewing our wedding vows and I just have to have it!! Do you know who the designer is or do you by some miracle know how I can get to a website for it? Could you please email me at mal.sandyfeet@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!!

    MarcieAnn Lunsford

  6. I'd love to know where you found the 1st dress too, ordered it from 1 company, but looked nothing like the pic :( this is my dress just need to find it!

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