Though Kourtney Kardashian put the mini wedding dress on everyone’s style radar with her teeny Dolce & Gabanna lingerie-inspired gown last month, it’s a style brides (and bridal wear designers) have been embracing for the past several years.
We hailed the mini as one of the top 2023 wedding dress trends when we saw several designers showing the style at New York Bridal Fashion Week this past April. The mini is trending for several reasons. The intimate wedding continues to be a popular choice for couples, and for many brides that means not wearing a formal, full-length wedding dress but rather a design that’s fun, fabulous and unconventional. The mini wedding dress has also become the top choice for brides looking for a second or third outfit to change into throughout the event. Britney Spears did exactly that at her wedding, wearing a micro tuxedo dress and a red fringed mini, both designed by Versace.
A few other famous brides who rocked a mini wedding dress? Throwing it way back, Yoko Ono wore a mini when she married John Lennon in Gibraltar in 1969. Consider Ono a bridal style trendsetter, as she was the first famous bride to wear tennis shoes on her wedding day—she accessorized her crepe mini dress with knee socks, plimsolls, oversize sunglasses and a floppy sun hat,
In 2018, Chiara Ferragni married Italian rap star Federico Leonardo, a.k.a. Fedez, and wore three custom Dior Haute Couture gowns for the day, one of which was a mini. She wore a tulle ballerina skirted dress for the wee hours of her reception, held at an amusement park the couple custom created for their day (as you do!).
Lily Allen also wore a Dior mini wedding dress when she married David Harbour in their 2020 Las Vegas pandemic elopement. They had a quickie wedding at the Graceland Wedding Chapel (the service was officiated by an Elvis impersonator), and Lily’s 60s style, bateaux-neckline mini was totally on point for their wedding vibe. She added a tulle blusher fingertip veil to fully bridalize her look.
The 14 best wedding mini dresses
This dress was made for dancing! Shimmer and shake the night away in this incredible platinum beaded dress by Naeem Khan.
This minimalist halter-neckline skater dress has our vote for the best swing skirt. We also love that it’s available in sizes up to 3X, and can be yours for the amazing price of just $93!
A baby-doll dress is a chic wedding day pick, and the Aviary from Reformation features a sweet empire waistline, puff sleeves and an open backline tied with trailing satin ribbon.
We love Christian Siriano’s take on the bridal tuxedo—a frothy silk faille and tulle mini shirt dress. How fun would this be to wear?
The Elise tulle mini from Galia Lahav is very simple in its design but makes a stunning bridal style statement thanks to artful tulle draping and trailing silk train. Pair it a pair of killer strappy sandals.
If you’re a free-spirited bride looking for a modern vintage vibe, Elliat’s Chevelle dress is a beautiful choice. The sheer lace panels, cutouts and open backline make this an ultra-pretty party dress.
Anne Barge’s Little White Dress line is one of our favourites for it’s fashion-forward, affordable designs. The Love Struck dress is chic and sexy and features beautiful design details: ruffles, ruching and an empire silhouette.
Canadian label Narces is always a favourite for its bridal boundary-pushing designs. The sheer Neema mini caftan is trimmed in ostrich features and sequins and the look is luxe boho at its finest.
This sleek ruffle-sleeved mini is perfect for a chic city hall elopement or an intimate brunch wedding. This classic little white sheath will become a regular staple of your occasion wardrobe.
Rebecca Vallance’s Sylvie mini has a mood of deco decadence about it that feels super fresh for 2022. Accessorize with a bow-trimmed veil for a look that’s sweet and sassy.
This darling sweetheart-neckline wedding dress from Viktor & Rolf Mariage features crystal knit embroidery, which imbues this mini with the most delicate shimmer and shine.
If you want to totally indulge, the Regina by Markarian is as luxe as it gets. Intricate beadwork and delicate hand-crafted bows on this silk sheath make it totally otherworldly.
The Nati dress by Bronze Age is made from featherlight crinkle crepe making it a super cool choice for a summer outdoor wedding or breezy beach celebration. We love the lantern sleeves and pockets!
The Coraline dress by Sophie Et Voilà is made from double crepe, which creates a super-sleek silhouette. The oversize puff sleeves give this modern dress a chic ’80s sensibility.
This ballerina-inspired tutu dress by Wiederhoeft is inspired by the New York designer’s background in costume design. The cherub jacquard bodice and drop-waist tulle skirting combine to create a darling dress with maximum fashion impact.
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