The Best Short Wedding Dresses For Casual Ceremonies

Just the thing for city hall vows.

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Many engaged couples in 2022 are forgoing formalities in favor of lower key nuptials, such as city hall ceremonies. So if you’re a bride who shirks tradition (or, you know, just enjoys a mini hemline), keep clicking ahead to shop the best short wedding dresses for your big day.

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Khaite’s minimalist Paulina Dress looks fantastic from all angles — but its back, which is decorated with delicate straps, is particularly stunning.
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Corinth Silk Dress
Reformation’s high-neck, silky Corinth style is one of those rare white dresses you can actually wear again for other occasions. All you’d need to do is pair it with colorful accessories — drop earrings or a novelty handbag, for instance — to steer it away from bridal vibes.
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Kaviar Gauche
Vera Volant Dress
Floral jacquard material ensures this Kaviar Gauche design exudes a sense of formality, while its winged volant (aka French for flying) sides keep the style feeling playful and at ease.
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Your wedding dress can boast trendy cutouts because why not, right? Whimsical label Sister Jane offers a floral appliqué mini dress with oblique-revealing details.
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Swap the floor-sweeping train for a statement bubble hem! This silhouette, for example, merges a playful spirit with inherent romance, making it perfect for more intimate ceremonies.
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Molly Goddard
Laurel Dress
Molly Goddard is a master of bold feminine fashion, so it’s hardly a surprise the designer’s newly-launched bridal collection takes an avant-garde approach. With its asymmetry, mini-skirt silhouette, and bow detailing, the brand’s Laurel Dress is an particularly inspired interpretation of wedding fashion.
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Sophie et Voilà
Daniella Dress
For a dress that feels as much of a celebration as the ceremony itself, try Sophie et Voilà’s fringe-lined mini number — especially if you plan to hit the dance floor later.
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Anna Tutu Dress
Master 2022’s volume trend with Wiederhoeft’s Anna Tutu Dress. The statement tulle skirt will make you feel like a poised ballerina (in the best possible way).
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Tap into an effortless French woman aesthetic with this halter dress. The intricate waist drapery references the signature look of a traditional wedding gown, just in the Simon Porte for Jacquemus way.
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Even a small civil wedding warrants a dramatic scene-stealing dress. So why not opt for this flouncy tulle confection?
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Nana Jacqueline
Elsie Dress
Brides who crave glitz and glam should look no further than Nana Jacqueline’s darling Elsie. Add excess sparkle through hair jewelry — and perhaps a pair of diamond-encrusted pumps.
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