Wedding dress shopping is generally thought of as the most exciting part of the wedding planning process – and it can be – if you’re the perfect size and shape. Petite brides can find the wedding dress shopping process a bit daunting; a sea of fabric engulfing your shape or a fitted gown that hits in all the wrong places. Every bride wants to look and feel her best on the most important day of her life – so what is the best wedding dress silhouette for short brides?
Sheath Wedding Dresses
The end goal in finding a flattering gown is choosing a silhouette that adds length. Sheath wedding dresses are created to showcase vertical lines and minimalist designs. A simple silhouette and easy-to-wear fabric are two reasons that many petite brides love the fit of a fitted wedding dress. Consider wedding dresses like D2711 from Essense of Australia and Martina Liana’s 791.
Mermaid/Trumpet Wedding Dresses
Mermaid dresses are sought after for the bride who wants to show off her figure. This fit and flare style flatters a variety of body shapes and evokes a bit of dramatic flair. Petite brides love this sexy silhouette that hits in all the right places. The fitted bodice and flared skirt create the perfect balance between the two ends of the gown. Swoon over these options from Stella York and Martina Liana:
Are you a petite bride that wants the glamour and drama of a ball gown, but not all the excess material? An A-line wedding dress is a perfect solution! A-Line bridal gowns allow you to wear the full skirt and avoid the overwhelming details. Pro tip: deep v-necklines, v-backs and side cutouts help to elongate a bride’s figure. This style is great for traditional church ceremonies, plus-size petite brides and brides who love simple elegance. Fall in love with these A-Line gowns from Essense of Australia:
Essense of Australia #D2810
Essense of Australia #D2722
Short Wedding Dresses
What better way to show off your legs, shoes and dance moves? Short wedding gowns are a perfect option for outdoor receptions and destination weddings. Shorter styles tend to be a bit more simple than your typical ball gown or A-line dress, so you don’t have to worry about the dress wearing you! Browse these sophisticated, short options for petite brides:
Stella York #6356
Martina Liana – Ciara + Sachi
Bridal consultants can help you select gowns with special hems and custom measurements that allow a petite bride to make her dress proportional to her build. Skilled alterations specialists can help hem your gown to ensure it fits perfectly without cutting off yards of fabric and losing those special elements that made your gowns “the one.” Ask your bridal shop for seamstress referrals and more information.