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For brides that want to let their hair down and have a good dance after the ceremony is over; a shorter and more casual wedding dress is ideal for the evening choice.
With a growing number of loved-up couples heading abroad to tie the knot, it’s no wonder that beach brides are opting for shorter, more casual dresses in order to enjoy the perks of a topical destination to the maximum.
Not only that, but an increasing number of shorter wedding frocks are finding their way onto the fashion runways of London, Paris and New York as brides seek out daring dresses to break the mould of tradition.
If you’re in the market for a short and sassy wedding dress, below are a few favourite choices.
Just because you’re not donning a full wedding dress for the celebrations, doesn’t mean you have to make any sacrifices when it comes to achieving graceful style. A sleek number such as a sheer lace-embellished dress over a cropped under-dress, will leave your feet free for post-ceremony paddling or even a spot of dancing. With the exquisite lace detailing, a shorter dress that will do for the whole day, making a seamless transition from afternoon to evening.
A mini-dress is the ideal choice for adventurous brides seeking something a little more daring to wear on their wedding day. The hemline of this sassy frock ends just above the knee, and is a fabulous choice for petite brides who don’t want to be drowning in long dresses with reams and reams of fabric. Mini dresses are also fantastic for beach wedding ceremonies, as you will be catching a few rays as you say your vows. However, be aware that if you’re having a religious ceremony with Thai Buddhist monks conducting the service, a short dress may not be inappropriate.
The hi-lo dress offers brides the best of both worlds when it comes to elegant wedding ensembles. They have the wow factor of a traditional gown, whilst still freeing up your legs and the hemline tapers up at the front of the gown, which particularly edgy and on trend right now. A hi-lo hemline works with long trains and even hemlines cut just above the ankle – it all depends on how much leg you want to show.
A ballerina gown which falls just above the ankle is ideal for brides that want to achieve a traditional look without trailing their gorgeous dresses across the sand to say their “I dos”. Layers of tulle in the skirt give the dress the full volume it needs to be deemed “ballerina” enough, and the outward flowing shape of the skirt is a great way to smooth out rounded hip areas. As with all the other short dresses here, it’s wise to remember that your feet will be on show all day, so be sure to indulge in a pedicure and pick up some fantastic shoes to complete the look.
There are some wedding gown silhouettes that never go out of style, and one fo the favourites has to be the 1950s-inspired cut. If you’re a bride that wants to channel the spirit of Sandy from Grease while still oozing contemporary style, be sure to accessorise your ensemble wisely. Opting for the right makeup and shoes will go a long way in polishing off your look so that it works perfectly as you transition from daytime to evening. If you simply can’t choose between a long and short dress, why not have two? More and more brides are switching from formal dresses once the speeches are over and stepping into sassy, modern gowns with shorter hemlines.
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