(Closed) Wedding gowns for short brides?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
9436 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m a little bit shorter than you and found that a lot of different styles looked great on me. I ended up going with an a-line but I tried on a lot of ballgowns and even a few much more fitted dresses (that I didn’t like but it had nothing to do with my height!). The designer of my dress (essence of australia) will do custom length for an additional $80 which is part of why I picked it.

I’m standing on a box in the picture so it’s hard to tell how short I am:


Post # 3
3106 posts
Sugar bee

Depending on body type, a sheath can be a great style for shorter brides as it elongates the figure.

Styles such as these:

Post # 4
444 posts
Helper bee

I’m also the same height and I went with an A-line style. I believe it was actually technically listed as a ball gown. 

Post # 5
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m the same height, I think mines classed as an A-line. Trumpet also looked nice,but I felt more regal and princessy in my dress even though bees had to convince me I made the right choice! I will be wearing 9.5cm heels on the day but that’s purely by choice, dress maker said she’s had brides my height wear smaller heels with same style dress. It’s more about body proportions according to her.  (I’ve added a picture but please take into account it’s got pins everywhere and needs to be hemmed so don’t let it scare you off The shape 🙂 ) 

Post # 6
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

I’m a little shorter than you – just under 5′ – and went with a mermaid. I was able to purchase the mermaid in a petite size, and I wore 3″ heels.

I didn’t like how a-lines and ballgowns looked on my body, but my 2 runner up dresses were lacy sheath dresses. It definitely depends on body type and preference – I’ve always preferred more fitted styles of clothing.

Post # 7
1096 posts
Bumble bee

I’m a little chub but I’m 5’3. Here’s my dress! It’s a sheath. I felt that ballgowns swallowed me and I didn’t want that since I’m getting married outdoors. 


Post # 8
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Not sure

I am 4’11”. To avoid paying so much money for a dress and then alterations, I decided to have a dress made for me. All I have right now is the fabric and a drawing… I meet with my dressmaker later this week… I probably won’t have the dress made until August because I have a lot of weight to lose.

Post # 9
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

1.6m (5ft5) is not that short. 1.5 m here. You can wear anything you want as long as it fits and it falls as your natural waist. This is me in ballgown and fit and flare.

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