Lengthy trains, floor-length hemlines and ample doses of drama are all part of the ultimate wedding day ensemble—until now. While we've seen prime examples of the most traditional weddings in history this past year (we see you Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie), we've also seen some of the most trailblazing wedding ideas to date—like the crystal-encrusted bridal bathing suit shown on Karl Lagerfeld's last Chanel Haute Couture runway, paired with a cathedral-length metallic tulle veil.
Those breaks from convention are just the type of rule-breaking that inspires shopping outside the box for the aisle. Enter the short wedding dress, which still looks beyond chic paired with a veil and your desired clutch of blooms. Should you choose to stick with a floor grazing gown for the ceremony, these looks come into play when shopping for the rehearsal dinner, after party, showers, and beyond. Truth be told, it's these short looks that end up being the most fun to wear and style; it's not unheard of to hear a bride gushing over her excitement to wear her sexy, afterparty look over her ballgown, and nothing is more chic, effortless or cool than seeing a bride let loose after she sheds her full skirt.
Fact is, shorter hemlines are no longer reserved for civil ceremonies and a wedding's surrounding events—consider wearing one down the aisle if you're planning a boho, beach, or city affair. If you dare, here are dresses that may just give the lengthy, dramatic wedding gown options out there a run for their money.