31 Mini Wedding Dresses for Every Bridal Style


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As we all know, brides everywhere were forced to pivot and change their wedding plans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Elopements, micro, at-home, and virtual weddings quickly became the standard, causing bridal fashion to adjust and keep up with the current times. While larger celebrations have started to be on the rise again, these fashion trends have certainly continued to gain traction despite the transition back to some normalcy. We've seen an uptick in brides' opting for jumpsuits and simple slip dresses, but our favorite trend thus far has been the mini dress–specifically, the Mini Caspian dress from Odylyne the Ceremony.

Created by founder and creative director, Stephanie White, the Mini Caspian is a nod to the 21st-century, new-age bride. We were lucky enough to speak to White, who gave us further insight into her brand and her inspiration behind the mini wedding dress everyone is wearing.

Meet the Expert

  • With an ethereal and free-spirited approach to her designs, Stephanie White is a bridal fashion designer who created the Mini Caspian dress.

Odylyne the Ceremony was launched in 2014 as an alternative to modern-day bridalwear. The designer told Brides, "I started Odylyne because I was looking for a bridal dress when I was getting married, and discovered that there was nothing that resonated with me at all. I couldn't find something that was like, the alternative to bridal, you know?" After only six years in business, the brand has established itself as a dominant name in bridal fashion.  

I try to think outside the box, so that's kind of where we succeeded.

When designing the Mini Caspian, White was initially inspired by a scene in the 1986 movie The Labyrinth and wanted to incorporate puff sleeves and 80s-flare, but also implement a few of the "Edwardian and Victorian styles" she loves. "I try to think outside the box, so that's kind of where we succeeded," she says, "It's bridal, but it's not bridal. It was like a total experiment for us." And it's safe to say that her experiment certainly worked out!

You can check out more of Stephanie's designs and stay up-to-date on the brand here–and for those looking for more options, below are a few additional mini dresses we're sure you'll love!

What to Look for When Buying a Mini Wedding Dress

So before you slip into your mini, consider how you want to incorporate your own personal style (and budget) into the alternative bridal look. Opt for a chic and timeless ensemble by choosing a satin slip or, dare to wear some feathers, sparkle, or a statement sleeve—you are going for an unexpected look after all! Plus, since the mini style entails much less fabric and labor, you're bound to find an array of options no matter your price point. Now for the fun part—play up your accessories! This is your moment to flaunt those fabulous shoes you've been eyeing. For a more fashion-forward, editorial spin, slip on a pair of cat-eye sunglasses paired with a dramatic drop earring. Or, keep it simple with natural makeup, studs, and sandals. Remember that no matter your bridal style, a veil is never the wrong choice.

FAQ

  • Yes, mini dresses are just as appropriate as traditional gowns. If a mini dress is what you'd like to wear, go for it. It's your special day!

  • This all depends on the design and style of the dress. For minis with low necklines, a statement necklace and chandelier earrings could be great. And for shoes, you could also choose to wear stilettos or ballet flats. Minis are a very versatile look!

  • Absolutely! A veil can be worn with any type of dress, for any type of wedding.

Why Trust Us

Contributing writer Corinne Pierre-Louis is an associate editor at Brides and an expert in fashion and social media. Prior to her work with Brides, she graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications before working for Vogue Magazine.

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