Our weddings are shrinking in size, and so are our hemlines. Does this reflect the wish to commit ourselves to each other, but not to hefty “big wedding” bills? Increasingly more brides and grooms are saying no to traditional wedding trappings in favor of smaller and more unique events. Not surprisingly, brides are choosing dresses that flatter our figures and fit our style rather than formal, elaborate ball gowns. We are increasingly seeing shorter, A-line dresses; casual, boho style skirts; and flowy calf-length gowns, as in these 20 non-traditional tea-length dresses. Even big bridal retailer David’s Bridal reveals that about one-third of the dresses they offer are now short. Then there’s the “transformer” gown, long but with a detachable train. With more brides wanting to be comfortable at their after party (and who wants to buy a separate gown for the reception?), these convertible dresses with removable skirts, trains, and even sleeves or capes make a lot of sense. Other wedding party members are also wearing non-traditional garb, such as kilts for the groom and groomsmen. Costume weddings are becoming an option, for example Comic Con costumes that reflect a bride and groom’s favorite hobby. Halloween weddings, too, are growing in popularity.

Other ways that weddings are changing for the better:

  • Planning almost completely via mobile app now
  • Rustic outdoor locations
  • Officiants who are family members or friends
  • Non-traditional and DIY rings
  • Non-cake cakes, such as tiers of cupcakes
  • Slow motion video booths
  • Experiential gift registry

With ceremonies, receptions and everything else about weddings growing more personal and intimate, it’s no surprise that gowns are getting shorter and less formal.

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