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Forget long trains and sweeping skirts; you can still make a statement on the aisle with a shorter hemline

For many brides, no wedding is complete without yards of tulle trailing behind them as they walk down the aisle. But not everyone has that Princess Diana fantasy—certainly not Kourtney Kardashian, who recently tied the knot in a mini wedding dress.

She was not the first bride to opt for a shorter hemline. Throughout history, celebrities from Cindy Crawford Tate to Audrey Hepburn have made the case for marrying in miniskirts. The unconventional bridal trend has its roots in the swinging ‘60s, when designers like Mary Quant and André Courrèges were transforming fashion with the miniskirt and granting women the freedom of movement.

Today, the short bridal dress is still a favourite: it goes effortlessly from day to night, making it suitable for ceremony as much as cocktail parties. The modern bride may see its appeal in its versatility, its playfulness, its sexiness, or simply the ease that it affords on the dance floor during the wedding after-party.

Below, we highlight some of the most stylish mini wedding dress moments from celebrity brides to add to your moodboard.

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1. Kourtney Kardashian

Looking at ’60s Italian lingerie for inspiration, Kardashian had Dolce & Gabbana create this custom bustier dress with lace trims for her wedding day. While the sultry ensemble did not have a train, the bride still made quite the dramatic entrance with her sweeping tulle veil, which was adorned with floral and religious motifs.

2. Elizabeth Taylor

By the time Elizabeth Taylor got hitched with her Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton in 1964, she had already had four weddings—and four elaborate bridal looks. It’s not surprising that she chose to keep her fifth one simple, opting for a yellow chiffon babydoll dress created by Cleopatra’s costume designer, Irene Sharaff. For accessories, Taylor had a crown of hyacinth flowers and lilies of the valley woven into her braided up-do, as well as a diamond and emerald Bulgari brooch pinned onto her dress.

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3. Sharon Tate

25-year-old Sharon Tate was a delightful sight when she wed filmmaker Roman Polanski in a silk moiré babydoll dress. Her minidress exuded an air of ceremony with its high neck and puffy, leg-of-mutton sleeves, and Tate also chose to cover her legs with a pair of white stockings that ran all the way down to her Mary Jane mules. Her bridal look was quintessentially ‘60s, and even more so with flowers in her hair.

4. Audrey Hepburn

For her wedding to Andrea Dotti in 1969, Audrey Hepburn turned to her friend and fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy to create a pale pink minidress. Despite its simplicity, the dress was still crafted with the precision of Givenchy’s couture training, evident in its perfectly shaped funnel neck and slightly flared sleeves. Finally, instead of a veil, the Breakfast At Tiffany’s star chose an elegant scarf to adorn her head.

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5. Raquel Welch

Jane Birkin may have popularised the crochet dress, but it was Raquel Welch who declared it a worthy wedding look. The American actress said “I do” on Valentine’s Day in 1967, wearing a little white dress that showed off her tanned, long legs. After the ceremony, Welch threw on a knee-length white fur coat that exuded Hollywood glamour.

6. Yoko Ono

Together with her partner John Lennon, Yoko Ono was an icon of the counterculture movement in ‘60s America, and the Beatles bride certainly dressed the part on her wedding day in 1969. Her Mod-style minidress was free of frills, and instead of heels, she wore a pair of knee-high socks and white sneakers. Her bridal ensemble was topped off with a hat and sunglasses, shielding her from the sun in Gibraltar.

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7. Lily Allen

Vegas weddings aren’t always tacky, as Lily Allen demonstrated. The British singer was undeniably chic in her Dior mini dress, featuring an elegant bateau neckline, a belted waist and black buttons. A tulle veil pinned to her up-do completed her bridal look, which was as unconventional as the wedding ceremony she had with Stranger Things actor David Harbour at Las Vegas’ Graceland Wedding Chapel, and followed up with a trip to In-N-Out Burger.

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8. Cindy Crawford

Supermodel Cindy Crawford intentionally transformed into the ultimate beach babe for her Bahamas wedding with Rande Gerber in 1995. Her fuss-free bridal look comprised an off-the-rack John Galliano ivory silk slip dress, and little else. In an interview, Crawford explained her low-key look: “I didn't actually walk down the aisle because we walked each other down to the beach, but for me, I wanted my husband to see me and I wanted him to be excited about the bride he was seeing.”

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