10 Little White Dress Ideas For Your Intimate Wedding

Ladies, it’s time to flaunt your legs! 2020 has seen a rise in the popularity of a short wedding dress, also known as “little white dress”. 

Most brides who had to postpone their weddings to 2021 decided to still celebrate their original 2020 date with a courthouse legal ceremony, an intimate backyard wedding or just a casual ceremony on the beach - one #BellaBelleBrides even had a lovely picnic after saying ‘I Do’ to her now husband (how cute!). 

These brides opt for a little white dress for their intimate and small ceremony to match the more casual vibe, keeping the formal long wedding dress for their ceremony next year. Mini dresses are perfect for your elopement because they are casual, versatile and show off your legs! Best part, short wedding dresses can be easily worn again after your ceremony because the cropped length makes them very versatile. You can even wear them every year for your anniversary and make that a treasured tradition! 

From structured and modern silhouettes to classic lace mini dresses, we rounded up the coolest little white dresses for you, and the best Bella Belle wedding shoe choices to match. Every Bella Belle shoe has our signature extra padding on the insole that is not only soft to touch, but provides an extra cushion that will support your feet all day. These shoes will keep you comfortable for 12 hours.

Consider your elopement wedding outfit found! 

Lela Rose Wedding Dress 

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Lela Rose
Bella Belle Maggie, Ashley Boyan Photography

If you know us, you’ll know that we are a lover of anything tulle. It is one of the most romantic fabrics that is also very soft and feminine. We also love how breathable and airy tulle is, perfect for a warm summer wedding! 

This Lela Rose Positano tulle little white dress with an oversized organza bow at the neck is perfect for a fashionable bride. The design is soft and romantic and we love the way the dress drapes on the body from the pleated tulle design. The mini dress also has white polka dot details - obsessed! 

Match this halter tulle short wedding dress with Bella Belle Maggie low heel wedding shoe! It literally is the perfect match because this low heel also has the same white polka dot embroidery and oversized tulle bow at the back of this slingback. 

Pro Tip: Wear this low heel for your intimate backyard wedding by adding a heel stopper so you don’t sink in grass. 

Revolve Short Dress 

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 Bella Belle Carolina, Set Free Photography 

This Revolve dress will make you look like you got this straight from the hottest runway. The Elle mini dress is full of fluffy tulle with a cinch waist that gives you a defined hourglass shape. You’ll certainly feel like a runway model with this little white dress. 

Fun fact: did you know that the tulle fabric originated from the ‘Tulle’ city in France? France truly is the fashion capital. 

Complete this runway-worthy wedding look with Bella Belle Carolina ivory wedding shoes. The T-strap with luminous pearls and silver crystals is one of the biggest trends in wedding shoe fashion. Plus, the T-strap provides a lot of security so you don’t slip out of your shoe during your wedding day. Adjust the straps to give yourself the perfect shoe fit.  

Loveshack Short Lace Wedding Dress

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Bella Belle Giselle, Molly Carr Photography

Lace is one of the most popular fabrics of choice for wedding gowns and for good reason. They are classic and give off a hint of sexiness. Loveshack created this stunning short lace wedding dress with intricate sunflower lace embroidery, perfect for your bohemian intimate wedding. We love the butterfly accordion ruffled sleeves as it adds a statement to this classic mini dress. 

Rock the boho look with the Giselle lace wedding shoe from our designer collaboration with top wedding dress designer, Claire Pettibone. Giselle is a spin on a classic wedding pump with the handsewn French lace embroidery pattern. The silk ribbon at the back is removable, so you can customize your boho wedding look. 

Tip: If you find your wedding shoe a little too tight at the front, wear thick socks with the shoes while you lounge in your house. The mesh material of Giselle can be stretched so your toes have more wiggle room. 

Alexia Maria High Low Dress

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Alexia Maria
Bella Belle Kate, Ry Photography

A long wedding dress might be too formal for an elopement, but a short wedding dress is too casual. If that sounds like you, then you’ll love this Blair dress from Alexia Maria. Thanks to the skirt, this gives you the look of a long and short gown in one. The skirt is removable so you can wear it with or without the long skirt. Show off your legs at the front and keep it modest at the back! 

Bella Belle Kate Talons de mariage with the soft silk bow matches perfectly with the bow detail on the shoulder of the gown. This heel, named after the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is the very definition of the duchess’s personality and style - sophisticated, elegant and refined. From the front, the heel looks simple, at the back, the silk bow makes a statement, just like Kate’s fashion looks.  

Pro tip: You can wear Kate for your outdoor wedding by adding a sole grip at the bottom of the sole to add more grip. This gives you more grip and friction so you don’t slip. 

Watters Little White Dress 

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Bella Belle Bridget, Jen Fug Photography
Watters blessed our hearts with this vintage-inspired little white dress. This Lynette gown is perfect for the modern bride, especially if you are having a legal ceremony at City Hall. Just because you are getting married at City Hall, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about your wedding look. You should still feel like a million bucks, and this Watters gown with Swiss dot tulle and pearls details at the bodice will do the trick. 

This flirty gown requires an equally flirty wedding collection, and Bella Belle Bridget is the right fit. With a similar Swiss dot ruffled tulle at the front, this wedding shoe is a classic stiletto, elevated. If you are concerned about the comfort of a stiletto, rest assured as Bridget has our signature 12 hour comfortable padding - yes 12 hours comfort! The secret is the extra cushion padding on the sole that is not only soft to touch, but provides a lot of comfortable padding for your feet. 

Tip: If you are having a legal ceremony in City Hall, schedule time for wedding photos at iconic locations near City Hall. You’ll definitely want these keepsakes to look back on. 

Ines di Santo Short Wedding Dress 

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Ines di Santo
Bella Belle Adora, Photos by Emmah

Ines di Santo can do no wrong in our eyes, and this art-deco little white dress is breathtaking. Straight from their Fall 2020 collection, this dress was inspired by the Impressionist Art Movement which combines beautiful color and textures. This short white dress is perfect for Fall or Spring with the 3D floral embellishments, while the tiny silver sequins add glamour to this feminine mini dress. 

A comfortable and stunning wedding flat, Adora is the best footwear to match the handmade element of this dress. All the floral beads and crystals on this flat is handmade by our team of skilled artisans who have a passion for creating beautiful footwear. It can be hard to find beautiful wedding flats that are comfortable and not frumpy online, so we decided to redefine wedding flats. All of our flats are sophisticated with details and comfortable from the extra padding. 

Fun fact: Check off your ‘something blue’ box with the light blue sole of Adora! Don’t forget a silver penny for good luck. 

Reformation Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress

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Bella Belle Abigail, Kristy and Vic Photography

There’s something about this Reformation dress that screams the perfect Fall little white dress. With a ruffled cuff and intricate lace, this mini length lace dress is the perfect pick for brides who want a little more coverage at the top but want to show off their toned legs - all that gym session finally paid off! Bonus: the ruffled cuff sleeves are so on-trend right now. 

No better wedding shoe finishes this lace wedding dress look than the Abigail wedding block heel. The comfortable mesh is graced with a delicate hand-embroidered Alencon lace design, while the cross ankle straps provide security and a feminine touch to this romantic wedding shoe. 

Fun Fact: The mesh on Abigail is breathable, so you can officially say goodbye to sweaty feet! 

Carolina Herrera White Wedding Dress

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Carolina Herrera 
Bella Belle Olivia, Winsome & Wright

If you are looking for a classic and elegant gown with a twist, then you’ll fall head over heels with this short wedding dress from Carolina Herrera. We can’t get enough of the organza bow at the back that looks like a traditional Japanese kimono design. The bow is structured without being too stiff, yet soft from the beautiful silk material. 

Complete this elegant and classic look with Olivia from our designer collaboration with renowned designer, Liv Hart. The Olivia heel has the same ivory silk material with an added twist, from the silver crystal embellishment at the front and ankle strap. 

Fun Fact: You can swap out the crystal ankle strap with a bow strap! Rock the heel with the crystal strap, bow strap, simple strap or the bow and crystal strap. You’ll get 4 different looks in one pretty shoe. 

Viktor and Rolf Ivory Wedding Dress

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Viktor and Rolf
Bella Belle Iris, Mallory Dawn Photography

Viktor and Rolf created the perfect little white dress for a modern bride who loves a more structured design. This dress is from their Fall 2020 collection and the design is inspired by snow and ice. The beading and pearl details of the dress look like actual snowflakes on a beautiful white snowbed, perfect for a late Fall or Winter elopement. If you love the 60s fashion, you’ll love the mock-neck design. 

To complete this Winter wedding look, check out Bella Belle Iris comfortable wedding shoe. This low heel combines summer and spring floral beaded elements on an ivory white silk canvas for Winter weddings. This means you can wear this wedding shoe for any wedding season - it is truly that versatile. 

Did you know that they are over 1000+ hand-beaded pearls and beads on Iris? Every detail is hand-beaded to create a beautiful floral design! 

Self-Portrait Vintage Lace Dress

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Bella Belle Belle, Vivid Symphony Photography

Look like royalty with this cream chiffon tiered short wedding dress from Self-Portrait. This mini dress is a close replica of the one Queen Reina of Jordan wore on her wedding day. It’s the perfect blend of regal and vintage with the bow detail at the neck and lace trim design. We can totally see 1800s feminine heroines like Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte wearing this dress while they pen their thoughts in the English countryside. 

Complete your regal and vintage look with Belle from our designer collaboration with renowned wedding stylist, Joy Proctor. This wedding bootie is adorned with intricately hand-beaded pearls and beads in a scattered flower pattern for the ultimate #WeddingShoeGoals. Best part, you can show off your pedicure from the open toe design!

Pro tip: Keep your pedicure color light or almost nude so it blends well with the ivory color of the bootie - guaranteed to look great in photos. 

Which little white dress and wedding shoe combo will you pick for your intimate and laid back celebration? Be sure to check out Bella Belle’s wedding collection for your stunning and comfortable wedding shoes for your wedding ceremony. Trust us, you won’t regret it. 

From #bellabellebrides Amy, “OBSESSED. Not only are these shoes gorgeous, but they are the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. I didn't even realize I was wearing heels the entire night - the fit is perfection. Look no further for wedding shoes, do yourself a favor and buy these shoes!” 

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