Taking your hem up a notch shows off two assets: shapely legs and ultraglamorous shoes. And besides being fun, ornate embellishments and sophisticated cuts also lend the formality of floor-grazing counterparts. Take a look at a few of our favorite short wedding dresses we spotted on the runway and featured in the Fall Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.
1. An ideal pick for petites, the high neckline of "Giovanna," by Francesca Miranda, widens narrow shoulders, and thigh-grazing lace elongates stems.
2. Calling all statuesque brides: Light, flouncy tulle layers give the airy skirt of the J.Crew "Magnolia" frock extra inches while still revealing some skin.
3. A full flared skirt makes gams look lean, and the crinkled tissue-taffeta of Nicole Miller's edgy creation is a no-iron wonder (Nicole Miller Boutiques, 888-300-6258).
4. "Posey," by Watters Encore Collection, is a model of moderation. It is prim and proper at knee-length, but also hugs slender hips and plunges to a deep V in back.
5. In Rivini's "Arielle"—the sweetest babydoll we've ever seen—hand-dyed ostrich feathers hide a tummy, and glittering crystals dazzle on the dance floor.