Petite Brides In Their Gorgeous Wedding Dresses

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Your soul mate has proposed and you couldn’t be happier! The next step is your exhilarating, exciting and, yes, overwhelming journey - shopping for your wedding dress. Finding the perfect one is hard enough, but when you are a petite bride this challenge can be even tougher. Take a deep breath. Future brides take notes, here are some top tips from petite AMIE editors to help you look your best on the big day!

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Mermaid silhouette

Hillary Duff (5'2") looked breathtakingly beautiful in this mermaid style wedding gown that was designed by Vera Wang. There’s something about the figure flattering mermaid cut that is both sexy and sophisticated at the same time.

Mermaid silhouette is great for showing off forms, but still has the option of volume in the lower skirt. For maximum elongation, make sure the dress is fitted through your hip and flares out just above - not below - the knee. This will give the illusion of longer legs.

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sweetheart neckline

Eva Longoria (5'2") decided to forego traditional lace and rich embellishments for something simple and classy. Well done! 

Her best friend Victoria Beckham designed this stunning white gown - a flattering cut, understated elegance, and just a hint of sex appeal with the sweetheart neckline. 

Necklines play a very important role in wedding dresses. Great for creating that classic bridal silhouette, sweetheart necklines are ideal for medium to well-endowed busts, showing just the right amount of cleavage. If you are petite, the sweetheart neckline can elongate your neck and emphasize your bust. Timeless, charming and romantic!

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Empire Waist

Nicole Richie (5'1") really caught our eye with her gorgeous Grace Kelly-inspired Marchesa gown. We love how the high waist dress fits the wedding's whimsical winter wonderland theme - the skirt resembles a luxurious, tulle snowball - and reflects Nicole's unique style.

Raising up the waistline is always a good choice for petite women. If you love long dresses, opt for high-waist, but avoid the dresses that are too long as they might make you look even shorter. If your arms and stomach are a bit ample, princess wedding dress with high waistline and long sleeve will give you a thinner look.

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Fit & Flare Lace

Jennifer Lopez's (5'4") looked gorgeous in a Chantilly-lace A-Line Valentino gown with a low scoop neckline and sheer sleeves. The slim, close-fitting shape creates a clean, continuous line. She had her hair up and pulled back in a sleek fresh look! 

A form-fitting fit-and-flare gown gives the illusion of height, and the gradual, asymmetrical skirt is perfect for petite brides, as it elongates the legs. Even with this fitted , the soft lace and tulle skirt will make you appear sinuous and ethereal—you'll simply float down the aisle!

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Ball Gown

Ashley Tisdale (5'3") was wearing a truly beautiful Monique Lhuillier white ball gown with lace cap sleeves on her wedding day. She accessorized the full-skirted design with a flower crown in lieu of a veil. How lovely and romantic!

Whoever said petite girls couldn't wear ball gowns couldn't be further from the truth! Instead of a gown with a voluminous skirt, choose one with an A-line with a high waist. Wear it with a pair of high heels to give you the best proportions!

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