THE BEST SHORT DRESSES | A faves round-up from Bridal Market, plus a slightly embarrassing Randy Fenoli encounter…

Oscar de la Renta

As promised, I give you the story of the infamous, if short-lived, encounter between my fiancé and one Randy Fenoli of Say Yes to the Dress.  And, since this has everything to do with Bridal Market, I’m assigning this post double duty by peppering in my short wedding dress round-up throughout the story!   Hoorah! 

Jenny Packham


So, I brought the ol’ fiancé as my plus one to the Martha bridal market party last Monday night.  Why?  I wanted him to get a better taste of what my life is like.  Now, why I thought a celebration of fashion was the best intro for a male into my wild wedding blogger lifestyle is still a mystery to me.  While he spent a stint at a large fashion company (in an area completely unrelated to fashion, but still), and happens to have quite the keen sense of style, a party created expressly to celebrate bridal fashion and all things wedding-related is not the first place a guy who loves football wants to spend his Monday night.

Monique Lhuillier

Randi Rahm

However, I count myself among those lucky enough to have a man who supports me in whatever I do.  And for that I’m extremely thankful.  But… it doesn’t mean he’s going to sit still and thrill over talking about pretty things all night.  ;)

Angel Sanchez + Ines Di Santo

Sarantina by Sarah Jassir

Ok, you’ve been waiting long enough (and you probably think this story is way more interesting than it actually is, so… uhh… apologies if it crashes and burns on the attention-holding scale…).

Here’s how it all went down:

Me: Hey babe, do you know that fashion guru guy on Say Yes to the Dress?

Him: What’s “Say Yes to the Dress?”  Kidding, I know of the show, but that’s it.

Me: Well I just want to point out that that’s Randy Fenoli right there.

Him: Oh, uhh, ok.  (No interest.)

Me: (smiles)

Him: (something’s stirring…) Wait… which one again?  That guy, behind me?

Me: Yeah… wait, wh… babe…. BABE…

He turns around, STOPS RANDY IN HIS TRACKS, shakes his hand and says, “RANDY!  I’m a true fan!  You, my friend, are the man with all the answers!”

Randy smiles big and graciously – a class act (I can’t believe I just described someone as a ‘class act’) – expresses his appreciation for the accolades, then quickly and feverishly searches for his friends who are all around him and cleanly exits.  Fiancé, a feeling of accomplishment rushing over him, returns to me.

Me: What did you just do?

Him: I told him he’s the man with the all the answers.

Interestingly, I consider Randy to, in fact, be, the man with all the answers, so this was coincidentally very accurate and fortunately quite the perfect thing to say.  Well done, dear.  But still, it warranted this:

Me: Honey!

Him: I’m happy to be here for you, but honey, I’ve gotta make this interesting for me, too.

* * *

As you can see, he likes to mix things up.  And it’s a big part of why he’s a great date, even for a fashion-centric gala.  It’s not possible for anything to be boring when he’s around… I’m sure you remember the last time the fiancé got involved in the biz…  I’m also sure he’d like to forget about it, but there’s no way I’m letting that one get buried.  (Sorry, baby!  But not really!)

You didn’t think I was done yet, did you?  MORE DRESSES!

Melissa Sweet by Priscilla of Boston

Lilly Pulitzer

Badgley Mischka + Simone Carvalli

Anne Bowen


Lela Rose


Kevan Hall + Jim Hjelm

Images from Martha Stewart Weddings

So tell me, would you rock a short frock down the aisle?  What are your thoughts on the idea?

xoxo!  - Alison

Label(s): {Bridal Market}, {Fashion}

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  1. Jen on October 25, 2010

    My favorites are the Jenny Packhams and the Monique L. on the right. Siiiiiigh. I’d take any one of those!

  2. AutumnJo on October 25, 2010

    Ruffles and flowers and layers oh my. I just need an excuse to wear one of these dresses! And totes laughed over the Randy story… sounds like you have a great FI!

  3. Aleah + Nick Valley on October 25, 2010

    I am loving that Jenny Packham flapper-esque number; what fun!

  4. Sarah on October 25, 2010

    I would definitely rock a short one for my reception, maybe not down the aisle though. That’s risky! A little vixenish, if you know what I mean. But I love every single ruffled one here. And yes, I’m also obsessed with the 1000 dresses you posted in Ruffled Dress Love. So there you go! (-;

  5. Maria on October 25, 2010

    That Randi Rahm halter is exquisite, and still very girlie to me. Which I love. I would def wear it. Also like the Lilly Pulitzer on the right, with the colored beltish thing. I like how simple and cute it is. Would wear either one of those, and yes, down the aisle. No hesitation.

  6. Alicia @CharityWedding on October 25, 2010

    I think short dresses can be super fun and classy at the same time. I would definitely consider wearing a shorter dress to the reception however I don’t expect there to be a “next time” so I will live through you.

  7. Postcards and pretties on October 25, 2010

    the jenny packham & oscar de la renta are gorgeous!!

  8. Sheila Comer on October 25, 2010

    There isn’t one dress in this collection that I dislike…..

  9. Alison on October 25, 2010

    Sheila: YES! Mission accomplished. By the way, your comment made me laugh hysterically in my inside voice (whatever that means). I don’t know why! :)

  10. Brancoprata on October 25, 2010

    Oh Oscar… I love you soooooo… you too Marchesa… you too!!

  11. TenThouBride on October 25, 2010

    You have been picking some WAY awesome short dresses lady!

  12. Super Burbs on October 26, 2010

    oh i LOVE a good short dress and I your hubby to be sounds pretty awesome :)

  13. Lena on October 26, 2010

    I feel like I’m flipping through my own favorites of Bridal Market-fabulous choices!

  14. Mia Cupcake on October 26, 2010

    If I had the legs for it, I ABSOLUTELY would rock a short dress. A long dress really isn’t me…I think I’m doing tea-length. Maybe. I’ll change my mind 700 more times between now and February.

    Also, I kind of adore your fiance.

  15. Lemonbride on October 30, 2010

    I am SO in love with all of these short dresses. I can’t wait to start shopping for mine! Thanks (as usual!) for the great inspiration.

  16. wedding accessories on November 16, 2010

    I love the concept of mini bridal dresses, and I am also planning for a short dress for my wedding.

  17. Rachael on January 10, 2011

    Nothing like a short, fun, and fabulous dress to make you feel like dancing at your wedding!! : )

  18. black jackets on June 21, 2011

    oh that’s something very interesting. very good concept of short bridal dresses. these dresses will make bride look much more pretty and beautiful.
    good approach overall.


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