Many brides are afraid to even consider wearing a short wedding dress. If you were to ask why, you'll find the common response is "it's not traditional." But styles have evolved and revolved over the years, as a great many dresses worn in the 50's were actually cocktail length.
Just in case you're willing to consider going short, here are a few 2009 styles to consider (photos courtesy of Brides.com and Kleinfeldbridal.com):
Platinum for Priscilla of Boston
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