You may ask, “What exactly is a tea-length dress?“
And no, it has nothing to do with the time it takes to spill tea all over the dress!
Though there are many beautiful variations, the basic definition is a dress with a hem that falls below the knee and above the ankle. Aside from this classic and defining feature, the options are pretty much endless! Examples include long sleeves, strapless, lace bodices, or tulle skirts. No matter your individual style, there is a tea length wedding gown with your name on it.
Reasons to Wear a Tea Length Dress
If it’s not a style you’ve considered before, prepare to be swayed as the reasons to leave those floor-length gowns behind are revealed.
Summertime or an Outdoor Setting
For all of the summer brides out there, tea length wedding dresses are an absolute dream. Not only will you look sensational, but the shorter length is a welcome comfort in high temperatures.
No matter what dress a bride chooses, she’ll be unquestionably beautiful! For many, a tea-length dress is that style — largely thanks to the flattering shape. With a cinched waistline and voluminous skirt, they’re wonderful for highlighting an hourglass figure. Additionally, the shorter hemline is ideal for petite brides.
Finally, if your legs are a favourite asset, don’t hide them away beneath a floor-length gown! Go for a tea-length dress and feel fabulous from morning until night.
There’s no point in having the most stunning heels ever seen if nobody gets to see them! Tea-length dresses are a chance to shine in the shoe department and showcase a fabulous pair of designer shoes.
Veils And Tea Length Wedding Dresses
With a full gown, there’s never really an issue regarding the length of your veil. The bridal veil can be as long as you like, and it’s unlikely to compete with the length of your dress. However, with a dress that’s tea length, make sure your veil doesn’t steal focus from the style. Opting for something shoulder or waist length is simply perfect.
Shoes to Wear With a Tea Length Dress
As mentioned, one hugely popular reason brides decide to wear a tea-length dress is the ability to put footwear front and centre. If you’re a bride with a love of fabulous footwear (aren’t we all!?), this is your chance to wow guests and make the most of showing off those glorious heels!
Let’s take a look at gorgeous shoe options to go with your tea-length dress.
A Pop Of Colour
Now that shoes will be a huge part of your bridal look, why not go for something truly memorable and add a pop of colour to the ensemble. A brilliant pair of heeled royal blue pumps or a romantic red peep toes could give your wedding look a wow factor!
Classic Bridal Heels
A traditional pair of white or ivory heels is the dream for many brides, and there are so many show-stopping designs to choose from. Complete your look with simple heels that match your dress for a chic and seamless bridal ensemble.
Beautiful Ballet Flats
If you’re not one for heels, you needn’t wear them just because you think you should. Comfort is a huge part of feeling good on your wedding day! Ballet flats are a viable option, with many stunning varieties. Think Audrey Hepburn and opt for vintage vibes with a classic pair of pumps.
Remember that pair of designer heels you’ve kept your eye on, but had no occasion special enough to splurge? Hello wedding day! This is the ideal opportunity to show them off and to treat yourself to something extra special for walking down the aisle.
Tantilizing Tea Length Dresses
1. Plus Size Tea Length Wedding Dress
This stunning curve tea-length dress by David’s Bridal is right out of a fairytale. With its classic sweetheart neckline, cinched waist and elbow-length lace sleeves, you’ll be a vision on your wedding day. Accompanying this timeless dress with a pair of peep-toe heels is an elegant choice to give the dress a chic finish.
2. A-line Tea Length Wedding Dresses
It doesn’t get any more feminine than this timeless tea dress by David’s Bridal. The wide bodice straps skim the shoulders creating an open neckline which perfectly compliments the darted bust and ribboned waistband. Additionally, this creates a balance for the wonderfully voluminous A-line skirt. With its chic and simple construction, this is one bridal look that will never go out of style.
3. Lace Tea Length Wedding Dress
Lovers of lace will adore this incredibly pretty wedding dress. I am particularly fond of the elegant boat neckline and 3D floral lace overlay atop the tulle skirt. This is all topped off with the addition of a beautiful ribbon waist belt.
If you’re looking for more lace dress inspiration, check out our article here.
4. Vintage Tea Length Wedding Dresses
Many brides gravitate toward this style due to a love of vintage. This silhouette was at its prime in the 1950s and continues to be a hugely popular choice today. I certainly see why!
This showstopping vintage number offers up the perfect slice of vintage wedding gown style. It has a full tulle skirt with ribbon detailing throughout as well as a fitted, seamed bodice with long lace sleeves. A bright red lip will provide the quintessential finishing touch for this time-honoured bridal look.
5. Strapless Tea Length Wedding Dresses
by True Bride
What can I say about this strapless beauty other than – A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Those heels along with the birdcage fascinator really make the entire look pop.
For something a little different that’s especially ideal for summer brides, choose this outstanding tea dress. You’re sure to wow as you glide down the aisle in this gown.
From these favorites alone, I think it’s safe to say that tea-length dresses are as elegant and luxurious as any full-length wedding gown. Whether layering for a winter wedding or going strapless for a summer ceremony, you’re about to create a truly memorable bridal look that is eternally chic and stylish.