Tea-Length Wedding Dresses

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Love a classic silhouette?  How about bopping back to a simpler time, let’s say the 50′s…  where the dresses are uberly flattering, feminine and FUN!

Often accessorized with closed shoes, a flower or feather fascinator, bird cage veil and short gloves, these A-line dresses are in my opinion, the epitome of femininity!

Tea-lengths have traditionally been considered a less formal style dress and often worn for destination, courthouse, garden… weddings.  But should they be so pigeon-holed?  Hmmm.  Let’s check out a few designs…

{update: 1/14/13 Based on the many emails I get for this amazing Stephanie Allin dress, here is the direct link to it: http://www.stephanieallin.net/collections/la-dolce-vita/nina-short/ }

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Just loving these next few timeless, impeccable lovelies from vintage-inspired designer

Stephanie James Couture!


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Aha! Just the answer to a having your dress and wearing it too…

a full 3 layer skirt that shortens to something quite sassy for later on!

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A petticoat in your favorite color doesn’t just talk… it screams your personality!


What do you think?

Are tea-lengths only for destination and informal weddings? Could you see yourself wearing one?

If so, how would you make it more formal?

  • http://www.bestbridalprices.com mandy

    That first gown is gorgeous!

  • http://theperfectpalette.blogspot.com The Perfect Palette

    love the tea length. Would love to have one of those to change into for our get-a-way!

  • Nalie

    Love all of these! I would definitely get fancy shoes to try to dress it up. In addition to accessories, love the bird cage!

  • Pam

    I absolutely love the first dress! Not sure I could pull it off, but wow!

  • http://cherylscasualcontemplations.blogspot.com/ Cheryl

    I love the red petticoat! And, the dress with the tiers that shortens…how fun is that?!

  • Aubrey

    I need to know where I can get the first dress on this site! I am getting married in a year and I absolutely love that dress! Please tell me how, when and where I can find that dress!

  • Cheryl

    Aubrey, it’s a Stephanie Allin dress. She is based in the UK and her website is http://www.stephanieallin.net. It IS a beautiful dress! Good luck!

  • Kelly

    My absolute favorite is the full length dress that transforms into a super fun short one. Where is that dress from?! I must know! It’s so fun and definitely appropriate for both the wedding and reception. I love that you essentially get two dresses in one!

  • Heidi

    Hi Kelly,
    That dress & more can be found at Stephanie James Couture :) http://www.stephaniejamescouture.com/blog/?cat=3

  • Brianne

    I’m wondering if you can tell me where to find the tea length dress shown with the colored crinolen?


  • http://trulyengaging.com Amy

    I am in love with the 50 style dress. I am 46 and getting married to the love of my life. This is the perfect dress for me with beautiful peep toe shoes!!! I just don’t know where to get it. I need help. Can anyone advise???

  • http://www.trulyengaging.com/ Heidi

    Hi Amy! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. The first dress pictured is stunning, and a {UK} Stephanie Allin dress. http://www.stephanieallin.net/ It is from La Dolce Vita collection: http://www.stephanieallin.net/collections/la-dolce-vita/

    The dresses pictured below are Stephanie James. Good luck & the best of everything to you! Heidi

  • http://www.divabydesign.net/ wedding dresses

    Tea length wedding dresses became popular during the 1950 and 1960. They made an appearance again in 1990′s, some with high low hem. Some wedding dresses can be cut and put in a wedding dress tea length. A bride should contact a dressmaker wedding when considering this.

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  • http://boutiquedresses.co.uk Boutique Dresses

    Often accessorized with closed shoes, a flower or feather fascinator, bird cage veil and short gloves, these A-line dresses are in my opinion, the epitome of femininity!