Post # 1
Has anyone chopped their ball gown to a tea length or mid calf length? Our wedding went from formal to casual but I already bought and brought my gown home. I love the beading and the tulle but I will not be comfortable wearing it in my sisters backyard for our wedding… Thus I am thinking of chopping it to tea length or a bit shorter.
Also, has anyone worn a veil like in the picture for th ceremony and then switched to a tulle birdcage or fascinator for the reception?
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Post # 3
I just don’t think the full skirt and the shorter length “go” if that makes any sense.
Post # 4
Maybe you could try pinning it up first to see how it looks before introducing scissors?
Post # 5
I have huge crinoline on in this picture, @Laurenplusalex: so it lays flatter without it.
It’d look something like this, but maybe a little shorter because I’m 5’4″
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Post # 6
Most tea length dresses with a corsetlike top I’ve seen poof out at the natural waist. This dress has more of a dropped waist, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work!
I would maybe go tea-length and then put a waistband around the natural waist.
Post # 7
Definitely pin it up first! Make sure you’re 100% committed before you cut.
But my reception dress was a pretty big ballgown that I cut tea-length! And it was SO much fun to dance in!
Post # 8
@misslineman: My best friend’s sister chopped her tulle ballgown to tea length. It was 100% PERFECT! She wore 4.5″ heels and tied ribbon around them so they sort of looked like ballet laces.
Post # 9
@shortie1848: any pics?
I am going to hunt for an extremely experienced alteration person to see if it can be pinned to give me an idea before I chop but I really think it’d be the best of both worlds.
Post # 10
If it comes down to it not being able to be chopped, you could always sell it and use the money to buy a more suitable one.
Post # 11
@BrideDJ: I’ve had it on craigslist, tradesy and the classifieds on the bee, I don’t think its a very popular gown so it will be a hard sell 🙁
Post # 12
@misslineman: I just Facebook stalked her but can’t find one. I can text her later. Seriously, I am not a fan of tea length, but it looked soooooo cute!
Post # 13
It’s a beautiful dress as is, but if you think it’s inappropriate ( I don’t!) you could try finding a tea length dress of a similar shilouette and see what it looks like on you. I don’t think pinning it will give you a true indication, there is way too much fabric.
Post # 14
@misslineman: There is a bee who was photoshopping dresses for people. I don’t know if she could photoshop legs under your cut-off dress lol, but maybe like MsMeow said, you can pin it first to see exactly what you would be getting?
I think it could work though.
Post # 15
I think chopping it would def work!!! you’d look like a 1950s bride! Love it! May I suggest as well wedges if you’re doing it in the backyard. That way you won’t sink in the grass!
Post # 16
What about wearing this for the ceremony and finding a cute, inexpensive casual white dress fir the reception? It may be cheaper than alterations.