Post # 1
I’ve read the older posts on tea-length wedding dresses, but does anyone else have a more recent story of their hunt for a tea-length dress? I need some tips on where to find them online or try on in person. I’ll be in LA in a couple weeks so can go to Dolly Couture. Where else can I try them on?
I’d love to see photos of any tea length dresses, or get tips on where to find one!
Post # 3
This is was mine. It’s a Justin Alexander. Any of e shops that carry him (he’s got a few different tea length ones) should either have it or be able to order you a sample to try on. David’s Bridal has some I know. Actually most designers have one or two.
The Knot has a dress search option and one of the options is length. Just pick the tea length option and it will show you all kinds of tea length dresses. That’s where I originally saw my dress.
Post # 4
@Gwendolyn88: I got my dress from Dolly Couture! (http://dollycouture.com/) 🙂
Make sure you make an appointment, their store is super tiny, and they can really only work with 1 person at a time.
I basically customized my whole dress. I tried on a few that they had, and took bits and pieces from what I liked from each, and they drew me a sketch of what the final dress would look like.
Although they ended up sending me the wrong dress (it was 99% correct… except the cut of the dress was ballgown instead of a-line,) the sales manager was ON TOP on it, and she IMMEDIATELY took my dress back and they are making me another one. (I’m currently waiting for that one to arrive sometime next month.)
OTHER THAN DOLLY COUTURE…
There’s Stephanie James (http://stephaniejamescouture.com/contact/) she is by appointment only as well, she’s in Costa Mesa (that’s just outside of LA). Her dresses are a little more expensive. I’ve heard good things about it though.
Post # 5
Justin Alexander has them. David’s Bridal has tea length dresses done by Vera Wang, Oleg Cassini, Melissa Sweet, and their own el cheapo line. Dolly Couture. Rivini.
Post # 6
I’m going with Whirling Turban 🙂 totally fabulous!
Post # 7
thanks for the tips ladies!
i’m in LA in a couple weeks so will hit Dolly Couture and Stephanie James. And I’ll try David’s Bridal but I heard they don’t have too many tea lengths, but we’ll see!
And I LOVE this one from Whirling Turban – white leopard print! HA! Just not sure how the online ordering works as far as fit. For example, what if I hate it?
I tried the Knot but then didn’t know where to try on the ones that I saw?
Any more tips?
Post # 8
@Gwendolyn88: this was my dress… maybe not exactly what you are looking for but you really cant beat the price & I got tonnes of compliments on it!
Post # 9
I adore that Whirling Turban Dress. Just fantastic and it really does have a genuinely vintage cut to it. Unlike so many allegedly “vintage” designs!
Post # 10
@Gwendolyn88: You’ll love Dolly Couture’s shop- that’s where I got my dress. What I really loved about them was how easy it was to make a custom gown and the price was pretty much on-par with their regular gowns. i had them mix up a top from one gown, bottom from another, and the overlay fabric from a third; then added the low v-back & details. They were great to work with, I had a few minor issues but they were all fixed very quickly & with much apologies. Let me know if you have any questions!
Post # 11
@Becky – you look amazing!!! i LOVE it! Wow oh wow, I’m really excited to go to Dolly Couture now. I’d love a dress like that with maybe magenta and black touches.
I’m a little nervous about price though. I was looking for something really ‘cost-effective’ ;). I’m having two wedding parties (not sure where the ceremony will be yet – maybe just courthouse) so was thinking of getting two different dresses, one for each party… 😀
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
@Gwendolyn88: Yay for tea-length dresses love!! <3
Whirling Turban’s great. I corresponded briefly with them for my MOH’s dress even though I didn’t order from WT. They’re based in Bali. Their dresses are a bit more expensive since they use materials that were typically used back in the 50s and such; which is more expensive today.
Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous you are trying on DC dresses. They’re all so cute! 🙂 You should also try Stephanie James Couture if you’re in the states. (SJC’s dresses are so dreamy!)
But I found a really good substitute at $750 CAD from David’s Bridal. I think it was on sale for $600 USD online (US only). The designer is Oleg Cassini. I will be wearing mine without any sashes. (Sample size is too small in this one)
Also try the following websites, recommended to me by the owner of fiftieswedding.com:
Oh My Honey was in Vegas just a few weeks ago. (I follow them on Facebook to admire at other short dresses; they’ve got loads of cute petticoats — in different colours too!)
For bridesmaid dresses: http://www.vivienofholloway.com/
Other dresses I’ve tried, but didn’t choose for tea-length:
This high-low Oleg Cassini dress is fun and comfortable — and it’s got pockets.
David’s Bridal also has a couple affordable tea-length dresses, but I wasn’t looking for strapless. 🙂
DressilyMe.com also has a nice selection of tea-length dresses!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
@Gwendolyn88: If you are going to the Dolly Couture store in Tarzana (I think that’s the only one in LA?), you can also try Justin Alexander dresses right down the block at Lili Bridals. That’s where I bought my tea length dress.
Post # 14
Well I’m going to be in Anaheim CA for almost a week – 2 days visiting FSIL with FI, and then 4 days at a conference. I have a close friend who lives in LA proper (los feliz or something) who will go with me. Otherwise I might drag FSIL along (we’re not close, but maybe that would be our chance to start). But yes, Tarzana seems a bit far from there. I might have to extend my trip a day! But if I can swing it I will be sure to contact Lili Bridals as well.
Right now I’m drooling on that Whirling Turban dress, and the Dolly Couture dress. I hope they fit my body type!!
@Cynderbug, Thanks – I’ll have to check out your leads as well (but I’m out of procrastination time at work!)
Very excited for these great leads; thank you!! And definitely post more if you got ’em! I’m just starting my research; it can be a bit overwhelming!
Post # 15
ps. has anyone ordered an online dress with success? the ones from china especially make me nervous…
Post # 16
@Gwendolyn88: Unique Vintage (which is an online store) also have a showroom in LA and they have a lot of tea length dresses.