Post # 1
I was hoping some of you ladies could help me find some inspiration. FH and I are planning a small wedding celebration next year, and I think that I want a tea length dress…perhaps a vintage or vintage-inspired gown. I would appreciate it if you could show me your dresses if you opted for a shorter style as well.
On one hand I love the look and feel like a tea length dress is very ‘me,’ but on the other hand I sometimes wonder if I will feel like I missed out on something if I don’t choose a longer gown.
I also feel like it’s normal to have some anxiety with dress shopping since there is such a large build up for choosing the right gown.
Thanks so much!!!
Post # 3
If you love, go for it! There are plenty of different tea-length styles, and you can always wear a long gown for a vow renewal later (and this is coming from a diehard lover of long gowns).
Also, here’s some fab inspiration (look at how happy they are :P)
Post # 4
@lulu_honey: I really like them. I didn’t have one as I had dreamt of a long one, but if that’s what you wish for, go for i
Post # 5
I’m not married yet but my dress is tea length. Some things that factored into my decision were: venue, weather, and wedding fee. I’m having an outdoor afternoon/evening wedding in Florida. In June. So there’s that plus we wan. Our wedding to have such an easy and casual feel and I don’t think a gown matched that.
I fell in love with both a tea length dress and a gown and after about a month of deliberation ended up purchasing the tea length dress. I have no regrets at this point.
Post # 6
I fell in love with a tea length and will be wearing it for my wedding in August 🙂
Post # 7
This may sounds crazy but I’ve never really day-dreamed about what my wedding dress would look like (gasp!) so it was a little tough for me to figure out what I wanted. I thought a short dress would be more me than a long gown, plus the heat, and as pp mentioned we wanted a more casual retro feel. I tried on 6 long gowns and while they were nice I didn’t love any of them. They put me in the only tea-length they had and despite it being oh maybe 10 sizes too large I loved the look, but wasn’t 100% because it felt so off with it being so large.
I like showing off my toned legs & fabulous shoes, & those did neither! I then went & tried on tea-length dresss at Dolly Couture in LA (that’s all they make) & it was like night & day. I instantly felt comfortable in every dress, even though some were not so pretty to me…. I actually had fun in them, twirling around & jumping up & down, I loved the way they moved, felt, looked, and what they showed off. We ended up ordering a custom made gown that day, it’s a mix between the top of one style & the bottom of another with a low V back & polka dot overlay….
Here’s my gorgeous, just decided to name her Dottie!
So just make an appointment to try on some long gowns, but my feelings are that you probably won’t love them too much if you’re really sold on a tea length…. I was really worried I’d regret my decision later on so I just went ahead & tried em on anyway just in case. At the very least it solidified my decision to use a tea-length gown!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
@Glasgowbound: Oh my gosh, I freaking love that dress! I wanted it, but in full length, but that apparently isn’t an option, so I had to pass – set on the full length dress for some reason. But man, it is awesome! I’m a little jealous!
Post # 9
@NowDontLetsBeSilly: it’s still on their website slim guessing its still available
justin Alexander 8483. If none of the shops around you carry it, they can call Justin Alexander and order a sample. That’s what they had to do for mine.
Post # 10
I wore a dress that was way shorter than tea-length. I wore the matching coat, and felt very elegant and beautiful. I don’t regret it at all.
Post # 11
I’m like you………..I initially felt like a shorter dress was more “me” but I went through and tried on a million other dresses anyways to be sure. I eventually came back to a knee length dress and I could not be happier.
Post # 12
Tea length dresses look AMAZING, I totally think you should go for it. I probably would have done it myself if I didn’t have an incredibly awkward leg length – it’s really sad but I can’t wear tea length anything, it makes me look like an oompa loompa all of a sudden. I always see beautiful tea length dresses and skirts and then try them and it’s like “….oh.”
Post # 13
Check out Stephanie James Couture. She is fantastic and is making my gown- a combination of these- the one I’m wearing with the bow jog the other, in a light blue. Everything she makes is fantastic 🙂
Post # 14
I’m definitely going to look at tea length dresses. I feel like I could wear a really full skirt in a tea length, but it would be too much in floor length, so I could get that ballgown feel in a look that is in step with myncasual wedding plans. Also I hate trains, and will probably end up chopping off the train if I get a full length dress. And I have great ankles That I’d like to show off!
Post # 15
I went for a long gown because my wedding was more formal. While I’m not against shorter dresses, tea length is a terrible length on me so I don’t tend to like them. I much much much prefer knee length.
If you opted for short, are you set on tea length?
Post # 16
I wanted a tealength SOooooooooooo bad. When I tried them on, it was not flattering on me. It made me look so stumpy. Even with a killer pair of heels on :-/ So I am sticking to sheath or mermaid/trumpet.