(Closed) tea length vs. full length BM dresses

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: what kind of bridesmaid dress are you having?

    tea length

    full length

    mixed

    knee length or higher

  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Well, I’ve kinda debated this myself as we’re currently in the process of figuring out Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.  I like the look of tea length, but I have to agree with you- I like full length dresses- they’re super classy and elegant.  Our wedding is in May, but it’s a large, formal wedding…so I’m having Bridesmaid or Best Man in long black dresses.  =)

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’m not a fan of tea length dresses.  they are not very flattering on most people, making them look short of frumpy.  Since you’re paying for the dresses, I think you should go ahead and decide on the look you like best.

    I’m going with full length but cocktail length would be my second choice.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I thought about full-length, but we ended up with tea-length. Full length is much more formal IMO. We are doing a spring wedding so tea-length I think is appropriate. I think BMs always think about re-wearing the dress, so tea-length would be more versatile. But at the same time, you can always shorten the full-length. Just pick what you like!

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Im a fan of the short dresses as well… tea length wont look good on my girls so were going to go with something a little shorter.  i think the reason is that (besides my sister) we are all grown adults, I dont want to feel like were going to the prom…

    Post # 7
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

    I find tea-length awkward – when I first got engaged I was set on a vintage, tea-length dress but once I tried them on, I realised that they weren’t very flattering on me. I think I’m going to have my girls wear cocktail-length dresses (so at about the knees). My wedding is in late June though!

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    Wine colored knee length dresses. They came in tea length, but I had my bridesmaids hem them to knee length since I agree with @rycrafty that tea length looks awkward. I would never re-wear a full length dress, but a knee-length one would get lots of reuse. My sister has already reworn her bridesmaid dress from our wedding and it’s only been two and a half months.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Eggplant or Baylor Green dresses that fall between the knee and ankle. I’m not all the picky, I just ask that they wear a bra and keep the bits covered.
    As all are students (and one is even a theater major) their budgets as not that great so it allows them to find a dress in their budget that they are comfortable with. One has found a dress she LOVES and is very excited to wear over and over.

    But the wedding is also July in Texas so a full length dress is asking a bit- even inside.

    Post # 10
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Long I think. But from suggestions i’ve had on here from Bees i’m going to let them pick a couple of dresses that they like to try on so they’ll have different dresses but in the same colour and hopefully they’ll wear it again.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    My first wedding, my Maid/Matron of Honor (my sister) wore a full-length dress.  My second wedding, my Maid/Matron of Honor (my daughter) wore a knee-length dress.  In each case, the Maid/Matron of Honor was the only female attendant, so I let her wear any nice dress.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    most people I know want shorter dresses, so I am pleasantly surprised to see the poll results: thought I was the only one having full-length dresses! I want it to be more formal and it’s the cold of winter.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I picked a few dresses with a variety of tops (strapless, sleeveless, halter) and with different lengths and asked my sister and friends to pick whichever one they wanted – four wore short and two wore long – they all looked fabulous!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I didn’t vote because there wasn’t an option for shorter than tea length. My girls dresses will be cocktail length – right at their knee. As a shorter girl (5’2″) I’ve hated every tea length bridesmaid dress I’ve ever worn. I feel like an Oompa Loompa in them, so I didn’t want to put my similarly heighted girls though that. Plus my wedding is daytime and somewhat casual, so I thought a shorter dress would be more appropriate than a long dress.

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We are going with burnt orange tea length for our fall themed wedding next October. The girls had actually asked me if they could wear long dresses but after thinking about I realized that them in long dresses would look silly with the guys in khakis and brown blazers. I felt bad telling them no, but its our wedding and they were fine with it. I’ll make up for it by giving them each brown cashmere sweaters to wear over the dresses as their Bridal Party gift. 

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    For a fall wedding I would say long dresses. Tea length is a hard length for most people to pull off.

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