(Closed) Who Has a Tea-Length Dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you have a tea-length gown? If so, did you love it or regret not having a long gown?
    I had a tea-length gown and loved it! :D : (30 votes)
    61 %
    I had a tea-length gown and wished I had bought a full-length gown. :( : (0 votes)
    I had a full-length gown and wished I had bought a tea-length gown. :/ : (4 votes)
    8 %
    I would buy a full-length gown for the ceremony & then a tea-length reception dress! :3 : (15 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m going to have a tea length dress (same month as you!) and have no doubt that I’m going to love it. Weather was one great reason, not having a bustle is another, and my wedding being pretty non-traditional and laid back was the best reason of all. I want to give the impression that things don’t have to be too formal and serious for us to all have a good time and great memories. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

    Ok, I am not married yet, so I probably won’t be as helpful as other bees… but I have a tea length reception dress! I do have a full length ceremony dress, BUT: I was able to get this HUGE tulle dress for free that has a looong tulle train. There was no way I was bustling that beautiful monstrosity lol. I love the look of tea length and jumped on the chance to have it for my wedding!

    I voted full length for ceremony/tea for reception, but I’m totally biased. If you love tea length and only want one dress, go for it!!!

    Post # 5
    Member
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I had a full-length (so I didn’t vote), but I tried on a few tea-length dresses and they were cute!  A full-length fit better with my personality and the feel of our wedding, so if you think a tea-length will fit with you, go for it!  I wouldn’t buy two dresses (unless you have the budget and really want to).  The best thing you can do is head out to try some on, good luck!

    Post # 8
    Member
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Torrid: Well hey there, date twin! No idea about holidays from personal experience, but I swear I’ve heard some bees talk about venues being more expensive on a holiday weekend…

    For my dress, I contacted customer service at Dressilyme.com and asked whether they’re open to making one of their full-length gowns in tea length. They said it’s often possible, though I would have to give them the style number to confirm for sure. I’m really excited about this because it opens up so many more style options, so as risky as it may be, I’m planning on buying online. Are you thinking of the one from David’s Bridal? It’s lovely, I definitely considered that one, but I’m very set on a corset back. 

    Post # 10
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    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Torrid:  My pleasure πŸ™‚

    If you haven’t already, search Weddingbee for threads about Dressilyme and other online custom dress sellers. Many ladies have posted pictures of the details of their custom made dresses, all the way down to the boning in the corsets and the quality of the seams. Overall, the results seem very positive. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I LOVED wearing a shorter dress! We had a outdoor wedding in the middle of a heat wave, so the dress was perfect. Plus, it was just more “me” than a long dress.

    Post # 14
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    4478 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m seriously considering a Vivien of Holloway circle dress.  I want a dress I can walk around and dance in, plus wear again.  The full-length gown isn’t my style.

    Post # 16
    Member
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I had a tea-length dress and absolutely loved it!

    however, there were a couple of downsides to consider:

    I had a really hard time figuring out what to do about the skin on my legs– I wanted to blur some imperfections, but I did not want to do a fake tan or wear pantyhose. Many of the “airbrush legs” only came in colors way too dark for me. my solution was to use a really light coating of waterproof/rub-proof foundation all over. it looked good and did not come off on anything!  I used Dior Airflash, which was mega expensive. I recently saw a leg makeup product at Ulta that might actually come in pale, but I haven’t tried it.

    also, I was worried that my feet would swell from standing a lot in heels. thankfully, they did not. I was super careful about not eating much salt the days prior.

    a full length dress would have covered up all of these issues. but I ended up looking good and I don’t regret wearing a tea length dress at all!

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