If you’re looking for a sweet and slightly retro wedding dress, tea length is a good choice.
Easier to wear than a full-length gown, tea length wedding dresses are effortlessly cool. They are also a great option for shoe-addicted brides who can show off their footwear to full effect.
Tea length wedding dresses fall below the knee and above the ankle. Originally the hem used to sit just above the ankle, but in modern designs it’s usually mid-calf. You’ll find authentic vintage tea length wedding dresses are a bit longer than more contemporary designs.
Here’s our pick of 30 of the best tea length wedding dresses from some of our favourite wedding dress designers.
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Style 99010 – Justin Alexander Signature
Ball gown silhouettes work so well with tea length dresses. You get the volume and swish of the skirt but it doesn’t drown you, making it an excellent option for petite brides. This Justin Alexander Signature gown features illusion beading over the bodice that adds a sultry vibe to this classic design.
Style 66026 – Lillian West
All-over English lace makes this tea length wedding dress a truly romantic choice for your big day. It’s a playful style that would look brilliant at a destination wedding or registry office wedding where the rules can be relaxed. The lace is adorned with sequins for a subtle sparkle as you dance the night away.
Virginie Dress – Temperley London Bridal
With a tea-length front flowing into a distinctive train, this richly embellished dress is a true statement piece. The top is decorated with art noveau-inspired motifs and hand-adorned with crystals, clasps stones and white alabaster sequins.
Stefani Dress – Alex Veil Bridal
You can buy Russian designer Alex Veil’s incredible handmade designs on Etsy. They’re brilliantly made, lightweight and easy to wear, and we love the textured tulle coming off this dress. The 5-star rating should help ease your worries about buying online.
Enid Dress – House of Mooshki
Blush pink is a romantic colour for a wedding dress if you’re not feeling white or ivory. This cute and fun vintage-style short wedding dress from House of Mooshki is transformed by those whimsical sleeves. The brand is based in the North East of England and is one of our favourites for unique, custom-made gowns.
Miami – Pronovias
The Miami dress is all about the mixture of textures: lace and mikado silk, matte and shine. With a natural A-line waist, it’s an incredibly flattering cut and features a bateau neckline that’s been bang on trend since Meghan Markle sported one at her wedding. Did we mention this dress also has pockets? It’s a real winner.
Style 7981 – Cosmobella
This ankle-skimming floral gown is perfect for brides who like to make a statement. The embroidered pink blossoms are delicate, feminine and completely romantic – but there’s a hint of sexiness from that illusion neckline too.
Style 88054 – Kelsey Rose
Romantic lace is topped with 3D floral detailing on this Kelsey Rose gown. It’s finished with a cute bow at the back and an illusion v-neck for a fanciful look.
Style 88089 – Justin Alexander
The chic notch neckline on this Justin Alexander gown comes courtesy of a detachable lace jacket. You can wear this as a sweetheart strapless gown, puffed with English net; or embrace your preppy side with the elegant jacket.
Style 80026 – Kelsey Rose
A shorter style doesn’t mean sacrificing on structure. This high-low hem gown is constructed from a pleated Mikado silk skirt with a high lace neckline and waist. The lace softens the bold, modern shape – this is one for brides who want to make an impact.
Hollywood Boulevard – Ivory & Co by Sarah Bussey
As the name suggests, this Ivory & Co dress has real red carpet appeal. The silk organza skirt features classical ’50s-style layers, and the bodice has an internal corset to give you that Monroe-esque hourglass waist.
Lila Dress – Temperley London Bridal
A fully sequinned party dress, the Lila gown has either ’20s flapper vibes or an opulent Studio 54 ’70s feel depending on your favoured era. It has an ankle-skimming front length with a tiered ruffle skirt, open back and is finished with a silk satin tie.
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Sweetpea – Romantica
The full skirt and bow belt give this Romantica dress a vintage feel. Combine that with the cute sweetheart neckline and fun floral pattern and you have a vibrant dress, perfect for a spring or summer wedding.
Darcy Dress – House of Mooshki
This 1960s-inspired pencil skirt wedding dress shows that not all tea length wedding dresses need to feature a huge skirt. Lace covers the sleeves and bodice of this chic, fitted gown. That bow is just the cherry on top.
Cintia – Rosa Clara
The Cintia dress feels like the little sister of the popular ball gown silhouette. We’d love to wear this at a destination wedding – those cap sleeves would be perfect in the heat. There’s a Mad Men vibe to this that we’re obsessed with.
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Safin – Charlie Brear
This midi dress feels like a modern take on a debutante ball gown. The halterneck and open back balances the modest high neckline. In luxurious, pleated Mikado, this is a beautifully constructed, contemporary design that harks back to vintage looks.
Ciara + Sachi – Martina Liana
Separates are a great choice if you’re looking for a tea length skirt. You can combine this vintage-inspired Sachi skirt from Martina Liana with any top you choose – perhaps a long sleeved one for the ceremony and a more playful one for the reception. We love it with this sleek moonstone and diamante strapless corset for ultimate glitz and glamour.
Timeless Chic – Betsy
Timeless Chic is a brilliant brand for vintage-style wedding dresses, plus many of their styles are available in sizes 6-28. The Betsy dress is a retro satin gown with an ivory ruffled petticoat under the skirt to give it that voluminous, ’50s feel.
Emily Dress – House of Mooshki
There’s no ignoring these sleeves! An off-the-shoulder, cowl neckline leads into cute billowing sleeves, adorned with lace flowers at the shoulders and pink pearls at the waist. It’s a very feminine design that’s made for twirling.
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Jaimie – Timeless Chic
Long sleeves can balance out a shorter dress if you don’t want both your legs and shoulders on show. For a more conservative wedding or if you’d like your arms covered, this dress is perfect. It’s a sweet design and beautifully cut to skim the body.
Niqui Dress – Aire
A short, princess-style, lace dress, the Niqui from Aire is fit for royalty. The V-neckline has an illusion overlay that leads down into three-quarter sleeves. The whole dress is dotted with delicate beads for a feminine finish.
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Ida – Charlie Brear
The Ida dress by Charlie Brear actually has incredibly flattering midi length sleeves. They come in the designer’s statement, textural Camilia lace with floral embellishment, and are mixed up with clean, crisp lines on the skirt. It’s perfect for a city wedding or a reception dress.
Posie Dress – House of Mooshki
3D flowers cover the bodice and sleeves of this tea length wedding dress. A tulle skirt and bows on the sleeves add to the textures and volume on this dress which is great for dancing in. If the skirt doesn’t take your fancy, the Posie dress can also come with a pencil skirt.
Style 11317 – Ellis Bridal
This just-below-the-knee dress combines two of our favourite trends in shorter gowns: long sleeves and lace. The high illusion neckline makes this a brilliant choice for bigger-busted brides. The billowy skirt oozes vintage vibes and we love that the hem has a band of smooth Mikado silk for a contrasting look.
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Daphne Dress – White Alice
This Spanish brand is our go-to for contemporary designs. Designed by Alicia Rudea, the Daphne dress proves tea-length doesn’t have to be fluffy and floaty. The nude base layer and over-size lace makes for a dramatic style. You can buy it from their flagship store in Bilbao or online (but why miss the opportunity for a long weekend in Spain?).
Style 6177 – Stella York
With a whimsical tulle tea-length skirt, this Stella York dress is a total figure-flatterer. It’s available in plus size and really suits brides wanting to emphasise their waist. You’ll be the centre of attention as you twirl all night long.
Grace Bardot Midi Dress – Monsoon
For under £250, this midi dress is an absolute bargain. Going up to a size 22, the modern and chic Grace Bardot dress from Monsoon is a fashion-forward choice. The off-shoulder neckline can balance wider hips and it allows your accessories to shine.
Galina Floral Plus Size Tea Length Wedding Dress – David’s Bridal
The cut-out Venise lace on this Galina dress gives it a free-spirited summer vibe. It works so well with a headband or flower crown for a boho look. The dress goes up to a size 26 so there’s lots of choice for curvy brides.
Maya – Anoushka G
The structured Bardot neckline on the Maya dress makes it ideal for brides with a generous bust. The embellished belt nips in your waist for a stunning silhouette that embraces all your gorgeous curves.
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Plus Size Dress With Shrug – David’s Bridal
Effortlessly versatile, this sequin-embellished lace, strapless dress comes with a coordinating cap-sleeve shrug so you can wear it how you like. It also features an ultra-flattering A-line skirt with a waist-defining satin ribbon.
After you’ve chosen your wedding dress, you’ll want to start planning what you’ll do with it after the big day. Check out our guide to selling your wedding dress and 7 genius ways to reuse your wedding gown.