10 adorable tea-length wedding dresses
While we love a beautiful floor-sweeping gown (check out recent designs by Berta Bridal, Galia Lahav and Emma Victoria Payne) as much as the next wedding publication, we also have a serious soft spot for tea-length dresses. There's something a little more laidback and relaxed about them, and they can be perfect if the theme of your wedding is a little less traditional than most.
Say, for example, that you're having a vintage-themed wedding. Well, for starters, you might want some tips! But your dress is going to be one of the strongest nods to your wedding style, so going for something tea-length will work perfectly. (Don't feel restricted, mind you: if you're looking to the 1920s for your vintage inspiration, you might want to channel The Great Gatsby in a floor-length, drop-waisted sheath; if it's a 1970s vibe you're into, you should try rocking a more boho gown, with flowers in your hair.)
Similarly, a relaxed outdoor wedding with a garden party theme or a summer picnic feel calls for a gown that's a little less formal than a fully structured, button-up work of art. If you have your heart set on having a relaxed, informal outdoor wedding and a formal ceremony with a full-on princess gown, you could always change out of your floor-length gown and into something a little shorter (all the better for dancing!) later in the evening - Poppy Delevingne did!
Then, of course, there are women who just fall upon tea-length gowns and fall in love - and they can be a great figure fixer! If you go for a 1950s silhouette, with a full skirt and nipped-in waist, you can easily conceal any concerns you might have about your waist, hips and bust (this silhouette will give a great hourglass figure, with very few exceptions). If you have quite an athletic figure, a less structured tea-length gown such as Oleg Cassini's design for David's Bridal (only $700!) will prove a very relaxed, yet very pretty, choice - and give you a waist while playing up your toned arms and calves!
Despite all of the cries of "informal", "relaxed" and "vintage", however, tea-length doesn't have to mean losing the drama of a full-on princess gown: take Vera Wang's design for spring 2015, which takes tea-length to new levels of tulle and taffeta, with a dramatic high-low hem and beautifully embellished bodice. House of Mooshki's fall 2014 design, too, takes tea-length and adds some seriously showstopping aspects: a beautiful pale blush color, sheer sleeves, embellished neckline and detailed bodice. Check out the rest of the collection right here!
We've had a great time selecting 10 awesome tea-length gowns for you to love (or hate) - and if you get done here and want more (more, more!) you can check out our wedding gowns board on Pinterest, which has more than 1,300 dresses for you to peruse. Happy dress shopping!