When most people think of themselves in a wedding dress, they imagine a long gown, perhaps with a train and a full skirt. But what if you’re not “most people” and you’re imagining yourself in a different silhouette with a shorter length? A tea-length wedding dress perhaps?
The tea-length silhouette varies slightly from dress to dress, but the hem usually falls somewhere between the knee and the ankle. Typically featuring a voluminous skirt, a tea-length wedding gown is a classic wedding day look that screams “vintage.”
Not only a great option for brides who want to show off a fabulous pair of pumps, but the tea-length dress is also for those who simply don’t want to have to hem a floor-length gown, or for the bride whose outdoor summer wedding requires a dress that she won’t have to worry about getting dragged through the grass.
So, if you’re an unconventional, modern, or practical bride who’s interested in a tea-length wedding gown, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite tea length wedding dresses!
Tulle Wedding Dress with Three-Quarter Sleeves
This style of tea-length dress is completely classic.
With a full A-line skirt and delicate sleeves, this dress has a vintage look that’s incredibly beautiful.
We love the embroidered details and floral appliques on this dress – they add romance and visual interest to the bodice, sleeves, and skirt.
We’d love to see this dress worn at a winter wedding!
Off-Shoulder A-Line Wedding Dress
This dress is so elegant, from its off-shoulder sleeves and ruched bodice to the satin and pleated skirt.
We love how the sleeves are so wide that they provide a bit of coverage for your arms, and with multiple colors to choose from, you don’t have to be stuck with ivory or white on your wedding day if you don’t want to be! We love the rich red and gorgeous green.
Deep V-Neck Satin A-Line Wedding Dress
This V-neck dress has a vintage look but it allows for a peek of skin that’s very modern.
We love how the sexiness of the deep-cut V neck is offset somewhat by the little bow at the center of the waistband, but our favorite thing about this dress is the unique open back with the buttons going up the center.
Tulle Wedding Dress with Short Sleeves
Though this dress is similar to the first one on this list, we think it’s more appropriate for weddings in the warmer months of spring and summer.
We’d love to see this dress worn at an outdoor garden wedding! We can just imagine those short fluffy sleeves fluttering in a breeze that also spins the skirt ever so slightly.
Deep V Wedding Dress with Sleeves
This is another very modern take on a classic design.
This dress features a deep-cut V-neck, full skirt, and puffed three-quarter sleeves for a beautiful balance between modern and timeless.
We love the sleek, clean lines of this dress design, but most of all, we love the dainty sparkly belt that separates the skirt from the bodice. Belts are always a great way to emphasize a small waist!
Off-Shoulder Wedding Dress with Buttons
This dress is both sweet and subtly sexy.
The off-shoulder sleeves and tulle details at the top of the bodice are suggestive but sweet.
Our favorite thing about this dress is the line of pearl buttons going down the center of its bodice. They’re a classy detail that adds a subtle shine!
Polka Dot Wedding Dress with Short Sleeves
For brides who love the vintage look, this polka dot wedding dress may be just the thing for your wedding day!
The V-neckline of this 50s-inspired tea-length wedding dress brings to mind some of the most beautiful women of the Golden Age of Hollywood, like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren, while the polka dots and off-center bow add a sense of fun!
Style this A-line dress and its cinched waistline with a pearl necklace and pair of designer heels for the perfect finishing touch, and you’ll be sure to impress on your big day!
Tank Tea Length Wedding Dress
This dress would be tons of fun at a summer or a city hall wedding! It’s simple, but that just means that you can have a ton of fun with your accessories.
Pair this dress with statement earrings or a necklace and a pair of fabulous wedding shoes, and you’ll be the belle of the ball!
Sheath Wedding Dress with Puff Sleeves
This dress is a lot different from many of the others on this list. With a sheath silhouette and long, puffed sleeves, it’s giving us major 80s vibes!
You could accessorize this dress with statement earrings and dainty shoes or the opposite – you really can’t go wrong either way!
Our favorite things are the open back, the button details, and the wide belt around the waistline. They add unique and interesting details to an otherwise simple dress!
Sexy Wedding Dress with Tulle Skirt
This bridal gown set would be perfect for brides who love ballet! You can be the beautiful, cursed princess of your own Swan Lake, but you’ll get your prince at the end!
Tulle is a wonderful material for skirts because it’s easy to build upon. Individual pieces of tulle fabric are transparent, but together, they’re opaque. Because of its stiffness, tulle is perfect for creating a full, voluminous skirt on any dress!
Strappy Back Wedding Dress
This dress is so sexy! With the dainty straps that criss-cross across the open back and minimal bodice, it’s suggestive but still appropriate for an event as important as a wedding.
The skirt on this dress looks like it would move beautifully as the bride walks, which is probably our favorite thing about it!
One-Shoulder Polka Dot Wedding Dress
For some more 50s inspired fun in a classic A-line tulle wedding dress, look no further than this listing!
The polka dots are smaller than on the previous polka-dot dress, but they also continue through the tulle one-shoulder strap, which shows remarkable attention to detail.
We’d pair this dress with some pearl stud or drop earrings and a fun pair of shoes!
Satin Boat Neck Wedding Dress
For a classy, chic tea-length wedding dress, look no further than this elegant mikado satin number!
Reviews say it’s wonderfully high quality, but the best thing about this dress has to be THE POCKETS! Yes, pockets! No more worrying about keeping track of a clutch or a purse – everything you need can be on your person at all times.
Long Illusion Sleeve Wedding Dress
This dress reminds us of an enchanted forest in a fairytale or a gown that a fairy queen might wear.
The best thing about this dress is that it has both a corset back and button details, and the vines and leaves on the illusion sleeves and neckline are sublime.
A dress this beautiful needs minimal accessories, so you don’t have to break the bank, either!
Backless Wedding Dress with Bow
This is one of the most elegant dresses on this list. It’s deceptively simple from the front, with a classy tank strapped bodice and full skirt made from duchess satin.
However, once you spin it around, you’ll be able to see that this dress is not only backless but also features a large satin bow at the waist. It’s a beautiful modern take on a classic design!
Strapless Glitter Wedding Dress
Maybe you’re getting married in Las Vegas, or on New Year’s Eve, or just love to sparkle. Why not choose a dress that’s as brilliant as you?
We’d love to see this dress under the neon and street lights that blaze in the city at night – we think the sequins would reflect the colors and light so wonderfully!
Three-Quarter-Sleeve Boat Neckline Wedding Dress
For a more modest dress, this one may be just the right one for you!
The three-quarter sleeves and boat neck are modern but modest, and the full pleated skirt is flattering.
Simply add a sparkly or brightly colored belt, and you’ll have an unforgettable wedding look!
Wedding Dress with Tiered Skirt
This is our favorite dress on this list – look at it, it’s so fun! We love the way the tiered skirt looks almost like feathers, and the bodice is covered in sparkly beads.
It would be great to match sparkle with sparkle by wearing sparkly heels or flats with this dress, but you really can’t go wrong with a gown this beautiful!
Short-Sleeved Wedding Dress with Pearls
This short puff sleeve wedding gown looks simple at first glance, but if you look more closely, you’ll see the little pearl bead details on it.
The pearls add shine and an almost polka dot effect to a simpler, more modest dress. We love how they seem to extend down into the skirt, as well, almost like falling snow!
This dress would be perfect for a chapel wedding because it is more modest. But if you’re keeping your wedding small, a smaller dress might be perfect for you, too!
Off Shoulder Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress
Inspired by the most classic 50s inspired wedding dresses, this one has a sweetheart neckline.
The cap sleeves make this dress appropriate for most churches by providing a little coverage, but our favorite thing about this dress has to be the skirt. It looks like it would move gorgeously as you walk around your reception!
Lace Wedding Dress with Sleeves and Bow
Similar to the previous dress, this one is made entirely from French lace.
We just love the small romantic bow in the center of the belted waistband, and how the corset back allows for a truly custom fit
Simple Three-Quarter Sleeve Wedding Dress
Another modern take on the traditional tea-length wedding gown, this one modernizes it using a deep-cut V-neck. The three-quarter length sleeves allow for free movement of the arms too!
We love the stripe at the bottom of the skirt. We especially love how that stripe matches the one you’ll find at the waistband. It’s a classy, continuous detail that will make this dress seem much more expensive than it truly is!
Wedding Dress with Short Puff Sleeves
This dress gives us major Snow White vibes, with its short puff sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and full skirt. We love the corset back and glitter that can be found throughout the fabric of the dress!
The champagne color is different from the traditional white or ivory but is still light enough that it looks bridal.