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17 Super Sweet Tea Length Wedding Dresses for a Retro Bride

There is something so cute and fun about 1950s style tea-length wedding dresses and with summer on the way (the ideal season for a shorter hemline, obvs) we’re checking out some of the sweetest styles from real brides and brilliant designers.

Tea length dresses are a fabulous alternative to classic floor length gowns and are particularly suited to shorter ladies who don’t want to be swamped by a traditional full ball gown but love the idea of the ‘princess style’ wedding dress. ‘Tea lengths’ now encompass all sorts of hemlines, from the full under-skirted calf length to the more conservative ballerina length and those cropped just above or just below the knee. Styles such as pencil, pleats are a fab option for a city wedding, while godet and tulip style skirts are a beautiful option for a garden party style wedding (and look like the most fun to wear too!)

If you’re looking for your own bit of retro for your Big Day, check out international designers such as Justin Alexander and House of Mooshki (stocked by the wonderful Padanee Bridal Couture in Leitrim) and Irish designers DePaor Designs and the incredible Ro Molloy Bridal Couture (see some of their amazing styles below!).


Wedding Dress by Candy Anthony London


Wedding Dress by Delphine Manivet

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Dear Golden Wedding Dress | Photo by Lakshal Perera Photography


Gin Daisy Dress from Fur Coat No Knickers


House of Mooshki Grace Wedding Dress | House of Mooshki available from Padanee Bridal Couture



Ro Molloy Wedding Dress | Photo by Graciela Vilagudin


Polka Dot Dress by Candy Anthony


Justin Alexander Dress | Photo by Tomasz Kornas Photography


Paloma Wedding Dress by DePaor Designs


Mae Wedding Dress by House of Mooshki | House of Mooshki available from Padanee Bridal Couture

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Josephine Wedding Dresses by Stephanie James Couture


Justin Alexander Wedding Dress | Photo by Thomas Bui


Elizabeth Avey Wedding Dress

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Wedding Dresses by DePaor Designs


Giambattista Valli Wedding Dress | Photo via


Custom Wedding Dress | Photo via


Dress by Candy Anthony London

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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