Tea length dresses are a gorgeous alternative to traditional floor length gowns and have become more and more popular as brides have opted to dress to suit their own style, rather than in what others expect them to wear on their wedding day! When we think of ‘tea length’ dresses, the gathered calf-hitting circle skirt usually comes to mind – a style which is often puffed out and made full and flirty with the help of a tulle underskirt. Nowadays however, many designers and brides include skirt lengths such as ballerina and above and below-the-knee when they think of ‘tea’. Pencil, pleated, tulip and godet skirts also come under the umbrella of the tea length, meaning that a huge range of styles can be referred to when one describes this alternative style of dress.
Today, UK-based designers are at the forefront of short wedding dress design, with Tobi Hannah and Lizzie Agnew almost exclusively designing above and below knee length dresses for alternative brides.The tea-length dress is the epitome of afternoon tea and garden party elegance, and is ideal for brides looking for a more informal gown that feels comfortable, looks sensational and is a lot of fun to wear. It’s no wonder then that so many brides have been looking for the best bridal store to go to to find their perfect one! Well, we have good and bad news. The bad news is there is no one place that only stocks tea length wedding gowns in Ireland – most ‘alternative’ wedding dress stockists will offer a whole range of lengths and styles – but the good news is that we’ve found some of the most beautiful styles for you, and listed their stockists below!
PS! If you’re looking for something really unique and special for your wedding dress, make sure to check out Irish designers such as Kathy de Stafford (we love her Coco dress in blush, check it out here), bespoke bridal designer Yvonne Harrington, who is based in Dalkey South County Dublin, Helena Quinlan in County Galway and charity dress shops such as Barnardos Bridal Rooms who sell brand new designer dresses at a huge discount!
Amanda Wyatt is available in Belladonna Bridal, Galway City, and Bride2be, Loughrea, Co. Galway. Please contact the bridal shop directly to enquire about current stock.
House of Mooski
House of Mooshki is stocked in Frilly Frocks, Drogheda, County Louth.
Charlotte Balbier is stocked in Belladonna Bridal in Galway. Please contact Belladonna Bridal directly to enquire about a specific gown.
Stephanie Allin is stocked in Myrtle Ivory, Dublin.
Lizzie Agnew is available from Little White Dress Boutique in Castleknock, Dublin.
Alan Hannah’s current stockists in Ireland include The White Room in Mullingar and Blush Bridal in Belfast. MiaMia by Alan Hannah is stocked exclusively in Ireland in Belladonna Bridal, Galway.
Lyn Ashworth is stocked in The White Room, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Please contact The White Room directly to enquire about a specific gown.
Stockists of Justin Alexander in Ireland include: McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, The Bridal Outlet in Dublin, Amarra Bridal in Kildare and Helena Quinlan Bridal in Galway.
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Debenhams – Phase Eight
Phase Eight bridal is available at Debenhams stores nationwide.
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