What exactly is ‘tea length’ ?
Tea length Dresses are a middle length, between long dresses and knee length dresses.
Tea length dresses are supposed to end (or start depending how you’d like to see it), near the bottom of the calf muscle.
That will be somewhere around 4 inches or 10 centimeters above your ankle.
However, that is sort of the formal definition, with the passing of the years, the true length of tea dresses have become a few inches shorter. In a less formal but more every day use of the term, any dress with its hem bellow the knee and above the ankle could be consider to be a ‘tea length dress’. You can read more on the history of the the term in Emily Post’s Etiquette, now in it’s 17th edition.
Now, let’s move specifically to: Tea length wedding dresses.
There are a lot of superb designs in this kind of dresses.
They are perfect for summer of spring events, specially if they are held outdoors. It does not have to be a beach wedding. Tea length wedding dresses are perfect to forget about the inconveniences of a trail, and enjoy your wedding with more freedom of movement.
Having said that, beach events are just taylor made for tea length wedding dresses (well, actually, it’s the other way around, but you get my point).
Just a hint, if you are thinking about a beach wedding, a tea length dress could really match a white outfit for the groom.
There are several options for the fabric of your dress, but generally speaking, tea length wedding dresses are usually made of lighter fabrics, Satin being the most common choice (you’ll love its drape).
Regarding colors, this type of dresses commonly are available in white or ivory, and a lot of brides opt to include a colored sash (usually in the same fabric). I’ll be honest, I prefer full white.
Finally, please remember what we always say about making sure the bride is the star of the night: if you decide to choose a tea length wedding dress, you must have either tea length bridesmaid dresses of short bridesmaid dresses. Never let the dresses of the bridesmaid be longer that the bride’s.