26 Tea-Length Wedding Dresses

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A tea-length wedding dress is one that we think of for a civil ceremony at City Hall or a retro-inspired wedding day look and for a good reason. The classic short wedding-dress silhouette has a storied history and is synonymous with one very famous bride: Audrey Hepburn! This is all thanks to her designer relationships with Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Balmain. When thinking of a tea-length wedding dress, it’s almost impossible not to picture the actress in her iconic bridal costume from the film Funny Face, where she wore Givenchy’s bateau-necked tea-length creation. Or, her real-life tea-length wedding dress by Balmain, which featured a high-neck and voluminous sleeves. Both looks were instant classics from their inception, and now, the tea-length wedding dress is one that’s ideal for modern brides craving a slightly more casual, but still-classic wedding day look. 

Tea-length wedding dresses most often feature a full skirt, nipped waist, and feminine detailing like lace, embroidery, or bows. There are also impeccably-cut versions with an ultra-minimal look to them. We love this if you’re the type of bride who wants to embrace the traditional look of a tea-length dress, but with modern flair à la Zoë Kravitz’s sleek Alexander Wang creation. Or, you can interpret the look with a slightly more modern edge and choose a style that still hits below the knee (ideally at mid-calf or just above the ankle) but features a different cut or silhouette (slimmer skirts and more minimal designs fall into this category). To make this type of modern tea-length wedding dress look a little more traditional, consider adding in a tea-length veil as Audrey Hepburn did with her Givenchy wedding dress (it was completed with an adorable wee bow!), or classic accessories like gloves, timeless pumps, or an elegant pair of flats. 

Ahead, keep scrolling for 26 tea-length wedding dresses for every bridal aesthetic from budget-friendly versions to designer styles.

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By Watters Lynette Gown

By Watters Lynette Gown $995

We love the ballerina feel of the tea-length wedding dress. With a lace-up pair of heels or flats, you can channel the vibe even more. 

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Needle & Thread Bella Embellished Tulle Midi Dress

Needle & Thread Bella Embellished Tulle Midi Dress $1,130

This tea-length dress is proof that sheer can be oh-so-elegant. We love the pattern of the glistening sequins and layers of frothy tulle. 

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Carolina Herrera Heidi Tea Length Dress

Carolina Herrera Heidi Tea Length Dress $5,290

Featuring a plunging neckline, pleated bodice, and heart-shaped appliques, this tea-length wedding dress is modern and feminine. Style it with a pair of pumps for a super-romantic City Hall look. 

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David's Bridal Collection Tea-Length Plus Size Wedding Dress with Shrug

David's Bridal Collection Tea-Length Plus Size Wedding Dress with Shrug $349.99, was $549

This tea-length wedding dress is perfect for the traditional bride. It comes with a coordinating cap-sleeve shrug that can be worn during the ceremony and removed for the celebration. 

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Self-Portrait' Grosgrain-Trimmed Guipure Lace Midi Dress

Self-Portrait' Grosgrain-Trimmed Guipure Lace Midi Dress $530

We can picture this modern lace dress on a springtime bride with a taste for modern classics. With a pair of pumps, it’s refined yet feminine for civil ‘I dos.’  

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Danielle Frankel Adrienne Dress

Danielle Frankel Adrienne Dress $2,990

An ultra-modern interpretation of the tea-length wedding dress, this plissé style is minimal and sleek. The high neckline lends itself to swept-back hair and a gorgeous statement earring for your special day. 

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Viktor&Rolf Mariage Lace Applique Tea Length Gown

Viktor&Rolf Mariage Lace Applique Tea Length Gown, price upon request

For more of a unique take on feminine style, we love the lace patchwork detailing on this tea-length wedding dress. Meticulous bead detailing along the bodice and the skirt makes this above-the-ankle style feel extra special. 

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Galvan Pandora Silk-Satin Halterneck Midi Dress

Galvan Pandora Silk-Satin Halterneck Midi Dress $975

We love this sleek slip for the modern minimalist craving a cropped silhouette. It’s not technically a tea-length wedding dress, but a stunning interpretation for a City Hall ceremony.  

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Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress

Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress $639.20, was $799

Sweet as ever, this cap sleeve, tea-length wedding dress features beautiful lace appliques, pearl beading, and an illusion neckline. An elegant choice for the retro-loving bride. 

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Lela Rose Bridal The Beaufort Dress

Lela Rose Bridal The Beaufort Dress, price upon request

We adore this tea-length wedding dress as a modern take on an all-over lace. With a sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt, it’s an ultra-flattering silhouette for any bride. 

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Lein Studio Shelley's Peplum Linen And Cotton Dress

Lein Studio Shelley's Peplum Linen And Cotton Dress $1,650

Clean and minimal, but with a vintage twist, this tea-length wedding dress is perfect for a city bride. The peplum detailing and square neckline give it a nostalgic feel while the sleek fabric maintains an overall sleekness. 

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ASOS EDITION Chelsea Off Shoulder Lace Wedding Dress

ASOS EDITION Chelsea Off Shoulder Lace Wedding Dress $214

For the bride on a budget, this short lace wedding dress is another modern interpretation of a timeless tea-length silhouette. Voluminous off-the-shoulder sleeves and fishtail hem create a modern and feminine look that’s still reminiscent of the 1950’s shape.  

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Roland Mouret Aldrich Strapless Frayed Cloqué Midi Dress

Roland Mouret Aldrich Strapless Frayed Cloqué Midi Dress $3,775

For a super-sleek tea-length wedding dress look, this design by Roland Mouret is stunning. Featuring a supportive boned bodice, it perfectly highlights the waist while flowing out beautifully into a full skirt.

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Pronovias Marile Tea Length Wedding Dress

Pronovias Marile Tea Length Wedding Dress, price upon request

This strapless tea-length wedding dress is whimsical and fresh for a spring or summer wedding. It’s made for ultra-feminine brides craving embroidery and appliques. 

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Johanna Ortiz Catalyst Crepe Peplum Midi Dress

Johanna Ortiz Catalyst Crepe Peplum Midi Dress $1,250

With a sleek, City Hall feel, this peplum midi dress is incredibly sophisticated. It’s our pick for the vintage-loving bride who’s after a chic, sleek, and retro look. 

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C/Meo Collective Amande Dress

C/Meo Collective Amande Dress $285

With a playful feel to it, this strapless short wedding dress draws upon classic tea-length styles, but through a modern lens. It’s ultra-tailored through the bodice with a full curved skirt with hidden pockets! 

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Azazie Azul Bridal Gown

Azazie Azul Bridal Gown $249

For the summer bride who is looking for romance and whimsy, this tea-length wedding dress is perfection. It’s perfect for a garden wedding with delicate sandals and a light-as-air veil. 

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Reformation Ronan Dress

Reformation Ronan Dress $278

For the casual, vintage-loving bride, this simple slip dress is a delicate interpretation of a classic tea-length silhouette. Though it’s relaxed, details like the sweetheart neckline, tie straps, and lace trim detailing make it feel unique for a wedding. 

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ML Monique Lhuillier Lace Midi Dress

ML Monique Lhuillier Lace Midi Dress $495

With flouncy sleeves and beautiful lace embroidery, this A-line dress is a fresh take on a tea-length silhouette. Pair it with strappy sandals and delicate jewelry for a summer wedding. 

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Muse by Berta Elena Wedding Dress

Muse by Berta Elena Wedding Dress, price upon request

We can picture this tea-length wedding dress in the Italian countryside or along the Almalfi Coast. Cut from a delicate sheer fabric, you can easily have it lined for more coverage.   

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Maticevski Assured Gathered Cady Midi Dress

Maticevski Assured Gathered Cady Midi Dress $1,510

For the ultra-modern bride, this structural dress is utterly striking. With clean, architectural lines and unique seams, we love it with minimal accessories, so the dress remains the focal point.   

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Galina High-Low Tea-Length Lace Plus Size Wedding Dress

Galina High-Low Tea-Length Lace Plus Size Wedding Dress $279.20, was $349

With a high-low hem, this lace dress brings a sweet and modern feel to the timeless tea-length shape. We love it for an outdoor summer wedding venue like a vineyard, farm, or garden. 

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Brock Collection Exaggerated-Bow Floral-Embroidered Tulle Dress

Brock Collection Exaggerated-Bow Floral-Embroidered Tulle Dress $5,040

This embroidered dress is utterly breathtaking, perfectly melding vintage style with modern design. It’s made for brides with ultra-feminine taste, featuring an oversized bow in the back.

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Melissa Sweet Short Lace Wedding Dress

Melissa Sweet Short Lace Wedding Dress $249.99, was $850

Another ballet-inspired style, this short lace wedding dress is delicate and sweet. It’s the perfect blend of vintage and modern, with a slimmer skirt that’s a touch more casual. 

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Isabelle Armstrong Quiroga Wedding Dress

Isabelle Armstrong Quiroga Wedding Dress, price upon request

For the bride looking to make a statement with her tea-length wedding dress, look no further than this voluminous design. Three-dimensional floral appliques line this strapless silhouettes with a boned bodice and an ultra-voluminous skirt that references the ‘80s. 

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Zimmermann Super Eight Embroidered Dress

Zimmermann Super Eight Embroidered Dress $1,395, was $1,995

We love this embroidered and cut-out silhouette for the unconventional beach bride seeking out a tea-length wedding dress. With so much design factor, it’s effortlessly chic with a pair of earrings and bare feet. 

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