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Ten of the best 2019 new season short tea length wedding dresses in London

 Image of Sydney tea length wedding dress      Image of back of Sydney tea length wedding dress

Sydney is a new tea length wedding dress from True Bride’s Brighton Belle Collection. She has a full tulle circle skirt and beaded lace bodice finished with covered buttons up the back. London showroom with gowns from £495 to £1600 (Sale gowns from £95 to £795). Appointment only.


Image of Rosie embroidered tulle tea length wedding dress       Image of the Rosie wedding dress on mannequin.

Meet Rosie, a beautiful embroidered tulle tea length wedding dress. Shown on our mannequin in ballerina tea length which would sit just above the ankles. Of course, we can make her in full or shorter lengths, if you prefer. See the Rosie tea length wedding dress in our London showroom.


Image of the Emmie lace and tulle tea length wedding dress      Image of back of the Emmie wedding dress

Emmie by Lou Lou bridal is a new season lace and tulle tea length wedding gown with deep v back detail and full fifties style circle skirt. Add volume with an extra petticoat or add a full-length skirt and train. We love this tea length wedding dress in our London short wedding dress showroom.


Image of the Maude wedding dress

Maude is another stunning new season wedding gown that looks fabulous in tea length. Full debutante Fifties style complete with pockets! Sophisticated and understated glamour all in one dress. See Maude tea length wedding dress in our London shop now.


Image of the Nina wedding dress       

Nina is Lou Lou Bridal’s newest lace tea length bridal gown. She is already proving popular in our London tea length wedding showroom.


Image of the Sadie wedding dress    Close up image of fabric of the Sadie wedding dress

Sadie is another tea length wedding dress by True Bride’s Brighton Belle collection. The pretty V neck suits both small and larger busts and the full spotty tulle skirt falls just below the knee. Try this Fifties inspired tea length wedding dress at our London showroom.


Image of Iris wedding dress        Closeup image of Iris wedding dress

Iris by Lou Lou Bridal is a duchess satin and lace tea length wedding dress with covered button back detail. Also available in longer tea lengths this pretty new season wedding dress is in our London showroom now.


Image of Andrea wedding dress        Image of back of Andrea wedding dress

Andea is an entirely modern tea length wedding with deep V back and full organza skirt. Shown here in tea length we can also make her for you in shorter or full lengths. Available in our London showroom now.


Image of the Cilla floral wedding dress         Image of the back of the Cilla floral wedding dress

Cilla is a modern floral fabric tea length wedding dress with super full circle skirt. Perfect for the bride to twirl in to her hearts content! Available in our London specialist tea length wedding dress showroom. Appointment only.


Image of Molly dress

Molly is our newest applique lace and tulle tea length wedding dress. Shown here in soft blush she is also available in Ivory or White.

The Do's and Don'ts of Choosing Your Wedding Dress and Making the Most of Your Appointment

If possible, make your first appointment 8-12 months ahead of the wedding. Most gowns take around around 6 months to be ready and we recommend you aim to have your dress arrive around 2 months before the wedding. You will have a greater choice if you give us lots of time, though some dresses can take just 4 months and rush is possible, this will lessen your choice and limit time for alterations. Rush orders are not available for all our designers. We keep a good selection of off-the-peg and sample gowns for brides who are on a shorter time scale.

Saturdays are busiest, so book well in advance if you need to travel. We only see one bride per appointment time, so you have our complete attention and assistance. Appointments are also available Wednesday - Friday.

We do not offer an alteration service but are able to provide details of an independent seamstresses should you need one. Gowns will usually needs some alterations for a perfect fit, so allow some budget and time for this.

1950’s retro style tea length wedding dresses come to just above the ankle. Shorter Fifties wedding dresses are also available and most dresses can be made longer or shorter to suit. Coloured petticoats are also available to suit your colour schemes.


  • Bring a camera, or use your camera phone. We welcome brides or their friends taking pictures for comparison purposes.
  • Bring someone with you, whether that’s the mother of the bride, maid of honour or a friend. Please limit this to three guests as we do not have seating or space for more. Too many guests may not be helpful to you as they will inevitably have too many views of their own on what, in the end, is your choice!
  • Allow an hour to try on your 1950’s tea length wedding dress or corset and skirt combination gown.
  • Have an open mind and try colours and shapes you hadn’t considered. Everything looks different on a body than on the hanger. We specialise in corset wedding dresses and 1950's tea length wedding dresses.
  • Wear the lingerie you plan to wear on the day if possible. A different bra can have an effect on the fit of the dress and alterations are costly.
  • Bring shoes of the height you plan to wear on the day, even if they aren’t the actual ones you have in mind.
  • Tell us if you are interested in a particular dress/es, as samples sometimes sell to short notice brides and we may need to reschedule when a new one arrives.


  • Have a spray tan within two weeks of your appointment or fittings. Your tan will mark the dresses, and we will have to postpone your appointment if this happens to limit damage to gowns.
  • Try to bring young children, as bridal appointments usually last an hour and this can be boring for little ones.
  • Order your dress until you have lost any weight you are planning. Last minute weight loss, or gain, will mean your dress won’t fit. Ordering the dress in the size you hope to be rarely works.
  • Compare yourself to the magazine models, who are generally tall and size 6 or less. If you are 5ft and a size 16-18 the dress will look different on you. Be realistic.
  • Don't bring too many guests with you. It is your dress and the more guests you have, the more "advice" you'll get, which can sometimes be very un-helpful. We recommend three guests maximum.

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