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The best short and tea length wedding dresses for 2020

Fall in love with our edit of short and tea length wedding dresses. From chic to informal, a-line to column, these amazing dresses suit a range of bridal styles and budgets for 2020. Pick your favourite and get ready to show off those pins - not to mention your shoes!

Whether you’re at the very start of your wedding dress journey, or you’ve already hit up the bridal boutiques for a try-on session, you probably have an idea of what you like. But have you considered any short or tea length wedding dresses?

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The typical wedding dress is floor length. If you’ve been looking at gowns like this and feeling like the style isn’t quite right for you, it might be time to consider a different hemline. Short wedding dresses are knee length or above, while tea length is like a midi, but perhaps a fraction longer. These styles often combine some of the same elements as classic long dresses (think lace sleeves and fitted bodices), while looking a little more contemporary.

Short and tea length wedding dresses also give brides the opportunity to let their accessories share the spotlight. Most full-length gowns hide wedding shoes, so if you’re a shoe obsessive (join the club) going shorter could be the right option for you.

If you’re feeling the short vibes, keep scrolling for our pick of the best short and tea length wedding dresses.

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1. Seven Stars by Pronovias

Looking for a showstopping bridal look? You can stop looking. The Pronovias Seven Stars short wedding dress features illusion beading all over – just imagine what it will look like when it catches the light – as well as showgirl-worthy tassels.

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2. Degas by KITRI Studio

Tea length Degas dress by Kitri Studio

KITRI has rapidly become the high street label on every fashion editor’s lips – and their foray into bridalwear has proved just as Instagrammable as the rest of their ranges. The rose jacquard fabric of their Degas gown drapes beautifully, and a front split gives this tea length wedding dress subtle sexiness.

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3. Dress Eleven by Ortaduy

We love the energy of this easy-to-wear Ortaduy short shift wedding dress. The simplicity gives you the freedom to build your own personalised look. Beauty-wise, we suggest a berry lipstick for a tough-but-pretty effect.

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4. Montreal by Rita Mae

Lace wedding dresses are eternally popular, and we love Rita Mae’s take on the style – the v-neck balances the full skirt. Those long illusion sleeves make it even more elegant.

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5. Fenyala by French Connection

The lace inserts make French Connection’s Fenyala dress look so fresh, and that high round neckline is very flattering. This is the contemporary was to do pretty.

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6. Eden by Tiffany Rose Maternity

Pregnant brides-to-be don’t have to compromise on style – this Tiffany Rose dress is simply lovely, with lace cap sleeves and a scalloped neckline. And because the fabric is stretch lace, you know it’ll be comfortable as well as elegant.

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7. Mini Azalea by Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait’s original Azalea dress graced red carpets and Instagram feeds when it came out in 2016; now they’ve released a ‘mini’ version – shorter but with the same neckline and all-over laser-cut lace. We think the white would make a seriously stylish short wedding dress.

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8. Biba by Charlie Brear

We love the simplicity of this mini dress, which has a high-fashion feel. It’s a distinctly Sixties look, but the slashed boatneck keeps it contemporary. Add some chic hair accessories to personalise the dress.

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9. Courcelles by St Patrick

A timeless gown with pretty detailing. We love the flattering shape of the lace-covered tulle skirt of Courcelles by St Patrick, and the scalloped neckline is easy to wear.

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10. Woven mini dress by Lavish Alice

Stand out from the (bridal) crowd with this Lavish Alice short dress. The on-trend ruffles and asymmetric neckline give this a very 2020 feel.

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11. Kelly by Halfpenny London

Sleek and sexy, this satin Halfpenny London gown is easy to fall in love with. We’re particularly taken with the off-the-shoulder sleeves.

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12. Style 117 by Jesus Peiro

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This high-neck lace number is super-cute. It comes with a dramatic tulle overskirt so you can switch up your look between day and night, so you don’t want to buy a separate second wedding dress for the dancing, this is the one for you.

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13. Grace by Monsoon

This tea length wedding dress is deceptively simple. The Bardot neckline with the flared skirt creates a sophisticated silhouette, and the clean lines means it’s easy to accessorise. We suggest statement sparkly shoes.

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14. Camellia Style 99092 by Justin Alexander

We love the petal skirt of this sophisticated short dress. The top gives a subtle nod to the fashion-favourite slip dress but with a timeless bridal twist.

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15. Jacquard Blazer Dress by Y.A.S.

Blazer dresses are purely chic – this Y.A.S. version is elevated by the jacquard fabric, which makes it look much more expensive than its high street price tag. A contemporary look that’s timelessly sexy.

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16. Style 66068 by Lillian West

Style 66068, Lillian West

Perfect for brides with a love of vintage styling, style 66068 by Lillian West features a flirty circular-cut skirt. The Venice lace on the bodice is enchantingly pretty.

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17. Margeaux by Jenny Packham

For brides hosting a glitzy and glam celebration, Margeaux by Jenny Packham is our top choice. The embellished tulle and delicate feather trim make this look party-perfect. Pair it will some beautiful silver wedding shoes.

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18. Jenny by House of Mooshki

House of Mooshki Jenny short wedding dress

Created from 1950s vintage lace, this gorgeous short wedding dress is from House of Mooshki, who specialise in short and tea length wedding gowns. The tulle circle skirt and cute cap sleeves give it a retro-cool vibe.

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19. Evette by Phase Eight

Off the shoulder styles are everywhere this year and dresses like Phase Eight’s Evette make it easy to see why. The satin waist tie is a romantic finishing touch.

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20. Style 780 by Daalarna

Part of the Rebelle collection, the puff sleeves and unusual embroidery make Daalarna style 780 a statement choice. We particularly like that floral illusion neckline.

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