Tea Length Wedding Dress



If I haven’t mentioned it before…I love shoes!  What better way to showcase a gorgeous pair of shoes, than a tea length wedding dress!  There is something so “50’s” about tea length.  It sets a nostalgic tone immediately.


Several things to keep in mind if you do choose a dress of this length.  Your wedding will take a much less formal air.  Much of the tone of a wedding is set by the brides dress.  If you wear a tea length, your groom and his attendants, (and of COURSE your bridesmaids), must also take a more casual approach.  The men should wear suits or sport coats instead of the more formal tux or tails.  All ladies, from your mother to your attendants, must also follow your lead.  This is quite a practical approach.  No chance of tripping over a long hem at the ceremony OR the reception.  If you don’t choose a reception dress, (click on the following link to read the pros and cons of two wedding dresses), http://marypkarnes.com/?s=two+wedding+dresses  no need to worry — you have one built in with your tea length wedding dress!


And yes…a tea length dress can be special.  Just look at the dress above.  I think it’s gorgeous, and very ‘bride-like.’  And best of all…your shoes will show!  This of course means you really want to find a pair of spectacular wedding shoes. Click on the following link to see some beautiful shoes!  http://marypkarnes.com/2015/02/blue-wedding-shoes/



What if you decide on a destination wedding, with a beach theme?  Well then, your ONLY choice is a short dress – I guess you COULD wear a long gown, if you had your heart set on it – but think of the mess…Just remember it’s YOUR day.  Is KK’s dress tea length?  I’ll never tell.  But it WAS discussed…

Hopefully, you’ll marry once, so do it your way!



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Traditional Veil or Mantilla?


Will you wear a traditional veil or a mantilla?  What is a mantilla?, you ask, even though you’ve probably seen them on brides.  According to Wikipedia:

“A mantilla is a lace or silk veil or shawl worn over the head and shoulders, often over a high comb called a peineta, popular with women in Spain. It is now particularly associated as a pious religious practice among women in the Roman Catholic Church.”  

Below, you can see a picture of a “peineta.”  Also from Wikipedia.


“A peineta,” states Wikipedia,  “similar in appearance to a large comb, is used to hold up a mantilla. This ornamental comb, usually in tortoiseshell color, originated in the 19th century. It consists of a convex body and a set of prongs and is often used in conjunction with the mantilla. It adds the illusion of extra height to the wearer and also holds the hair in place when worn during weddings, processions and dances. It is a consistent element of some regional costumes of Valencia and Andalusia and it is also often found in costumes used in the Moorish and Gypsy influenced music and dance called Flamenco.”


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The bridal mantilla, at least in the United States, has morphed from the traditional Spanish one.  We do not use the “peineta.”  The bride’s mantilla is placed gently on her head with no other adornment.  It’s a very beautiful look, though.  When I was ten years old, I was a “Candle Lighter” in my cousin Linda’s wedding.  She was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen – until I saw Maggie.  🙂  Linda wore a mantilla very similar to the top photo.  She was my absolute vision of what a bride should look like.  For YEARS I insisted, to anyone who would listen, that when it was MY turn to be the bride, I too would wear a mantilla.  That was until my mother got ahold of me.  “You MUST have a veil to cover your face,”(what we call a blusher today).  My mom never asked much of me, the wedding was Kenny and my own to do as we wished.  So this request was honored.  And frankly, I’m glad.  While I adore the look of the mantilla, my personal romantic taste goes to the veil covered bride.  When Kenny lifted my veil to kiss me, it was magic.


The photo above is just exquisite.  Another downside to the mantilla, however, is that it is rarely worn with a headpiece.  I think a headpiece adds an extra touch of panache.


But then ones one need extra sparkle if a mantilla like the one above is chosen?  That’s a whole lotta lace – gorgeous.



The next photo has almost a Greto Garbo feel to it.  I like its old world charm.  Just remember, when choosing your wedding attire, you have to love it.  If you don’t… keep looking…



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Pink Wedding Shoes



Women… love shoes.  What better way to express that love than pink wedding shoes?  Studies prove that most women’s favorite color is pink — sexist I know, but facts don’t lie.

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I have a little bit of a shoe fetish.  I LOVE SHOES.  I have since I was a little girl.  A bit of background… while I am not a big woman, my feet WERE.  When I was in 4th grade, a mere ten years old, my feet were the same size they are today – an average size 7 – for a woman, that is…My dad always told me how he “loved big feet.”  And it wasn’t until I was a mother myself, that I realized how gentle and kind he was.  I always felt good about myself — and my big feet! 🙂

If you’ve noticed, most of my blog’s “Header” pictures showcase a bride AND her shoes.  I think shoes make or break an outfit, and there is NO more important attire than a bride’s. On KK’s wedding day, I’m going to insist her photographer take a few photos like the one below.  I love this style of picture.  We are going to have to purchase some special shoes…




The shoes in the picture above are spectacular.  The look like fairy princess shoes.  I bet they pinch, though.  Although open toe shoes are not always the most flattering, they are much more comfortable that the lace confection above.



Okay…I’d take a little pain to wear the next pair with the roses on the heel.  Gorgeous.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more feminine shoe.  And isn’t that what a bride’s all about?



Want a pop and a flash?  Then the hot pink shoes from www.shefinds.com are for you.  A bride could have a simple, tailored dress, but these shoes would make any dress fabulous!



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Two Wedding Dresses?


Can’t make up your mind?  You want a romantic ball gown type wedding dress…no!  Wait!  You want a sexy, slinky affair…The answer to your conundrum…Why not have both!  Do what the celebrities do…wear a dress for the wedding ceremony, then another for the reception.  Unless your budget is unlimited, however, you will need to be conscience about the price point of both dresses.  Two wedding dresses?  You’re sure to drive your mother mad!  Choosing one dress is hard enough…So what are the advantages beyond a simple style statement?  Comfort for one.   I was very surprised at the weight of Maggie’s dress, and it had no heavy beading or bling.  Throw a bustled train in the mix, and she was carrying around a lot of extra weight.  One could argue, though, that she was burning calories just by walking around and greeting her guests.  🙂

I love the dress in the top photo.  Even though it’s short, it screams “Bride” in its light, airy feel.  What about the dress below?  I envision that this bride wore a big puffy, romantic ball gown for her ceremony, but wanted to “kick it up a notch” for the reception.  She is projecting a sophisticated air in this gown.  And the black and cream bodice and train lend a nice splash of color.

Other advantages to wearing a “reception dress”?  — additional photo opportunities.  Just think, the bride has more poses to make, a different silhouette.


If a bride does go the ‘two wedding dress route’, I think she’s wise to stick with white, black or a combination of the two.  The next picture is adorable, and still lends a festive air.  I bet this bride will be more mobile on the dance floor.  A definite advantage to a reception dress.


The last picture is elegant.  I’m not sure I’d encourage one of my daughters to wear black to her own wedding, but this girl looks lovely.  What do you think, readers?  Would YOU spring for two wedding dresses?




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