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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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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Is This KK’s Wedding Dress???


Is this KK’s wedding dress?  Maybe yes…maybe no….All I can tell you is that it is KK in the photo…I have to say, I love the “Sweep Train.”

From an earlier post, “Wedding Gown Trains!” (click on the link if you want to read the post) I noted that the “Sweep” or “Brush” length train “…is most often less than a foot and a half long.  This train just dusts the ground. It became popular in the 21 st century, and is the perfect compliment to the relaxed rustic type wedding that has become popular in the United States.  It would fit right in a “Barn Wedding” theme.”   Which fits in nicely with the outdoor, natural style KK and Tyler have chosen.

Purchasing a wedding gown, I have discovered, is much like buying a car.  OBVIOUSLY, the dress will not be anywhere near the sticker price of a car…but I have learned that wedding gown negotiations are alive and well.  Take for example, Maggie’s negotiations with the Grand Dame of all Bridal Salons, Kleinfelds.  Click on the following link, “Kleinfelds, Part II” if you want to read the blog post.



KK found a couple of dresses she liked.  When we got home from the bridal salon, I google them.  The salon was spot on as far as the MSRP was concerned.  But there were a few on-line stores, (which had legitimate store-fronts, I checked!), that offered the sale of the same dresses with perks.  #1, order from an out of state store on your own, and have it mailed to you…no sales tax, and free shipping.  This would be a significant savings…but that’s not all!  I ask you, do I sound like an informercial now, or what?!?

#2, If you purchased the gown, (the same exact gown, no knock off, I confirmed…), from the out-of-state store, you would receive a $500.00 credit from their store/website for such things as bridal shoes, undergarments, guest books, champagne flutes, you get the idea.  Sounds like a pretty good deal…but I still have questions, so many that we’re not going to take advantage of this GREAT deal…

So…what do you think of the RED wedding dress???

















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Kleinfelds, Part II

Kleinfelds, Part II

To the left is a picture of my four daughters, from left to right, Tess, KK, Maggie, ( the bride THIS time around), and Julia outside of Kleninfelds, NYC.

Klenifelds was decorated beautifully for Christmas.  You can see a few details behind the girls.  The small room immediately behind the them is the vestibule before opening  into the larger, grand waiting area – where you see the wreath hanging on the wall.

So…back to the dress experience.  It was a little anti-climatic.  After all the emotions surfacing from the sisters, and yes, MOM, we were all exhausted.

“Are you going to say yes, to the dress?” Our consultant queried.  I always counseled the girls: “If you’re hungry or tired, don’t make a decision – especially if it’s a big one.”  And with the Karnes girls, we are hungry all the time.   And this time we were tired too.

Maggie still on the fence. So she asked, “Can you take my measurements please, and I’ll call back this week with my decision?”  We were pretty sure we had a winner.

Our sweet young consultant became a horrified woman.  “Oh no!” she hissed.  “Kleinfelds does NOT operate that way!”

I was hungry too…”Look,” I said more harshly than I intended.  “We really think we have the dress picked out, but we’re exhausted,” (I left out the hungry part), “and it took us 5 hours to get here.” (A little exaggeration, but she didn’t have to know that). “And I’m not making a ten hour round trip just for measurements.”

“Wellllll,” she drew out the word.  “I’d have to ask my manager to make an exception.”
“OK,” I responded.

Long story a little shorter, they made the exception.

Maggie called Kleinfelds a few days later with her choice, and negotiated an 18% discount.  She’s not my daughter for nuttin’…  I know, 18% is an odd number.  When she was negotiating, the initial response was, “Kleinfelds does NOT operate that way.”  Well…apparently they do.  And 18% of the price of a gown is substantial.