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Dress and train lengths

Wedding dresses come in all sorts of styles, and the length of the dress and train are a key element. Here the common terms for dress and train lengths are explained.

The length of all our dresses can be customised to suit your own individual preference.

Please think about what is going to be best for you – including practicalities such as dancing, moving about and visiting the bathroom. You can always add a bustle or wrist loop.

The longer the train the more difficult it is to manage, also heavier fabrics make heavier trains. Please note that all dresses with a train will be floor-length at the front.

Tea Length

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! 

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Knee Length

A knee length dress finishes at knee level. This style is ideal for a non-traditional wedding, and perfect for the summer bride!







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Floor Length

This basically means no train. The wedding dress will be the same length both front and back. It’s ideal for more informal type weddings and a great option for on the beach as the dress won’t be dragging in the sand!


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Sweep Train

This is a short train between 30 and 50cm from the hem, just sweeping the ground behind your feet. It is sometimes called a brush train. This style has all the elegance of a train with a more practical length that is easier to manage throughout your wedding.

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Cathedral Length Train

This is a popular choice for a formal affair or for that fairy tale look and is 2 meters or more from the hem. They can become dirty from dragging on the ground the dress so you could look at having a bustle or even a removable train. Give us a call if you would like to discuss adding a bustle to your dress.

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Chapel Length Train

This is a common choice in train length because it has the elegance of a full train but is still not too difficult to manage. A chapel train is generally 1 metre from the hem. This is perfect for a semi-formal wedding dress but could be used for a formal or informal wedding dress as well.

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