Wedding dresses: length

Use our guide to dress lengths to find the ideal style for your bridal gown

The length of your dress mainly depends on the style of the occasion and the venue.

A grand cathedral wedding requires a traditional full length dress, whereas a knee length or tea length dress is ideal for a beach wedding or informal civil ceremony. An asymmetrical length dress may be just right for a trendy, in-vogue venue.


An ankle length dress is slightly raised from the ground, particularly at the front, revealing the bride’s shoes. This length is perfect for brides who do not want to be worrying about tripping over their skirts on their wedding day. This kind of dress is often in the A-line, trumpet or mermaid style.








An asymmetrical length dress or hi lo dress is a contemporary style that is gaining in popularity. The hem could be raised on just one side at the front, revealing one leg, or the whole front part of the dress might be shorter than the back, revealing the front of both legs. This style is great for brides who are looking for a more dramatic, daring look.








A floor length dress literally touches the floor, so you will need to practice the “kick step”, where you give the dress a tiny kick to move it out of the way before taking a step.