Mermaid Wedding Dress

The clue is in the name with a mermaid wedding dress! This style hugs the entire body from the neckline to the knee before flaring out into a fishtail shaped skirt to create a sexy silhouette. The mermaid or fishtail wedding dress is often confused with fit-n-flare and trumpet wedding dresses, but the real difference is that the skirts on the latter two styles start higher up, from the hip and mid-thigh respectively.

The contrast between bodice and skirt on a mermaid wedding dress can be truly breathtaking when worn with confidence, as this elegant couture Enzoani ‘Lisa’ mermaid wedding dress demonstrates with its full ruffle skirt of soft layered tulle against the bodice’s delicate sparkle of all-over beaded Chantilly lace.

Broad-shouldered brides, or brides with a bigger bust, may find that a mermaid gown like this Rebecca Ingram ‘Claire Anne’ mermaid wedding dress balances out their shape thanks to the flare of the skirt, helping to create an hourglass silhouette.

If you’re keen to cover up, or are getting married in the cold winter months, this style lends itself perfectly to sleeves and still looks sexy by showing off your figure. This timeless but contemporary Enzoani Blue ‘Jojo’ mermaid wedding dress perfectly captures this sentiment with its full-length tulle, Alencon lace and Chantilly lace design, 3/4 illusion tulle and lace sleeves and a deep V-neckline.

Movement is a little more restricted in a mermaid wedding dress, so it’s important to remember to try on your wedding shoes and practise walking in them to ensure you’re confident to glide down the aisle when your big day arrives.

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