A mermaid-cut wedding dress is characterized through a form-fitting bodice that fans out towards the bottom of the skirt resembling a mermaid tale—hence the name. It is definitely on the sexier side of the wedding dress family, as the shape is made to hug woman’s body, revealing every gorgeous curve. One may typically envision a super hard-lined cut when they think of a mermaid-cut gown, but there are actually plenty softer iterations of this silhouette.
Here are some mermaid-cut wedding gowns you’d love to get married in:
1. Let the silhouette do the talking.
Let the mermaid-cut truly shine with a wedding gown like this from Pronovias. It’s straight to the point—no frills and frou frou—it's perfect for the minimalist bride.
2. Balance structure and softness.
If you need a little more detail, but still without embellishments, try a little draping. This gown by Mark Bumgarner strikes the perfect balance of sophistication and softness. With the classic neckline, form-flattering silhouette, and elegant draped detail, it’s definitely the one for the modern bride.
3. Try a flowing mermaid tail.
If the very straightforward shape of a mermaid-cut dress is a little too bold for you, try something like this creation by Boom Sason Wedding Classics. Leaning more towards a trumpet cut, the elegant train gently flows from the back of the dress. If you need a little more movement than what a traditional mermaid-cut gown entails, this is perfection!
4. Cheat proportions with a high neckline.
Here’s the secret to looking like you're six-feet tall: A mermaid cut silhouette paired with a high neckline. This Selva wedding gown by Rosa Clara creates one a flattering illusion, making you look long and lean. If you decide to go for something like this, be sure to pair it with a pretty updo to really let that neckline be seen.
5. Go for romantic lace.
Walk straight out of a romance novel in this stunning Desi wedding gown by Pronovias. The lace is one-of-a-kind, with larger-scale florals and patterns. We love how there’s a hint of sultriness with the dress, through the skirt that sheers out as it cascades to the bottom part of the legs. Your partner will definitely fall in love with you all over again in this piece.
6. Be enfolded in floral vines.
Whenever there’s a crawling floral vine detail, we’re on board! This Josephine wedding gown by Pronovias features floral appliqués that go down from the straps and down to the skirt. If a garden wedding is on your agenda, look nowhere else but at a style like this.
7. Look demure with a cap sleeve.
Since a mermaid-cut wedding gown is naturally very sexy, you might want to balance it out with more conservative elements. Try donning a cap sleeve, seen here on the Samuel wedding gown by Rosa Clara, which makes your dress feel more refined, soft, and demure.
8. Embrace every inch with lace
Why not go all the way with your sleeves, and do a full-length one? This wedding gown by Beyond White Bridal is a picture of grace with the sheer sleeves and lace all over. With a silhouette like the mermaid style, you don’t have to worry about looking too “covered up,” because your figure will shine through no matter what.
9. Be light as a feather!
Achieve that look of traditional mermaid-cut wedding gown in a much lighter and airier feel with feathers. This Debbie Co wedding gown is a beacon of both glamour and romance, with a combination of twinkling beading and weightless feathers.
10. Try the silhouette with an off-shoulder detail.
If this dress was drawn onto a childhood fairy character, we wouldn’t be surprised. With the shimmery beads and airy tulle, this wedding gown by Milla Nova feels like it came straight from the fairytale books. They did a beautiful job at softening the silhouette through the wispy tulle that graces the skirt.
11. Go big or go home
Volume is the name of the game for this show-stopping wedding gown by Michael Leyva. It features a bodice fully covered with floral appliques, and an explosion of tulle at the bottom skirt. Every detail comes together to really emphasize the mermaid-cut silhouette of the wedding gown, and in the most unapologetic way.