Hi, loves! Emma here. Today we’re answering another wonderful Ask Emmaline question from one of our readers! Bride-to-be, Jessie, wants to know what a fishtail wedding dress is and whether it is the same thing as a mermaid wedding dress silhouette. She writes,
“Hi Emmaline! What is a mermaid wedding dress? Is a fishtail wedding dress the same thing? What’s the difference between a mermaid style dress and a traditional gown?”
Hi Jessy! Wonderful question and thanks for writing. I love a mermaid / fishtail wedding dress and am quite familiar with its style. Here’s some additional info on what a mermaid dress is, along with some inspiration.
What Is A Mermaid / Fishtail Wedding Dress?
Most commonly referred to as a mermaid or fishtail wedding dress, this style is characterized by its fitted style and hugs your body close.
Most notably, a fishtail wedding dress doesn’t flare out at the waist like a ball gown or A-line wedding dress does. Rather, a mermaid wedding dress flares at or below the knee which creates a “fishtail” style. Some brides choose a long train with a fishtail gown, while others opt for a short train. That’s up to you! Both look elegant with this silhouette.
Here are a few examples of a fishtail wedding dress so you can see the style for yourself. These wedding dresses will look beautiful and they’re all handmade by an independent artist on Etsy! (Yay for supporting handmade!) You can also browse more wedding gowns here.
1. Blush or ivory mermaid wedding dress
By SIBO Designs, photos by Katie Nicolle Photography.
2. Eyelash lace fishtail wedding dress
By Wear Your Love.
3. Lace peach wedding dress
4. Feather mermaid wedding dress
This gorgeous gown is made of feathers! Love the fishtail wedding dress silhouette, too. By xiaolindesign.
5. Strapless wedding dress with long train
I love the long train on this wedding dress! By NuBridal.
6. Low back fishtail wedding dress
7. French corded lace mermaid wedding gown
By SIBODesigns, photos by Jennifer Blair.
8. Long sleeve wedding dress
9. Sleek strapless mermaid wedding dress
And there you have it: the fishtail silhouette is no longer a mystery! Now it’s YOUR turn:
Discuss: Are you wearing a mermaid wedding dress?
What do you think of this style? Which wedding dress silhouette is your favorite? Tell us in the comment box below! We’d love to hear from you, as always. :)
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