Mermaid and Trumpet Wedding Dresses

Mermaid and trumpet wedding dresses offer striking silhouettes that form to the body and then flare at the skirt. They can come in fabrics like satin or tulle and with embellishments like beading or lace.

What is a mermaid wedding dress?

A mermaid wedding dress is fitted through the waist, and then it flares out at about the knee or just below it. The neckline can vary from a V-neck to a scoop neck to a turtleneck. This style of bridal gown also can be backless, strapless, sleeveless, have short sleeves, or have full-length sleeves. The mermaid wedding dress is defined by the silhouette.

What is a trumpet wedding dress?

The trumpet wedding dress is very similar to the mermaid wedding dress except that the bodice begins to flare away from the body at about mid-thigh instead of the knee. The degree to which it flares away from the body is also subtler than the mermaid.

What fabrics are trumpet or mermaid wedding gowns made with?

Either style of dress can be made with a variety of different fabrics. A few of the most choices for any bridal gown include:

  • Silk: Silk is soft and is made from the material that silk worms produce.
  • Satin: Satin is a shiny fabric that is made from a combination of silk and synthetic materials.
  • Organza: Organza is a stiff, transparent fabric that holds its shape well and is made of silk and synthetic materials.
  • Tulle Tulle is the same material that tutus are made from. In a mermaid or trumpet wedding dress, this material is sometimes placed under the bottom portion of the skirt to help hold the shape.

Can trumpet or mermaid gowns have court trains?

Either style of wedding dress can come with or without a court train. Additionally, a brush train and a court train are shorter than a cathedral or royal train, so more emphasis is placed on the shape of the dress rather than the court train.

What kinds of embellishments can a wedding dress have?

A wedding dress can come with a variety of different embellishments, including appliques, ruffles, rhinestones, pearls, beads, crystals, and sequins. A bridal gown can also use a variety of embellishments together, so a lace wedding dress could have floral appliques on the bodice.

Are bridal gown sizes the same as everyday wear?

When making such an important decision, it's best to measure your bust, waist, and hips and compare them to the manufacturer’s size guide. Clothing sizes can vary, and you will likely need adjustments. However, if your measurements are much larger than the dress, it will be much more difficult for a tailor to make the adjustments.