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The Ultimate Guide to Fishtail Wedding Dresses

If you're considering this most swishy of bridal silhouettes, here's our guide to fishtail wedding dresses

Ah, the allure of the fishtail wedding dress! With their elegant silhouette and flattering fit, it's no wonder why so of our brides fall head over heels for this timeless style. If you're considering donning a fishtail wedding dress on your big day, you're in for a treat.

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From understanding the intricacies of this classic design to finding the perfect fit for your body type, our fishtail wedding dress guide will walk you through everything you need to know about this chic silhouette.

What is a Fishtail Wedding Dress?

Let's start with the basics. A fishtail wedding dress, also known as a mermaid or trumpet gown, is characterized by its fitted bodice that hugs the curves of the body and flares out dramatically from the knee or mid-thigh, resembling the shape of a fishtail. This silhouette is perfect for brides who want to showcase their figure while adding a touch of drama to their bridal look.

The Ultimate Guide to Fishtail Wedding Dresses

Find out more about this sensual and glamorous wedding dress silhouette.

Finding the Right Fit

When it comes to fishtail wedding dresses, fit is everything. Since this style is designed to accentuate your curves, it's essential to find a gown that hugs you in all the right places. Something that's hard to find when ordering gowns online. Shopping in-store at a reputable wedding dress shop (such as ourselves!) is the only real way to achieve that dream fit, and get expert advice during personalised fittings.

Choosing the Perfect Fabric

From luxurious lace to sleek satin, fishtail wedding dresses come in various fabrics to suit every bride's style and preference. If you're planning a traditional UK wedding, you might opt for a romantic lace fishtail gown with delicate floral motifs.

For a more modern twist, consider a sleek satin or silk crêpe dress that exudes sophistication and elegance.

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Adding the Finishing Touches

Once you've found your dream fishtail wedding dress, it's time to add the finishing touches to complete your bridal look. Consider accessorizing with a statement veil adorned with intricate lace detailing or delicate embroidery. For jewellery, opt for timeless pieces such as pearl earrings or a sparkling tiara fit for a princess.

Styling Your Hair and Makeup

When it comes to styling your hair and makeup with a fishtail wedding dress, less is often more. Consider soft, romantic curls or a chic updo to complement the elegant silhouette of your gown.

For makeup, opt for a natural, radiant look with soft, neutral tones that enhance your features without overpowering your overall bridal look.

Navigating the Wedding Venue

While fishtail wedding dresses are undeniably stunning, it's essential to consider the practicalities of your wedding venue, especially if you're planning an outdoor ceremony and/or reception. If you'll be walking down an outdoor aisle or dancing under the stars, consider opting for a dress with a manageable train or detachable overskirt to ensure ease of movement.

Embracing Your Confidence

Above all, remember that confidence is the key to rocking a fishtail wedding dress with style and grace. Whether you're saying 'I do' in a charming countryside estate or a chic city venue, wear your gown with confidence and let your inner beauty shine through as you celebrate love, laughter, and happily ever after.


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