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Mermaid and Trumpet Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dresses

When discussing the silhouettes of wedding dresses, the mental image is usually clear. This is probably because popular wedding dresses have distinctive characteristics. When we hear mermaid dress and trumpet dress, our mental picture becomes less clear. When the silhouettes of two dresses are similar, it can be a little tricky to differentiate between them. Let's discuss the differences between mermaid and trumpet wedding dresses to make choosing your dream dress a little easier.

Mermaid Wedding Dresses

Mermaid wedding dresses are characterized by a curve-hugging style that wraps the bride to the knees or just below, before creating a dramatic flare into a tail. This dramatic tail creates the elegance of the look. Some are created with ruffles and layers, while others have lace or beads. It is worth noting that the snug fit can be binding at the knees, making it slightly challenging to move and dance. The higher flare of a trumpet dress provides more space at the knees for movement. Brides that choose a mermaid wedding dress for the ceremony often choose to wear a different dress at the reception. Each bride is unique; therefore, trying on both wedding dresses and practicing different movements is the only way to decide which dress provides the perfect balance of mobility and elegance.

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Trumpet Wedding Dresses

Trumpet wedding dresses fit slightly different than the mermaid dress. That slight difference is noticed in the way it hugs the body, and where the flare begins. The trumpet embraces every curve and dip on the body at just the right place, but slightly looser than the mermaid gown. The flare begins at mid-thigh, not only making movement a little easier, but also creating a slightly different visual illusion.

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The Train of the Dress

The train can be as dramatic or as simple as we want to take these elegant wedding dresses. Whether you want a sweep train or cathedral, there are no limits. The size of the train will depend on your personality and style.

Choosing your Wedding Dress

There are a few things to consider about your wedding fashion. It is important to wear a dress that is comfortable and allows for unrestricted movement. It is also important to wear a dress that is appropriate for the body type. The most important consideration is how the dress makes the bride feel. Mermaid and trumpet wedding dresses are known to hug each and every curve, accentuating them all. This form-fitted silhouette isn’t the same fit for everyone. This dress provides an optical illusion that focuses on the hourglass shape of the bride. If the bride has a boxy shape, she might consider adding a wide cummerbund-style belt to create a break at the midsection or choosing a ballgown or A-line dress instead. While it looks best with slender hourglass shapes, the beauty of every bride can pull off any silhouette. If the dress feels perfect, it is probably the one.

Crystal Ballroom on the Lake

Crystal Ballroom on the Lake

Whether mermaid, trumpet or another silhouette, your wedding fashion should always match the theme and tone of the wedding venue. Bring your love story to Crystal Ballroom on the Lake, and design your dream venue with professional wedding designers. Meet with master designers inside of the design studio, and pick and choose from a seemingly endless treasure trove of décor. This elegant venue includes all of the furnishings, designs, floral arrangements and services to create an absolute fairy tale.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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