Fact: The venue sets the tone for your wedding, and yes, even the mermaid wedding dress. While your chosen destination and location helps narrow down the look you’ll wear down the aisle, choosing the best gown for your setting requires a bit of editing and ample imagination. A heavily beaded, high-neck ball gown is better suited for a chateau than the beach, although some full-skirted frocks can be undeniably fashion-forward in the sand. A slim-fit slip feels right for the desert…but so does a frothy nude tulle number.
Rather than sticking to the classic codes of dress for your destination, be inspired by what could suit the style of your chosen backdrop. As wedding season quickly approaches this spring, we rounded up some of the chicest wedding dresses for your upcoming wedding—and how to get creative with your wedding venue in mind, from the homes of the Hamptons, to villas in Lake Como, to the desert of Marrakech, and beyond.
To the Beach
An archetype long associated with gauzy fabrics, easy silhouettes, and breezy effortlessness, the beach bride should look to delicate appliqués, fine laces, sexy slips and sultry slits and shorter lengths (it is the beach, after all).
For this season’s ceremony on the shore, opt for something outside- the-box when you consider how to infuse bohemia into your bridal wardrobe, be it with a point d’esprit lace rather than a formal Chantilly, or a thigh-high slit.
A Modern Estate
Rather than a classic venue, choose a home that suits your style. Here, choose structured silhouettes over sexy and fitted forms for a look that is effortlessly modern and undeniably cool.
Differentiate a simple style with bold sleeves or oversized pleats, making for a chic statement that will surprise and delight your guests—be it at a Palm Springs estate, an upstate compound, or an up-and-coming loft.
An Outdoor Affair
Vineyards, gardens, woodlands, mountaintops, and other open-air weddings require a look that is classic but incredibly dreamy, feminine, and romantic.
Think loads of florals, gossamer fabrics, layered full skirts, and wispy feathers—and those are just a few ways to stand out in the great outdoors. Love color? Here’s the best place for a Pantone pop–if you dare.
Whether you’re looking for a shorter frock for your reception, or you want to throw out the rule book and go short for the ceremony, you’re in luck because minis were seen all over bridal week. From metallic embellishments to fun feather details, these shorter hemlines are clearly party-ready!
There is zero shame attached to spending less on your mermaid wedding dresses, and with the fast-fashion picks we found below, we can wholly confirm that affordable can be incredibly chic! (Moreover, sometimes, it’s just nice to try on a dress in the comfort of your own home—with your own shoes, accessories, and time to sit, prance, and dance around alone!)