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30 Stunning Fishtail Wedding Dresses for 2023

Author: Hollie Bond

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Show Off Your Figure On Your Big Day In a Flattering Fishtail Wedding Dress

Fishtail wedding dresses are a really popular choice for brides because they look good on so many different body shapes. As it’s a style that you don’t get to wear in everyday life, a fishtail wedding dress will also give you that special glamorous bridal feeling as soon as your step into it. This always on-trend dress style creates the most beautiful silhouette, cinching you in at the waist and then flaring out at the thighs or lower to give the illusion that your waist is much smaller and giving you the much-desired hourglass figure.

Fishtail wedding dresses, also called mermaid wedding dresses, trumpet wedding dresses, or fit and flare wedding dresses, come in all sorts of designs and styles too, so don’t presume only brides who want to look like a Hollywood movie star should look at this type of dress. There are fishtail wedding dresses with a vintage vibe, city chic look, more laidback country feel, and then of course your full glamorous red carpet-worthy designs. Even if you don’t think this style is for you, do try one on when you go wedding dress shopping as you might just be amazed how much you love it.

We’ve rounded up 30 of the most beautiful fishtail wedding dresses to give you inspiration for your 2023 wedding below…

1. Austin Sweetheart Neckline Mermaid Wedding Dress, Pronovias

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Go for high drama in this stunning Mikado silk fishtail wedding dress with a show stopping ruffled train and a flattering skirt that flares out from the knees.

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2. Lace Fishtail Wedding Dress, Martina Liana

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This organza lace mermaid wedding dress with spaghetti straps is both romantic and elegant as well as being modern and sexy. The statement train will look incredible as you walk down the aisle.

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3. Crepe Fishtail Wedding Dress, Essence of Australia

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We love the beaded lattice detailing on the bodice of this V neck beauty. With a slightly subtler fishtail skirt this dress will allow you to create a fabulous silhouette and still move around freely.

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4. Madeline Cap Sleeve Lace Fishtail Wedding Dress, ASOS Edition, £120

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Choose cap sleeves to give mermaid wedding dresses a slightly more traditional look, although the thigh slit and pretty scalloped lace back detailing on this high street dress is anything but ordinary!

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5. Satin Mermaid Wedding Dress with Organza Ruffle Skirt, Justin Alexander

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The clean lines of this satin bodice fit and flare dress are exquisite and details like the elegant buttons down the back and amazing organza ruffle skirt will make your bridal look stand out from the crowd.

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6. Bandeau Trumpet Wedding Dress, ASOS Edition, £150

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This high street trumpet design is an absolute steal and looks so much more expensive than its £150 price tag. Add some shimmering accessories to give yourself that red carpet bride look.

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7. Maria Halter Wedding Dress, Whistles

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A halter neck with a scalloped lace back is a beautiful look and it works perfectly with the subtle fishtail skirt on this high street design.

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8. Taylor Mermaid Wedding Dress, Rosa Clara

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Show off your curves in this pretty designer dress with a plunging neckline and elegantly cinched waist. There’s a dramatic train too and thanks to the light lacy fabric this dress could be the ideal choice for a beach wedding.

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9. Hattie Strapless Mermaid Bridal Gown, Rebecca Ingram

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Pair a sexy plunging design with a romantic lace overlay and you’ll manage to pull off a look that’s both dramatic and demure. This dress comes in subtle colour ways like mauve and antique ivory, but for total romance it has to be the blush colour.

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10. Sloane Mermaid Silhouette Wedding Dress, Morilee

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Spaghetti straps, sheer lace waist panels and a flattering fit and flare design combine to make this dress a complete showstopper that’ll flatter all sorts of figures.

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11. Stella Mikado Fishtail Wedding Dress, Ellis Bridals

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Choose mermaid wedding dresses in silk if you’re after that old school Hollywood glamour look. And you won’t find a more glamorous dress than this Mikado silk beauty with elegant crystal beading and fashionable mesh panels.

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12. Janessa Sweetheart Neckline Mermaid Wedding Dress, Blue by Enzoani

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Love a fishtail silhouette but still flirting with the idea of a more flowing full skirt? Pair both looks in one high fashion dress with this incredible high low tulle skirt that reveals a georgette mermaid gown beneath. The sweetheart neckline just finishes it off to perfection.

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13. Lace Mermaid Dress with Unlined Bodice and Large Floral Appliqués, Lillian West

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The lace fishtail skirt on this romantic design is made from soft tulle so it cascades down elegantly and will look amazing when you walk. We love the statement lace on the bodice too with its intricate design and metallic sequinned appliqués.

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14. Galia Lahav Camilla Trumpet Wedding Dress, Browns Bride

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This couture wedding dress has one of the most striking trumpet skirts we’ve ever seen. There’s the chance to add an even more voluminous skirt and train that is detachable too, so you can wear it during the day and then remove it for dancing at night.

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15. Dramatic Strapless Wedding Dress, Sophia Tolli

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This fishtail wedding dress looks good enough to eat with sumptuous layers of royal organza cascading down into a dramatic train. Choose this wedding dress and you’ll certainly turn heads!

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16. Keeva Shimmery Mermaid Wedding Dress, Maggie Sottero

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Off the shoulder sleeves and a plunging neckline work brilliantly with a fishtail design. This dress is made even more romantic with the addition of a floral lace overlay and illusion panels.

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17. Eliza Satin Crepe Fit and Flare Wedding Gown, Alex Perry at Net-a-Porter

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Sometimes keeping things as simple as possible makes them look even more stunning and that’s definitely the case with this chic gown. Just spaghetti straps and minimal stain crepe ending in a subtle fishtail silhouette is a natural and elegant combination.

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18. Melody Sequin Gown, Needle & Thread

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If a full trumpet skirt just isn’t you, but you want to give a nod to the chic silhouette this sparkly champagne coloured dress could be for you. It has a very slight fit and flare shape to the skirt that looks amazing with the relaxed sleeves and all over sequins.

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19. Jenny by Jenny Yoo Veda Gown, $1,295, BHLDN

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Long sleeve fishtail gowns are less common than their strapless counterparts, so you’ll have to look around if a long sleeve is top of your wish list. This design is a stunning example of one though with its intricate lace bodice and sheer sleeves and figure-hugging tailored skirt.

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20. Dana Harel Taylor Wedding Dress, Browns Bride

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Sparkle like the VIP bride you are in this curve hugging couture gown with all over delicate floral appliqués and a deep plunging neckline.

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21. Alexander Corset and Tobi Dress, Halfpenny London

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This satin fishtail skirt looks stunning with an embellished corset and is a thoroughly modern look for a fashionable bride who likes to be different.

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22. Maticevski Languish Ruffled Gown, £7,760, Harrods

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Embrace your inner Disney princess because this ruffled fishtail skirt is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. You can dance the night away sweeping round the dance floor in elegant style in this stunning silk bridal gown.

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23. Monique Lhuillier Admire Wedding Dress, Browns Bride

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Statement off the shoulder puff ball sleeves look amazing on this trumpet gown and will get you a lot of admiring glances from your guests.

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24. Galvan Treville Off-The-Shoulder Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress, £5995, Harrods

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Love an off the shoulder design but think you’ll constantly be worried about your dress slipping down? This design with pretty lace straps covers all bases and has a wonderful floor length lace mermaid skirt too.

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25. Look 10, Bridal Collection Spring 2022, Oscar de la Renta

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This well-known designer has given the classic mermaid wedding dress a really modern makeover with puff ball sleeves a tiered bodice and pretty ribbon waist belt.

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26. Napper Mikado Sleeveless Mermaid Wedding Dress, St Patrick

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We love the original neckline on this strapless dress and the extra large draping round the hips will make the already flattering mermaid silhouette even more appealing.

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27. Mermaid Wedding Dress, Madison James

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Want to have some floral details on your dress without looking too rustic? We think this dress combines a city chic look with country elegance to perfection meaning you could wear it at any style of wedding.

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28. Fiona Mermaid Wedding Dress, Badgley Mischka

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An absolute show stopper of a dress with unusual linear lace and glittery tulle fishtail skirt – there’s an awful lot to love about Badgley Mischka’s Fiona dress.

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29. Cerise Off-The-Shoulder Mermaid Wedding Dress, Élysée Bridal

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This romantic wedding dress has an unconventional tulle fishtail skirt with layers in it rather than simply being one continuous length and it works brilliantly with the simple lace strapless bodice.

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30. Alexis Mermaid Wedding Dress, St Patrick

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This dress comes with a gorgeous illusion back and pretty embroidery and beading from neckline to fishtail skirt – one for the classic and romantic brides out there.

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That’s all for our list of stunning fishtail dresses. What’s next? Why not look at some bridesmaid dresses?


Written by

Hollie Bond

Hollie is a lifestyle journalist with over ten years’ experience working in the wedding industry as Lifestyle Editor for You & Your Wedding magazine Also a Regional Editor for Muddy Stilettos, Hollie has written for Square Meal magazine, Family History Monthly, BBC History magazine and Homes & Antiques. In her spare time you can find Hollie in a dance studio practising ballet…

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