(Closed) Mermaid vs. Princess wedding gown

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you go for the mermaid gown or princess gown? Or both?
    Mermaid : (27 votes)
    38 %
    Princess : (24 votes)
    33 %
    Both : (10 votes)
    14 %
    none : (11 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 2
    678 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB


    I tried on both styles, but in the end I went with the mermaid because i am a curvier girl and i felt the princess ball gowns made me look bigger. The mermaid made  me look thinner and made my butt look awesome!!!

    Post # 3
    2848 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014


    abeautybride:  I dislike mermaid, so I would never pick that.  I like alines.

    Post # 4
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I originally wanted a princess dress, and I did really like them on me, but they didn’t show off my figure as much as they could. I literally couldn’t walk in mermaid dresses but they looked great if you stood totally still! I ended up in a fit and flare with the best of both worlds – figure hugging to my hips, with a big dramatic skirt! 🙂

    Post # 5
    1640 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

    I’ve personally never been a huge fan of mermaid style dresses. I’ve loved big, poofy dresses since I was little (not A-line, but more of a cupcake shaped poof) and that hasn’t changed. But I guess that’s just because my personal style doesn’t  sway to the side of “sexy” which mermaid and very tightly fitting dresses seem more inclined to.

    Post # 6
    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Mermaid is definitely the 2010s dress trend, and might just be what the lamb of mutton sleeve was to the 80s (if that matters to you) soooo I vote Princess. Or other!

    Post # 7
    1671 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

    abeautybride:  It depends on the dress. I ended up going with a ballgown and it looks amazing on – it made my waist look so tiny. Some other ballgowns looked awful and some mermaid/fitnflare looked great while some didn’t. I would suggest trying some on and go with the one that you love, makes you look beautiful and feels right.

    Post # 8
    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I love my fit and flare. I find mermaid styles too harsh- I prefer a more gradual flare. Ballgowns are pretty on other people but not my style

    Post # 9
    45 posts
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I had this dilemma when choosing my dress, you will only know for sure when you try the dresses on, each dress looks different on different body types I thought i wanted the princess hollywood dreams arrabella dress but I tried on dresses I wouldn’t normally go for and fell in love with the mermaid style! And they are very on trend right now which is an added bonus! If you really can’t decide and you can afford both why not have princess style for the day and mermaid for the evening! 

    Post # 10
    766 posts
    Busy bee

    Since I was little, I wanted a princess ballgown. As I got older, I still loved them but also love fit n flares. I tried on all styles and it was a hard decision; I liked both silhouettes and really couldn’t decide. The consultants would always ask what I always envisioned – and I always said a ballgown. And then my favorite dress ever is a ballgown so that’s what I went with! 

    Post # 11
    1119 posts
    Bumble bee

    I couldn’t decide so I wore both. However, my mermaid gown was more on tne traditional side (all lace with lace straps and was modified so it was slightly aline and not as “mermaidy”). 

    Post # 12
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think fit and flares are the most universally flattering styles. Mermaids can be hard to walk in and sometimes do not suit people, and I think princess gowns pretty much make everyone look bigger. I am not a fan of traditional a-lines or princess gowns really. I  do think ballgowns can sometimes look nice on tall and very thin brides though.

    Post # 13
    2351 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Mermaids are my favorite because they are the quintessential silhouette of a female: curves! I feel like they r so glamourous! And mature but not matronly. Ball gowns look a little juvenile, but that is only my opinion. 

    Post # 14
    37 posts
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I originally wanted a big princess dress, but being only 5’1″, I realized I’d look like a toothpick stuck in a cottonball & more like a cute flower girl rather than a bride. I ended up choosing a mermaid style dress & I love it.

    Post # 15
    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    In my opinion this totally depends on body shape – Ball gowns look amazing on girls who are smaller on top. If you’re larger on top (like me) an a line or ball gown isnt going to do anything for you. I must’ve tried a thousand and I just looked huge (even though I measure 36-26-36)! I eventually chose a trumpet shape (although I probably could have worn a drop waisted a-line) which was I thought was very flattering.

    On a side note – sometimes its more about meeting your vision of a bride. For me I just wanted to look amazing. I wasn’t committed to the princess look- which I do think works well on younger brides (I was 29).

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