Most brides do not consider what their dress will look like underwater when they are choosing their wedding gown! For mermaid brides with their priorities firmly set on their underwater wedding pictures and trash the dress photos, here are our top tips for what to wear for your trash the dress!

Size matters

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big is beautiful! Love the layers of Sarai’s skirt.

Underwater you say goodbye to gravity and your heavy dress becomes weightless! You hair will float, your veil will float and all the layers of your dress will rise up around you like the petals of a beautiful flower. Check out Sarai’s strapless dress with a full, layered skirt. The multiple layers are very light fabric with a wide border that are clearly defined underwater. The volume of the dress comes from the waist so she has lots of gorgeous movement, can swim easily and show off her legs!

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We love a bit of veil play

Also – VEILS – looong bridal veils look amazing underwater. Even if you didn’t wear a full veil on your wedding day consider it for your wedding day – oh – and we’re still waiting for a bride who embraces the colored veil trend ;)

Layers are amazing

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We love the transparent top layers with embroidery – ethereal beauty

Sheer layers with embroidery over the main fabric look incredible too as the float away from the base layer of the dress and the embroideries are suspended in the water.

Sheer layers are amazing

Even the underskirt of your wedding dress that gives it it’s volume looks incredible underwater. As the tulle floats up you become surrounded by a gorgeous fluffy cloud of delicate fabric – like a dream.  First, check out the design of Robin’s dress, by Enzoani.

The underskirt of Evelyn’s mermaid wedding dress created incredible volume underwater.

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Ruffles for days!

If you are going to go mermaid style – be generous! The mermaid or trumpet silhouette is tight above the knee flaring dramatically out towards the floor. In a trash the dress this can be tough to swim in so – if you love this style try to have the flared part of the skirt starting mid-thigh rather than at the knee. Also the more volume the better so the fuller the skirt the more spectacular the effect will be underwater. Jennifer had a ruffled mermaid wedding dress that looked incredible underwater.

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Jennifer’s ruffles were accessorized with fish ;)

Simple can be beautiful too

If you are not a girly girl and you don’t want to drown in frills simple can also be spectacular. Clean lines and drapery looks beautifully fluid underwater and can look very elegant and chic. If you don’t want to get your real wedding dress wet a simpler option is also a good trash the dress go-to. Even though we have had a bride who wore a dress for her trash and THEN for her wedding – apparently a rinse in the shower was all it needed!

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We loved Sabrina’s polka dot “back up” dress

Yesenia’s simple draped dress came alive underwater and Sabrina bought a simple, sheer polka dot dress especially for her trash the dress session.

Be Colorful

Weddings are white but that dosen’t mean you can’t throw a dash of color in there!  Elsa had a red lace dress as a tribute to her Chinese heritage.

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Red underwater is AMAZING!

Izabella had a short, powder blue vintage style dress that made her look like a Victorian doll.

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Love this vintage “alice in wonderland” feel!

We have to mention Thai beauties, the spectacular Phoebe who rocked a gold sequin sheath dress and Prima who wore brightly colored flowing Thai outfits.

Underwater mermaid brides what to wear for your trash the dress

Bright colors look amazing against blue cenote water

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Phoebe went FULL MERMAID in her gold sequined gown

Be Creative

There really are no rules for your trash the dress so feel free to go crazy and surprise us! Ping had 3 “looks” for her trash the dress: an incredible ultra ruffled wedding dress, a vintage style peach sequined dress before finishing with a mermaid tail!

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Pring’s vintage look was everything!

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Total fantasy mermaid bride – we love!

Adriana brought not one but 2 gorgeous Vera Wang wedding dresses: one white and one BLACK – way to mix it up!

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Black Vera Wang wedding dress underwater – WOW!

Be SEXY

Don’t forget the lingerie, we are famous for our “Adam and Eve” boudoir style sessions.  if sexy undies are not your thing go full birthday suit like Emily and Scotty

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A little “Adam and Eve” underwater action


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*Photo locations for the article: What to wear -Trash the Dress tips – The perfect underwater photo were shot in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Tulum Mexico #Aworldofitsown


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