Mermaid-Inspired Wedding Ideas for the Whimsical Bride
There's been a noticeable spike in interest in all-things fantastical, and among them, mermaid-inspired everything. From coffee drinks and breakfast toast to blue and glittery beauty looks, the whimsy of oceanic folklore has a lot of people (sea)starry-eyed. For wannabe-merpeople and water lovers alike, you may be cautious about extending the trend to your wedding. But fear not deep-blue fans, the fad doesn't have to be cheesy. Capture your passion in wedding-appropriate ways with these genius, playful, and downright-stylish ideas.
When you break down the craze, it's surprisingly nuptial-ready—beach and nautical are ever-popular wedding themes. Choose bits and pieces of the viral sensation to keep your wedding feeling timeless. Dreamy pinks and greens make beautiful colorscapes, and scale-like shimmer works wonderfully as an accent on everything from invitations to cakes. So start with the details you'll appreciate most and the rest is sure to go swimmingly. The wedding world is your oyster, and we've gone fishing for the pearls. Ahead, a sampling of mermaid-worthy ideas to help you bring your fantasy to fruition.
Mermaid Wedding Dress
Mermaid-Inspired Wedding Cake
Opal Wedding Ring
Sequined Wedding Dress
Shine in your own set of "scales" with a sequin-adorned ensemble. This bride's custom outfit looked breathtaking beside her equally-charming bridesmaids' dresses.
Deck your day out in under-the-sea shimmer. These blue Bottega Louie macarons were dusted in glittery gold.
Shell Ring Box
What's more thematic than swapping a ring box for a seashell? Bonus points if you turn yours into re-usable storage (get it cleaned and add some man-made hinges).
Feed your guests staples from the sea for a classy mermaid touch. This raw oyster bar station certainly fit the bill.
Not sold on flowers? Try seashells instead. These one-of-a-kind boutonnières are sure to make a splash.
Mermaid-Inspired Guest Attire
We're obsessed with this stylish guest's gown, which totally resembles the inside of an abalone shell. Dress your wedding party similarly (we're thinking your mom, your mother-in-law, or your bridesmaids) for a chic dose of ocean-inspired whimsy.
Beach Wedding Portraits
Nautical weddings call for on-theme stationery. The design on these quirky welcome cards by Austin DeBoer also graced the cups at this couple's welcome cookout. It depicts the newlyweds as—you guessed it—merpeople, but you can experiment with other artwork to match the formalness of your wedding.
Dreamy coral pieces made excellent additions to this oceanside reception tablescape. Also featured were florals like peonies and hydrangeas, seamlessly blending land and sea.