The train is one of the things that distinguishes a bridal gown from any
other type of formal dress. Having that fabric sweep behind you as you glide
down the aisle is part of the fun of being a bride. There are many options in
trains - which one is right for you?
at all. This type of train just barely brushes the ground. It is often seen on
very slender sheath gowns, and at informal weddings. A sweep train is also
favored by second time brides who want a special dress, but not a lot of pomp
Leaving the train down is only manageable if the bride does not plan to do much
This is a nice length for a garden wedding, or a beach ceremony. If your wedding
is outdoors, be sure that you have a smooth surface for your train to glide
over during the processional so it does not snag or tear. You will definitely
need to bustle a train of this length.
about four feet from the waist of the gown. The chapel train is beloved for its'
versatility. It is enough of a train to make the bridal gown feel fancy, but it
is not too cumbersome. It can be bustled under the gown, with a technique known
as a French bustle, or brought up to the outside with little buttons or hooks.
The outside bustle tends to work best on gowns that have pleats or details in
the back to cover the hardware. Occasionally, a bride will choose to have a loop
at the end of the train so she can wear it over her wrist for the reception.
This is quite a gracious look, but not a good choice for anyone who is very
active or at all clumsy.
seen. The cathedral train reaches nine yards from the waist of the gown - that
is a lot of fabric! A train of this grandeur is suitable for only the most
formal of indoor weddings. The location needs to be as opulent as the train, and
have a very long aisle, hence the name "cathedral" train. This is the right
choice for you if you are having a very elegant wedding, and love drama. To
balance out such an extravagant gown, all of the bride's accessories should be
equally fabulous. Choose accessories like custom bridal Swarovski necklaces,
over the elbow gloves, and sparkling tiaras. A train this long will require a
double layer bustle to get it up for the reception. Managing such a complicated
bustle is not easy, so be certain that your attendants get lessons from the
bridal shop. (A tip for the bustlers: when you are crawling around under the
bride's dress, be sure not to lift her skirt so high that her fanny is exposed!)
A clever and fabulous way to make it easier to match up the proper sets of
bustle ties is to finish them off with little touches inspired by the bridal
ensemble. For instance, if your gown has bows on it, stitch tiny bows onto the
bustle ties (each pair should be a different color). Brides wearing sparkling
custom bridal Swarovski necklaces will naturally want twinkling crystals to
decorate their bustle.
train of all, measuring ten or more yards (30 feet!) from the waist of the gown.
A train this over the top should be worn only by actual royalty. Considering
yourself a princess is not enough to be able to pull off this much train without
looking silly. (And besides, it would weigh an absolute ton!)
is your chance to let your personality shine. Whether you like things simple
(sweep train) or extravagant (cathedral train), there is a train that will just
feel right to you. And if the dress that melts your heart does not have the
right train, fear not - it can always be customized. After all, shouldn't a
bride get to have things exactly the way she wants them?
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