About Trains and Bustles

March 10, 2015 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

Beautiful bride in the restaurantEnhance your wedding gown look by adding a train or bustle. Trains add stylish length and elegance to your dress while bustles keep formal trains beautifully off the ground and allow for freedom of movement, especially useful for your wedding reception dance action. Read on to learn more about bridal trains and bustles.


Lightly brush the edge of the floor with your sweep train, the shortest of all train lengths. Considered a more casual style, the six inch length of the sweep train slightly elongates the back hem of your wedding gown for a soft, flirty profile.


Create an enchanting wedding day look with a court train, a style slightly longer than a sweep train. Court trains trail from one to three feet behind your dress and make a great option for those who do not want the weight of more formal trains.


One of the most popular wedding train styles is the chapel train, an all-time favorite with brides. Chapel trains reach lengths of three to four feet and are not considered unwieldy or cumbersome.


Fairy tale weddings gowns often feature a cathedral train, a formal type of train extending approximately six to eight feet behind the dress. A cathedral train presents the challenge of added weight. Fortunately, they offer bustled and detachable options to help lessen the bulk.

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For an affair to remember and for the most formal of weddings choose a monarch train also known as the royal train. Extending nine feet or even longer, monarch trains require assistance and much practice learning to move before your wedding day.


Invoke the spirit of sophistication with a Watteau train, a style that offers an airy and light feeling. This style of train is made of lightweight material and attaches at one or both shoulders as it trails behind the bride.


The overbustle employs a series of hooks and eyes sewn into the skirt about one to two feet from the back on the outside to secure the train from the floor. Longer trains require more hook and eye attachments.

French Bustle

With origins dating back to the Victorian Era, the French bustle is an underbustle that secures and lifts from the bottom hem of the wedding gown to hold the train off the floor.

Ballroom Bustle

Create a regal appearance with a ballroom bustle, a type of bustle featuring a pronounced backside and multiple attachment areas. If done properly, one cannot tell there is a train attached.

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