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How to Bustle Your Wedding Dress


A bustle brings the back of a wedding dress off the floor so that the bride is not hampered by the train during the wedding reception. Bustles are very common. Different styles of bustles can be used. The bustle may require the addition of hook and eye or ties to the wedding dress.

The  bustle is created during alterations. Since bustles are so common, brides may wonder why wedding dresses do not come with the bustle attachments in place. The bustle requires that the hem of the dress be brought up to a height that keeps it off the floor. The back of the skirt is typically raised so that it is just above the floor. Therefore, the person doing bridal dress alterations can adjust the bustle to account for the preferred bustle style, bride’s height, and shoes so that the bustle is the correct length.

For an over bustle, the train is brought up on the outside of the skirt and attached to the waist of the dress with a hook and eye or button and loop. A covered button may be added to the back of the wedding dress with a small loop attached under the train. A long train may require additional hook and eye attachments. These can be camouflaged with lace appliqués or other subtle embellishments.

An under bustle is tucking the length of train under the wedding gown. The under bustle sometimes is called the French or Victorian bustle. Ribbons are sewn on the inside of the dress. Different colors of ribbons often are used. After the ceremony, the bride may need assistance to tie the ribbons to make the bustle.

The bride and her assistant need to tie the matching ribbons together to draw the gown up in the bustle. A one-point French bustle uses only one pair of ribbons while the three-point bustle uses three pairs that will need to be tied. Three-point bustles are best for long trains.

An Austrian bustle uses a system of loops. The bride simply pulls the string that is in the loops and the train is gathered upwards. Instead of folds like the other bustles, this is a gathering of the fabric. A royal bustle uses multiple ties. The fabric is gathered up at each of these points. So, it’s somewhat like an Austrian bustle with three or more points. A bubble hem is a folding up of the length of the dress at the hem. This method may require numerous bustle points for a long train.

The cost of a bustle can vary by type and the number of points needed to be added to the dress to create the bustle. The bride will want to go to a room away from her guests to bustle up the dress, especially for the types of bustles that require her to lift her dress to access the underside. Some wedding dress seamstresses recommend that the bride have two or three women who are ready to help her bustle her dress after the ceremony.

A wedding dress is an important way to express yourself during your special day. Our blog at Best for Bride contains many helpful wedding dress advice like choosing the style and learning about modern trends.

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Easy Guide to Wedding Dress Trains

Should your wedding dress have a train? When considering whether or not to have a wedding dress with a train, the traditions, ease of use, and etiquette standards may seem a bit confusing. Some venues may make a train more difficult to manage than others. How important is train length? This easy guide to wedding dress trains may help clear up some of the misconceptions about wedding trains.

Wedding dress trains are becoming increasingly popular with recent celebrity weddings. This may have caused brides to take more notice of their wedding dress trains. Some brides may wonder if they should have a train or not. A long train on a wedding dress is a traditional, classic look. If the bride wants to emphasize a romantic, traditional wedding, she may want to consider having a dress with a long train.

Traditionally, a wedding dress with a train is not worn for a second wedding or vow renewal ceremony. However, brides who have their hearts set on having a dress with a train should not let tradition dictate their choice. Your wedding day is your special day. Make it what you want it to be.

Wedding gown trains come in different lengths. A wedding dress train that brushes across the floor a few inches is called a sweep. The sweep may be up to six inches long. The chapel train is one foot to eighteen inches long. A chapel train is very popular since it provides that traditional look while being easy to manage.

The longer cathedral train is at least twenty-two inches long. The cathedral train may be removable or have a bustling option to gather it up for manageability at the reception. Brides who want the classic train but don’t want one as long as a cathedral train may want a semi-cathedral train which is between chapel and cathedral train length. A royal or monarch train is the longest train length. These trains are several feet long. This is typically worn by royalty as the name implies.

A wedding dress train can be an issue for some venues such as an outdoor wedding at the beach or in the woods. Can you imagine trying to navigate thorns and branches with a cathedral train in tow? Consider the venue and your activities for the day when choosing what length of wedding train to have.

Brides who have trains of significant length probably will want to bustle their dresses after the ceremony. Some wedding gowns come with a bustle. If not, brides can prepare a wedding dress bustle by adding a hook and eye or loop to the dress prior to the wedding day. There are several styles of bustles. A certain type of bustle may work better for a wedding dress than the other types. Brides may want to discuss the wedding dress bustle with a seamstress.