What is a Train?
A train is extra fabric that extends the back hemline past floor length so the gown is longer in the back than the front. It’s a classic feature of a wedding gown, especially for the effect a train can add while walking down or standing at the aisle. If you are in love with the idea of having the dress flow behind you and up to the aisle, a train is for you. If you think you might want a train, there are two decisions you’ll need to make: how long do you want it to be? And what will you do with it after the ceremony?
Choosing a Train Length
No train – Floor-length gowns are a no-fuss, no-bustle option, ideal for outdoor or beach weddings. This is a good option for clumsy brides- chances of tripping over your dress are greatly reduced with no train!
Sweep – 6 inches/.5 ft- A sweep train is ideal for brides who want that bridal touch but don’t want to worry about bustling. Sweep trains work especially well on crepe gowns- Because it’s a heavier (but silky) fabric, crepe is harder to pin into a bustle than a tulle or chiffon.
Court – 1-2 ft- Court trains are perfect for achieving the look of a train without a lot of trailing fabric to deal with. This length looks especially good on mermaid gowns or fit-flares, where the train isn’t overwhelming for the volume of the skirt.
Chapel – 3 ft – A chapel train is still manageable, but has that element of drama. Great for formal venues and looks best on an a-line or ball gown. This train will require a more secure bustle.
Cathedral– 6 ft. Cathedral trains are at the height of formality with a wedding gown. With all that jazz comes a fair bit of work- Cathedral trains are often heavy and require a more complicated bustle. Your bridesmaids should also be ready to adjust the drape and shape of your Cathedral train for photos. Cathedral trains are currently only offered for our Bespoke gowns.
Bustles and Other Options
What about after the Ceremony? Most brides have their trains pinned into a bustle so they are free to dance and move freely. There are other options if you don’t like the look of a bustle- such as overskirts or wrist loops- read about all three at the end of this article.
Before you’re set on a train length, consider what you’ll do with all of the fabric post-ceremony.
Bustles – Tack it, loop it, and button it to keep it out of the way for dancing. Keep in mind, bustles are best added in-person by the tailor of your choice once you receive your gown.
Removable Overskirt- If you love the drama, but don’t want a lot of fabric to worry about during the reception, consider adding an overskirt with a longer train. You can’t beat two looks with one dress! Read more about overskirts here.
Attach it to your wrist. Wrist loops are a great option for fit-flare gowns with court or chapel length trains. You can also wear a wrist loop with the train attached during your ceremony or cocktail hour and then bustle your gown to dance the night away.