All Train'd Up

The train is back. From Kate Middleton to Kim Kardashian, wedding gown trains are becoming more popular and we’re loving the look for all types of dresses and brides.

Why have a train? Much like a veil, many brides just don’t quite feel “bridal” until they try a dress with some extra fabric flowing behind them. You can’t beat the elegance of an embroidered train behind you as you walk down the aisle, or photos with your train swirling around you and your groom. They’re usually considered a more formal and regal look, especially if you decide to go with a longer train on your gown.

Trains are also a fabulous way to show off the details of the dress, whether it’s lace appliques, scalloped or sheer edging, or covered buttons that travel from your back all the way to the end of the train. And since guests often spend much of the ceremony looking at your back, they’ll have plenty of time to admire those extra touches.

The train isn’t limited by the style of gown, either. Most ball gowns have trains of some sort, but there are also plenty of sleeker, more fitted options that come with a train for a touch of extra glamour. As always, consider the style and season of your wedding, as well as your ceremony location – a cathedral-length train may not be practical for a beach or garden wedding, but will look incredible in, well, a cathedral!

There are also several styles to think about when you’re considering a train. The shortest, called a sweep or brush train, only trails six inches or so behind you for a slightly more casual option. Chapel or court length is by far the most common for wedding gowns, trailing 12-18 inches along the floor, and cathedral length is closer to two feet or longer. For the most dramatic choice (which may need a little help from a couple of flower girls or a bridesmaid), go for the royal or monarch train, which is a metre or longer (Kate’s was nine feet long!). There’s also the Watteau train, which attaches at the shoulders and is popular with more fitted dresses.

Love the train but think it might be impractical for a full day of fun? Don’t be afraid that the guests will trample it during the dance! Most trains are detachable or can be bustled, your seamstress can add the buttons or ties for a bustle in most cases. Find out what your bustling options might be to see which one you prefer – there’s more than one style to choose from. Depending on the length of the train and the style of your dress, the bustle can attach at the waist or halfway down the skirt, can be bustled in two layers or more, and can be attached over the skirt or tucked under.

Don’t love the bustle but still want the train? Go for a second dress for the reception! We’re seeing an increasing number of brides who wear their elegant ball gown with the dramatic train for the ceremony and photos, then change into something they can dance and move in for the reception. 

We carry hundreds of dresses with all types of trains, and we have expert consultants who can help you find the perfect dress with the perfect train. Come in today!

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