All eyes are on the back of the bride as she comes down the aisle and again when she comes back up are the ceremony.
No wonder every bride dreams of a wedding gown with a train, an extension of fabric that falls from your shoulders, waistline or hemline. No other detail makes a wedding dress more dramatic and special than a train.
- To make a grand entrance coming down the aisle and a grand exit coming up the aisle, select a wedding dress with a Royal, or extended Cathedral train that will put at least three yards of fabric falling from your waist.
- For true head-to-toe glamour nothing outdoes the majesty of a cathedral train, the most formal of all trains for wedding dresses.
- For the shortest train, stick with a sweep, a short extension of the hemline in the back.
- Dancing at the reception? Look for wedding dresses with trains that can be detached with buttons snaps or converted to a bustle. Keep in mind you'll need alterations to your gown to transform it after the ceremony. A seamstress can arrange a hook and eye or button so you gather into a bustle at the back of your skirt.
- Opting for an informal wedding dress without a train? Consider a style with interesting fashion details like beaded straps, covered buttons, a key-hole back or halter neckline.
Bridal Trains Defined:
- Cathedral: this traditional and very formal train falls 2 ½ yards from the back of the waist
- Chapel: a popular option that modern brides love. This train falls up to 22 inches on the floor
- Court: shorter and less formal than a chapel train. A great alternative if you're getting married on a beach or in a garden or winery. this train falls about 14 inches onto the floor.
- Sweep: extended hemline that barely sweeps the floor typically just falls for five inches.
- Royal Cathedral: falls about three yards from the back of the waist
- Watteau: attaches at the shoulders of the gown and stretches down to the floor.