Rumour has it, trains on wedding gowns are back in fashion. We don’t think they ever went away!!!!
The majority of Brides that come to us want at least a small train, with some girls opting for full length Cathedral trains or even using a full length veil to transform a train-less dress.
According to tradition, the only exclusive prerogatives of the first-time bride are the veil and long train. Does this mean that it’s inappropriate for a 2nd time Bride to have a train on her gown! If she wants one, then that’s fine with us.
Styles that suit a train
Ballgowns always look good with trains. The fullness of the skirt lends itself to a billowing train, but you certainly have other choices. A-line or Princess-line gowns also look good with shorter trains. A Wattaeu is a train that attaches to the shoulders looks amazing on a floaty Grecian style dress and a straight dress can often benefit from a puddle train, softening a sharp silhouette,
Lengths of trains
Puddle: A small swish of a train that trails about six inches on the floor. This style is a good choice for outdoor brides who want a touch of glamour without too much fabric dragging on the ground, or indoor brides who prefer something more simple and low-key.
Chapel: A train that extends 12 to 18 inches along the floor and is slightly longer than the sweep. This is the most common style — it’s great for brides who want a more serious train without a lot of fuss. The overall look is elegant without being too heavy.
Cathedral: This train extends 22 or more inches along the floor and gives the dress a much more formal look. Cathedral-style gowns usually have a removable train or bustling option.
Semi-Cathedral: A train that is halfway between chapel and cathedral length.
Royal or Monarch: A train that extends a yard or more on the floor. It’s the most dramatic option and often requires assistance from a flower girl. Princess Diana wore a 25-foot train, while Kate Middleton’s train was just under nine-feet long.
If you decide on a train, ensure that there is a way of fastening it up into a bustle for your reception or evening party. It will make it so much easier to dance the night away!