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How To Get Your Train Looking Perfect On Your Wedding Day

A wedding dress is one of the most important outfits in a bride's life. It symbolises love, commitment, and the beginning of a new journey. Every bride wants her wedding dress to be perfect, and the train of a wedding dress plays an essential role in achieving that perfection. A train is the part of a wedding dress that trails behind the bride as she walks down the aisle. It adds an extra touch of elegance and beauty to the overall look of the dress. In this blog post, I will show you and discuss how to arrange the train of a wedding dress.


Have a watch of this video to find out my top tips for making sure your train looks perfect on your wedding day:


Determine the length of the train:

The length of the train will depend on the style of the wedding dress, the wedding venue, and the bride's personal preference. A longer train is perfect for a formal, traditional wedding, while a shorter train is suitable for a casual or outdoor wedding. Once you have determined the length of the train, you can start arranging it.


Bustle the train:

Bustling the train means gathering up the train of the wedding dress and securing it to the back of the dress. This is typically done after the ceremony or during the reception to make it easier for the bride to move around and dance. There are several ways to bustle a train, including the American bustle, the French bustle, and the Austrian bustle. The American bustle involves pulling up the train and securing it with buttons or hooks. The French bustle involves attaching loops to the train and securing them to the dress with buttons or hooks. The Austrian bustle involves gathering the train and securing it with ribbons or ties.

We'll discuss with you in your fitting appointments which bustle option (if you'd like one) will work the best for you and your wedding dress train.


Arrange the train for walking:

Traditionally, in the UK, the bridesmaids would follow the bride and can therefore help with the arrangement of the brides train whilst walking down the isle. However many brides in recent years have adopted a more American approach where the bridesmaids walk down the isle first. You do you and whatever feels comfortable and right for your big day. Do consider though if you have a corner to turn you train will be out of place and could potentially get caught. It's great to have your bridesmaids arrange your train for you before you walk and if they're following you they can assist or even carry the train so far. If you decide to have them in front, make sure the one in charge of your train is at the end of the row so that they can hop out, sort your train once you've got to the end of the isle and then the ceremony can commence. The last thing you want is your gorgeous, decorative train to be all messed up for your gorgeous ceremony photos.

The train should be arranged in a way that it flows smoothly behind the bride and does not interfere with her movement.


Arrange the train for the ceremony:

During the ceremony, the bride will be standing in one place for an extended period. Depending on the type of ceremony you're having you may also be required to kneel and sit for parts of it. Remember to keep that bridesmaid to hand and let her know that she's on train duty and can help by adjusting the train as needed. . The train should be arranged in a way that it falls elegantly behind the bride and does not bunch up or wrinkle. If the bride is wearing a veil, the train should be arranged in a way that it does not get tangled with the veil. If you can arrange the veil and train together. If they are different lengths make sure that the veil is delicately placed on top of the wedding dress train.


Arrange the train for the reception:

After the ceremony, the train can be bustled to make it easier for the bride to move around and dance. However we'll also always provide you with a wrist loop for that post ceremony, pre evening where you might still want to get your train out for photos but also don't want it dragging along the floor whilst you're walking round talking to your guests.

The bustle should be arranged in a way that it complements the style of the wedding dress and does not detract from its beauty. The maid of honour or another bridal party member can help by adjusting the bustle as needed. It's always a good idea to bring this person along to your collection appointment so that they can see how to do this for you on the big day and ask us any questions. We've also provided videos for people that couldn't be there at collection so they don't go into a panic when they can't find the loop after a couple of wines!



Arranging the train of a wedding dress is an essential part of achieving the perfect look for the big day. By determining the length of the train, bustling it, arranging it for walking, the ceremony, and the reception, brides can ensure that their wedding dress looks beautiful and elegant throughout the day. With a little bit of preparation and attention to detail, the train of a wedding dress can be arranged to perfection.

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