Training your train
Your processional down the aisle and posed pictures have been glorious as you were seen in the full splendor that only a train can provide.
Many brides choose their gown because of how they look from the back and the walk and weight of a well designed train really “marks” this gown from being just a “dress.”
A wedding is a woman’s ultimate day of glamour and impractical practices, thus the elegance of allowing your train to sweep behind you when walking or mingling during cocktails is over the top fabulous.
However, eventually for dancing, the train needs to come up off the floor.
For centuries, trains have been gracefully carried either in fingertips, or on wrist loops. In the last 40-ish years, “bustling” the train has become a popular fall back plan.
My personal preference is the wrist loop because I have always loved the graceful sweep (and dramatic visual!!) that technique allows.
The train is always carried on the bride’s right wrist, so it is extended fully while dancing. (This also showcases wonderful embroidery, lace or crystals.)
A bustle is done either with a series of colored, narrow ribbons (known as “French bustle”) or traditional which is an easier process of simply attaching nearly invisible cord loops onto nearly invisible metal hooks or clear buttons.
The goal of bustling is to have the train clear the floor in the back and become a decorative folding on the back of the skirt.(Hint: always take extra big safety pins as invariably one of the bustle loops will break.)