Brides with TRAINS on their gowns.. When to bustle?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: When are you bustling your dress?
    After the ceremony/ Before the reception : (81 votes)
    91 %
    After first dances : (6 votes)
    7 %
    Halfway through Reception : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Leaving my train down the throughout the entire wedding : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Im in a similar boat. I love my train and it seems a little bit sad to bustle it so early. I will probably do it before entering the reception room. So even leave it down for the receiving line… Good luck!

    Post # 4
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I bustled mine after the ceremony, before the reception. It would be pretty hard to dance, even a slow dance, with a train. 

    Post # 5
    3389 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I bustled mine after the ceremony and pictures right before the reception. my BM’s had my dress up in the air for what seemed like 10 mins and my ass was hanging out for the who,e beach to see! 

    Post # 6
    6073 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Chelwilly:  I bustled my train for just about all of it – ceremony, vows, photos, dinner.  My ceremony was outside and I really did not feel like dragging a lace train behind me sweeping up pine needles and woodland creatures, and then situating it right for the vows.  So I kept it bustled and took it out only for one photo in the woods.


    I didn’t really want a train to begin with but the dress I found in my price range had a cathedral length train!

    Post # 7
    3806 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Chelwilly:  I have a cathedral length train and there is NO way I can dance with that thing dragging across the floor so I’m being bustled before the reception – probably after I take a few photos with my dress unbustled. 


    Post # 8
    6446 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I had mine bustled before the ceremony for a few hours for pictures. I then unbustled for the ceremony and family pictures and bustled it back up before getting in the limo to go to the reception. However, I was not a big fan of the train. DH told me he always envisioned me with a train so I kept it. If he hadn’t told me that I wild have had it cut off.

    Post # 9
    11593 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I had my train down for all the pre pictures, but bustled it after the ceremony/before we entered the reception.  I didn’t want to worry on people stepping on it all night and ripping my dress. 

    Post # 10
    745 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I had my monster train bustled right after photos before we went into the reception. I had a cathedral length train though, so it kinda had to be bustled.

    Post # 11
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I plan to leave mine down for pictures between ceremony/reception, but then bustle it for the reception. 

    Post # 12
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    If I bustle mine it will be before entering the reception. But more than likely I’ll just get a reception dress so I don’t have to worry about it

    Post # 13
    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    You could probably still leave your train down for your first dance if you wanted – just warn your FI to be careful! Also I have seen some people who have the type of bustle that can also just loop around your wrist, so its kind of like you carry your train for a bit. If you wanted to show it off maybe that would work? Just ideas. 🙂

    I’m bustling mine after ceremony and all my pictures and before reception. But i actually love the train and the bustle!

    These were some google images i saw in case i wasn’t explaing myself well!


    Post # 14
    403 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Maybe you do things in a slightly different order in the US – I kept mine down for all the drinks reception, photos and meal and bustled it just before the first dance about an hour after the meal finished.

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