Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone has cut off the train on their dress? I am wearing the Maggie Sottero Adorae. The problem I have with it, which other people have pointed out, is the train does not flow well when you walk. It looks beautiful when you are standing still with gathered lines. But I don’t like the way it looks when you move. Add the fact that it is so heavy I feel like I can barely move! I am getting married in about a month and I have told my seamstress, who is a miracle worker, to chop it off. I didn’t do it on a whim though. I took about a week to decide it’s what I really wanted. My problem is I really want a non-traditional wedding but i’m afraid I went too far on this one lol. Please tell me I made the right choice! When I told my Mom I was thinking about having the train removed she was like “Why would you want to do that!!” I know she didn’t have a traditional dress when she got married. It was borrowed from my Aunt and it didn’t have a train. So I’m not sure why she was so concerned about me cutting my train off. Maybe she wants the wedding she didn’t get to have? After her reaction I’m so afraid to tell anyone else that I haven’t said anything to anyone!! Not even my sister, who is my MOH. I go on the 19th for my last fitting (hopefully!) and she will see right away the train is gone. I just pray she doesn’t have a meltdown when she sees it. Anyway please tell me there are other anti-train brides out there! I don’t want to be alone in this!
Post # 2
I had the train cut off my dress. I asked for about 2 inches or so to sweep the floor. It was perfect and I was really happy with my decision. Don’t second guess yourself too much. You’ll make your self crazy!
Post # 3
jenmyoungbodybyvi: I tried on a similar dress and the train felt very strange. I think you did the right thing, definitely. Are you going to wear a veil?
Post # 4
Yes I have a bird cage veil which I think looks stunning with the dress 🙂 It has a little bit of bling on it so it pops just right. I also found an amazing head band on etsy with a beautiful fastinator so when the veil is removed my hair will still have pazzaz 😀
Post # 5
jenmyoungbodybyvi: That sounds awesome!!!
Post # 6
Thank you for the comments 😀 I feel better already!
Post # 7
I didn’t have a train. The dress I chose didn’t have one and I ended up really liking that, although it was not a criteria for me in finding a dress. It was so much easier to move around in than the dresses with trains, and I didn’t want to make someone have to arrange the train all the time, etc. We had to do a fair bit of walking to do our photos and it was so easy! And there was no bustle to have to do and that could come undone/break during the reception/dancing.
If you want something of a train feel, you could go with a longer veil. I did a veil that was a little longer than floor length (I wanted floor length but it ended up being a little long and I didn’t want to bother altering it). It didn’t hinder us walking around too much – I just gathered it over my arm. It didn’t need arranging really. The only problem I had with it was when during the ceremony we walked over to a little table to do our sand ceremony and my FI stepped on it and ripped it right off my head! LOL!
Post # 8
jenmyoungbodybyvi: I hacked off my train. Funny story actually…
I’m 5’1” and this train was probably about half my size length-wise. I was drowning in fabric. So I went to a seamstress who ran her business out of her house and told her to cut the train off. The whole damn thing. My mother was wide eyed and freaked going “Are you sure? No, really I mean she can’t sew it back on. You are aware of this right???”
In comes the seamstress with scissors and while I’m standing in the dress, she hacks off about 4 1/2 feet of fabric. My mom turned WHITE. Like whiter than my dress. After it was done I could finally walk in it without feeling like I was carrying an extra 15 lbs on me. It was quite liberating.
So my advice? Cut it off if you don’t want it. And if you can, make sure your mom is there. The reaction was just hysterical!
Post # 9
jenmyoungbodybyvi: Friend got married down south and had her train cut off. Looked great.
Post # 10
I had the train cut off my dress and it was a fantastic decision! I was also a bit unsure after I told the seamstress to hack it off, but I’m so so glad I went for it! I felt completely bridal and didn’t miss the train at all! Some awesome benefits of having the train cut off (or buying a dress without a train in the first place):
- It was so much lighter and easier to deal with on wedding day
- I didn’t have to waste time getting my train bustled and re-bustled throughout the night (as is generally necessary, in my experience)
- I don’t like the way bustled trains look and mine skirt back looked lovely and flowing all night long
- After the wedding, I got my dress dyed and now wear it as an evening gown – this would be way over the top if it still had a train!
Post # 11
jenmyoungbodybyvi: yay another train hater like myself! ok slight over reaction i dont hate them at all – infact i think they are damn stunning however they are just not me,
I’m also gettin married in a maggie – Nora – and although the train doesnt look big – it was huge and i just didnt like the way it bustled up – totally ruined the look i wanted so i said “off with it” and i LOVE it so much more now – its easier to walk and more importantly i can dance at the wedding without feelin weighed down like i did!
Post # 12
I would also love to cut my train off, I’m only 5 feet and it feels way too heavy. I am wearing the Maggie Divina dress and while the train is stunning, it might weigh more than me lol. But they have quoted me 500 dollars to cut the train off alone!!! I wonder if anyone has cut a train off that has lots of ruffles, I wonder how the dress would look.
My dress comes in May, wedding is in August, so I have a few weeks to think about it. I might opt to take MOST of the train off so when bustled it doesn’t feel so heavy.
I’m all for removing your train though as it’s something I’m serioulsy contemplating….
Post # 13
I’m cutting my train off. I don’t have a beautiful train so it’s not much of a loss, but nobody what it was going. It causes people almost physical pain to hear it. Fortunately, it’s not their dress and they are more than welcome to keep theirs!
Post # 14
maddy41 where abouts do you live? I could recommend my seamstress if you are in my area. If not I would totally recommend not allowing the bridal store to do the alterations. If you hire a reputable seamstress who is independent you will pay a fraction of the price. My seamstress is charging me $250 to do extensive work on the bust and remove my train. She would have charged the same price to bustle it as well. In my experience bridal stores make a lot of money on alterations way more than the actual cost.