Train for an Outdoor Ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


The way I see it, you are wearing that dress once so who cares. Im getting married on grass over looking the beach and I have a long train. I know it will get dirty but, oh well I love it so Im doing it. 

Post # 4
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Camp Hope

You can always have it cleaned after. Or even have it preserved. 

Post # 5
638 posts
Busy bee

Most bustles hide the dirty part of the gown. I have no idea how dirty my dress got by dragging it on the ground all day, but it wasn’t evident anywhere on the outside of the dress. You can still have a train!

Post # 7
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I had the looongest train offered by Maggie Sottero for our outdoor ceremony and I really didn’t have any issues. It didn’t really get dirty and with the bustle you could never tell.

I would recommend against tulle IF there is a lot of stuff on the ground. My friend got married and had things sticking in her tulle (with lace) by the time the recepetion rolled around. Not sure if that was a fluke or a common thing.

Post # 8
6457 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Treejewel19:  +1 on the tulle suggestion. I wore my dress outside for pictures before the wedding and had no problems with the train being visibly dirty. However, my dress was tulle and we were picking bugs and twigs out of it on the way to the ceremony :/ Luckily they were all small so I don’t think any guests actually noticed!

Post # 9
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ladyamalthea:  I wore a tulle ballgown complete with long train for our outdoor ceremony and reception. The ceremony was on a grassy lawn, and the reception on a concrete patio. After 5+ hours of walking around outdoors, I had a couple of leaves, several blades of grass, and a smattering of miscellaneous items caught in my tulle skirt. Not an issuse at all. 



Post # 10
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@ladyamalthea:  I’m getting married on the beach and I LOVE long trains…hahahaha. I figure just because I’m getting married on the beach doesn’t make me any less of a bride, so I’m wearing what I’ve always wanted for my wedding – something with a long train! My dress is lace with a semi-cathedral train and I’ll be wearing a cathedral length veil. My seamstress will be making my dress more of a mermaid when I go in for my fittings.


Post # 11
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia


I had a train dilemma when I went dress-shopping. Our wedding would be outdoors, facing the Rockies:

I tried on MANY dresses with train; it felt like I was dragging a blanket behind me, lol! Moreover, the full-length dresses didn’t give much opportunity for me to show off my shoes. My face lit up most when I tried on this Oleg Cassini tea-length dress:

There’s no train, but the length is perfect for any outdoor ceremony. My thoughts at first, when I had bought it, was that it would be an awesome reception dress. (We actually picked the venue after I bought my dress) With our venue in mind, we are wanting to take a few hikes around the marsh and by the creek for pictures. So, my dress choice would work out. 🙂 There will be a lot of mosquitoes and bugs.. but that’s all part of getting married outdoors, with nature.

ETA: OP, you ought to check out Stephanie James Couture. You might find a few that fit in your non-shiny fabric criteria.

Post # 12
2429 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My dress was tulle with a chapel length train.  It was a short enough train that I almost didn’t bustle it and my bustle broke halfway through the reception anyway so it was down and the train didn’t bother me.  I would definitely look into a shorter train length sweep or chapel length.

Post # 13
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ladyamalthea:  I’d check out some “destination” wedding dresses, you know, light fabrics, not too much dress to it. A lot of them don’t have trains at all, but are still elegant enough for at least a semi-formal ceremony.

That, or bustle your train if you fall in love with a dress that comes with a train.

Post # 14
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

FI’s sister had pre-wedding photos in a garden and somehow managed to get mud on her train. She said she wasn’t used to having one so she just honestly didn’t think about it when she would step back or that she might need to picked it up. I’m actually having my ceremony in a garden and have decided to not have one. That way have to worry about bustling it or paying someone to add a bustle nor do I have to think “Is it dirty??” This is just how I feel about it.

Post # 15
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ladyamalthea:  I had a train.. My ceremony was outdoors at a golf & country club.. Ceremony was on the grass.. Here’s back of my dress.


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