Post # 1
I am thinking of not having a bustle. I am 5ft 11 and my dress has a sweep train. Its only a few inchces of ruffles that actually sweeps the floor. If I step backwards whilst dancing I could potentially step on the dress but its not a long chapel/ cathedral train. I am considering not having a bustle at all because I’ll save money and also because I think the dress will just look weird bustled. Here is a picture of the back of my dress. Is anyone else not having a bustle?
Post # 3
I’m in the same boat as you! Same height and same type of train, although a very different dress. I think I’m more likely to step on my dress than you are and I’m not having mine bustled, so you’re probably fine.
Post # 4
In that style you should need one, really.
One thing you could do if the bottom layers of your dress are tulle is to just ‘shave’ some of that off – all you need are scissors… just cut slowly across a LITTLE at a time in a rounded shape as the rest of the dress.
It won’t make the dress hang any differently, and that would be the part you catch on the most.
Post # 5
I don’t think it’s you so much stepping on your dresses, it’s everyone else. The back will be filthy and possibly tear.
Post # 6
I would just leave it unbustled and be careful not to step on it
Post # 7
I’m not but I’m not wearing the dress with the train for the reception and a tea-length dress doesn’t need a bustle thankfully.
Like PP have said, I would trim some of the tulle if you don’t feel like getting a bustle so people don’t step on it and trip you/rip the dress.
Post # 8
I would be very concerned that someone would step on it and your gown will tear. That would be upsetting to me, but it’s totally your choice!
Post # 9
I’m not getting a bustle because I think it would look weird. Plus the tailor said it would be very bunchy because it’s tulle. I don’t want a pillow butt 🙂 This is the back of my dress.
Post # 10
My train looked stupid bustled so I am having a short sweep only. Can you shorten the train so it’s a little shorter if you are worried about getting stepped on?
Post # 11
Thanks for all the responses.. the bottom part is actually organza and not tulle so I cant just cut it, because organza needs to be finished/hemmed otherwise it frays. Plus I would be way too scared to cut it myself or let anyone at the wedding cut it! I’m going for my first fitting next week so I will see what the seamstress suggests..
Post # 12
I had a bustle, but it broke after about 3 minutes, so really, let’s forget that $100 down the tubes. (I’m the “other” vote)
Even if I left it down, I didn’t find that I really tripped over it, or anybody stepped on it. There was a loop to hang the train back up on the hanger that I just slipped over my wrist and carried it around if it was dark, or crowded.
Post # 13
Nope, no train. But if it did, absolutely!
Post # 14
I don’t want a bustle because I love my dress how it is. But, I’ll be getting one (maybe a hidden one that tucks extra length to the floorline). I’m with you that bustles don’t look good in some dresses though!
Post # 15
I’m not getting one cuz I didn’t want to spend the extra money. We shall see how it works! I feel a dress should just come with a bustle that you can use or not use. Why do we have to pay extra for that??
Post # 16
I am considering not having my dress bustled because my seamstress said it would be extremely complicated to bustle my dress. The dress has a massive amount of tulle that falls into a long train and in order to bustle it I would have to chop off the tulle and walk around with a bubble butt bustle. I don’t know if I should try to wear the dress without a bustle all night or if I should buy a reception dress.