Post # 1
I’ve been thinking of whether I want to have my dress altered to remove the train.
I will be wearing the Watters Austin (with the crinolines removed) and my consultant told me that it could only be french bustled, not classic bustled.
I don’t like the look of the french bustle at all and I have also been reading a lot of storeis about bustles breaking off so that the bride had to hold on to the end of her train all night to be able to dance.
I’m not really big on trains to begin with–I dont mind having one, but I don’t need a train to feel like I’m wearing a wedding dress, so all signs point to removing the train as a good option
But is anyone here doing it/has done it? I want to hear from some trainless brides about their experience before I make such a big alteration.
Post # 3
Hi – I’m a newbie, but wanted to chime in. My dress has a smaller train too and I’ve seriously considered having it removed. We’re having a pretty casual outdoor wedding in a field. I don’t know that I want to be picking weeds out of my dress or having it snagged on something. I would love to hear some other experiences too. My dress is all lace so I’m worried about making alterations. (Although I’ll need to since I’ve dropped 2 sizes since I bought my dress).
Post # 4
Yep. I did it. I don’t like the look of bustles. I know lots of other people like them, but I don’t. So, when I began looking for a dress, I was looking only at dresses without a train. There were practically none, so in the end I bought a dress with a train and had the seamstress cut it off. My mom told me that I ruined the dress, but I like it.
Post # 5
I thought I was going to have my train taken off as well being our wedding is going to be on a farm. I didn’t because it cost as much to bustle the dress as it did to take the train off, and the photographer said the slight train makes for great photo’s. I assumed it would be easy to take the train off, that it would be the cost of the hem…it wasn’t where I went. Also, they informed me that some designers won’t allow for major alterations (of course you can go to another store to get them instead) but something you may want to check on.
Mine will be a ballroom bustle, so it bustles under (I didn’t like french either) but keeps your dress looking how it would without the train. I apologize I didn’t get any pictures of it from my fitting (bustled) but my wedding is in a month so I can post if you would like and I remember!
Post # 6
I cut the train off my dress. We had a cocktail wedding and I didn’t actually wear my white wedding dress to my ceremony, so the train just seemed…too much. It worked out really well and I definitely didn’t/don’t regret it.
I don’t have any pictures of before and afters….gah!
Post # 7
Hi, as soon as I saw your question I thought of this Ms.Walter in the thread below, hope she doesn’t mind me sharing her photos to help you out! The original dress is bottom of the first page, the mock-up of the short train is top of the second page, and the altered dress i around the middle of the second.
I think she posted recap pictures of her day aswell in a separate thread.
I always wonder what she did with the bit she cut off… would have made an awesome bedspread!