Ball Gown with no Bustle: am I crazy?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Am I crazy for not adding a bustle?
    Yes : (38 votes)
    86 %
    No : (6 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
    863 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

    I don’t think you would want to walk around with a train without a bustle. How will you dance??

    Post # 3
    4498 posts
    Honey bee

    Well, your dress will almost certainly get stepped on.  If you plan to remain in one place and potentially seated and not do anything like mingle or dance, I guess you would be ok.  Likewise, if you aren’t planning to keep the dress for posterity or are doing a trash the dress session after so it won’t matter, then you’d be ok, too.

    If neither of those things describes what you have planned, then I would get a bustle done. 

    Post # 4
    9435 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    People will step all over it and rip it to shreds.

    Post # 6
    3560 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    either bustle your dress so it doesn’t get stepped on, or don’t bustle it and accept that it WILL get stepped on all night, and likely torn.

    Post # 8
    7814 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I had a train about like that and the bustle was CRUCIAL. You don’t have to bustle it until the reception so you can leave it unbustled for all your photos. But before I bustled mine at my wedding, I was basically helpless…I had to have 1-2 bridesmaids with me at all times to constantly hold the train or fluff it out. People were stepping on me left and right too. It was a beautiful train and I’m glad I had it for the ceremony and photos, but such a hassle! If I hadn’t bustled it for the reception I would have been chair-bound the entire night. Not a chance of dancing. Def get a bustle!

    Post # 10
    7814 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    nycoleman :  No problem – I didn’t really understand the importance of bustles until my actual wedding day either lol. Your dress is beautiful by the way! Best wishes for your big day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 12
    970 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

    nycoleman :  Ha! I was just trying on dresses last week and realized a bustle was a must. If I wasn’t closing the dress in the room, I was stepping on the darn thing myself, or someone else was.

    Post # 14
    213 posts
    Helper bee

    nycoleman :  I hate bustles and spent ages trying to figure out a bustle that didn’t look like a bustle. My seamstress was very dubious until she pinned it in place and then was like oh yeah, that does work. Here it is in case you’re interested. It’s a simple one point over bustle but pinned at three points instead of one. Looks dreadful at the moment because my dress is way too big and was hanging down onto my hips but you get the idea.

    Post # 15
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    Adding my voice after the fact to say: absolutely right decision to get it bustled. I didn’t think it would be a big deal but the 30 minutes I was walking around post ceremony pre reception with a train were the most annoying 30 minutes of my life so far. Get it bustled. 

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