Post # 1
I’ve got a quick question. I see all over the boards that people talk about their bustles breaking at their wedding receptions. I’ve noticed this at friends’ weddings as well, where the bustle will break part way through the night, and then the poor bride is left holding up her train all night while she dances, or tying her train into a knot to make it stay put.
So married ladies… did your bustle break? Or did it hold all night? Also, does anyone have any suggestions for what type of bustle and/or fasteners make for a strong bustle? My seamstress is supposed to be really good… but I’m still worried about a broken bustle.
Post # 3
I know lots of friends with broken bustles… The common denominator was usually that it was a one point bustle.
I had a 3 point bustle and no problems. In fact I had it bustled before the wedding, and we even forgot to pull the bustle down before attaching the train. So it had all this pressure on it with the additional weight of the train, and it didn’t even budge 🙂
Post # 4
My bustle didnt break but the bustling did fall out a bit but only because the girls who helped bustle it didnt know that the ends of the ties needed to be flush against each other so the end of the dress was longer than it shouldve been. If you are doing a french bustle (underneath the dress) I would DEFINITELY recommend doing ties that are numbered so you can match them up and tie them super tight. The only girls bustles whose broke that I know of had hooks for the bustle and only did one point like Mrs DG said.
Post # 5
I assume all of the breaking bustles must get stepped on or something. I just had a one point bustle (and actually it was a pre-owned gown so the bustle had already survived one night) that tied with a ribbon. I danced my *ss off all night and it never even slipped. I think making sure it’s short enough that it won’t get stepped on and that the ribbons or whatever are sewn in securely will go a long ways. And if your train is heavy than multiple points to help distribute the weight certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Post # 6
I see LOTS… LOTS… let me underline this… LOTS of broken bustles. Usually it’s for mainly steppage on the dress, but the 2nd leading cause is just plain breakage from dancing….
I highly rec getting a sturdy bustle. The ties can be more confusing, but usually hold better.