Post # 1
My dress is chiffon with a very airy feel. DB calls the train a sweep train, but it’s more court length (at least the way it fits on me) but definitely not as long as chapel length. I really really hate the way bustles look, even the ballroom one that’s not supposed to look like a bustle at all. When I wore the dress in the store with the slip I didn’t have any issues moving around in it. I had to take some very intentional steps when moving backwards but otherwise I just use a little momentum when moving around and the dress follows me and holds its form. My mom was very active in the local historical society when I was growing up, so I’ve had a lot of experience wearing a variety of historical gowns for events with large crowds. The only mishap I had was the year I wore a tulle slip with no lining under it. The event was outdoors, and I had to run through the field for various errands. That tulle picked up so many twigs and briars, my legs were wrecked by the end of the day.
I’m leaning toward not doing a bustle. Money’s tight, so I don’t want to get one “just in case”. Do you think I can get away with not getting a bustle?
Here is my dress:
Post # 2
lizstarlight22 : You could probably get away with it. Most formal gowns I wear are about that length and I never have an issue.
Post # 3
You can definitely get away with it. I made a renaissance dress with a train about as long as that (if not longer) and never had any problems…it’s a much heavier material, too.
If it comes down to it though, a DIY bustle looks like it would be super easy with that dress. I French-bustled my heavy 2 layer ballgown on my own…I’m certainly no professional but it wasn’t hard at all and it held up well enough for the day, so it was totally worth saving the money. A chiffon gown would be so easy 🙂
Post # 4
I’ve always looked at the bustle as a precaution against the crowd more than your own footsteps. Will you be very active on the dancefloor? You may be a pro at moving in a formal gown but do you trust every single one of your wedding guests to tread carefully around you?..and after a few drinks? Just things to think about.
Post # 5
I got a low French bustle on my gown but after our first dance when I planned on getting it bustled up, I decided I just couldn’t do it. The train was my favrotie part of the dress! I dacned all night and just held the train up. The dancefloor was packed and not a single person stepped on it, it didn’t get caught on anything. It was a non issue, no regrets.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
I had a really long train it was 5 metres long and I didn’t have it bustled. I loved my train I had it custom designed and made to match my mother’s veil and my mother in law’s veil, there was no way that I wanted it hidden and out of the way