(Closed) Dress Dilemma

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Have you tried it on with an elaborate cathedral length veil?  If the veil was super long maybe that could give you the drama you want. Really the short train is going to be way more comfortable in the reception.  It would be nice to have removable drama.

Post # 4
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It seems like a decent realistic length for a train. I think you could make it work well. Don’t get caught up in details like the length of the train, enjoy the beauty of the rest of the dress and have a fabulious wedding day!

Post # 5
14 posts
Post # 6
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I agree that it seems like an adequate train.  Have you tried on another dress with a much longer train like you’re picturing?  If not, maybe that’s worth a shot, because you might find that it is too much or way too heavy to deal with all day. Personally, I think some super long trains are a bit much and take away from the beauty of the rest of the dress and the beauty of the bride.

I also think a dramatic cathedral length veil could add the drama you’re looking for, without having to find a new dress (and without being as heavy and clunky as a longer train). Maybe go back to the shop that has your dress and try on the sample again with the longest veil you can find!

And ultimately, I believe with quirkyparsnip — try not to get too caught up in one detail like the length of your train, if this dress is everything else you wanted.  People will be looking at your face and the emotions you’re showing more than your dress!  Your dress is just an accessory to your happiness.

Post # 7
26 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think the dress is absolutely gorgeous as is.   I agree with the others that a longer train will only get in the way during the reception.  And you have to think alot about what it will look like bustled, as you will have your dress on bustled much longer than you’ll be wearing it with the train.  More train will only add bulk to your back and it isn’t always a good look, some that I tried on looked really unbalanced when they were buslted.  That said, I think that the store should have contacted the designer to discuss changes before taking your non-refundable deposit.  They should know their dresses and know which designers are open to changes and which are not.  

With all of that being said, if you really have your heart set on a longer train… maybe you could order additional fabric and have another layer of fabric added under the current one that was longer.  The seamstress could probably make this removable  as well so you could remove it for the reception.  Depends on what your budget is though, as ordering fabric from the designers is generally quite expensive.  You could always use the panel of fabric and have another dress made out of it later as well, how cute would it be to have a dress to wear on your anniversary made out of your train from your wedding dress?  I am certainly no seamstress, so I would take  your pictures to a professional and ask their advice.  

Post # 9
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

in the video you can’t quite see how long the train is since the model is already walking back and she doesn’t do any turns.  the way the lighting & shadows fall it looks to me like the train is probably about 2-3 ft.  Also, how tall are you?  The models are usually close to 6′ with heels.  If you’re shorter you can have the dress hemmed on an angle so that it’s shorter in front but keep the length in the back.  It may only add 2-6 inches, but sometimes that’s all the extra length you need. 

Post # 10
202 posts
Helper bee

unless you are 5’9" and up, you should have plenty of train. 🙂 


and definitely just using a long veil is an option. 


the dress is GORGEOUS!!!!  

Post # 11
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I agree that unless you are really tall, the train is probably enough.  I also agree that, if you really think you want lots more train, you should try on some dresses with that much train.  I was stunned at how heavy and uncomfortable the larger skirted dresses were.  Great if you think you are going to wear it an hour and then change for the reception, but totally impractical to wear all evening.  Once you try to walk in all that dress you might rethink your vision.

Post # 13
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I second (or third or fourth) the long cathedral veil to spice it up! 

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