Post # 1
Is it crazy to have a train if I’m getting married in Central Park in December? I do not want to look down at a dirty mess but I do not want a low key non wedding looking dress. Loads of pictures of Central Park weddings that I have seen the ladies all have trains were they just brave and lucky??? Apparently it doesn’t rain much in December, but what about snow and sludge? Anyone live in New York that can give me advice? Ahhhhh bee’s sooo many questions, please help xxx
Post # 3
I am getting married in the grass with a train. You can buy paper aisle runners for like $20
Post # 4
I think lots of those photos are taken after the bride walks ever-so-gently holding up her dress so it doesn’t drag in the grass. I can’t imagine any park being always-guaranteed-not-to-sludge-your-dress clean enough for a proper train.
FWIW I had the train removed from my Allure gown and didn’t feel that it made the dress look low-key or any less elegant or formal, and we didn’t even have an outdoor wedding.
Post # 5
If you have a gown with a train, it’s pretty much guaranteed to get a little grimy regardless of whether you have an indoor/outdoor wedding. Usually, though, it doesn’t really show up in the pictures. Agreed that you would have to be extra careful with an outdoor wedding in December, but it’s doable.
Post # 6
wore mine buslted the entire day, because I thought it added to the dress, and I didn’t want a train, and was afraid I’d trip on it!
Post # 7
@dkacerek: your bustle looks small, I was concerned that I wouldn’t like a dress bustled, I don’t want to look like a waddling duck! Yours looks great though, that’s given me hope.
Initially my family tried convincing me to get married inside, but I’m not travelling across the Atlantic to get married inside!! I’ve always wanted Central Park, I feel like I keep sacrificing my dreams. The ceremony is 20-30 mins I’m sure I can handle a train for that!
Post # 8
@NewYorkBrideUk: we walked from the church back to the restaruant for the party, and I did not mess up the dress at all (another reason to bustle it the whole day!) We made a spectacle of ourselves, but a few weeks after our wedding, the mayor of the town and his new bride did the same thing after their wedding – they stole our idea!
Post # 9
I had a very low key backyard wedding. there were 28 guests and bbq for dinner. My train was about 2 – 2.5 feet long. I didn’t find that it really got that dirty. If you want a train then you will instinctively find a way to make it work.
Post # 10
@NewYorkBrideUk: One thing about NY weather: there are no guarantees! It could be gorgeous and sunny and 60 degrees, it could be a blizzard. If you want a train, you should just get one and, yes, you’ll make it work! (Either by holding it when you walk or bustling it.)
(I’m getting married in April and literally ANYTHING could happen weather-wise. I’ve had to accept that. :-))
Post # 11
You cant see it in the photos but my dress was a mess. I was determined to have a train throughout the day and bustled it up in the reception. The wedding coordinator was a lifesaver as she gave me some soda water and a satchet of laundry powder. Got the big stains out immediately!
Post # 12
@NewYorkBrideUk: Umm nothing stays white on NYC Streets for long, no train! lol
Post # 13
@annasaf83: absolutely true!!!
Post # 14
I had a cathedral length train and I actually bustled it for the ceremony and most of the photos. I would have loved a one length gown, but to hem this gown would have been very costly (intricate lace applique hem). In fact I was very torn about the train and even wrote off the entire dress altogether and bought other dresses, just because of the train.
However, I’m glad I went with the gown in the end! It did look the best on me. I, however, dislike when gowns crumple on the floor like this. I want to walk forward normally without pulling up my gown. I dislike so much photos of brides hiking up their gowns so they can walk. Alas, I was one of them too. I didn’t get my length wish, but I also saved like $200-300 just putting up with the length as is.
I only took it out for a few photos:
Did it get dirty? Very much so, but I was tromping through the woods with trees, pine needles and leaves. At that point I did not care if it got dirty.
Post # 15
Just because you don’t have a train doesn’t mean the dress won’t look bridal or fantastic. You can look into sheath dresses like this Jenny Packham dress Foxglove.