(Closed) Experiences with bustles and dancing

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Mine was fine–wasn’t heavy at all but i had a very short train. My friend’s broke really bad–it was quite heavy. I ended up with my hand near her butt, safety pinning it for her. Hers actually came apart mid-dance and she had this big tail swishing around for her first dance.

Post # 4
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a 14 point bustle.  By the end of the night all had been broken.  The bustle stayed for most of the reception, but our after party is when it died.  I had the loop around my wrist by the end of that party. Even though it broke, I loved my dress and having a train is something that is special for your wedding. I would never have cut it off.  That would make me sad.

Post # 6
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My bustle broke about an hour into our reception because people kept stepping on it. However, that’s also because the seamstress had left it too long. I REALLY wish I had been more firm with the seamstress and told her that I wanted it off the floor completely, even if it didn’t look as graceful that way. Just make sure you have safety pins–they saved me!

Post # 7
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My dress was chiffon and my single button bustle broke two-thirds-way through the night.  But I had been a dancing fiend since as soon at the music started (jumping, twirling, generally being crazy) and the bustle stayed in place perfectly until my brother accidently stepped on the back of the bottom of the train and pulled the bustle out.  If it hadn’t been stepped on, I’m pretty sure it would have lasted all night!

ETA: I just held the end of my train the rest of the night.  Having a train was an absolute requirement for me.  They’re gorgeous and graceful and on what other day will you ever have the opportunity to have one.  I can’t imagine cutting one off of a wedding dress!

Post # 8
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

definitely have a bustle with more than one point. ribbon ties are more secure than hooks. i’ve also seen bustles that are basically like a pulley system that lifts up the dress…i would think that’s pretty secure too!

Post # 9
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had a French bustle with one tie, on a relatively heavy satin dress. It did come undone once or twice during the night, because people kept on stepping on it. I went out after the wedding, and someone did step on it to the point that it broke! My Maid/Matron of Honor managed to tie the bottom of the dress to my bottom button on the dress, which held okay but did lead to a muddy mess on the back of the dress (since it broke when I was outside).

This didn’t really bother me that much, since the bustle went kaput after the wedding was over and I didn’t have my heart set on selling the dress. It did hold just fine for dancing, it was just people freaking stepping on me that was the problem!

If you’re not attached to having a train, I say don’t bother having one. I wasn’t so attached to having a train, and while my bustle situation did not bother me that much, I still kind of wish I just cut the whole thing off. The only time it was unbustled was during the 30-minute ceremony. Ask your seamstress—cutting off a train may not work with some dresses, but it may work with yours if the train is simple. I’m pretty sure I could have cut my train off…the entire bottom half of my dress was just plain white satin.

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