Honest opinion of very very long dress trains / veils (royal/cathedral/monarch)

posted 7 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
524 posts
Busy bee

I think they’re asolutely gorgeous. A little impractical, maybe, but not much about weddings is really ‘practical’.

If someone things a bride is full of herself just because she has a long train on her dress… then I wouldn’t pay them any mind. Some people take such joy in judging things that don’t matter. I guess I’d hope that they’d judge someone by actually knowing them. 

Post # 3
478 posts
Helper bee

I love the look of a longer train/veil (not as long as in the pic  you posted though, that looks quite OTT) but I would probably feel quite silly wearing a too long train/veil myself. As you say, I would feel that i would look way too full of myself. The look comes off as “wannabe royal”.

Post # 4
6 posts
  • Wedding: November 2017

I think they ruin the shape of the dress on you – They’re so big that’s all everyone will be looking at and commenting on, instead of looking at the beautiful detail of the dress you’ve chosen. Why not go for one that’s long but not really, really long? Just my opinion – appreicte everyone has differnet thoughts smile XOXO

Post # 5
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I love them! I decided to go with the long veil, it was 3 or 5 meters I think, and I just took it of for my reception. That way it was dramatic for the ceremony and pics but practical for my reception.

Post # 6
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I think it depends on the setting of the wedding. A massive cathedral veil and long train in a cathedral for a black tie wedding? Drama level appropriate. A Princess Di dress at a rustic barn wedding? Less so… 

Post # 7
2817 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I think they look a bit funny, because the amount of fabric is just out of all proportion with the person (to me). I understand that many people like the drama of them though, and they can be amazing pieces of art. So I certainly wouldn’t think someone with a long train was full of themselves! I would just wonder about the practicalities of it. 

Post # 8
5137 posts
Bee Keeper

Shinytoy :  I look at this and just think about how tiring it would be to move around in it all day.

Post # 9
191 posts
Blushing bee

Not for me, but who am I to take joy out of someone else’s fashion choices? Anyone who can move comfortably without tripping over her train has skills I don’t. 🙂 

Post # 10
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I see them as neither trashy nor dramatic – I honestly see them as very traditional.  They’re more old-timey than most other things you see on wedding days, although they come and go in fashion.

And in a choreographed event with thousand dollar dresses with multiple re-re-refittings, hundred dollar shoes, hundred dollar hair and makeup, eyelash extensions, personalized vows, professionally decorated venues, plated dinners, signature cocktails, limos, freaking sparkler tunnels, grand entrances with special theme music, specialty staged dances, speeches, multiple gift events leading up to the main event, catered brunches the day after, invitation only afterparties, guest books that are trees, bridesmaids with formal proposal boxes, photographers who start at two months’ mortgate payment, and the belief that if your napkins don’t match your chargers in a way that properly complements your vision, your marriage will be a sham, I admit that the idea that the train is the thing considered ostentatious made me smile. 🙂

Post # 11
2726 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

Shinytoy :  I love them! Then again, I’m tall so it wouldn’t look that out of proportion for me lol

My train is Chapel length (I think) and I would have totally gone longer. My veil is a full Cathedral length and I love it.


Post # 12
1739 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I think it depends on the person, their personality and also their appearance. I don’t think it’s a one-size fits all. It’s like mermaids don’t suit some people and ball gowns don’t suit others.

Long trains and long veils looked absolutely ridiculous on me. They made me look a lot shorter than I actually am. They also didn’t for my personality. My friend had a beautiful long train and a beautiful long veil, she looked amazing, it made her look so tall and slim. She’s also got the personality to pull it off and her wedding was altogether much more elaborate than mine so it fitted.

I would also consider what I think of as the ‘bridal shop effect’. So in the shop you’re trying on the dresses and maybe it’s because you’ve tried on dresses with longer trains or because there’s so much pouff everywhere but the train feels kinda small and manageable. However, when you wear the dress at the wedding not so much,  I swore my train had doubled in length. It feels so much longer when everyone else is normal wedding clothes and you’re the only pouffy thing. Same thing happens when I buy electrical stuff or furniture – it looks smaller in the shop and then you get it home and takes up half the living room.

Post # 14
1770 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Shinytoy :  I think it’s easier to pull off a super long veil over a super long train (because it’s just lighter, so it’s less of a look). But love chapel/cathedral length anything. Longer than that, I think the impracticality impacts the day and you wind up with comedic flubs rather than dramatic look

Post # 15
2013 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I love them but agree that the venue makes a difference. 

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