(Closed) Short train wedding dress with no bustle? How was your experience?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

At my last wedding both my mom and I were in dresses with very short trains. They got soooo dirty by the end of the evening but that was it. My train was maybe 4″? Or 6″? It was a long time ago 🙂 Mom’s was a bit longer. 

I say say go for it but that’s just my experience. 

Post # 4
245 posts
Helper bee

I had no problems with my short train and despite a reasonable walk for photos (10 min) it didn’t even get dirty. It did have a hanging loop underneath which I hooked over my wrist whilst dancing which really helped. No one stood on it and no rips. Go for it!

Post # 5
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

No rips for us! My dress was silk and lace and my moms was silk, I think. We danced all night long and, yes, just dirty at the end. Dry cleaner was a miracle worker though so I totally recommend that if you love the style, go for it!

Post # 6
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

I didn’t have any issues with rips or tripping on mine and it looks like about the same length. It did get a little dirty on the beach, but that was expected

Post # 8
185 posts
Blushing bee

So, my dress probably had a train that long…maybe a tad shorter…I had the option to bustle but on the day of, I just decided not to. And we had a very small wedding in the morning so I actually ran all around the city in my wedding dress with no bustle and no problem. Obviously it got dirty, though. And it did get stepped on once and tore (a little, not noticeable at all) but that was my bridesmaid and at our pictures so it wouldn’t be bustled then anyways. Haha.  But we also didn’t have a dance, either. So, other Bees are a better resource for that. I think bustles just don’t look as good! I love the silhouette of your skirt, though!


Post # 10
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I might add a loop at the bottom just so if it drives you nuts at the reception, you can always just loop it onto your wrist.  Or if your dress doesn’t have a lot of layers, I might put in a bustle where all the layers get folded under (it ends up looking just like a floor length gown).  It probably will definitely get stepped on out all night- especially if you attempt to dance.  You probably won’t care about it being stepped on by the time you get to the reception, but you might care if it makes it harder to move around. 

Post # 11
848 posts
Busy bee

I had a very short train- I had my seamstress do a small bustle- it was a small loop that looped over one of the back buttons, but right after our first look- my husband stepped on it and ripped the loop off. So I had to go the rest of the night with no bustle. Everything was fine- my dress already had a small loop on the underside of the train that I could loop around my wrist- it worked just fine. It’s pretty dirty- but not that big of a deal.

Post # 12
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

Hi Ladies,


I am having my dress made but the lining that was chosen is too heavy to bustle. (the outer layer is a crepe and the lining is a stretch lycra.


I am wondering what you think about chopping the lining off at the base of the dress and bustling the crepe? I also had hoped that the edging would be wavy but it is too heavy to hold a wave.


Any opinions are appreciated – thank you!!

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