(Closed) Should I chop off the train?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I chop off the train?
    Yes - it looks cheap! : (26 votes)
    55 %
    No - leave it as it is : (13 votes)
    28 %
    No - but bustle it early : (7 votes)
    15 %
    Other suggestions - please elaborate below! : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Hm I might chop off the train. The part of it that is throwing me off the most is how small the train is. It *almost* looks like it is just too long. I think the train would look better if it were gone, or if it were longer.

    Post # 5
    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i agree with the previos poster. there’s not much of a train to begin with, so i don’t think cutting it off will be that much of a loss. 


    you could always wear a cathedral length veil to give you something extra 🙂

    edit- looks like you’re wearing a cathedral length veil the pics, so maybe you already thought of that. my bad, i was too busy looking at the train to notice, haha.


    Post # 6
    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Hislittlebee:  btw, I forgot to mention, I think the dress looks really nice on you! The rouching on the top is really pretty, and the belt looks great. And yeah… idk about worrying too much about the opinion of the boys…I’m impressed yours even knew what a train was! 🙂

    Post # 7
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would personally get rid of the train! 

    Post # 8
    1357 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would, but I’m biased because I also chopped off the train of my dress and loved the result. I didn’t want my dress to drag or have to bustle, and I love the look of a trainless dress. If you want a little more drama, you could also add a crinoline for more volume in the skirt.

    Post # 10
    11113 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Hislittlebee:  if you want to cut it for ease of movement etc then do, it won’t look odd. It won’t cheapen your dress in anyway and it doesn’t look cheap now, I think it’s very pretty and the sash makes it – knock ’em dead

    Post # 11
    1880 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t have a train on my dress and LOVE it.

    Post # 12
    9954 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Based on the photos… I’m guessing that it is a Sweep Train… the shortest of all lengths (puddling 6 inches onto the floor)

    You said…

    I’m attaching some photos of the sample I tried on – I ordered extra length and  I’m hoping the fabric may look better once it’s steamed. 

    I am confused by this statement…

    Do you mean you’ve ordered a longer dress (as you are tall) or do you mean that you’ve ordered a longer train ?

    When it comes to trains they come in a variety of lengths & styles.

    A Watteau Train is very short & flimsy… and extends from the shoulder (often seen on slinky Destination Wedding Dresses).

    Panel Train… similar to a Watteau but extends from the waist as a seperate panel from the dress itself.

    A Sweep Train (what your pics seem to be conveying).  As I said, just puddles onto the floor… so no real length to it.

    A Court Train would be the next length… that would look more like a train you might be used to seeing… extends 3 feet from one’s waistline.

    A Chapel Train is the most common length… it extends 5 feet from one’s waistline.

    A Cathedral Train comes in at 9 feet (or more) from the waistline.  It is often referred to as a Regal or Monarch Train as it is the most popular with Royalty… this is the one that Kate Middleton had on her gown (and of course Princess Di with her iconic dress back in 1981 that had a train that was 25 Feet long)

    Knowing all those definitions might be helpful in understanding what is out there, and also communicating with the Bridal Salon what you are looking for.


    As it stands now… if you don’t like the way the dress (as photographed) looks, then yes bustling it might help.  Just be aware, that as there isn’t a lot to bustle, it will tend to have more of a pick-up / fold-over look to it.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 13
    847 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    @Hislittlebee:  Yes, chop it off. Since your dress is kind of ball gownish in the skirt, the train just makes the shape look weird and throws everything off.  


    Post # 14
    9954 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    TO @anemonie:  I think this is the first time I’ve seen your Wedding Pics.  They are GORGEOUS !!

    LOVE everything about them… including all the details… Your Dress, Your Veil, Your Hair, Your Earrings, Your Flowers, The Man’s Attire… and your Ceremony Setting (not to mention the quality of your Photographer)

    You obviously put a lot of effort into planning it all out… just wanted to let you know it paid off.  BEAUTIFUL end result !!

    Thanks for sharing em.


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