(Closed) To bustle or not to bustle….

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
9578 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Just chop your dress so there’s no train. Why drag that around all day and waste a half hour of your reception bustling. I cut mine and have zero regrets! 

Post # 3
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Lovely dress. Any pictures of the back? how long is the train? It would be helpful if we could see what you’re working with.

Your seamstress sounds kinda rude though…

Post # 4
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

Wow! That seamstress sounds pretty lazy and rude. There are plenty of brides with the same dress or with gowns that are similar in design that have been able to get their train bustled. She should’ve been honest and said that she might not be the one to see about this particular alteration. 

My gown had a multilayered tulle skirt and my bridal salon told me up front that they couldn’t do my bustle (my train was long and they were worried that the weight of it would damage my dress). I absolutely appreciated their honesty. It didn’t take away from the stellar service I had gotten previously and they even gave me the idea to use nappy pins and showed me how to do a bustle on my own. 


It wasn’t the greatest (thanks to my miniature stature) but everything worked out in the end with no damage at all.

Post # 5
91 posts
Worker bee

I’m not doing a bustle.  

Having a loop attached to the train to hold

maybe that would be a option?

Post # 6
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I didn’t do a bustle. I had a ballgown style with a train and I just hated the look of a bustle.

Post # 8
850 posts
Busy bee

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Khatleesi :  We’re almost dress twins! Mine isn’t that exact one, but it looks just like it. Honestly, I usually think that bustling looks ugly and kills the dress. I guess it depends on the dress though. I plan on just wearing is as-is all night. It may mean that I hold it up all night, but it’s a one-time thing, haha. 

Post # 9
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I vote for a loop so you can just slip it on your wrist and have no worries. Take that with a grain of salt, because I tend to not like bustles anyway. 😉

Post # 11
41 posts
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Sunset Beach Resort, Siesta Key

I just made the decision on Friday to have them cut off my train because I can’t STAND the poof that my bustle creates. My Seamstress isn’t the most pleasant or easy to work with, so coming to that conclusion was hard but I just LOVE my dress and with the bustle she was creating it looked like a giant poof ball on my butt! 

I try it on again next Friday with the train gone, so I’m hoping I made the right decision


Post # 12
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Love this dress! My best friend wore it for her wedding in October and the detailing in the back is so stunning! She chose not to bustle it and just picked up the skirt and carried it when necessary. It was fine for her.

Post # 14
3381 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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Khatleesi :  do you have to bustle  your dress? of course not. but if you’re worried about people stepping on it, i can PROMISE you that it will happen without a bustle. that’s just something you need to accept if you’re going to keep the train and forgo the bustle. and are you having a dance party at your reception? because your train will get stepped on A LOT when it comes to dancing if it’s not bustled – it’s not uncommon to hear of trains being stepped on so much during dancing that the dress get ripped.

i’m not here to tell you that you must have a bustle (because i understand the lack of appeal – i’ve rarely seen a bustle that i liked), but i am just trying to convey the reality of the train + no bustle situation. You either have to chop your train, bustle your train, or accept that people will step on/possibly rip your train. Those are your three options – if there was a way to make sure your train came through without being damaged during the party, i really doubt if anyone would ever bustle their dresses.

Post # 15
1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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MrsBuesleBee :  Off-topic question, but is your flower crown real or fake flowers? That’s exactly the type of crown I’m looking for! Gorgeous!

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