Post # 1
I’ve seen some beautiful intricate trains here, all lace and appliqué. I’ve seen trains that come out in a floral shape, a spade shape, an oval. My question is, say you’re about to walk down the aisle, and some very helpful person behind you fans your train out. Does it stay out in the intended shape as you walk, or does it kind of crumple up? Do you have to get someone to arrange it when you want to take a posed photo?
I want our photos to be as spontaneous as possible. I don’t even think I want posed wedding party photos. Some direction from the photographer is fine, but I don’t want to have to stop and hold a pose every 5 minutes for someone to come fix my train. Am I living a pipe dream?
Just a random photo from google, but this is the type of train I mean. It looks like an in-the-moment photo, but how long did it really take?
Post # 3
Yes, for pictures like that, the train has to be posed. It will move as you walk, but not really crumple up, it will just come in on the sides. The more you move, the more someone will have to fix it. This is mine walking down the aisle and on the altar after my Maid/Matron of Honor fixed it. And below is when the photographer fanned it out for a picture
Post # 4
Unless you were to put some type of wire in the hem to make it stiff (which isn’t a thing), you will have to have your train fixed for pictures.
Post # 5
I think my photographer was the only one to touch my train except when I got to the very end of the aisle. And it took her like 30 seconds total to adjust train then take a few pics. It’ll be seamless on the day.
Post # 6
Sunshine024 : Sunshine024 :
gorgeous train! Did you find having to get it spread out frustrating at all, or like it interrupted your moments? Hope you don’t mind me asking 🙂
Post # 7
Yes, you would have to have your train fixed if you want it to lay like that. And actually many brides with trains will lift them as they are walking (other than down the aisle) because trains will crumple up and drag the more you move. How much the train crumples will depend on where you are walking and what the ground is like. And they can certainly get dirty if you’re outside.
When I’ve been Maid/Matron of Honor, I’ve arranged the bride’s train at the altar or while she was taking photos. How long it takes to do that depends on how large the train is and also how many people you’ve got helping. The train you have in the photo you’ve posted with the scalloped edge is larger/more complex and would take a longer time to rearrange than most of the simple trains that other brides have.
If you don’t want to deal with that at all and just want candid photos, I’d say don’t get a train. You don’t need one. I’ve been to weddings with brides without trains and they look just as bridal.
Post # 8
Oh btw it won’t take like 5 min to rearrange the train, more like a few secs to a minute.
Post # 9
Also, you bustle the train after your formal photos so you only have to arrange the train a few times. You don’t leave it trailing behind you all night.
Post # 10
yep! I had a very long very intricate train and it was getting fixed constantly. I think it’s worth it but yes, I had someone straighten it when I turned the corner down the aisle, when I reached the alter, and when I was taking most photos.
Here’s what it looked like in photos laid out and when I walked: