(Closed) What is a bustle and will I need one???????

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Well if you have a long train, you’ll probably want one for the reception. There’s so many different styles so look around! It can go under or over or even look like there isn’t one at all. Do some research 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

elizaxschuyler :  If the train is long enough that people are going to step on it (which most trains are) then you’ll either want to cut the train off, or get a bustle. I’m not sure how it would or wouldn’t be someone’s style. It’s a functional thing. If you need one, you get it. If you don’t need it, you don’t get it. If your train is long and you choose not to have it bustled it WILL get dirty and tattered at the reception, so be prepared for that and don’t get upset about it.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Daisy_Mae :  Some people hate them. My aunt got married a week ago and had pine straw and leaves dragging in her train by the end of the night lol. She didn’t care at all. However, I am wearing my moms dress and would like the option of passing it down again one day so I definitely want to bustle it.

To each their own. Look for different styles, OP. There’s so many.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I agree that “style” doesn’t really factor into needing a bustle or not. It is a functional thing. The type of bustle you get might vary and could be a matter of style, but if your train is long enough to be stepped on or touch the floor, it will get filthy and/or torn if it isn’t bustled.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Daisy_Mae :  Also, congrats on your wedding in 2050 ;P

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

elizaxschuyler :  i don’t really like the look of a bustle, either. but i like the look of a dress that’s been stepped on, ruined, and ripped even less. if your dress has a train – any train – and you don’t want people stepping on your dress all night (because it’s not about YOU stepping on the dress, it’s about others doing so – ESPECIALLY whlie dancing), you need a bustle. there are all different kinds…hopefully you can find one that offends you the least.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Years ago and far away. ..I had a gown with a full train.  And I didn’t want a bustle.   Frankly I hated the very thought. But the alterations lady did an amazing job.  Once they showed us how to bustle it correctly the dress looked smooth and lovely. And it didn’t make my hind end look bigger. In the long run, I was so glad to have it, moving the dress around with the train down was work!

I’d say talk to your seamstress tell her what your concerns are and see what can be worked out.  Perhaps you can get away with a loop on the bottom of your skirt to hold in your hand.

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

It’s just a way to hold your train up out of the way. I agree that I don’t usually love how they look, but I’d rather not be stepping on my dress all the time while I’m trying to dance at the reception, and you can get the main photos done with the train down. You don’t have to have one of course, as long as you’re ok with any annoyances caused by your train or damage to it. Try to picture your wedding day – will you be constantly holding your dress out of the way? Will there be things to catch on it or dirty it? Will you want to dance? Can you imagine people stepping on your dress? If so you might want a bustle.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

You could always chop off the train of the dress instead.

But if you have a train (really any amount of train) you need a bustle so people aren’t stepping on it all night.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

elizaxschuyler :  I was dead set against a bustle but the lady in the Wedding Dress store showed me a one point bustle.

Basically, they sew a little hoop onto the skirt and this then hooks over your bottom button.

It was fab, you couldn’t even tell it was bustled but it was so much easier to walk in, so that’s what I’ll be getting 🙂

x

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I think it would be practical to have a bustle. Like you, I don’t really like the traditional look of bustles, but there are ways your tailor could hide the train without having the traditional over and under bustle look with the scrunched up butt area.

This site has some really nice bustle pictures on different types of dresses. I particularly liked what she called a “flat under bustle.” It doesn’t look like there’s that traditional poof on the butt at all.

http://glasgowbride.blogspot.com/2013/04/wedding-dress-bustles-part-2.html

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

 My dress has a sweep train, too. When I first bought it I was sure I wouldn’t need a bustle. But then when I picked it up from the store and tried it on at home, I realized there was no way I wanted to dance in it NOT bustled, because you’ll have people stepping on it all night (even though it’s not that long, it’s still long enough to get damaged). I’m going to my seamstress in 3 weeks to see what type of bustle she can do with it. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

elizaxschuyler :  bustles aren’t my style either, but when I went for alterations I had a 1 point one added as that’s what was suggested. In the end I never used it! Throughout the entire day my train (which was described as a puddle/sweep train) was stepped on just once. Even during dancing with many drunk guests around it was still fine! It does need a bit of a clean the train now but it’s no disaster, not damaged or anything. This sort of shows what it did in the end:

It just spent most of the evening just wrapped around to the side. But because it was so hot I just kept picking up from the front of the dress as it was so hot under there and my legs were melting! Like this:

And I think maybe this shortened the back a little so it wasn’t quite so in the way?

But anyway, moral of the story, unless you have a hugggeeee train then you can probably get away without a bustle 🙂

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