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 Wedding Dress Trains
Wedding Dress Trains

The final aspect of selecting the perfect gown is the train. Unlike the neckline or sleeves, the train is not a necessary part of your dress. The formality of your wedding should influence your decision to have a train more than any other factor. The length of your train should be consistent with the location and time of your wedding. You would not want to have a cathedral length train if you are having a summer wedding at the beach. You will find the various train options described in this chapter, as well as tips to match your special occasion with the appropriate train.


The brush train is the shortest of the train styles, apart from not having a train at all. It barely "brushes" the ground behind your dress, adding a modest amount of volume to the back of your dress. The brush train is the most versatile train because it can be worn at just about all types of ceremonies, from a spring garden wedding, to an evening event in the fall.


The court train is slightly longer than the brush, extending approximately 3 feet behind the waist. This train can be used at most ceremonies as well, but may be a hassle at outdoor weddings, such as those held on grass or at the beach.


The chapel length train is the happy medium between the simplicity of the brush and court trains, and the formality of the cathedral and royal trains. The chapel train extends about 5 feet from the waist, making a significant statement without the grandeur of the longer trains.


The cathedral train is perfect for a very formal and traditional bride who wants all eyes on her as she walks down the aisle. This train extends approximately 7 feet behind the waist, and will require assistance to keep in order, especially during the ceremony and pictures. Because of the grand nature of this train, it is most appropriate for formal church weddings.


The royal length train is fitting only for the bride who really wants to make a statement. This train extends beyond 10 feet from the waist, spanning the aisle as you walk toward the altar. With a train this size, you will definitely need help making sure that you are not weighed down and that all that fabric is where it needs to be. Due to its regal presence, this type of train is only appropriate for the grandest of occasions. If you opt for the royal train, you will want to make sure the rest of your ceremony and reception does not pale in comparison.


The Watteau train is characterized by the way the single panel attaches to the top of your dress, either at the shoulders or the upper back of the bodice. This train can be the same length as the rest of your gown so that it falls straight down to the ground, or it can extend out behind you for a more dramatic look. Since this type of train is not as common as the others, it can be adapted to fit many different occasions, depending on the way you choose to wear it. If you are having a destination wedding on the beach, and wearing a slinky column dress, a sheer Watteau train would look beautiful by adding just a touch of formality to an otherwise casual look.


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