You want to dance at your wedding, right? Of course you do! But however will you manage that, without tripping or getting footprints all over your beautiful train??
Have no fear, dear brides, for that is what a bustle is for!
Bustles are magic come to life, sewn by wedding seamstresses all over the world, whereby a series of hooks, snaps or ribbons are put onto or under lovely wedding trains in order to lift them up off the ground. Choose to have a bustle put in your gown and you can actually walk and dance comfortably after your ceremony. Rock the aisle wearing the long train of your dreams AND still dance the night away too!
There are many, many bustle styles to choose from. Part of the selection process will be determined by the weight and design of your gown. If your bridal gown is a heavy satin dress, say, with a 15 foot train, you are gonna need a very sturdy bustle put in. Whereas if you have a lighter dress, it can most likely be held up by a single loop.
Bridal alterationists are super-helpful about suggesting potential bustles and can even pin up your gown so that you can see different options. The simpler the bustle the less you will have to spend, likewise an elaborate bustle system will be more costly. Whatever the price, though, most brides find the addition of a bustle during their alterations a wonderful solution to handling the back of their gowns after their ceremony.
Here is a breakdown of the most popular bustle styles for you:
A favorite among many brides, the french bustle is created by ribbons that are sewn underneath the gown. The ribbons are tied pulling the train up under the gown, providing a secure lift. The ribbons are often numbered and color coded to help the bridesmaids on the day of the wedding. This bustle is great for full gowns that are made of heavy material, since ribbon ties are stronger than hooks, buttons or loops. This bustle is also kinda fancy, since it’s French and can transform your wedding dress to an entirely new and beautiful look.
(Under bustle via Secret Diary of a Dressmaker)
This bustle is as easy to work as a window shade. For this style bustle, your seamstress would install a loop and pull system similar to that of window shade under your gown. After your ceremony, one pull on the string and up goes the train! While your bustle is being addressed, chances are your guests are out rolling up their sleeves for the reception. So pull up your dress it’s time to dance!