Style Decision – Train Length
The train on a wedding dress is usually an extension to the bottom of the back of the dress following from the waistline. When the train is attached at the shoulders it is known as a Watteau. Trains are often embroidered with intricate designs and bead work, or follow the scalloped edges of the fabric such as lace. There are 5 different lengths of bridal gown trains. Brides often choose the length of the train so that it is in-keeping with the look and feel of the wedding and venue.
Brush or Sweep train
The shortest length of train is known as a Brush or a Sweep train. This type of train follows the same hem line as the front of the dress, with a few inches added to the back, so it barely ‘sweeps or brushes’ the floor.
The next length of train is called a Court train and is about 1 foot in length.
A Chapel train is next in length and measures about 3 feet.
Next is the Cathedral train at 6 feet long.
Finally, the Royal train is longest at 10 feet – think Kate Middleton’s dress at the Royal Wedding!
Trains are often hooked up during the reception, and there are a variety of ways in which this can be done. Some brides choose to have a finger loop attached to the bottom of their dress, so that the train will be attached to their hand, whilst others choose for it to be hooked either on to the back of the dress or under the dress like a bustle.
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