What You Need to Know about Trains

Hello again!  We’re going to give you the low-down on trains.  Trains, like veils, are a dramatic way to enhance your walk down the aisle and your bridal look.

Sweep -These trains barely touch the ground and pool just the tiniest bit on the ground behind you.  This is the most practical style while also giving the dress just a little extra length in the back.

Court -A court train extends about the same about as a sweep train, but the train starts from the waist, instead of just being extra fabric at the end of the hem.  Imagine a more sloping silhouette down the back of the dress.

Panel -A panel train is a separate ~panel~ of fabric that extends from the waist and is longer than the hem of the rest of the dress.  Panel trains are convenient in that they are often detachable, so you don’t have to worry about bustling the dress during the reception.

Watteau -These trains start at the shoulder and drape down the brides back and onto the floor.  Often made of a sheer material, these are a kind of combo between a veil and a train.  It has a very regal feel, almost like a cape.

Chapel -This is the most common train, being between 3 and 4 feet in length.  These usually have to be bustled for the reception.

Cathedral -Much like the naming convention for veils, cathedral trains are longer and more dramatic (between 6 and 7 feet).

Monarch -If you truly want an over-the-top train, this is the style for you.  These trains usually run 12+ feet long and will take up a substantial part of the aisle unless you have a lengthy entrance planned.

Once you have all these terms down, you may want to look into how to bustle a train as well.  Check out this handy article from The Knot!  Thanks for checking us out and stay tuned for even more information about weddings!