Wedding Dresses Long Train

Wedding Dress Train Styles Guide

Wondering the difference between a sweep train and a chapel train? Just how long is a cathedral train, anyway? Read on for a quick explanation of the train lengths we offer.

1. Sweep Train

Usually extending six inches to one foot beyond the hem of the dress, this perfectly petite train gives a bridal vibe but still feels light and effortless.

Back shot of plus size bridal gown with sweep train

2. Chapel Train

Not too short and not too long, chapel trains are the Goldilocks of wedding dress trains—at about two feet in length, they’re just right for most brides.

Back shot of bridal ball gown with chapel train

Style Tip:

Our experts can add a bustle to any train for ease of movement after that dramatic entrance—just ask at your alterations appointment!

3. Cathedral Train

Now we’re getting into seriously formal territory. A traditional church wedding followed by a black-tie reception is the perfect scenario for a cathedral train, which can stretch up to seven feet long.

Side shot of mermaid wedding dress with cathedral train

4. Extra-Length
Cathedral Train

It’s easy to see why this length is also known as the “royal” or “monarch” train. Worn for actual royal weddings, they’re the most statement making of the bunch, featuring yards and yards (and yards!) of fabric, sometimes up to 12 feet.

Back shot of lace royal wedding dress train

Wedding Dress Train Styles You Need to Know

Your wedding dress train is an important factor to consider when looking for that perfect dress, so let’s dive into all the train styles you can choose from.

When you go bridal gown shopping, hopefully you’ve got some ideas of the silhouette and neckline you’re looking for. But the wedding dress train style is something to be carefully considered. If you are getting married outdoors, for example, a long train will get dirty fast, and if you’re getting married in a large cathedral, you can probably pull off that monarch wedding dress you’ve always dreamt of. Here’s a rundown of different options you’ve got when it comes to wedding dress trains and bustles so you can find the style that’s right for you.

Here are all the wedding dress train styles you need to know.

Sweep: This is the shortest train style and is perfect for intimate weddings, small venues, petite brides and for a bride who loves to dance. The train flows about one foot along the floor.

Court: This style is similar to the sweep train but a little longer for a more dramatic effect. A silhouette where it falls from the waist down offers an elegant, flowing look with a touch of grandeur.

Watteau: You’ll have heads turning when you walk into your ceremony hall with a cape-like Watteau train that falls from your shoulders or upper back. It can be detachable, so you can show off a sleeker silhouette or a shorter wedding dress that’s ready to hit the dance floor. With this powerful look no veil is needed.

Panel: If you found the perfect wedding dress, but it doesn’t have a longer train or no train at all you can get a separate panel of fabric that can be attached to any part of the dress and can trail at any length behind it. You can ask your seamstress to make it detachable or to make it permanently attached.

Chapel: Similar to the chapel veil style, the chapel train extends 3 and a half to 4 and a half feet from the bride’s waist, giving her a substantial train that isn’t too cumbersome. This popular style is perfect for all brides of any body shape or height.

Cathedral: As for the cathedral train, it extends anywhere from 6 and a half to 7 and a half feet from the waist. This is perfect for those big, traditional weddings with that long wedding train you’ve been dreaming of. It’s perhaps best for taller brides, but this will depend on the silhouette of the dress. It’s most common for a-line and empire waistlines.

Royal or Monarch: Give yourself the royal treatment with a 3 metre long train for the ultimate princess look. Of course, this isn’t for everybody, nor for every venue. You’ll need space and might want to consider a detachable version to allow yourself some movement later on in your wedding, such as for the first dance.

American bustle: Looking for an elegant Victorian style train? A section of the top layer of your wedding dress train is gathered and pinned, usually around the upper middle or highest point of your train, no higher than your bum. You can release the pin for your ceremony and pin it up for the rest of your wedding. Very similar to the simpler pickup bustle that is pinned up with as little as just one button.

Tufted bustle: Ruffle wedding cakes are all the rage now, and tufted bustle trains have a similar ruffled effect. Pieces of the train are gathered to create a ruffle. To achieve this, the fabric must be rather rigid, as it would be impossible to get the same look with a softer fabric, such as silk or tulle.