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Tips on Wedding Dress Bustles

Photo by Marius Muresan Photography

So you’ve picked out your perfect wedding dress with a beautiful train to walk down the aisle? But what happens to that long train after the ceremony? If you’ve never thought about this before, we’re here to tell you what to do! Once it’s time to head to the cocktail hour or reception, you’ll need to bustle your dress to keep that train up and out of your way. While it seems simple, it can be a complicated process with many different types of bustles, and we’re here to walk you through it all!

Types of bustles

Here’s a list of the different types of bustles so you can find which one is your favorite! It’s important to plan ahead of time for which bustle you want.

  1. American bustle

  2. Ballroom bustle

  3. Bow bustle

  4. French bustle

  5. Royal bustle

Tips for bustles

1. Designate someone to be trained on how to bustle

Whether it's a wedding coordinator, friend, or family member, make sure you have someone who is trained ahead of time on how to bustle your dress. This can become a long process if you do not have someone who knows exactly what to do!

2. Talk with your seamstress about the bustle you want

Your seamstress can ensure that your dress is prepared for the bustle you want and can even show someone how to bustle your dress for you!

3. Budget for the bustle

Make sure you account for the cost of a bustle in your dress budget. If you don’t account for this cost, you can end up spending an extra hundred or two on top of your dress expense already!

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