Wedding Dress Bustle Advice (& Alternatives)

By Julie •  Updated: 02/21/21 •  6 min read

Have you finally found the perfect wedding dress for your special day? Does it have a long train at the back? This is the wedding dress trend that is in right now and it can make you look beautiful for your big day. But when it comes to the evening and celebrations after the ceremony, the long train can inhibit you from having fun.

Yet, you do not have to fear. Instead of giving up on your dream dress, you can simply choose a wedding dress bustle. This is going to make sure you can have the dress of your dreams and still party the night away with your loved ones afterward.


What are the Benefits of a Wedding Dress Bustle?

So, you may be wondering; what are the advantages of a wedding dress bustle and is it something that you really need? Well, a wedding dress bustle can give you more freedom on your wedding day. If you have chosen a dress with a long train then this is going to allow you to move around without feeling inhibited and having to watch where you stand. For example, this type of dress means that you cannot party properly with your friends and family. But a wedding dress bustle is going to allow this without you having to change the style. Simply, it can be hooks, ties or buttons that are hidden out of view. It is going to securely take any fabric that is trailing on the ground and lift it up. This allows you to move around a lot more freely.

Of course, there are going to be some wedding dresses that do not need a bustle. Namely, this is going to be any dress that is short or does not have a train. If your wedding dress sounds like this, you will not need to worry about a bustle. Instead, you can have the night of your life and party without any problems!

Do Wedding Dresses Already Have a Bustle?


Often, a wedding dress is not going to feature a bustle. This is due to different designs, as well as the bustle being dictated by the height of the bride. In other words, it is a customization that is normally done after the wedding dress has been purchased. Therefore, if you are interested in a bustle, this is something you can add during the alteration stage. Of course, this means that it is going to add to the price of your dress. But a lot of brides see it as a practical addition that is going to be beneficial for the special day.

Can I Do the Wedding Dress Bustle by Myself?

Most of the time, it will not be possible to engage the wedding dress bustle by yourself. After all, you are going to be in your wedding dress already on your big day. Therefore, you are going to need someone that can help you with it later on in the day. This can be a family member or friend. It is advised that you practice this task before the wedding so that you are both able to do it quickly and you do not miss out on any of the fun.

Are there Different Types of Bustles?


There are several types of wedding dress bustles you can choose from when you are altering for your big day. For example, a popular choice is the American bustle. This is a style that a lot of brides choose for their wedding. It can also be referred to as the over-bustle. Essentially, this is when the train is lifted up and it is secured at the waistline. This is done at the back of the wedding dress so that it is not very noticeable. It is simple yet it is effective, as well as often being the most affordable type of bustle. Usually, it will have between one and five points where it attaches.

But there are some other wedding dress bustles you can consider when you are dressing shopping. This includes the ballroom bustle, which makes sure the train is securely fitted under the dress. This allows you to enjoy a floor-length style, which might suit your wedding attire better.


If you want to make a statement, you can consider the bow bustle. Just as the name suggests, this makes the extra fabric into a bow or sash that is going to feature at the back of your wedding dress. So, instead of hiding the fabric, this bustle makes a design from it. Another statement piece you can consider for your wedding is the royal bustle. This is simple yet so effective, with beautiful colored ribbons that allow a dual-layered hem.

Surprisingly, there are a lot more wedding dress bustles out there. This is something you can explore if you really like them and want to have them on your special day. This includes the bubble bustle, Austrian bustle, side and tufted bustle. There really is something that is going to suit everyone and their style.

Are there Alternatives to a Bustle?


There are some brides that do not want a bustle and do not like the look of the way their dress looks with it. But there are some other things you can do. First of all, you can look for a wedding dress with a detachable train. While this can seem like a rare style, it does exist. This would prevent the need for a dress bustle. At the end of the night, you could simply detach your train.

Of course, if you really do not want a wedding dress bustle, there is the alternative of keeping your train all night. While you may feel more comfortable like this, it does mean that your wedding dress might get dirty. This is particularly true if you are going to be outside. What’s more, some people might stand on your train, especially when you are on the dance floor. So you will have to be very careful.



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Julie is an editor and writer who loves to write about getting engaged and wedding preparations. She’s also a wedding photographer on the side. Julie received her degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Julie lives in Texas with her husband and their three kids. As a couple they enjoy spending time on Texas’ South Padre Island beaches, and they also love to hike in the Texas Hill Country. As well as being parents to kids, Julie and her husband are also pet parents to two dogs, three cats, and a 50 gallon tank of beautiful tropical fish.

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