A train on a wedding dress is a long piece of fabric that extends down from the back of the gown. Whether it be attached or detachable, it is undoubtedly one of the most traditional and dramatic elements of any bridal look. The effortless elongation trains create contribute to a memorable walk down the aisle as well as more photo opportunties. A variety of different train styles exist to cater to each and every bride’s individual preferences. While you certainly don’t need to be an expert, it is helpful to have a general understanding of train lengths in order to better communicate your vision to your personal bridal stylist.

We’ve got you covered! Here are a few of the top train styles used amongst wedding dresses found at Kleinfeld:

Watteau: While most wedding gowns have trains that extend from the waistline, this style attaches to the dress at the shoulders and falls to the floor. It creates a dramatic, often regal, cape-like effect.

Sweep: This style is the shortest train length. It is most common for lightweight slip dresses and ideal for the bride seeking a minimal look offering optimal mobility. This type cannot be bustled nor is there a need for one.

Court: Just slightly longer than a sweep train, this style falls between 1 to 2.5 feet behind the bride.

Chapel: As one of the most common train lengths, this style adds noticeable length and drama while still keeping an excessive amount of additional fabric to a minimum. They typically fall between 3 to 4.5 feet behind the bride.

Cathedral: This style is one of the most common and traditional train lengths. Extending between 6 to 7.5 feet behind the bride, it exudes a formal and classic bridal feel.

Monarch: Also known as “royal” train, this very formal and grandeur style flows 10 feet or more from the waistline.

Unless the dress has a detachable train, consider a bustle for keeping it off the ground during the reception. This is a commonly-used technique completed in alterations to allow freedom of movement. We recommend consulting with your personal bridal stylist to learn more about train styles and bustle options.

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