Cookies and milk. Movies and popcorn. The Moon and the stars. Bridal trains and wedding gowns. Trains are just synonymous with wedding gowns, and whether it’s short and sweeping or long and jaw-dropping, trains give us all of the princess vibes. Today, it’s all about the back, and just how much drama you can add with a bridal train. 

Court length train on custom wedding dress

Chapel length train. Photo: Elias Kordelakos

At Anomalie, we let you customize the length of your train, an option you won’t find at most wedding dress boutiques. An Anomalie stylist will guide you through all of the options to add just the right amount of drama suitable for your venue and, most importantly, your style.  So, let’s talk about trains!

Go the distance

cathedral length train on a fit and flare dress

Catherdral length train. Photo: Eivan’s Photo, Inc

Godet style train on custom wedding gown

Chapel length train. Photo: Dabble Me This

From no train to trailing down the aisle à la Kate Middleton, trains vary in size and drama. We’ve rated each train style from 0 to 5 hearts based on how much drama you’ll add to your overall wedding day look. 

No train = no drama – That’s not to say your dress won’t be absolutely stunning! Floor-length (or shorter) gowns are a no-fuss option, ideal for outdoor or beach weddings. 

♥  Sweep – There’s little fuss with this train option since it’s only 10 inches, but we think it’s totally elegant.

♥♥ Court – At two feet in length, court trains are perfect for achieving the look of a train without a bunch of trailing fabric.

♥♥♥ Chapel – Now we’re starting to amp up the drama! A yard in length, a chapel train is still manageable and gives you all the elegance

♥♥♥♥ Cathedral – Forty-eight inches long, give us some drama! A cathedral train can showcase lace detail of the dress.

♥♥♥♥♥ Royal – At over 4-feet long, royal trains = drama to the max! This train length is fit for a queen (for example, Princess Diana’s 25-foot train definitely turned heads), but you may want to consider the amount of fabric that’ll be trailing behind you for your big day. You may want to consider a second dress for the reception if you want five hearts worth of drama for your ceremony.

Types of trains

Natural type of bridal train on custom wedding gown

Court length train. Photo: Danielle Harris Photography

Natural – This style comes from the waist or follows the vertical seam in a dress. An Anomalie stylist will typically recommend this type of train with A-line, ballgown, or flowy, sheath style gowns.

Godet style train in lace

Photo (right): Lauren K Neff

Godet – By adding in a triangular piece of fabric, a godet train creates a more pointed train on the back of the dress. A versatile style, godet can either look super dramatic or add just a little detail.

Watteau – Add a more ethereal element to your dress with a watteau. They attach at the top of the neckline at the back of the dress. You can make them longer than the regular train of the dress or the same length. Make it detachable as well for a more functional feature.

Watteau wedding dress

Cathedral length, Watteau train. Photo: Makala Towner Photography

 

What to do with all that fabric

bustle a chapel length train

Chapel length train. Photo: Asher Gardner

Before you’re set on a train length, consider what you’ll do with all of the fabric post-ceremony. There are a few options to wrangle it in:

Bustle it! Tack it, loop it, and button it to keep it out of the way for dancing. Keep in mind, bustles are a very personalized detail and best customized in-person by the tailor of your choice once you receive your gown.

Wear an overskirt. If you love the drama, but don’t want a lot of fabric to worry about during the reception, consider adding an overskirt with a long train. You can’t beat two looks with one dress!

Attach it to your wrist. Wrist loops are a great option for shorter train lengths, especially crepe dresses. You can also wear a wrist loop with the train attached during your ceremony or cocktail hour and then bustle your gown to dance the night away.

Stylist Tip: Want to make your train even more unique? Consider adding cutouts or panels of lace, or making the lining of a dress shorter than the top layers, allowing contrasting details to really shine on a bridal train. Get started on your custom Anomalie gown today!
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Court length train. Photo: Nicole Anne Photography

Natural style train on custom wedding gown with lace

Chapel length train. Photo: Elias Kordelakos

Godet style train on custom Anomalie wedding gown

Chapel length train. Photo: Lauren K Neff

Chapel length train, guipure lace

Court length train. Photo: Olivia Peabody

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Chapel length train on an overskirt. Photo: Feather + North

Sweep train. Photo: Kreate Photography

Sweep train. Photo: Kreate Photography

Cathedral length wedding dress train. Anomalie custom made dress

Cathedral length train. Photo: Nicki Metcalf Photogrpahy

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