Should My Wedding Dress Have a Train?

October 30, 2021

After watching friends and family have their time in the spotlight, it’s your time now. It’s finally happening, you’re engaged and starting to check things off of your list. 

You’ve picked out a date. You’ve booked a venue, caterer, baker, DJ, and photographer. All that’s missing is the perfect wedding dress. YOUR dream dress. 

Looking over wedding catalogs, following bridal social media accounts, and attending bridal shows have given you a good idea of what you want, but there are still some particulars to consider. Should your dress have lace? What about the bodice? Beading? Should the dress have a train? 

If you’re looking for a dress that breathes sophistication, luxury, and detail, a train is definitely something to look into with your dress designer or sales rep. Here are some important things to consider if you’re thinking about choosing a wedding dress with a train. 

What is a Wedding Dress Train, and Why Do I Need One?

A wedding dress train extends from the back or base of your wedding dress and trails behind you as you walk. Most wedding dress trains include some sort of lace or bodice while others are a simple fabric extension. Some wedding dress trains are detachable at the skirt as well. 

If you want to look luxurious, make a fairytale-like impression, or add an extra flair to your wedding photos, a wedding dress train may be the perfect choice. Long trains make a great accent to photos, and trains add unique beauty to a dress. There are several pros to choosing a train for your wedding dress. 

A Dramatic Look

Do you picture yourself as a bride in one of the biggest bridal shows, trying on dress after dress and trying to find the right look? What about being on one of the reality television bridal shows? Those dresses bring all the drama. Sometimes, that is the look you’re going for. 

A train can add that special dramatic effect to a traditional or modern wedding gown. Adding a train to a simple white or off-white evening gown can transform the dress into your perfect wedding dress. 

A Photogenic Piece

While you’re causing a commotion in the best way with your wedding dress train, think about the glamor it can add to your wedding photos. When you or your loved ones are going through the pictures of your big day, what things capture the most attention? 

Some of the most stunning bridal gowns have an extravagant train that makes wedding photos pop. Given that a train can extend well beyond the waist, skirt, or hem of the dress, there are multiple photo-worthy moments available ━ the flow of the skirt while walking down the aisle, the spread of the skirt behind and around you during the ceremony, or the drape of the train while walking down stairs, for example. You’ll draw attention and make an impact that will be displayed in your wedding photos for years to come. 

A Versatile Addition

When wedding dress shopping, you want something that is classic but makes a unique statement to you. Adding a train to your wedding dress can make that unique statement, but is it going to weigh you down? 

Your wedding dress train doesn’t have to be heavy or incredibly long. It can be a train that just barely brushes the floor behind you, giving you more room to move and breathe without feeling weighed down. And if you do find a wedding dress that you like but doesn’t include a train, you can always opt for alterations to add a train or make an existing train shorter.

Why A Train Doesn’t Work for Everyone

While a wedding dress train sounds glamorous and might look good in magazines, it all comes down to personal preference. There are a few things to consider that may change your mind, too. 

Damage Can Occur

While the wedding dress train can be controlled during the ceremony and reception to some extent, what happens when it drags on the ground outside (or inside)? 

A wedding dress train could retain damage from dirt, grass, or even someone simply stepping on it as it trails behind you. Snags, threads, stains, and more can occur with a wedding dress train, so someone will always need to be carrying it behind you if you want it to stay in perfect condition. 

It Can Weigh You Down

Can you imagine wearing your wedding dress for an entire day? What about with a train on it?

Extra fabric from a wedding dress train generally means some extra weight included. If you can’t imagine standing on your feet nearly all day and dealing with whatever fatigue or soreness occurs afterwards, you may want to reconsider. 

Costs Can Add Up

Wedding dresses are already pricey in most cases, especially if you’re adding your unique flair or alterations to the dress. 

Adding a train means more fabric, alterations, seams, beading, and loops. This means more costs involved, and adjustments in budgeting might be required. 

It’s Your Turn to Find the One

At Sposa Mia Bridal, we can’t wait to help you find the wedding dress of your dreams. With a unique selection of gowns and accessories, you’ll be able to find something elegant, timeless, and romantic for your special day. 

We have dresses for every budget need, every picture-perfect childhood dream, and every expectation you have for your special day. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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