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What Types of Wedding Dress Trains Are There?

Whether you want to create a grand entrance, or want something sweet and simple, wedding dress trains are a must-have detail when it comes to your bridal gown.

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Wedding dress trains are perhaps the trademark of a bridal gown. It's a feature setting that sets it apart from the ball gown, or any other formal designs. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to brides selecting their perfect length of train, so check out our guide to bridal train lengths.


According to Brides, “A train is an extra length of fabric that extends from the back of your wedding dress and trails behind you as you walk. It could start from your waistline or be a detachable skirt or overlay that connects to your waist.”


Before setting your heart on a specific wedding dress, let's take an extra look at the different types of wedding dress trains.


The Royal Train

This is the longest of the wedding dress trains, at around 2.5 metres. However, at royal weddings, its namesake, are likely to have been far longer than this. Princess Diana’s wedding dress was a stunning example of a royal train.


The Cathedral Train

As such wedding dress trains are no more than two metres in length, walking should never really be an issue, and its fabric should just follow you. Having said this, the bride will need assistance upon her arrival at the venue, and later when setting up for photographs. If the train is intricately adorned with embroidery and beading this may make walking a little bit more of a challenge, or deserve consideration.


The Chapel Train

With a length of around 1.5 metres, this is more of a full train. A bride wearing a chapel train may need some assistance upon arriving at the church or registry office. Help will also need to be on hand during the photography session. However the bride shouldn’t need any help walking down the aisle.


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The Sweep Train

The shortest of all the available wedding dress trains, the sweep extends around one foot from the base of the gown. This is the best option for those wanting the bridal look of a train, without the hassle traditionally involved. A sweep train can also make the bride appear slimmer, while remaining regal and stylish.


Detachable Wedding Trains

Not wanting to commit to just one look on your wedding day? An option that can transform your wedding day style is a detachable train. Not only will this add versatile details to your wedding day look, but give you multiple bridal styles. Coming in two different styles of having it either clipped on the side of your waist or as a slip on overskirt, both look beautiful and are easy to put on.

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