Wedding Dress

Jump On The Bridal Train – The Wedding Dress

As the wedding dress come in a range of shapes and sizes, it can be hard to choose the right length for you. Stevie Newbegin finds out the most popular train styles to keep you on the right track.

Many brides-to-be have dreamt of their dream wedding dress since they were little girls. However, there are many out there who don’t know what they want. From the neckline to the silhouette, material choice and detailing, there are a range of features to consider. One of the most important is the length.

Unless you are after a knee or floor-length gown, the train you choose will determine the length of your wedding dress. Choosing the right train length is important. As the train will reflect the formality of the occasion, and will often change the entire look of the gown.

Trains are popular as they help to differentiate wedding gowns from other dresses at the wedding, for example, the bridesmaids’ dresses, and they also add an air of elegance. Due to their visual appeal, trains are also popular as they look striking in photographs.

That said, trains can be hard to manage so you need to think seriously about whether this is the option for you. Try on gowns with trains, and move around to see how you feel. While you can add bustling to the gown to help with movement, you can also choose a detachable option.

If you decide to have a train, here is a quick look at the different lengths available.



The sweep train, also known as the brush train. It is the shortest of the train lengths and just brushes the ground behind your feet. This train generally extends 1.5-feet behind the gown.

The sweep train is perfect for slim-fitting gowns. It will suit almost any style of wedding; however, outdoor and informal weddings are most suited to the sweep train. This is because the last thing any bride wants at her wedding is to be dragging a train through dirt or sand. So outdoor weddings usually call for a more demure gown choice.

Sweep trains are also perfect for brides who want the elegance of a train without the fuss of managing one on their day. With a sweep train, there will be no need for your bridesmaids to help you walk. Plus bustling won’t be needed, which means you’ll have freedom of movement at all times.



Slightly longer than the sweep, the court train extends almost three feet behind the wedding dress. It is perfect for brides who want a little more formality without the hassle of a long train.

Court trains are considered a little too long for outdoor weddings. As they can easily get dirty or slow you down if you will be moving a lot. But it really depends on the bride and the style she is going for. Consider a court train if you are having an indoor wedding, but don’t want anything too formal.



Extending 3.5-4.5-feet behind the gown, the chapel train is one of the most common train lengths. It has the visual appeal of a full train but it still isn’t too much of a burden on the bride. Brides will need help to set chapel trains out for the ceremony and during photos. But won’t need any assistance walking down the aisle.

Chapel trains are popular because they are ideal for informal, semi-formal and formal weddings. The length adds the elegance suited to an indoor wedding. Whilst it doesn’t make too much of a statement like the larger train lengths.



Measuring at 6.5-7.5-feet behind the gown, the cathedral train will make a statement.

This train is a popular choice for formal weddings and those who want a princess look. Complemented well by a cathedral veil, the cathedral train suits traditional ceremonies and lavish receptions.

Brides who choose the cathedral length will also need help setting the train out when they arrive at the ceremony and for photos. But will again be fine to walk alone down the aisle without assistance.These gowns, however, can be more difficult to manage and can get dirty from dragging on the ground. So they often come with a bustling option or a detachable element for easy movement.



Also called a monarch train, this option is the most opulent and extends at least 12-feet behind the gown. Often worn by royalty, brides who wear the royal train will need assistance to guide the train behind them as they move at all times, and only suit extremely formal weddings.

Examples of royalty wearing a royal train include Princess Diana and Kate Middleton. Princess Diana wore a 25-foot train, while Kate Middleton’s train was just under nine feet long.



One of the least common, the Watteau train is different to the aforementioned styles. As it is attached to the top of the wedding dress, spilling from the shoulders or upper section of the bodice. As lengths vary, it can either be the same length as the gown or extend out further. The Watteau train can suit informal and formal weddings.

While wedding dress trains are certainly not a necessity, they do add an elegant touch that will make you feel like a bride. If you opt for something short and sweet, or a more statement train, rest assured that you will look beautiful from head to toe, as well as whatever follows you.