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You found the perfect dress now its time to find the perfect wedding dress bustle

The wedding dress… one of the more important pieces of the wedding, right? You spend all this time and money finding the perfect wedding dress but have you thought about what type of bustling you will want after the ceremony? Wedding dress bustles works best if you have a train on your dress. If you are wearing a shorter dress or a dress without a train, then you may not need to bustle your dress. Very few wedding dresses actually come with a bustle. They are normally added during alterations. The bustle should lift your wedding dress to your hem length, resulting in a different and customized fit for each bride.

While the American and French Bustles are hands down the most popular method of bustling, the Ballroom and Austrian Bustles give an option to brides looking for a little something different. Bustles with a single button, pearl, or tie are known to break, so speak with your seamstress about the best option for your dress. In our years of experience coordinating weddings, we highly recommend getting more than one bustle button. We also suggest bringing someone with you to your fitting so they know how to bustle your dress, whether it is your mom, bridesmaid, or wedding planner. While it’s certainly possible to figure it out on site, you certainly don’t want to waste valuable reception time trying to tie up your train.

Let’s explore the different types of bustles out there.

American Bustle (or Overbustle)
This sounds just like you think it would be – the train is secured up on the outside of the wedding dress using a hook and eye or a button. A one-point bustle, which is better for lighter fabrics, is secured at the base of the bodice. A three-point bustle is more secure than a one-point bustle and helps spread out the train more. A three-point bustle is also good for longer trains or dresses made from a heavier fabric. The American Bustle is usually the easiest and least expensive option.

American Bustle Wedding DressOver Bustle

French Bustle (or Underbustle)
The Under Bustle; also known as the French or Victorian bustle. Works fabulously with gowns that have no waistline. The bustle is lifted from the bottom with ribbon ties (or sometimes snap buttons) securing the dress into place with the ties being completely hidden inside the dress. This works well for wedding dresses without a waistline or that are very decorative in the back area. This is more secure than an American Bustle. Usually the ribbons ties are numbered or color coded to help match up where each point should be secured.

Under BustleFrench Bustle

Ballroom Bustle
Although technically a variation of the American Bustle, the Ballroom Bustle creates a standout effect. This bustle is created using multiple points across the bottom of the bodice which spreads out the train and creates the look of a skirt with a pronounced backside. If this is done well, you shouldn’t be able to tell there was a train at all.

Ballroom Bustle

Austrian Bustle
The best way to describe the Austrian Bustle is to compare it to pulling up a window shade. It is composed of a loop and pull system in which you pull a string, and the train is bunched up.

Austrian Bustle

Did you bustle your dress at your wedding? If so, what kind of bustle did you use?

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