I love trains, for me they sum up all that a wedding dress should be.
It is the train that truly makes a dress, it create's the wow factor on your wedding day. Transforming a simple evening dress to a stunning memorable wedding dress. You can have your dramatic cathedral length or a small but sweet pool train, it just add's another beautiful element to your gown on the day.
Let's face it a 2 foot train is just not going to work at a beach wedding. The setting is vital in your train making decisions, we all need to be a little practical. A soft following train with a little volume works perfect for this setting. Whereas a long, full train will be breathtaking in a church. So really think about your venue, what is going to tie in with the overall feel of the wedding.
Factor in the logistics, do you need to walk down a narrow aisle? Is my transport on the day easy to manoeuvre in and out off?
Yes, the right length train can make you look taller! Take it from me as a 4ft 11 girlie I will take any gains in height where I can. The train length and volume is essential to get right. It can elongate the body and create a sliming silhouette, done wrong and it can over power you. Remember you are wearing the dress not the dress wearing you! If you want to be dramatic but don't have the height use sheer fabrics for your train like organza or tulle this gives a lighter softer look.
Yes, we want to look elegant and regal walking down the aisle but let's face it we all want to boogie the night way and enjoy every last minute of the day. People standing on your train and you stumbling around the reception does not make for that elegant image. So think about having catches to tie up your train. A simple ribbon to hang from your wrist will help you practically during the day. Later as the evening progresses have something more permanent in place to create a small bustle or folds at the back. If you are going all out for the royal length trains go detachable, that way you are free to remove it for the reception.
Thinking Outside The Box
If the train is not for you, or you would like to be a little different. Start thinking creatively, there are so many other options to achieve that wow factor walking down the aisle. So, if going all out is not for you - How about a super long full veil to create that majestic look? A watteau train which attaches at the shoulders, falling straight down the back - check out Princess of Monaco's wedding dress. Or how about a beautiful chiffon bolero with a dramatic train that you can simply remove to create a day to night effect with your wedding dress.
So starting thinking trains! Remember most people will be looking at your back silhouette throughout the ceremony so a little bit of detail will wow them.