Wedding Dress Trains

A train can completely transform your look

no matter what shape your dress is

It allows you to change the feel of your outfit from ceremony to reception. The train is simply the elongated back portion of the gown that lies on the floor and trails behind the bride.
Trains date from the Middle Ages, when the length worn at court indicated a person’s social rank. The premise being the wealthier you were, the more fabric you could afford.
Today, gowns with long chapel and cathedral trains are considered the most formal, lending themselves to bustling following the ceremony. Court and panel trains are much less formal. The court gently puddles about a foot behind the wearer, and the detachable train, which can be any length and either a flat panel or gathers of fabric, is generally attached to the gown at the waist with buttons or hooks, and can be removed to be a bit less informal and not as imposing.

Panel
Sweep
Court
Chapel
Cathedral
Monarch Royal

Panel

A separate simple panel of fabric about a foot wide that acts as a train.

It can be court or chapel in length and is often detachable to add versatility

Sweep

The shortest train, extending back approximately one and a half feet or less from where the gown hits the floor. Also known as a ‘brush’.

Court

The same length as a sweep train, the court train extends directly from the waist.

Chapel

A very popular length, the chapel extends approximately 4 feet from the waist.

Cathedral

A very formal option, the Cathedral extends approximately 9 feet from the waist.

Monarch / Royal

Also known as the royal, this version extends 12 feet or more from the waist. Managing such a huge amount of fabric often requires pages (young boys) who hold up the train as you walk down the aisle. This is a very regal look.