Even though most wedding dresses don't come with a bustle automatically, it's important to bustle a wedding dress after the ceremony. A bustle pulls the back of the dress off the ground so it doesn't get soiled, it allows the bride to move around after the ceremony with ease, and it alleviates some of the fear of tripping over a long train. There are several types of bustles, each looks a bit different but benefits the wearer of the dress in the same basic way. Here are a few options for adding a bustle to your wedding dress.
With a regular bustle, the end of the train is folded up under the back of the dress. This creates the look of a bubble hem and a fuller back to the skirt. A regular bustle may not even be noticeable to others, as it will just be assumed that your dress has just has no train and a full skirt.
Regular bustles are usually easier to create on a skirt that is full but does not have a ton of tulle underneath, as the tulle would make it more difficult for the dress to fall naturally when it is bustled. It will help if the train is long enough to fold.
Decide whether you like the look of a French bustle. With a French bustle the loop and the button are both located under the skirt. When connected, the finished look will have a puff in the middle of the back of your skirt with the lower half of the skirt lying straight down. This kind of bustle is very visible, creating a layer, or more, on the back of the dress that is full and puffy. You can also create more layers at the bottom or create a separate bustle if the skirt is all lace and soft.
This can be done with one point of connection, especially on dresses that are light and do not have a long train, or through multiple points, for a heavier fabric or longer train.
This is the best bustle if your train has a lot of details or embroidery, because it will all still be visible once bustled. • If your gown is heavy and has a long train you should create more points at least 3 to balance the weight.
There are many different styles of bustles. Talk with your seamstress/dressmaker about the options for your particular dress, as they will know which kind of bustle will work best for the style of your specific dress.
The manufacturer does not put bustles on the wedding dress, so it must be added by a seamstress.