Wedding Dress Trains

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A bridal train, the elongated piece of fabric at the back of a bridal gown, can work with most wedding dresses, but they do give an opulent impression and shouldn’t really be considered for a very relaxed, informal wedding. Although, saying that, it is your day and if you want a train, why not go for one!

Wedding Dress Trains

Trains range in length from almost not seen sweep trains to not to be missed cathedral trains. The longest train ever recored was on that famous Emanuel gown for Princess Diana with a whopping 24 feet of fabric! Whether you plan to leave a lasting impression with a train the length of the aisle or an ankle skimming train, there are a few options to consider. You should think about, not only how you want to look, but who is going to help take care of your train, after all you don’t want the look of a beautiful train ruined because it was all creased when you were walking down the aisle! Your train should flow down the aisle behind you to have the visual impact you desire.


Royal Cathedral

The royal cathedral train is the longest length train that could extend 10 metres or more. Obviously, because of it’s name it is usually only reserved for Royalty and will span the length of the aisle.

Epoca gown by Manuel Mota

Manuel Mota



The cathedral train is also known as the monarch train because it is the most formal trains extending six to eight feet from the waist. The cathedral train will create a dramatic impact and can be detached from the dress after the ceremony leaving the bride free to enjoy her reception and of course, have a dance.

Wedding dress 1814 by Mori Lee

Mori Lee



The chapel train is a more manageable length usually with three to five feet of fabric from the hemline. A chapel train allows the gown to look more formal without being as dramatic as the cathedral train.

Wedding dress 8503 by Alfred Angelo

Alfred Angelo



A court train is a narrow, simple train that extends up to three feet from the hem. The court train used to be seen on medieval dresses and has a regal look.

Naples gown by Amanda Wyatt

Amanda Wyatt



Sweep trains are short, some may not even reach the floor. They help give the back of your dress an interesting look without adding too much formality to the wedding.

Uberly gown by Pronovias




The watteau train is named after the painter who made them popular by depicting brides in them, it is attached to the shoulders or the top of a strapless gown. It is not seen very often and therefore could be a great way to make a surprising entrance!

Galardon gown by Manuel Mota

Manuel Mota


Image Credits

{Paula O’Hara} {Manuel Mota} {Mori Lee} {Alfred Angelo} {Amanda Wyatt} {Pronovias}


One thought on “Wedding Dress Trains”

  1. Have always thought it was the one element that distinguishes a bridal dress from an evening dress – vintage elegance at its finest!

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