More Wedding Dress Bustle Ideas!




Even more wedding dress bustles???  Yes, there are at least three more types, in addition to the three I posted yesterday in my blog post, click on the title if you’d like to read it.

The Pick-Up Bustle is for slender, fitted gowns.  The train is much shorter.   There is usually one hook at the back of the gown in the center.  The train is gathered in two sections, and there are two holes at the bottom of the train, which hook onto one button around the bride’s derrière.


The French Pick-Up Bustle is a combination of the french and the pick -up bustles.  It sports one hook underneath the train. The train is then folded in half with the bottom half under the dress.


The American Bustle  is also called the “outer bustle.”.  It has hook and loop sets, or button and loop sets, that are sewn to the outside of the dress.  (


Whichever bustle you choose, be wise and listen to your bridal gown consultant.  He or she will be able to advise you as to which bustle will show you and your gown off to the best advantage.  And there are dresses to choose from that require no bustle, for example a tea length dress.  Would you like more info on them?  Click on the following link, and read my blog post on your options for a shorter, less formal wedding dress.

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Wedding Dress Bustles



What is a wedding dress bustle, and do you need one?  A bustle is a way of drawing up your train so you can walk freely around your reception without being a hazard to yourself and others.  There are six main types.  Not only must you consider the aesthetics of the bustle, but the size of your train, your dress style and the weight of your dress fabric.  My daughter wanted and “American” bustle, but due to the heaviness of her fabric needed a “French” Bustle.

The six main types of bustles are: Over Bustle, Tufted Bustle, French Bustle, Pick-up Bustle, American Bustle and French Pick-up Bustle.  

The Over Bustle, also known as a Ballroom Bustle, hides the train, and makes the wedding gown look just like a ballroom gown.  Hooks or buttons are attached at the gown’s waistline, then hooks are attached on the train to button onto waist loops.  After it’s all buttoned up, the dress is one length.


The Tufted Bustle sports jeweled hooks around the waist of the dress.  The train has loops attached to hook onto the bejeweled hooks.  These hooks are exposed to add additional bling.  The over-all look is a layered one.


The French Bustle was what my daughter sported.  It is an under bustle. A mother of the bride, bridesmaid, wedding coordinator, tucks the train underneath the skirt of the dress and ties numbered ribbons together.  For example: ribbon one to second ribbon number one, and so forth.  A word of advice:  Practice creating the bustle BEFORE the wedding.  And remember to bring your reading glasses if you need them!  My cousin and I were in charge of assembling my daughter’s bustle, and neither had our glasses.  Disaster was avoided when one of my daughters came to lend a hand.  😉  Below is a picture highlighting Maggie’s French Bustled dress, dancing with her father.


Next time, I will discuss and picture the remaining three bustles.

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