Types of Bustles on Wedding Gowns

by Bronwyn Timmons ; Updated September 28, 2017

Bustles are essential in preserving your wedding gown.

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Wedding gowns often include bustles, especially if the wedding gown has a long train. Brides use the bustle to hold the train of the gown up off the floor after the wedding ceremony. This is essential in preserving the dress, as the train is likely to get dirty or risk getting stepped on or torn during the reception. There is a variety of styles of bustles that brides can select for their wedding gowns.

Over Bustle

The over bustle, also known as the ballroom bustle, hides the train after the ceremony and makes the wedding dress look like a traditional ballroom gown. Over bustles are create by positioning buttons or hooks at the waist. A tailor adds loopholes into the train to hook onto the buttons. This results in the bottom of the dress being one length all the way around.

Tufted Bustle

Tailors can create a tufted bustle by applying a series of jeweled hooks around the waistline of the dress. The gown's train has coordinated holes to loop onto the jeweled hooks. The bride or her maid of honor then gathers the train of the gown in sections and hooks it around the waist. This creates a layered, or tufted, look. The jeweled hooks show through the bustle to add extra detail.

French Bustle

Tailors create a French bustle, also known as the under bustle, by tucking the train underneath the skirt of the dress. To create a French bustle, fold the bottom half of the train underneath the skirt, and tie it securely in place.

Pick-Up Bustle

The pick-up bustle is ideal for slender, tighter-fitting gowns that have shorter trains than traditional ballroom gowns. To create a pick-up bustle, attach one hook or button to the back of the center of the waist. Gather the train in two sections. There are two holes on the bottom of the train that hook onto the one button.

French Pick-Up Bustle

The French pick-up bustle is a combination of the French and pick-up bustles. One hook or button attaches to the waistline of the skirt underneath the train. Then, fold the train in half and the bottom half under. Loop a hole on the bottom of the train onto the button to hold the train in place.

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