Types of Trains on Wedding Gowns

by Michelle Varsallona ; Updated September 28, 2017

A bride wears a wedding gown with a short train for her outdoor wedding.

back wedding dress gown white elegant flower image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com

Wedding gown trains can really make a statement. While some styles go better with certain ceremonies, ultimately, the type of train a bride chooses comes down to personal style. Styles range from practically non-existent to several feet long. Knowing the differences between each will prove useful when deciding what type of train—if any—a bride wants for her special day.


The brush is the shortest type of train. It provides a modest bit of length, which would appeal to a bride that wants just a slight train. This versatile train works well with virtually any type of wedding ceremony and season.


The court train extends about 3 feet behind the bride. Like the brush style, the court style is also a versatile length, but can be a challenge at an outdoor ceremony.


The chapel train extends about 5 feet behind the bride. It’s a medium length between shorter trains and longer trains like cathedral and royal. This type of train is just noticeable, without being too impractical.


The cathedral train is a long one, extending about 7 feet behind the bride. This type of train is ideal for traditional, formal weddings that take place indoors. Brides that choose this style typically need assistance to keep the train neat during the ceremony and pictures.


The royal is a statement-making train. This train extends more than 10 feet and can take up the entire width of the aisle. Brides typically need assistance to hold this train up as she walks down the aisle.


The watteau is an unusual train that attaches at the bride's shoulders. It falls down the back and is either the same length as the gown or extends a few feet behind the bride. This style adds a touch of formality to a casual dress and goes well with beach and outdoor summer weddings.

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Michelle Varsallona started writing professionally in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She specializes in writing about all things mobile, gaming, geek-culture and vegan related.