Bustle 101: Everything You Need To Know

Bustle 101: Everything You Need To Know

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May 22, 2019

You said yes to the dress! Now its time for alterations. The alteration process is necessary for any wedding dress to fit like a glove. Adding a bustle is a standard part of excellent alterations. Bustles are added during the alteration process because each dress and each girl is unique, so the bustle needs to be custom made to make sure that the back of the dress is lifted to the exact right hem length.

After the wedding ceremony, and all of your pictures, you can bustle your dress so that you can move comfortably for the rest of the night. You’ll be able to enjoy dancing and mingling at your reception without your train getting in your way. Bustles are mostly functional, but it is still important that you like the way that it looks. During the alteration process, the seamstress will pin the bustle different ways so that you can see your options and choose the best one for your dress.


Bring someone with you to your final fitting so that they can learn how to bustle your dress properly. There are usually several buttons, loops, hooks, or ribbons that will be inconspicuously placed on top or underneath the train of your wedding gown in order to lift it off of the floor. Remember, the longer and more detailed the train is, the more elaborate and time consuming the bustling process may be, so make sure you choose someone that you trust to get the job done.

The two most popular types of bustles are the Traditional bustle and the French bustle. The Traditional bustle is when the fabric is gathered, fastened, and tucked on top of the back of the gown.

The French bustle is when is when the fabric is tucked underneath the dress creating a cascading look.

Talk with the seamstress about the best bustle options for the fabric and style of your wedding gown, and choose which one you like best!