So Over It

Wow, I didn’t realize that so many of you shared my feelings about a train. Which leads us to… Wedding-Related Decision #5466: So my dress is going to spend the whole wedding day in a bustle (minus a pic or two of the full train for prosperity). But what kind of bustle?

Under bustles, aka French bustles, are quite popular now, and for good reason.



Bam! How’s that for a bustle? Yowza.



Another yowza, but with a completely different feel.



Ooh, how’d she do this?

Then there’s the over bustle, or American/English bustle (I really wish they wouldn’t name them after countries—it’s like the whole nationalistic French fries debate all over again).

I gotta be honest, I had a hard time finding pics from real weddings that included an over bustle because of the overwhelming popularity of the under bustle. These few pictures represent hundreds (okay dozens) of weddings that I looked through. I just want you to appreciate that.



Simple, classic, with a little brooch for an accent



Hostess LatteLove!!



That’s cool (I *think* it’s an over bustle; it’s hard to tell from here.)

Before my fitting, I was confident about getting an under bustle. I felt that they looked a little more subtle, and didn’t involve buttons or whatnot on the outside of the dress. I mean, sure I would try the over bustle just to see, but really, come on, I knew it would be the under bustle or bust (I kill me).

So let’s compare, shall we?


I do love the look of an under bustle. But doesn’t the fabric make it a little too poofy? And the line of buttons kinda looks abruptly chopped off.


And the over bustle.

To my surprise, the decision was clear (this wasn’t the case with Wedding-Related Decisions #1-5465). Also to my surprise, despite my preconceptions, the over bustle just made a lot more sense with the dress. The under bustle, while usually subtle in my mind, seemed to really stick out on my dress. Like a sore bustle.

So, over bustle it is. Ta-da!

Do you think I made the right decision? If your answer is anything besides “Yes you made the right decision you smarty smarty,” then don’t comment. I know I’ve said this before, but I really mean it this time. Heehee. ;)


Mrs. Pug

New York City/Half Moon Bay, CA
Wedding Date:
March 2010
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    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:17 am

    I think the over looks good with the style of your dress. I didn’t realize that French ones were so popular (mine was French). Who knew? (maybe just me)

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    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:48 am

    I usually like under bustle but for your dress, over bustle definitely looks much nicer. Good choice!

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    skibobrown 1681 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:16 pm

    LOVE the over bustle with your dress. In your case, it works much better than the under bustle. I echo other sentiments to just make sure that it’s really secure. I’ve been to so many weddings where the bustle has broken partway through the night, and considering you really want to be bustled up all night, just make sure that you have a nice strong one.

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    Michelle {Things I Love}, Guest @ 8:07 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! I wish I had seen this post before I went to the tailor. I knew NOTHING about bustles, and I just went with the traditional french bustle that she immediately pinned up. The overbustle looks FANTASTIC with your dress!

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    argyle 2519 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:02 pm

    The over bustle definitely looks a lot better. My dress will have to be bustled in a unique way due to the style of dress – I’m excited to see what my seamstress comes up with.

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    Brighteyes 81 posts, Worker bee @ 2:04 pm

    I love it! I agree with your decision as well. I have yet to make that decision with my dress, but you are going to look amazing with your overbustle!

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    Ms. Mojito 399 posts, Helper bee @ 12:12 am

    Great choice! Like you, I went in thinking I would go with the under bustle, but didn’t like the “pouf” it created on my dress. I am doing the overbustle as well!

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    Ms. Library 1241 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:21 pm

    I made the same decision and I love yours just as much! It looks great!

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    binza14 341 posts, Helper bee @ 2:34 pm

    Good choice. I’m “over bustling” too. I didn’t really make the decision. My seamstress said it would look better and just did it. I kinda wish other wedding decisions happened that way. I agonize over every stupid thing, so to have a decision made for me was kinda refreshing.

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:23 pm

    “Yes you made the right decision you smarty smarty!”

    Haha! I love the over bustle on your dress, but, like you, I usually love the under bustle better! This one looks FANTASTIC on you and your dress!

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:29 pm

    BTW, is it bad that when I saw the title to this post, I immediately heard Katherine McPhee’s song “Over It” in my head? Oops. Did I break it? :)

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