Bustles. Those of us who have dresses with trains have had to consider them at one time or another. Some brides choose to do nothing with their trains, while others have built-in wrist straps. Most, however, choose to have a bustle added to their dress.
When I first started planning the wedding, I didn’t give much thought to bustles. Once dresses started entering my realm of thoughts, I decided I needed to start thinking about what kinds of bustles I liked and which ones I didn’t.
The most basic ideas for bustles are an over-bustle or an under-bustle.
Over-bustle via Mrs. Penguin
Under-bustle, AKA French bustle via Heritage Gown
These two basic bustles can be modified depending on how many points you want (one being the weakest/most fragile/least expensive and on up).
Things get a bit more complicated from there as you move into bustles like the Austrian bustle, the ballroom bustle, or the side-sling bustle.
Austrian bustle via Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Ballroom bustle via Champion Wedding Gown Specialist
Side-sling bustle via Leanna
My major problem with under-bustles is that I felt like they added extra, ahem, heft to my backside. I’ve also read horror stories of over-bustles that broke, leaving the bride with the train to contend with for the rest of the evening. The Austrian bustle, the ballroom, and the side-sling all wouldn’t work well with my dress. So what was I to do? Settle for a bustle that didn’t make me happy?
Enter the “Nacho” bustle.
Credit for this goes entirely to Mrs. Nachos
As best as I can tell, this type of bustle is known as a flip-train bustle, though it’s also sometimes referred to as a ballroom bustle (as if that’s not confusing…I’m looking at you, David’s Bridal). I’ve always just referred to it as a Nacho bustle, and I feel like I’m not alone in that, either. For the record, when I asked my seamstress for it, I did call it a flip-train and she seemed to know what I was talking about.
When I was at my first fitting, my seamstress tried to talk to me into an over- or an under-bustle and did actually show me what both would look like with my dress. I declined and reiterated my desire for the flip-train bustle. Her concern, you see, was that the flip-train would mean I lost some of the beautiful detailing on the bottom of my dress. I shrugged and replied that I didn’t expect anyone to follow me around at the reception and take pictures of the bottom of the back of my dress.
My next fitting is coming up soon, so I’ll get to see what the bustle looks like at that time. I’m 100% happy with my decision (though, really, the side-sling would have been awesome if it could have worked) and, honestly, who cares if I lose a little bit of detailing because I certainly don’t.
What bustle did you end up with?