As far as you're concerned, it's just not a wedding dress without a little silk or satin trailing down the aisle behind you. But trains come in all shapes and sizes, from "barely there" to "requires a dozen small boys to carry." Here's how to order the amount of train you can manage:
Just a Touch, Please
If your wedding is informal or outside, go for a sweep train. With only six inches of fabric on the floor, this train is also great for second-time brides who don't want a fussy dress.
A More Generous Helping
For a semiformal wedding, request a chapel train. Trailing a full foot to a foot-and-a-half, this train adds a touch of elegance without overshadowing you.
Go for the Gusto
Having a formal wedding? Try a cathedral train of 22 inches or more. These trains are usually worn for church weddings, because they need a long aisle to run along.
After the Ceremony
No matter what kind of train you choose, it'll be a real drag at the reception, so you'll want to get it out of your way. Fortunately, designers give you two great ways to lose the excess baggage as soon as the dancing starts.
Take It Off
Some trains attach to the dress with hooks and eyes, snaps, or Velcro so they can be detached easily. A decorative element, like a bow, hides the spot where the train attaches. Or the train may be a layer of tulle attached to the headpiece with Velcro and removed for the reception.
Pull It Up
Most trains can be bustled. Traditional bustles attach at the bodice with hooks and eyes.