We've seen our fair share of lengthy wedding-dress trains (remember Princess Diana's?), but they have all officially met their match. The world's longest wedding-dress train has just been acknowledged by Guinness World Records, and it's an unbelievable 26,599.7 feet. (Yes, you read that correctly.) This converts to 8,095.4 meters, meaning it's almost large enough to cover the 8,848-meter Mount Everest. No amount of bridesmaids would ever be able to handle such a beast.
French construction company Dynamic Projects unveiled the now-notorious ivory wedding dress, train and all, on December 9 as part of an annual fund-raising opportunity called Telethon in Caudry, France. According to Guinness World Records, the town of Caudry actually accomplished the record for world's longest wedding dress once before, in 2006, but a bride from China later beat them for this accomplishment. This wedding-dress-train endeavor gave them an opportunity to set the record straight and reclaim the title for themselves.
It took 15 volunteers two full months to craft the record-breaking wedding dress, which actually includes pieces of Caudry's former longest train from 2006. This previous world-famous train measured in at only 1,203.9 meters, but it still made a major contribution to the newer, longer version. The talented team stitched together donated pieces of lace to create the train, then used a belt to attach it to a short-sleeved wedding dress. Caudry is well-known for its lace production, according to Guinness World Records, so it only seems fitting that they rounded up enough material to create a 26,000+ foot piece of mega lace.
While the gown was displayed in Caudry, the train had to be wrapped around several massive spools in order to fit within the space.
If you're having any doubts about the train length's authenticity, you can rest assured. The gown was accurately measured by a representative from Guinness World Records, Rob Molloy, and Christophe Dumont, who works for Cabinet Caron- Briffaut, which is a surveying firm in France, according to NDTV.
Sadly, if you're into mountain-sized wedding attire, you won't be able to get your hands on the train in its massive entirety. Pieces of the lace train were cut up and sold, with the proceeds benefitting Telethon charities. But, despite the seemingly unfortunate destruction of the monumental train, Caudry redeemed its claim to fame and received a certificate for setting the record yet again. Let this be a lesson to anyone wanting to steal the throne from the people of Caudry.
In honor of this sensational garb, we vote the longer, the better for all future wedding dress trains. Just make sure no child jumps on it.