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Okay, Let's Talk About Bustles

Ohh, the wedding dress bustle – that mysterious mechanism designed to transform your magnificent train into a manageable, dance-floor-friendly length. It's like the superhero cape of bridal fashion, swooping in to save the day (and your sanity) as you twirl through your reception. But oh, how the journey to that perfectly bustling gown can be filled with twists, turns, and taffeta tangles!

Let's embark on this bustling adventure together, shall we? And no, I’m not going to bore you with the styles - you’ve seen those kinds of articles over and over again.

The Trials and Tribulations

Picture this: You've found "the one". It fits like a glove, hugs you in all the right places, and trails behind you in a cascade of tulle, lace, silk, whatever your it may be. But as you walk around the bridal salon, you start to notice something: that glorious train becomes a hazard when you're not floating down the aisle.

Cue the bustle.

But here's the kicker – there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to bustling. Oh no, my friend, it's a bespoke affair, tailored to the specific silhouette and style of your gown. Not to mention, your height as well (everyone forgets that part!). And let's not forget the countless types of bustles – French, American, ballroom, oh my! It's enough to make your head spin faster than you during your first dance.

Asking the Experts

When you're trying on dresses, don't be afraid to ask them about the bustle. They're like wedding whisperers, able to foresee the bustling potential of any gown with a mere flick of the wrist. Seriously, they've seen it all – from bustles that defy gravity to ones that vanish like a magician's assistant. Tip: if the bridal consultant you’re working with is not sure, or if you don’t like it, ask for a manager or a seamstress if they have one on hand to show you. The last thing you want to do is buy a dress and get to your alterations where you absolutely hate the bustle and you have a fit. I’ve seen it, and it’s not pretty.

Voicing Your Opinion

Now, let’s say you’re in alterations and you skipped the tip above. This is your time to speak up. When you're standing in front of that mirror, pins poised and scissors at the ready, don't hesitate to speak up about your bustle preferences. Whether you envision a bustling masterpiece worthy of a royal ball or something more understated and practical, your voice matters. Yes, bustles are very annoying for fitters. This is not an opinion, it is a fact. But what’s more annoying is for them to re-do it so ask them to show you all of the options with pins right then and there before they start the construction of it.

Budgeting Time

The golden rule of wedding planning: time is of the essence. Trust me when I say that bustling your dress is not a last-minute task after your ceremony. Sometimes, it is (it literally could take less than 3 minutes), but other times it is not so I’m going to speak to the general public here and blanket this statement: Factor in 15 minutes. This is an overshoot for sure, but it’s better to budget extra time than to not. You don't want to be frantically sewing or tying ribbons and while your guests are sipping champagne.

The Day-of MVP

Last but certainly not least, designate a bustle wrangler for your big day. This MVP will be your go-to guru for all things bustling, ensuring that your train is tucked, pinned, and fluffed to perfection. Choose someone reliable, calm under pressure, and preferably armed with a sewing kit and a can-do attitude should there be an “emergency”. Have this person come to your final fitting. Tip: If you don’t have anyone for your final fitting, ask someone to take a video on your phone of the seamstress doing it.

PRO TIP: If your budget allows, hire a day-of dresser. More on that later :)

Oh, also - if you don’t want a bustle, don’t have one (I didn’t!). Just ask for a wrist loop for your convenience if it’s long enough. Otherwise, be prepared to have to manage it or people to step on it. Don’t take this advice if you have a fitted dress though…

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