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Are you adding a bustle to your dress? Advice needed.

Marla, on September 25, 2019 at 4:07 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 11
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Are you all having a bustle added to your dress? This is the length of my train for my David’s Bridal dress. I was hoping to avoid alterations, but it’s looking like not. Does the length look a bit long? How is pricing at David’s Bridal for alterations. The dress is due to come in on 9/30. The wedding is 11/16.

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  • KiwiDerbyBride
    Super May 2015
    KiwiDerbyBride ·
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    My train wasn’t much longer than yours and I was SO over it by the time we were done with photos, and so happy to bustle it. I’d say get one or else risk people standing all over it all night.

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  • Izzy
    Devoted April 2021
    Izzy ·
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    I would say definitely get a bustle with that train. It will be more fun to dance and mingle in (:
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  • Krissyl
    Devoted October 2019
    Krissyl ·
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    I'd definitely get a bustle. My train is about the same as yours and actually a similar style dress. I'm getting my alterations done at David's Bridal since my dress is from there and I got a new one last minute, so needed a place to do it in like 3 weeks. I have 9 points on my bustle and I think its costing about $100 or just over that? I cant remember exactly. I'm getting more things altered too it and I think overall its costing me $350 but that also includes a $40 rush fee Smiley sad
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    I agree you will definitely want a bustle; otherwise, you are literally going to be dragging it behind you for the entire reception and people will constantly be stepping on it. (Especially with a strapless dress, that could potentially produce an embarrassing "wardrobe malfunction." Smiley winking ) Also, based on the photo, I think you need to have at least the front of the dress shortened or you are going to be stepping on it constantly and risk tripping (and/or ripping the tulle). Before you have it shortened, you can see what it looks like if you wear heels and add a crinoline slip (possibly a mermaid style, since the dress flares out more at the bottom than in the upper skirt). Those two items combined might lift the skirt enough that you don't step on it, but it also depends on how comfortable you are in heels. The cost of shoes and a slip might end up being more than just hemming the dress. Like with all things, explore all your options so you can make the best decision for you. Good luck!

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  • Devin
    Super October 2019
    Devin ·
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    Are you wearing your wedding shoes in the photo? I got my dress from David’s Bridal but I went elsewhere to get the alterations done.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    My train was a little longer than yours, I did a bustle for sure. I bustled it after the ceremony. There was no way I could walk or people could walk near me unless I bustled it!

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  • Laura
    Rockstar October 2019
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    My train is smaller but i'd getting a bustle so that people don't step on my dress. Once you add drinking you never know.

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  • Gmm
    Devoted October 2019
    Gmm ·
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    Here’s my bustle, which I’m not thrilled with as the dress is very heavy due to the material. As much as I’d love to wear it down, it’s just not practical.

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  • Jordana
    Devoted April 2020
    Jordana ·
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    Are you wearing the shoes you will have on at your wedding in the photos? If yes, I would highly recommend a hem and bustle. I know it adds cost (expect to pay around $200+) but it will make you so much more comfortable. You won't have to worry about tripping on your dress or having people step on your train.

    Bustles are mainly to prevent your dress from dragging all night and being stepped on. Alternative is to hold your train up but that could get tiring.
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  • Zoe O.
    Devoted November 2019
    Zoe O. ·
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    If you plan to move around at your reception, definitely get it bustled. I wanted an extremely long train but I also want to move at my reception. So my dress is floor-length and I made an elaborate waterfall bustle with 3-foot+ train that will detach from the back of the dress for the reception.

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  • M
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    Marla ·
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    I was barefoot while wearing that dress in the photo, but was planning on wearing flats. I just ordered a pair of silver glitter Converse sneakers, which should add about an inch. Hoping this eliminates the need to hem the length of the dress. I’ll definitely have a bustle added. Any idea how much those cost at David’s Bridal?
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