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All you need to know about…wedding dress trains

From the sweep to the chapel, here's what you need to know


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If you’ve never heard of a sweep, court or chapel train then you need to swot up before you go dress shopping. Here’s what you need to know about the wedding dress train…

Sweep

The shortest of all train lengths, a sweep train is less than a foot and a half long and lightly brushes the floor. This low-key style works well on slim fitting gowns as the back hem is only slightly longer than the front hem.

wedding dress trains - sweep trains
Watters; Romantica & Mark Lesley

Court

The court train extends approximately three feet behind the dress, as measured from the back of the waist to the end of the train. It is perfect for brides who want the drama of a train without the fuss of managing one.

wedding dress trains - court trains
Opulence, Ellis Bridal & Alexia

Chapel

The traditional chapel train is the most popular length. More formal than the sweep and court, this train extends approximately four feet from the waist. The overall look is elegant yet not overly heavy.

wedding dress trains - chapel trains
Mori Lee & David Tutera for Mon Cheri

Cathedral

Dramatic and glamorous, these beauties can measure up to eight feet from the waist. Yes they can be awkward to manage but these show stopping trains certainly make an impact. A train any longer than this is known as a monarch.

wedding dress trains - cathedral train
Justin Alexander; Enzoani & Essense of Austrailia

Feature image Justin Alexander Signature collection