So many brides-to-be that come to get their gown altered don’t even know what a bustle is, let alone the various bustle options available. Just to clarify, a bustle is a unique way for the train of a wedding gown to be hoisted up to a ballgown length. Why have a bustle added to your gown? Bustles allow brides to move freely as they mingle with their guests and enjoy their first dance without having to worry about others stepping on their train. They are also a great way to preserve your gown in case you want to re-sell it or hand it down to your children. As each dress is unique, there are many different bustle options to suit it. Bustles are added during the alteration appointment since they are made specific to your individual hem length. Our alteration team at Luz Solutions will be able to talk you through all the different options so that you can decide what is best for your gown.
Over bustles are one of the most common types of bustles for gowns with long trains. They typically consist of one to three bustle points which hook the train up to the outside of the skirt using buttons and loops. For some more complex skirts, such as that of a full tulle ballgown train, more bustle points might be required.
This style of bustle is seen less often. However, it gives a striking finish on plain gowns, and also gives a quick and easy solution by raising the hem of the bustle evenly all around the gown. The look is created with two ribbons inside the dress, one which fits though a long tube on the centre back seam.
An ‘underbustle’ or ‘French bustle’ is another one of the most common styles of bustles. These work best will full trains, or gowns that have lots of ruching or draping in the skirt. They are rigged using a series of ribbons inside the dress, ranging from around three to sometimes nine bustle points.
Ballroom bustles are created by fastening the train using a series of ribbons and bustle rings across the inside of the back of the skirt so that it appears to have no train. This is ideal for brides who want to maintain a chic and sleek silhouette instead of a traditional bustle. The ballroom bustles typically require nine to eleven bustle points
Sometimes a gown with a complicated or a multi-layered skirt will not fit into only one of the above categories, and a more intricate solution needs to be found. Separating the layers into two or three separate bustles offers more security, ensuring your bustle won’t break due to the heaviness of the skirt. It also reduces that bulky bustle look when too many skirt layers are combined into one bustle.