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How to Bustle a Wedding Dress and Why You Need One

In the wedding dress world, bustle is more of a noun than a verb.

While seamstresses do bustle gowns as they sew, we are talking about the type of bustle you add to a wedding dress. A bustle will lift the train of your dress off the ground so you can walk and dance more easily. Be sure to keep a bustle in mind in your dress budget because they’re generally an added cost, but typically a necessity.

Why Do I Need a Bustle for my Wedding Dress?

You will need a bustle for your wedding dress if you have a gown that doesn’t have a circular hem, thus part of it will drag on the ground. This look is beautiful and looks stunning as you walk down the aisle. But, after your ceremony, you’re going to want to walk around and chat with friends and dance the night away. To keep your dress free of rips or stains, you need a bustle.

How to Bustle a Wedding Dress

A bustle is created when “a seamstress adds buttons, hooks or ribbons into the dress,” explains Brides Magazine. They’re placed strategically to get the specific style you choose when you meet with your seamstress. There are a variety of styles to choose from, from a dramatic side bustle to a classic French bustle. You can take a look at some styles here.

At your wedding, you’re going to want your bridesmaids to tie or button your bustle, so bring them along to a fitting with the seamstress so she can show them how. It’s not complex, but does require some instruction to get the look you want.

Believe it or not, a bustle is important to keeping your wedding fun and relaxing. You don’t want to get frustrated by people stepping on and tripping over your dress all evening.