The Bustle: French or English?

Some of you might eliminate a possible contender because of its train length.  Well do not fear! The length of your train, no matter how long, can be bustled up and you do not have to worry about it dragging along behind you during your reception. Sometimes the train of a gown can really make an impact and it is mostly only visible during your ceremony and for a few pictures. Once it's time to get your grooooove on, the right seamstress will create a flawless bustle unique to your wedding gown. The bustle is created during your alterations and each seamstress should show you your different options for which bustle will work for your gown.  There are two main bustle designs: The French Bustle tucks the train underneath itself; The English Bustle buttons the train over itself.  Make sure to bring your mom or maid of honor to learn how to button you up because they will be the ones to bustle your train before the party begins!
American Bustle

American Bustle

The English Bustle, as mentioned, buttons or ties the train on top of itself.  That does sound silly, but it makes sense when you see it. The material, weight and length of your train will determine how many loops and buttons will be needed to create a sound and strong structure. The buttons are usually clear so they won't interfere with the design of your dress.  You can have as little as one point to lift your bustle or as many as five.  The picture shows a traditional single point bustle, but be aware that sometimes single pointed bustles might not be strong enough.  So, if you need an "over" bustle, ask for three points or more reinforcement! The French Bustle serves that same function, just done differently.  You can get as creative with it as you do with the English style.  This time your train tucks underneath the gown layers and any ribbons or buttons are completely hidden.  This look is very popular with ballgowns which
French Bustle

French Bustle

already have pick ups.  This way the bustle just flows with the gown design.  Unlike the single layer in an English Bustle, the French allows you to create even two layers of bustling underneath.  The example shows a very creative and fun spin on the "under" idea. Even though some may lean towards this style, just remember that each dress is different and a French Bustle might not work.
And do not be afraid of getting creative! I have seen all kinds of bustles, sometimes even combining the French and English in one! Believe us, The Bustle rocks. ;)
Which bustle will you/did you choose?
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