French Style Wedding Dress

The French bustle is a very elegant style which works well with any gown of at least an A-line fullness (and some slimmer gowns as well). The general idea is that a series of ties is attached in two rows inside the bridal gown. One is towards the bottom of the train, and the other row is inside the skirt, around knee height. When it is time to bustle the gown, the lower set is tied to the upper set of ribbons, which pulls the train up and under. When all is said and done, the remaining hem of the train should line up with the rest of the hemline of the gown, just off the floor.

The only trick to the French bustle is matching up the right pairs of ties. It sounds easy, but under a big wedding gown, it can get tricky. In a gown with a small train, you might only have three pairs of ties, but a fuller gown might require a dozen, making it very confusing. Some bridal salons will write numbers on the pairs to match them, but there is an even more elegant solution. Simply stitch something tiny and pretty to the end of each ribbon (organza ribbons hold very well and are so much prettier than shoelace material), so that the sets are easily found. Tiny bows, itty-bitty fabric flowers, or even a pearl or a crystal (so cute to coordinate with your pearl earrings!) will all work wonderfully and make the inside of your gown just as pretty as the outside. The best bustles are not merely utilitarian, but add to the overall loveliness of the bridal gown. With your train under control, you will be ready to dance the night away!

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