Definition of bustle (Entry 3 of 3) clothing : a pad or framework expanding and supporting the fullness and drapery of the back of a woman’s skirt or dress the bustle of a nineteenth century wedding gown (Mirriam-Webster Dictionary).
Now that we have established the official definition of bustle as it applies here, let’s talk about why it matters.
Brides, if your wedding dress has a train, even a small one, you need a bustle. An official bustle, which is not the loop under the skirt that you loop over your wrist. It is not fun to carry something around for 5 hours and it limits the range of motion for the arm it is held by. And you do not want a team following you around all night picking up your train for you as you move around enjoying your celebration.
Some bustles require 9 buttons, some only one. It all depends on the fabric, style, and length of your train. A professional seamstress knows how to gather all the layers, create a loop, and where to place a discreet clear button to hook the loop on, gathering your train up in a beautifully draped bustle.
By having your train drawn up you are now free to walk and dance without tripping on your own dress or others stepping on it. The money spent on this small but hugely important need is truly money well spent. You have to trust us on this. :
It is best to take your mom or MoH to you final fitting so the seamstress can show where all the loops and buttons are. If this is not possible, take a video. The larger the train and the more fabric there is the more loops and buttons required, so someone will be designated as your bustler.The bustling typically takes place once your photos are finished following the ceremony and you are ready to join the reception.
Now bustle 🙂 on over to your seamstress and cross this task off your list of things to do.