Most wedding dresses have a train - a section of material that is longer than the rest of the hemline at the back of the wedding dress. There are three main styles of train:
- Duster: the smallest that just sweeps the floor.
- Puddle: prominent but manageable with a little help from the bridesmaids.
- Cathedral: excessively long train (think of Princess Diana's wedding dress) and very difficult to manage.
Mid-length trains can be gathered up and fixed to the dress with buttons or ribbons, forming a kind of draped bustle at the back of the dress, allowing the bride to easily walk and dance.
Some dresses come with detachable trains that are attached with buttons so that they can be easily removed during the day.
Many brides have the train on a their chosen wedding dress shortened to a more manageable length during the alteration and fitting process.
The chief bridesmaid should practise lifting and arranging the bride's train so that she can easily arrange it before the bride walks up the aisle and for the photographs.