How to hold up my train on my wedding dress

Updated February 21, 2017

Nothing is more beautiful than a flowing train on your wedding day. Gliding down the aisle with yards and yards of fabric trailing behind you can truly make you feel like a princess. However, for the rest of the day that same fabric can become less magical and more inconvenient. You can bustle your dress to keep it off the floor, but that will make you reliant on others to bustle and unbustle throughout the night. If you are looking for something just as effective that you can do yourself, consider adding a wristlet to the train of your dress.

Cut a 12-inch piece of ribbon and set it aside.

Measure six inches from the hem of the dress along the center back seam and mark with chalk.

Rip a three-quarter-inch hole in the top layer of the dress as well as the underlining at the six-inch mark.

Fold the ribbon in half lengthwise. Measure a half inch from the ends of the ribbon and stitch the two loose ends together, forming a loop.

Thread the ribbon loop through the hole you created in the underlining. Pin the seam back together and restitch, securing the ribbon in the dress seam. Repeat for all subsequent layers.


If you are familiar with sewing, this is easy to do yourself. If you are not, consult a seamstress.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • ½-inch wide satin ribbon
  • Ruler
  • White chalk
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
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About the Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.