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Wedding Dress Train: Lengths & Types

You fancy a wedding dress with a huge train? Before you rush to the next bridal outfitter, you should know the differences and read these hints.

The crowning glory of a wedding dress is the train for many brides. Unlike the neckline or sleeves, the train is not a “must” on the wedding dress. Many years ago, like so many bridal fashions, it was still different. From the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 19th century, the length of the train was considered a status symbol, whereby the longer the tugs, the higher the status in society. So brides like Kate Middleton or Charlene Wittstock couldn’t help but wear a so-called royal train, even if they had wanted otherwise.

The “normal” bride no longer has to worry about this and wears a wedding dress with a train today because she likes it or not. If you would like to wear a dress with a train on your big day, the shape of your wedding should have a big influence on your decision which train length you choose. Since this should already harmonize with the effort and scope of your wedding. For example, a cathedral drag is simply out of place for a garden wedding. You should also have some practical considerations in mind, such as your dance, sitting longer with your table mates left and right in the back of your head when you are thinking about a longer train. According to the wedding etiquette, the bride wears a long train only for the church wedding, for the wedding ceremony and the registry office wedding she has a second dress (without train) ready. As already mentioned, towing is decided in its length and type:


The brush train is the shortest of all trains. It barely touches the floor, but adds a modest amount of volume to the back of your dress. The brush train is the most versatile train, because it can be worn with all types of clothing.


The yard drag is slightly longer than the brush drag, touches the ground in full width and is up to approx. 60 cm long. It can still be used for ceremonies on the beach or outdoors.


The Chapel Train is the golden mean between the simple brush train and the traditional cathedral train. It is one to almost two metres long. It can be worn for a simple wedding in a small group as well as for a large wedding. For the registry office, however, she is already a touch “too much”.


If you want to catch everyone’s eye, the cathedral is for a very traditional bride. With this train, however, you will need support so that the up to 3.5 m long train can show its full splendour during the ceremony and does not hinder you. The cathedral drag is only worn during church weddings.

Royal Train

If you want to make a really big appearance, you can choose the royal train. This train spans the aisle as you walk down the aisle. With a train of this size, you always need help so that it is exactly where it needs to be. This type of train is mainly used for very pompous or royal weddings à la Kate and Co. If you choose the royal train, make sure the rest of your ceremony and celebration doesn’t just look pale compared to the dress.

Skirt hemline drag

The most famous wedding dress train is the so-called train at the hem of the skirt – nothing else than an extension of the skirt at the point where it normally ends in the hem.

Waist Train

More and more popular and often seen on the catwalks is the so-called waist drag, which is usually made of fine lace, is fastened only by a fine band over the waist seam and is removable at any time.

Mantle Tow

Another, more rarely seen type of drag is the mantle drag, which, as the name suggests, is worn as a coat over the dress and ends at the back as a drag (in different lengths). A variant of this train is the Courschleppe, which is hung into the waistband of wedding dresses with high waist seam below the chest (e.g. A-line or Empire).