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Bustling Styles

By: Nancy, ECC

While gowns with sweeper trains are beautiful and make us feel like queens when we wear them, brides get tired of carrying around the weight. Plaza-Lecea-Wedding-4-29-12-1Simple physics tells us the farther away from your center of gravity you carry a weight, i.e., your train, the heavier it becomes.  Don’t ditch the dress, bustle it.

The idea of bustling is to gather as much of the train inward towards the bride.  Most gowns do not come with a bustle and are added during alterations.  There are several styles to choose, and variations among those.

The least amount of bustle is the over bustle.  An over bustle uses hooks and eyes.  The train can be secured to the base of the bodice at one point or at several; longer trains will require more hooks. This may be the least expensive bustle, but the hooks are exposed which may require bows or appliques to hide them.   This is creates a full bustle and so works well for lighter fabrics.  A note about the one point over bustle-that’s a lot of weight for one hook and eye to hold.  If it tears out, it could be a hitch you would remember.  So if you do have a heavier fabric, the three point bustle may be the way to go.  The three point over bustle is more secure as it spreads the train out over several hooks. This holds the train a little more open.

Another type of over bustle is the ballroom bustle.  It works well if you don’t like the look of a traditional bustle.  Great for gowns with longer trains, and very secure, when done properly make the gown look like a normal skirt, like the dress had no train to begin with. 0443

An under bustle works well for gowns without a definite waistline, or ones that have a highly decorated back area.  Because it is secured under the gown it will not cover up any designs at the waistline or down the back of the dress.  It is also a more secure bustle.  Ribbons are used to anchor the back or the dress to the lining or slip.  You can use as many anchor point as you want.  Because the anchoring ribbons are under the gown, it is very helpful to label the ribbons or color code them. This is the bustle we see most often.  For a more bouffant look, loops can be sewn in a diamond shape with a ribbon running through them.  Pulling the ribbon and tying it off creates the look.

An under bustle is sometimes called a French bustle and can use from 2-25 points on different levels on the dress.  Two levels of anchoring is a Double French bustle and three levels is a Triple French Bustle.  Double and Triple French bustles are sometimes called whipped cream bustles because of the fluffy look they give the skirt.

We have not seen the Austrian bustle, but it is gaining popularity. Created by a loop and string system as with a window shade, it is secure and can be adjusted.  An interesting look that we look forward to seeing.

Bustling is art.  It should be created to best match your dress. It can complement or completely change the look of the dress.  But after you bustle, fatigue will not keep you from dancing the night away.  But the shoes might! Remember to have your bridesmaids/maid of honor practice the bustle before you wear it for your wedding so that they know how to quickly transform the dress in a matter of minutes (versus keeping your guests waiting 30 minutes while you panic the rest room).

Until next time, happy planning!

The Christmas Bride

Photo Credit: Alamo Photographicby: Chelsea, ECC

Most people stay away from getting married around Christmas, thinking everyone will be busy with family and friends and a lot of people may be out of town.  Well if you get those save-the-dates out soon enough and you are a Christmas loving person, there is no reason why you cannot have that December wedding and even save yourself a little money!

Christmas!  What a great idea for a theme and can even cut a little from your budget.  Like Plaza Lecea, most venues decorate for Christmas, adding beautiful Christmas trees, poinsettia’s, and even some wreaths and mistletoes.  This is great for that Christmas bride because you get some gorgeous décor in the theme of your choice that is already set up, just like it was especially for you.  You can even go into a little more detail and instead of just a Christmas theme you could choose a theme such as, “Candy Cane Land”, “Santa Baby” or even “Winter Wonderland”.  A great time to buy most of your décor would be the year before right after Christmas.  All decorations will be going on sale and that is way to stock up on favors like ornaments or get some snow confetti for your tables or anything that is Christmas.  That is a way to save tons on the budget and you do not have to get things last minute, you are a year ahead!

Now when people think Christmas your mind automatically goes to those red and green colors.  Which are the main colors of the holidays, but there are many other colors and ways to do Christmas.  If you are that modern Christmas bride think blues, golds, silvers, and even purples.  Now if you are a bling bride, go with silver and stick to sparkle and shimmer and this way you can have any accent color of your choice.  With Christmas there are so many options and ways to really get into a lot of detail.  You could do things like give each table a Christmas name like Santa, snowman, jingle bells or you could use reindeer names, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, etc.  Make some stockings with colors and small toys for all the kids and this is a great way to keep them happy and busy throughout the evening.  You can even go into detail with the food choice and do a traditions roast turkey with all the trimmings for dinner.  For drinks, champagne and punch are always great but you could add just more of that Christmas element and have some eggnog.  Kahlua makes a great seasonal beverage that goes great in eggnog or cream.

Now as for those flowers.  As said earlier most venues will have added flowers such as poinsettias so get with your florist and go over the seasonal flowers ahead of time and make sure you get your order in because around the holidays it can get very busy.  And keep in mind poinsettias come in not only red but cream and pink too!  If you don’t want to do flowers for the centerpiece some great options would be some clear vases with ornaments inside or even a bare branch tree and hang some mini ornaments, candy canes or anything you want.  These can both give you that modern chic and add a special touch to the room.

So remember, anything Christmas goes!  For that grand exit you can even add sparklers which go great with Christmas and will leave your guest ohing and awing!  So going a little out of the box can only make things better.  Have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a fabulous wedding!

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