The bride's entrance into the church is one of the most memorable moments of a wedding. If you're looking to make a dramatic entrance or a bold statement, consider wearing a wedding gown with a train. Gowns with trains give an impression of formality and elegance, with varying degrees of formality (and dramatic effect) depending on the type of train. Here, we list different kinds of gown trains and the considerations for choosing a style that works for you.


The cathedral train is one of the most formal types of train, as it extends six to eight feet (around two meters) from the waist. This type of train makes a dramatic statement as it trails behind you along the church aisle, but it's not very practical for going around greeting your guests or dancing at the reception.


Another formal type of train is the chapel train. This extends three and a half to five feet (or about one and a half meters) from the hem. While it may be less bold than the cathedral train, the chapel train is easier to move around in and looks just as formal.


The court train is a type of train that medieval dresses used to have, making gowns with court trains look stately. This extends up to three feet (approximately one meter) from the hem.

Royal Cathedral

The royal cathedral train is the longest of all the trains, as well as the most dramatic. It spans out ten feet (about three meters) or more. If you want to feel like a princess bride on your wedding day, then royal cathedral train might just be for you.



The simplest and most modest train is the sweep train. This kind of train creates an elegant backline for the dress without being too formal or too theatrical.

Browse through the gallery below to see how the different trains made an impact on our real brides' wedding marches.

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