Do I need to add a bustle to my wedding dress? There is no rule of thumb that says you must have a bustle.
A bustle is usually done after the ceremony and right before the reception. There are several reasons why it is “wise” to have a bustle made:
In America, the Bride would wear her wedding dress all night long. So, to make it look different, she would remove her veil and bustle the dress and add on a different hair ornament or add flowers to her hair. The bustle can change the look of her wedding dress.
There are different kinds of bustles so please be sure to discuss the different types with your alteration person when doing your first fitting. The French bustles would give you more of a pouf at the back. The American bustle would fall smoother at the back. It all depends on the look that you want.
So to answer the question Do I want to have a bustle made for my wedding dress, I think the answer should be “Yes” for the reasons given above. You will make the final decision as the Bride.
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