Now that you're experts on wedding dress silhouettes and necklines, it is time to talk trains. The length of train you choose for your gown is more dependent of the location and style of your nuptials than any of the other elements. While a short dress would look all wrong at the Basilica or the Saint Paul Cathedral, a monarch or cathedral length train has the mass and drama needed to make sure you're still visible to those even in the furthest pews.
No Train: By definition, the fabric stops just above the floor, but could also be tea-length or shorter. In general, the fabric is the same length front and back and is ideal for an informal, beach, or garden wedding. Dress by J.Crew.
Sweep: As the shortest train, fabric just brushes the floor, extending back 8 to 12 inches. This length provides the elegance of a train without to much added fabric in the way, and it is perfect for brides who are having a semi-formal or more casual affair. Gown by Demetrios. Find Demetrios at Mary Kay's Bridal, 6325 Penn Ave. S., Richfield, 612-866-2020
Chapel: The most popular train length extends 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet from the waist and has the elegance of a full train but is not as cumbersome. Gown by Casablanca Bridal. Casablanca available at Dena Marie Bridal & Tux, 2480 Fairview Ave. N., Roseville, 651-633-4366
Cathedral: Ideal for a formal affair or anyone seeking a "fairy tale" look and perfectly suited to a ceremony at a grand church, this train generally reaches 6 to 7 1/2 feet from the waistline. If it is not built in, be sure to have this train bustled so you can move on the dance floor. Gown by Christos. Christos available at Mestads Bridal, 1171 NW 6th St., Rochester, 507-289-2444
Monarch: This is the Princess Diana train, and it is so long that is necessitates a Cathedral or Basilica-type setting so that the train isn't still trailing out the door after you've already reached the alter. Also called a Roy Train, fabric cascades 9 to 12 feet from the waist. Gown by St. Pucchi.
Additional reporting by Sarah Asp Olson