Wedding styles may change with seasons, but one of the things about gowns that remains constant is the train. And the guideline is - the length of the gown's train (and veil) determines how formal the gown is. Obviously, you may do whatever pleases you but know that traditionally long, cathedral-length trains are best suited for a very formal evening wedding. Shorter chapel or sweep trains are appropriate for a less formal daytime or evening wedding.
There are several train styles to consider when selecting your gown. Trains may be attached and may require a bustle for ease of movement at the reception. Others are detachable for the reception. Here is a description of the various styles you may consider.
*The royal is a dramatic and extravagant train that falls up to twelve feet on the floor behind you. Think the wedding scene from the Sound of Music.
*The cathedraltrain is a very formal length that falls between six and eight feet on the floor.
*The chapeltrain is a popular choice that falls three to four feet on the floor.
*Thecourttrain is less formal than a chapel train. It falls about a foot onto the floor.
*The sweep train is less formal. It falls about six inches on the floor.
*Thewatteautrain falls from the shoulder blades or back yoke to the floor.