Something borrowed, something blue. Something old, and something…two miles long attached to your dress on your wedding day? Okay, so it’s not de rigeur, but it is real. The two-mile long gown and train was created by the Andree Salon fashion house in Romania. It crushed a former world record held by the Dutch.
The train was unveiled in Romania by a 17-year-old model who wore it in a hot air balloon. The height of the balloon allowed her to showcase the actual length of the train, that measured in at nearly two miles long. The 1.85-mile train cascaded down behind her as part of a promotion for the capital city of Bucharest during their biannual Wedding Fair.
The Guinness World Records certified the train as the longest bridal train in history. A designer from the Netherlands held the previous record, however that train was under a mile long. The Romanian version trumped it by more than double. Some believe that Romania deliberately challenged the Netherlands after they campaigned against Romania’s bid to be included in the European Union’s (EU) visa-free travel zone.
10 seamstresses took nearly 100 days to create the dress and train, which cost approximately $8,000 in materials alone. The gown and train required an impressive 15,420 feet of taffeta, 18 feet of lace and 147 feet of lining, and was stitched together with almost 2,000 sewing needles and 150 spools of thread. So, count your blessings when your bridal boutique unveils the price tag for your dress, and also be thankful you don’t have to drag something the length of almost 36 football fields behind you on your wedding day!