Post # 1
Basically I am becoming a consecrated virgin, it is a special ceremony where a woman is married to God. For more info, feel free to browse my post history, but essentially, like many religious vow ceremonies, it looks like a wedding. See here: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/news/236/92/Five-Sisters-Receive-Religious-Habit/ (scroll to the bottom for photos)
Now I have a dress problem. I was going to just have a small ceremony, and wear one like this:
But now it is in a large catholic cathedral. i have a) not much money and b) no idea what to wear.
Can you suggest any that are modest (long sleeves – not lace, high neck, not busty or tight fitting, floor length)
the only ones i can see are all strapless and big and poofy! i think i will feel shy if i wear a big poofy dress. im 5 ft 3 (1m 64cm) tall, and a medium build.
Post # 3
I remember you. I was wondering not too long ago how the planning was going.
I’ll look again to see if I can find some options for you.
Have you tried on any wedding dresses yet? I think you should try on some poofy dresses to see how they look on you and if you find them comfortable. You may find that you like them. I’ve seen plenty of brides who match the description you gave of yourself who have worn poofy dresses, and they looked great.
ETA: Latterdaybride.com has some dresses that may work for you. I think they can add long sleeves if you want them too. They have some A-line dresses that might be in your budget and the style that you’re looking for.
Post # 4
@BrideofChrist: This may sound strange, but have you looked at some of the more Western Islamic/Muslim wedding dresses? I don’t know the pricing on them, but they fit your description in regards to sleeves, high neck, floor length.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@HonoraryNerd: Those are pretty!
Post # 6
@BrideofChrist: I like your original dress idea. Could you simply have a long train, perhaps with some appropriate-level of embellishment, added to it?
Post # 7
I’m assuming you’ve checked out LDS/temple dresses?
What about modifying a pattern and getting it made? the 1950s was a great era for not overly-tight gowns with long sleeves and ultra-high necklines!
Post # 8
@BrideofChrist: I really like your original dress. I’m sure God will think you look lovely in whatever you choose. I’d dress it up with a cathedral length veil instead? You can also have sleeves added to most dresses if you come across a strapless one you like, or add a bolero.
Post # 9
@BrideofChrist: How about this one? It’s by Rosa Clara and I’m afraid it’s quite expensive but maybe a local seamstress could make something like that for you? It doesn’t look terribly complicated.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2016 - Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania
Perhaps a good option would be looking into a vintage 1940s gown? A lot of them had modest necklines, long sleeves and trains. They are fairly inexpensive too. The second picture here is from etsy, http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/160100250/sale-1940s-slipper-satin-long-sleeve?ref=sr_gallery_19&ga_search_query=1940s+wedding+dress&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=ggallery
but they are often available in charity stores as well, so that could be good
Post # 11
@HonoraryNerd: That dress is beautiful indeed, you don’t need the head scarf.
Post # 12
What I am doing for my wedding is to have a skirt made to go over my (short) dress for the ceremony – maybe this is worth looking into?
It was MUCH less money for me to go that route… I actually had a seller on Etsy make just the skirt portion of an ivory formal dress they had for sale – it was less expensive than buying a whole new dress or making my own skirt.
A skirt like what @MsMeow: suggested would be something rather simple for a good seamstress to make – all you would need to provide is the fabric (which in your case, is even simpler because your dress is pure white – much easier to match!)
I think that your dress is quite lovely though.
Question – all of the women in the pictures (from the link you provided) are wearing the exact same dress/veil… is that how your ceremony will go, or is it OK for you to pick your own?
I guess it also depends whether you are the only one up there, or whether you’re doing a “group wedding,” so to speak. 😛
Anyway, good luck and thanks for giving me a bit of insight into something I never knew before! I attened Catholic school as a child and sort of heard about this from the nuns (though I don’t think this is how they began their journey), but never really learned much about it on my own until now.
Post # 13
Have you thought about just adding to the dress you have, as opposed to getting a new one? Maybe the simple dress with a longer veil perhaps?
Alternatively, if you look into dresses for Ultra Orthodox Jewish weddings, they follow strict modesty rules as well.
I’m not sure what your budget is, but this site will let you choose the elements you want to create a modest dress (note: I have no experience with this company, they came up in a random search) http://www.stasiabridal.com/fittingroom
Post # 15
@BrideofChrist: I personally think there dress you have will be perfect
Post # 16
I like the dress you currently have. It’s very understated and elegant looking. If you’re looking for something grander, perhaps you can go with a cathedral length veil?