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I am going to a Mormon wedding. Is there anything I should know? Does anyone have experience with this? All I know is the bride will be wearing a conservative gown. I am wondering if there are any other practices I should know about. The bride is my cousin, but I am not close.
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- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Cover your shoulders, your skirt should go atleast to your knees preferably bellow. Nothing tight, and no cleavage.
You will not be allowed to attend the sealing in the temple.
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@dewingedpixie: Thanks so much. I didn’t know about any of this!
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@Elky: You are too kind. Thank you. I had no idea I would have to adhere to dressing conventions myself.
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I don’t believe you’ll be allowed to attend the actual ceremony, but I could be wrong about that.
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I have a number of very close Mormon friends. You won’t be able to attend the actual ceremony. Most people wait outside of the temple or in the waiting room.
Some are recommending dressing to Mormon standards, but that is a personal decision. You will not be allowed into the ceremony area anyway, and you are not prevented from entering the church even if you are not dressed modestly. It’s really up to you.
I have attended a number of Mormon weddings and blessings and I don’t hesitate to wear a sleeveless top or a skirt that’s a few inches above the knee. I’m not hoeing it up, but I’m not covering up everything either. I don’t feel that I have to dress to their religion’s standards if I do not follow that religion. My friends don’t care or judge me for my clothing choices, just like I don’t criticze them for not drinking when we go out to dinner!
EDIT TO ADD: A lot of times it is only family and very close friends at the ceremony (not actually at the ceremony, but waiting at the temple). The general invitation is usually a reception invitation only and is often held at one of the church buildings. I have been to a few buffet style receptions, and a couple of just cake and snack only receptions. Hopefully the invitation gives you a few details on what you can expect.
Hope you have a fun time!
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I’m not mormon, but my BFF married into it and so I have several mormon friends.
There are a couple ways it can happen. They will either be having their wedding at their regular mormom chapel or the temple, which is considered a sealing ceremomy. If it’s at their regular chapel, anyone is welcome and you can go inside and attend like a regular service. If they’re doing a temple ceremomy and sealing, you are not permitted inside.
If they’re having a wedding at their chapel (which is like any other church and where most attend sunday services) you’ll go like any other wedding. If it’s at the temple you can go and most will be waiting outside for the couple to come out. At either event, I would dress somewhat modestly. Genearlly they shy away from strapless/sleeveless and anything too short. I know some people who just wear whatever they felt like, but I’m of the mindset that when you’re attending an event within another religion (even if it’s not one you practice) you should be considerate of those beliefs and dress accordingly.