(Closed) Dress code for the catholic church?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@LizzyR:  It’s best to ask your church specifically. Mine has no problem with strapless dresses, but I have read some posts here about strap/sleeve requirements.

Post # 4
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

As PP said best to ask your church. Often the rule is no bare shoulders. But I have been to many catholic weddings where the bride wores strapless dress without any coverup.

Post # 5
3696 posts
Sugar bee

Yup, it varies by parish and mostly depends on how conservative the individual priest is. There is no across-the-board rule, but it’s a good idea to stay away from major cleavage, etc., and to be aware that you might need/want a bolero for the ceremony if you go with a strapless gown.

Post # 7
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Definitely depends on the church. My Future Sister-In-Law got a bolero to go over her strapless dress during the ceremony at her church but at my church they are not as strict so I can just wear my strapless dress as is.

Post # 8
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

As already mentioned, check with the wedding coordinator at the church you’re getting married at. Some are very strict, some don’t care about anything other than your boobs hanging out (quite literally the words used by the sweet little grandma that coordinates the weddings at our church lol). Best to check though – you don’t want to fall in love with/buy something only to find out you need to shell out a couple extra hundred bucks on a bolero…

Good luck!

Post # 9
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Like other bees said, it depends on the priest…some are stricter than others. Generally speaking you shoud cover your shoulders. I had a Catholic wedding and my dress was strapeless, I decided to wear a small bolero only for the ceremony, I took it off once out of  church. Sometimes a small bolero or shawl can add a classy touch to a dress, and then it gives a sense of “change” when you take it off, after the religious ceremony.

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