(Closed) Dress guidelines for Catholic church?? true or false?

posted 11 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
41 posts
  • Wedding: January 2008

I didn’t have any restrictions.  It could vary by your diocese and Priest.  I pulled out my guidelines and it  states: " The wedding ceremony is regarded as a very religious event; therefore all participants are expected to dress appropriately.  There are no set guidelines for the bridal attire, but there should be some discretion in regard to the selection of clothing"


If you stay clear of a dress like this I think you should be ok!  Good luck.


Miz Pickle


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Post # 4
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

That picture is out of this world!

I’m wearing a strapless dress for my Catholic Church ceremony. No one has told me I couldn’t, and  quite honestly if they did I would wear it any way – I’ve already put $1000 down on this baby! 

Catholic churches in general are much less formal than many other Christian religions, so I’d be surprised if there were such a strict rule for your wedding gown.


Good luck!

Post # 6
2640 posts
Sugar bee

Miss Pickle too funny!

I’m not sure about Catholic churches being less formal than other Christian churches….  I’d be inclined to think the opposite, but people do have different experiences in different dioceses etc.

I have also heard of dress limitations, and the potential of having to wear a jacket or wrap to cover up bare shoulders.  However, I personally haven’t experienced this at my own wedding, nor any other weddings I attended.  I’m tempted to say if they don’t say anything to them.  What are they going to do, tell you as you’re walking down the aisle that you need to change?  Of course not.

Post # 7
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

I think it may depend on your parish – though I don’t recall ever hearing about any such restraints.  My sister wore a strapless dress to her Catholic ceremony without any issues!

Post # 8
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I really don’t think you have anything to worry about. I’ve been to tons of weddings in catholic churches and 95% of the brides wore strapless dresses. Ask your priest if you’re very concered.

Post # 10
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I wore a strapless dress at my catholic wedding too.

Post # 11
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

I would think the only issues are with massive amounts of breastage (hehe) or crazy-high leg slits or low-backs.  Strapless dresses can still be modest and church appropriate — but ask to clarify!

Post # 12
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I have to say up front, that I’m not Catholic, but one of my girlfriends is getting married in a Catholic church this summer and her dress is strapless. Definitely go ahead and double-check with the priest, though.

Post # 13
39 posts

I’m getting married in a church (catholic) the priest did recommend to have my shoulders covered which I already knew so i’m buying a bolero to go with my dress. Also, the bridesmaids dresses length needs to be church appropriate. 🙂

Post # 14
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with your fiance and also with the advice to contact the parish priest.

The sacraments of Holy Matrimony and the Eucharist are considered a great blessing.  Modesty is meant to be held in the highest regard when attending a mass and celebration in the church, the same is true for a wedding.  Many times this includes not wearing tight fitting, very short and/or strapless dresss… shorts, jeans, etc… 

However, I know how popular strapless dresses are and they look so beautiful on brides (and in most cases they are modest).  But, I think if you choose a strapless gown it would be respectful to add a beautiful jacket or bolero to cover your back and shoulders.  This also provides for a different "look" for your reception, one you can have a lot of fun with. Whatever you choose, be comfortable with yourself!!! 

Post # 15
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m not catholic, but I would just double check with the priest.  I know in my church we have to have straps or a jacket added. You could always wear a jacket for the ceremony and take it off for the reception.

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