Post # 1
I bought a one-shoulder dress for my wedding, but now I’m having second thoughts about being so uncovered in the church. It’s a small Catholic church, and we aren’t having the full mass service, but I feel I should cover my shoulders a little.
Here’s where the problem comes in…what kind of covering can I wear with a one-shoulder dress??
Any help anyone could give would be appreciated!!!
Post # 3
I think if you feel you need to cover your shoulders you should, but several Catholic churches don’t require you to anymore. I’m actually wearing a strapless dress.
I’m sorry, I don’t really have any ideas for a one shoulder dress cover up. Are you wearing a vail? It might make you feel more covered up to have a longer vail.
Post # 4
i didnt cover mine for my catholic mass, neither did my bridesmaids – though i did cover them for the rehearsal. i just felt that its my wedding dress, its not reveiling or anything even though it was strapless – it was still classy. i wore a strapless dress for my rehearsal but it was short so i felt like i should cover up for that so i wore a shaw- weird i know…
but if you want to cover i would look at some boleros – i think a shaw would take away from the dress.
Post # 5
I would still wear a bolero of some sort if you feel uncomfortable. No one will know it’s a one strap until you take it off for the reception.
Post # 6
I’ve been thinking the exact same thing, Patty. I would never wear a strapless dress/top to Mass regularly, so why would I wear something like that for my wedding? I’d been seriously considering a bolero and definitely think I’m going to get one.
A one-shoulder dress could be tricky – so I’d probably try to find a place that has a few you could try on with your dress and just see how it looks. If your dress isn’t overly lacy I bet that having a satin bolero or a really flowery one (like this: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/wedding-dresses-inspired-by-flowerswould work better than a simple lacy bolero.
Post # 7
Funny. I just had this arguement with myself too and decided to get a lace bolero. I found mine on recycledbride.com. My mother and Future Sister-In-Law told me not to worry about it (I should also add that my Future Sister-In-Law is a lot older) but I still felt I should cover up. My dress is strapless and by no means revealing, but it is church.
Anywhoooo, back to you! If you’re worried about detail of your dress getting covered, try something in a sheer chiffon or georgette fabric?
Post # 9
what about a white chiffon shawl?
Post # 10
Yes! I have the same question too. And I can’t wear a bolero over mine because the one strap has “flowers” on it so that won’t work.
Post # 11
I’m knitting a lace shawl/cape for myself. Could you buy some sort of wrap for your shoulders?
Post # 12
I’d say a shawl unless at last minute you can have alterations add another strap that won’t look strange.
Post # 13
I see cleavage as more of an issue than shoulders. Sundresses are worn to church. Does a strapless gown really show that much more skin?
Personally, I’m hoping to find a dress with a bit of a sleeve…but I’m more concerned with finding a dress that securely holds my girls in.
Post # 14
@patty.owen81: Get some sleeves on your dress that you can detach later
a veil would defienetely do the job
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
We did a bolero .. and the veil added an extra layer too. You can always take it off and go with your gorgeous one-shouldered dress for your reception!
Post # 16
My brother and SIL got married in a beautiful Cathilic church and she wore a strapless gown. I’d say, unless you really truly feel it’s not appropriate for your church, you needn’t worry about covering up.