(Closed) Strapless for Catholic wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@roxirose:  Looks okay to me.  I’d ask your church for their policy on strapless.  I just checked with my officiant because it’s better to know ahead of time!

Very pretty dress btw!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think it’s perfect. As long as the veil covers your shoulders, you are fine. 

I am doing the same thing.. the veil will cover my shoulders.

IMO, the rule is WAYYYYYY outdated. But I digress.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

It varies from parish to parish, so check with your priest to be on the safe side.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wow, thanks for bringing this up.  I’ve already purchased a strapless gown and am having a Catholic wedding….guess I should check with my priest!  I agree with others though that it looks great!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

+1 for suggesting you ask the church. Mine is ok with strapless.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@VtoM:  Chances are you’ll be fine, but if it turns out that strapless is not allowed, you can find a bolero or jacket to wear for the ceremony (there are some simply lovely ones here on the ‘Bee) and then take it off for the reception if you want. One dress, two looks!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My cousin actually wore that exact dress to her catholic wedding this summer, no problem. But like everyone else said, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Most parishes in North America don’t care about strapless dresses (Europe is another story). I would just double-check with your priest though beforehand. Though I would think that if it wasn’t allowed he would have made that pretty clear upfront.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Okay, what about my dress? It is not strapless, but it is low cut. I have next to nothing up top, so there is no cleavage. I will be wearing a full blusher veil.

I know that for the parish we are getting married in, strapless dresses are normal. I even saw one wedding where a girl didn’t wear the plackard of her corset dress, so you could see her bare back. 

Edit: I’m not Catholic and FI’s mother hasn’t been helpful in this regard…so I really have no idea. 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@LilacViolet:  If you’re in North America, you’re totally fine.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

AdriannaJean- not necessarily! My parish does NOT allow strapless or low-cut/cleavage-baring dresses.  They told me this as part of the routine “Hey, you’re getting married here, these are the rules”. 

OP- They *did* say that I could pull my veil around my shoulders as you did for coverage during the Mass if I needed to.  I wasn’t planning on going strapless anyway, so it’s not a big deal.  I’d say check with your priest or the wedding coordinators in your parish- some in our diocese are OK with it, some are not– mine (with the good Monsignor) is a little more strict. That said– it’s a BEAUTIFUL dress!  Mine has the ruching in the middle also, and I love it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AdriannaJean:  Yay! I am in Canada. That is a relief. 

Edit: Thank you 🙂

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@roxirose:  My Catholic church is SUPER strict when it comes to shoulders being shown so I just wore a shawl that matched my dress. I put it over my shoulders andthen under my arms and tied it around my back so you can still see the designs in the front of my dress.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@LilacViolet:  I was going t say if you had mega cleavage, maybe it would be a problem but since you said you wont have much, you should be fine 🙂 beautiful gown btw!

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