(Closed) Tea Length Dress and a Catholic Wedding

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I recently saw a recap (I think is was a blogger bee!) of a catholic ceremony with a tea dress and she looked soooo beautiful and comfortable. I think you’ll be fine.

I’m doing the long dress because I’m not a fan of my legs and I’m doing the long veil because I love the drama of it.

It’s up to you. (I know, that doesn’t help!) You should feel comfortable. Can you imagine missing a line of your vows because you’re tugging at your dress?

Let us know what you decide!

Post # 4
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i think its up to you! i say go for it,  I dont think it something you usually see during a catholic wedding but that doesnt mean it can’t be done. i just havent seen it. some churches are pretty strict about skin showing, shoulders and what not but i didnt cover my shoulders for my wedding – i dont know how they enforce that though. that was my little rebellion – the catholic chruch has so many guidelines to follow that i wanted something of my own and that was my dress.

but on one hand there is something about a long dress and veil in a catholic setting. something regal about it. what do you think about your mom suggestion of wearing one dress for the ceremony and one for the reception? could be fun if you can swing it. i was the type of bride that wanted to be in one dress all night – if thats you too then go with what you love and if its tea length, rock it!

Post # 5
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it’s up to you… and your priest.  The skin showing policy is one you should ask about, so you arent blindsided after you pick out and buy the dress of your dreams.  If there is no policy about showing your legs, or shoulders, then get what you want. Only you know the vision you have for your wedding, and your mom may have a different vision.  But she had her day. Now you get to have yours- how you want it.  If there is a policy, you could always get a dress you love- at the length you love, and have a peice made as an insert (think button on) to the bottom for the church.  Then you simply remove it and viola, you have the dress you love.  Just an idea.

Post # 6
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I love tea length and wore one myself. But it fit my ceremony/reception because we were on the Santa Monica Pier. A long dress wouldn’t have worked.

If I were getting married in a church, I might be torn. (I have dress regret every once in a while because I didn’t have a long, more traditional gown.)

Could you maybe get one of those convertible dresses? There are some really cute ones out there…

Post # 7
47 posts
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MyLittleTurtleDove: The church has many restrictions (ie: not exposing shoulders) but I dont believe a full length dress is a must. So long as its not short and covers your knees, I think you are fine!


However, be absolutely sure you won’t regret not wearing a long dress. If so, maybe you can wear a floor length gown for the ceremony and change, as suggested!

Post # 10
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My mother wore a tea length dress and short veil for her Catholic Mass wedding. Not only is it ok now, it was apparently ok back then! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

99.9 % likelihood of being just fine? Tea Length, modest enough, you’re fine. (depending on if shoulders need to be covered of course).

Not OK? 


Post # 16
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

That second dress… LOL.

It was Mrs. Pretzel who got married in a Catholic church in a short dress! Check out her blog posts!

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