Catholic wedding is different from any typical wedding. It is more of a sacred and formal affair rather than just a celebration. So, the bride and groom need to be dressed in the right manner keeping the etiquette of modest dressing in mind. However, it doesn’t mean that you need to be covered from head to toe. All you need is to dress sensibly. For instance, the gown of the bride should have decent cuts and must not be revealing. Likewise, groom should team up tie with the shirt, if not wearing a suit.
Both bride and groom should ensure that whatever they have chosen to wear at their special day should be appropriate for the sacramental ceremony.
First Time Brides – if you are marrying for the first time, you should prefer white gowns. Since catholic weddings are performed in church, revealing and short gowns should be avoided. Bride may go for dresses with laced sleeves which she can remove later, at the time of reception after the wedding ceremony. And if wearing skirt, the bride must ensure that its length is long enough to feel comfortable while sitting or bending.
Second Time Brides – Women getting married for second time should go for either white gowns or dresses in sober shades such as ivory or Champaign green color. The soberness of the gown reflects the sign of pureness in the bride.
Groom’s Attire – In case of catholic wedding, traditional suits are acceptable for the groom. The variety may include morning suits, tuxedos and suits in different colors. Clothing such as khakis and jeans must be avoided at the wedding. If there is certain color scheme to be followed at the wedding, the groom may incorporate it in accessories, such as colored ties or waistcoat etc.
The real meaning of Catholic Wedding is nothing but to celebrate a religious union. Therefore the couple should avoid making their attire impart fashion statements rather should dress modestly.
To conclude, Catholic wedding is a semi-formal wedding. Apart from the bride and groom, the guests should also follow a set of dress code. Females should wear something that nicely covers their legs and shoulders. It is in fact better to carry a shawl to cover your head and shoulders. For men it should be a suit, and if not suit then they should go for shirt and a tie. Besides, both the men and women must be careful while choosing colors.