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  • Wedding Gown: The Big Question, Temple Dress Or Wedding Gown

    Learn about my favorite by visiting my blog. Every Latter day Saint bride will face the issue of choosing their LDS wedding gown as their wedding approaches. The main question is whether you should choose a temple-ready wedding gown, or wear a temple dress specifically for your temple ceremony.

    Read on as we discuss the options:

    Wedding Gown/Dress

    You can by all means choose a wedding dress for your special day, but as you know there are certain requirements for the bride's dress if she is to wear it for the temple ceremony. In this case it must be 'temple ready.'

    To be 'temple ready' it must follow these rules:

    It needs to have long sleeves.

    It cannot have a train.

    It should have a floor-length skirt.

    It should be white.

    It should give quite a lot of coverage, without a low-cut front or being backless

    Unfortunately many wedding dresses don't fit the above profile (in fact they seldom do!), so what can you do?

    One option, if the dress isn't temple ready is to wear a dickie over it or sleeve extensions, but these can be cumbersome and all of those layers uncomfortable. Also consider that in this case no one will actually be able to see the wedding dress anyway!

    You could also just go ahead and buy any one that you love and have it adjusted to make it temple ready. This is possible, but be warned that adjustments may not always look perfect, as you're adding parts, such as sleeves, to a dress that weren't there before.

    You could choose a wedding gown that ISN'T temple ready and change into it to wear it for wedding pictures outside of the temple and the reception.

    Even if you choose a dress to wear only outside of the temple, remember that it will still need to be modest as an LDS wedding gown should be! So you'll need to avoid gowns which are very low-cut and aim for at least small sleeves.


    You'll be able to wear your wedding gown in the temple ceremony if it's temple ready and won't need to change.

    Wedding dresses often look a little nicer in photographs than a temple dress.

    You'll have more freedom to choose wedding gown style.


    You'll need to cover the dress if it's not temple ready which means no one will see it

    You may have to get changed during your day which is a bit of a fuss

    Temple Dress

    A temple dress will make your life easier and can most likely be supplied by the temple (if you don't have one). This is because by wearing it you guarantee that there will be no issues for the temple ceremony, such as modifying a wedding gown or having to wear a dickie.

    Given that most people will see you mainly outside of the temple and at the reception you can, if you can bear to get changed once, have your cake and eat it! Go with the temple dress for the ceremony, but then choose a more elaborate wedding dress for pictures and your reception!


    Easy and certainly temple ready.

    Most people will see you after the temple ceremony anyway.


    You will need to get changed at some point during what will be a busy day.

    You will not be able to wear your own unique wedding gown during the ceremony.

    Overall, it's probably easier to choose a temple dress for your temple ceremony and then change into your wedding dress later, as a Mormon bride has many other things to focus on during the day as well!

    If you are wondering where to get a suitable LDS wedding gown then perhaps online can work for you, as here there are stores with many choices (many of which will be suitable) and also the lowest prices!

  • Top 10 Wedding Planning Tips

    1. Decide on your budget!! This is the most crucial part of your planning process. There is no point having that bespoke venue and inviting 200 guests if you aren't able to afford it. You will be surprised just how fast the costs mount up. The easiest way to break down each element is to allocate a percentage of your budget for each part. Here is an approximate breakdown of what this should be.

    40% for your Wedding Breakfast & Reception. (included decor, favours etc)
    10% for entertainment/music
    15% for all your flowers
    15% for your bridal wear
    10% for photography/videography
    5% for your stationery
    5% for your ceremony/transport /rings

    Setting and sticking to your budget can make the planning much easier.

    2. Visit Venues within your budget and get detail costs for each before making your final decision, check which dates are available. Sometimes going out of season can save you alot of money, so it's always worth considering. This will also determine how many guests you can realistically have to share your special day with you.

    3. Check with the officiant that they are available and set the date, send out Save the Date cards or Fridge Magnets to your guests.

    4. Book your photographer, the really good photographers are booked up well in advance so it's important that you start this process early in your planning. So many photographers say that they have couples coming to them a few weeks before the wedding, you need to be able to build and have a good relationship with the professional who is going to capture your day, it makes a huge difference to the images that you get afterwards, as you are more relaxed and comfortable with them.

    5. Decide on your theme, there are so many ideas out there it's good to do a bit of research, visit wedding websites, photographers websites, look in magazines and make yourself a mood board and play around with ideas and colours to get that perfect look.

    6. Bridal Wear is also so important to start looking early. Many bridal stores need at least 6 months notice to have your dress ready for the day, this includes having it made, you will need several fittings as most brides believe it or not drop a dress size on the lead up to their wedding. Give yourself plenty of time to shop around, visit wedding shows to get inspiration, watch out for sales you might even bag yourself a designer gown at knock down prices.

    7. Flowers again are something that many couples leave until the last minute, thinking about this early and deciding what you really want is so important, the flowers can complete the look of your outfits on the day, you want them to compliment your dress/outfits as well as tying in with your colour scheme. Consider the time of year you are getting married and what blooms are in season at the time.

    8. Family arguments!! This is a very common theme for many weddings and the way to avoid confrontations and resentment is to lay the ground rules down early on. This is your wedding and you want it done your way, it's so crucial that you never lose sight of that. Involve your bridal party and family in the planning, assign tasks and roles to everyone, listen to their ideas and implement the ones your like. If you don't like an idea be tactful and say something like "I like that idea, but would like to think about a few others before making a final decision"

    9. Think about hiring a Wedding Planner/Consultant. Seriously, it can make such a huge difference. Forget the Hollywood portrayal of wedding planners in real life it's not like that at all. Wedding Planners don't take over your wedding and don't cost a fortune, they can actually save you money, by recommending suppliers, being able to source decor items. Most importantly they give you the support you really need especially on the run up to your big day (the last 6 weeks are the most stressful). Not only will you be de-stressed you will have the confidence and assurance that your day will go without a hitch and be as perfect as you dreamed it would be.

    10. The most important thing of all.... have fun! Enjoy your engagement, have fun in the planning and look forward to one of the biggest and happiest days of your life.

    You can learn more about giving a at a few great places online.

  • Wedding Dresses for Curvaceous Brides to Be come in all shapes and sizes. Wedding gowns should, too. If you're a curvaceous bride to be, you're lucky - these days there are plenty of wedding dresses from which to choose. One of them is sure to be perfect for your special day.

    If your curves are more abundant in the hip area, you might consider wearing an A-line gown. One lovely style is the Organza A-Line gown with Angled Draped Pick-Ups. This strapless dress hugs the torso before descending in drapes of luscious White or Soft White organza. The neckline is a sweetheart style and the waist is adorned with a lovely 3D floral piece. A sweep train flows out behind this lovely gown, giving you that final touch of perfection.

    Another beautiful A-line gown is the Two-In-One Sweetheart Strapless Organza Gown. You'll look amazing as you walk down the aisle with yards of organza flowing from the strapless sweetheart neckline to the floor. It even flows back in a sweep train behind you. After the ceremony, you can remove the floor-length skirt to reveal a short bubble hem skirt. It's sweet and flirty, and makes the perfect dancing dress at your reception.

    If your figure conforms to an hourglass shape, consider wearing a trumpet gown to achieve a truly flattering fit. One beautiful example is the Lace Over Charmeuse Gown with Soutache Detail. Beaded soutache flora detail adorns this lace-over charmeuse gown. The strapless bodice will hug your body through your waist, hips and thighs, flaring out in a trumpet style skirt. A chapel train strokes the floor behind you as you walk down the aisle on your very important day.

    Oleg Cassini's Strapless Lace and Tulle Slim Gown is another wedding dress that is designed to flatter the most curvaceous brides. Beaded lace and pleated tiers of tulle give this dress the lush look that you'll want to display on your special day. They form a slimming gown that will flatter your figure and keep you feeling comfortable, too. This is a dress you can wear for hours and hours, from the ceremony through the reception and beyond.

    All-over curves will look fabulous in the V Neck Ball Gown with Fully Draped Skirt. The V-neckline is softly draped for comfort and beauty while the princess-seam bodice shows off your curves to great effect. The full-length draped skirt is a lush confection of organza flanges and tulle swirls that flow into a cathedral-length train. You'll never look better than you do in this gorgeous gown.

    The Organza Tiered Ball Gown with Asymmetrical Ruffles is another gown that was designed for curvaceous brides to be. This one will give you that lush romantic look that is just perfect for the most important day of your life. Tiers of organza flow down the full-length skirt, beautifully ruffled from the waist to the floor. The bodice is fitted and accented with asymmetrical ruffles of organza that are feminine without being too frilly.

    Ball gowns flatter any woman, and the Strapless Taffeta Ballgown with Bow and Brooch is a particularly flattering gown. This gown is designed in shantung taffeta, with a strapless bodice and a full floor-length skirt. A feminine bow wraps the waist, and it features a pretty brooch for just a touch of glimmer. You'll truly shine in this beautiful wedding gown, but then you should on this important day.

    If you want to show off your curves, the Satin Bodice with Organza Skirt and Beading by Oleg Cassini is the perfect dress for you. The strapless bodice is made of satin that has been adorned with beaded embroidery. The organza skirt is a full ball gown style that flows back into a chapel train. You can choose this beautiful gown in ivory or white - either way, you'll look more beautiful than ever before when you glide down the aisle.

    You'll love the contrasting beading that adorns the Taffeta and Tulle Gown with Floral Lace Detail. This gown is made of taffeta and tulle for richness and elegance. The bodice is cut with a sweetheart neckline and ruched detailing to showcase your curves at their very best. The skirt is full, the white fabric covered in black or champagne beads. More of those beads decorate the neckline. This dress is sure to draw admiring glances from all your wedding guests.

    A halter-style neckline flatters the most curvaceous figure, and the Taffeta Pick-Up Gown with Beaded Embellishment is one of the most flattering. Beads decorate the taffeta bodice and skirt. Pick-up detail gives this skirt the modern look you want while the floor-length design and chapel train give it that classic look that everyone loves.

    Curvaceous brides to be can be sure that they will look beautiful on the most important occasion of their lives. All it takes is a little time to browse through all the lovely options that are available to you.