What to Wear During the LDS Sealing Ceremony
We all know that the temple is the best and most sacred place to get married, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of temple sealings it’s hard to know what questions to ask. Every Mormon bride wonders “What do I wear for a temple sealing?” but doesn’t want to feel dumb for asking the obvious. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll need to know about what to wear to the temple on your wedding day.
Do I Wear My Wedding Dress in the Temple?LDS brides getting sealed in the temple have two options: they can either wear their wedding dress in the temple, or they can wear a plain white temple dress for the sealing. If you choose to wear your wedding gown in the temple, it must be white, floor-length, long-sleeved, and high-necked with no collarbone showing. If your dress doesn’t meet these standards, temple workers can always provide you with a dickie and sleeve inserts to wear under your dress to make it meet temple standards. Trains are not allowed in the temple.
Some brides don’t wear their wedding dress for their temple sealing, choosing instead to wear a plain white temple dress that they’ve bought ahead of time. You’ll need a regular temple dress for future temple attendance, anyway, and every time you go to the temple you will smile knowing that you were married in this very special dress. Temple dresses are available through the LDS distribution center and a number of specialty Mormon apparel retailers.
Is wearing your wedding gown or wearing a temple dress better? It really boils down to personal preference. In either case, the ceremonial clothing from the endowment ceremony will be worn over your dress during the sealing – so your dress won’t really be showing much either way.
Do I Wear Garments on My Wedding Day?
No matter what you’re wearing for your temple sealing, you’ll have your temple garments on underneath. All LDS temple sealings are preceded by receiving the endowment and the temple garment.
Some brides are endowed a day or two before the sealing, others only minutes before, and some have already been endowed because of a mission or other circumstances.
Other Clothing for Your LDS Temple Sealing
Other than your garments and a temple-ready dress, you’ll need white stockings and white slippers to wear inside the temple, which are available through specialty LDS retailers along with your temple dress.
The groom will need to purchase a white tie, white pair of pants, and white socks and slippers. He’ll need a white shirt, too, but one of his own white button-up shirts are fine for wearing inside the temple.
Additionally, both the endowment and the sealing require wearing ceremonial clothing. You can buy them ahead of time from the LDS distribution center with your membership number, or in larger temples you might be able to rent them for one-time use. Ask your temple president for more details.
Brides can rest easier after knowing exactly what clothes they’ll need for their LDS temple sealing. You can wear your wedding dress or other white temple-ready dress, your garments, and other white clothing required by the temple. Good luck!
♥ Jenny Evans
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