What to Wear During the LDS Sealing Ceremony

What to wear for a temple sealing

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When preparing for your temple sealing it is hard to know what questions to ask. Here are answers to some common questions about what to wear to in the temple for your sealing.

Do I Wear My Wedding Gown in the Temple?

What to wear for a temple sealing

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LDS brides getting sealed in the temple have two options: you can wear your white temple dress for the sealing, or your wedding gown. 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 gown doesn’t meet these standards, temple workers can always provide you with neck and sleeve inserts to wear with your gown to make it meet temple standards. If your wedding gown has a train, it will need to be bustled or removed for the temple.

Some brides choose to wear a temple dress to be sealed in. You’ll need a regular temple dress for future temple attendance, and every time you go to the temple you will have special memories of your sealing. Temple dresses are available through the LDS distribution center and a number of specialty Mormon apparel retailers.

In either case, the ceremonial clothing from the endowment ceremony will be worn over your dress during the sealing.

LDS Temple Sealing, LDS Temple Wedding, Mormon Wedding, photo by Amelia Lyon photography for WeddingLDS.com

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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, a full length slip, and white slippers to wear inside the temple, which are available through specialty LDS retailers along with your temple dress.

LDS Temple Sealing, photo by Cameron and Kelly Studios for WeddingLDS.com

Photo Courtesy of Cameron and Kelly Studios

The groom will need to purchase a white tie, white pair of pants, white belt, 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.

When you schedule your sealing appointment be sure to ask the temple matron about the standards for your wedding gown. Usually you will receive a letter from the temple with all the details. Please ask the temple matron any questions that you may have regarding your wedding gown.

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9 Comments on What to Wear for an LDS (Mormon) Sealing Ceremony

  1. Jacqueline
    February 14, 2012 at 3:10 am (3 years ago)

    Hi! This article is very helpful, thanks so much! I just have one additional question that maybe you can help me out with. My husband grew up in the Church but was inactive when we met and when we got married. Last year, we started looking into the Church together. He became active again and baptized and confirmed me, it was wonderful. We are getting ready to be sealed in the Temple, however we were already legally married when I joined the Church. My questions is:
    Since my husband and I were already married when I joined the Church, I plan to wear a simple Temple Dress to our sealing instead of a wedding dress (I already have a few Temple Dresses in mind). Is there anything against wearing a Temple Dress to and from the Temple on the day of the Sealing, or is it only to be worn inside the Temple? The reason I ask is because I would really love to have pictures of the day we get sealed while wearing my Temple Dress, since (to us) it is much more spiritually significant than the day we got legally married. Is this allowed? Obviously we can’t have camera’s in the Temple (and for good reason), but I would love pictures of us in front of the Temple, with me wearing my Temple Dress. I feel silly asking this question so I really appreciate the help. Thanks so much in advance!

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    • admin
      February 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Jacqueline!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. And congrats on your baptism and upcoming sealing!
      Temple dresses are to be worn only in the Temple. However, if you think about it, if you purchase a Temple Dress to be used as your wedding gown, (don’t wear it to the Temple, change inside the Temple just before your sealing) have your pictures taken after the Sealing, and then later use that same “wedding” dress as a Temple Dress would that be so bad? Hmmm. I don’t see it as an issue, but to be sure, I would contact your Temple Matron. You can call your local Temple, and ask to speak to the Temple President or Temple Matron-in this case I think the Matron is best. They are always the most loving, kind, and helpful people. And no question is considered silly. Just tell her what you’ve expressed here and let her make the correct decision for you. Remember, even if you can’t wear the dress outside for photos, it will still be the dress you were sealed in and will be the most precious Temple dress you will ever own. I wish you a beautiful sealing and remember to go back to the Temple often. It is so good to listen to those blessing time and time again.

      Rose

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      • Jacqueline
        February 15, 2012 at 2:44 am (3 years ago)

        Thanks so much for the quick reply, Rose! I will ask my Temple Matron and see what she says. It’s confusing for me, since I’ve seen pictures of brides leaving the Temple in their beautiful wedding dresses which they were sealed in, and I’d just prefer to have something less “over-the-top” than a wedding dress, hence why I’m opting for a wrist length “Temple dress” instead (and I put that in parenthesis since the Temple dresses I’m looking at at latterdaybride.com and A Dressy Occasion.com are really just wedding dresses-minus the train and with longer sleeves, lol). I’ve actually already purchased a Temple dress from the Distribution Center that I’m planning to use for other ceremonies after my sealing, so the dress I wear to my sealing will be more like a wedding gown anyways. If necessary, I guess I’ll buy a wedding dress so I can have pictures of my husband and I dressed up on our special day. In my legal wedding, my dress was strapless and I’d love to have new pictures of me in a much more modest gown to show family and friends. Thanks again for your reply, I really appreciate the help! :)

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        • admin
          February 15, 2012 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

          You are so welcome! :) If you would be so kind, please let me know the answer for future LDS brides.

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  2. Holly
    April 4, 2012 at 11:18 am (3 years ago)

    Jacqueline, I’m in the same boat. My husband and I have been married almost 13 years and we will be sealed this summer. I have a temple dress that I’ll be wearing for the sealing. I’m also going to purchase a simple, white summer dress (informal wedding dress) to wear for pictures and for our reception after. Then I have my “pretty” dress for pictures and reception and my temple dress for the sealing.

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  3. Alyssa
    February 19, 2013 at 10:18 am (2 years ago)

    I have a quick Question, and I know it might be dumbfounded, but I ‘Heard’ that you can now wear elbow length sleeves or short sleeves when getting sealed in the temple for the bride. I am just asking if this is true or not. I am one that doesn’t really listen to rumors but I just want to be sure and I am trying to ask everyone, even people who work in the temple.

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    • admin
      February 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Alyssa, we have heard the rumors of different standards on sleeve length for wedding dresses. Our advice is to contact the temple in which you will be sealed and request the guildlines for your wedding dress. You do have options if you dress is short sleeved such as adding sleeve inserts, wearing a jacket or wear a temple dress. Congratulations, and let us know what you find out.

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  4. Margarita
    October 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm (4 weeks ago)

    My husband and I have been married for 2 years and are getting sealed in a couple weeks. We are having a reception afterwards but some people have been asking about gifts. We figured that instead of gifts we could ask for donations for an anniversary trip to Disneyland. What would be the best way to ask? Because we have all the things we need in our home now but I don’t know if its really appropriate to be asking for money for a trip since were already married and the sealing is a more special occasion. We did not want our sealing to turn into a party but our family has turned it into one. Please help!

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    • admin
      November 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm (6 days ago)

      Hi Margarita,

      Congratulations on your upcoming sealing. That’s wonderful :0)

      If folks are asking about gifts it is because they want to honor you. Simply let them know that you have everything you need in your home but if they would still like to give a gift that the best gift is time with your eternal companion and that you are going to be going to Disneyland. You could let them know that if they so choose, you would be appreciative of help with your trip.

      Congratulations again.

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