Modest Wedding Dress Examples and Ideas #2

by Jen

"My friend bought a dress for $3000, and there was no way a savvy spendy like myself could dish out that much dough for a dress you wear once. After trying on about 600 dresses, I found what elements I liked from which dresses. I compiled the parts I liked and came up with a sketch of my own. Luckily, I have an aunt who used to make wedding dresses as a career. She offered a lot of help and advice (and gave me some leftover satin!) and I was able to make my own wedding dress. For dress, veil, shoes, and accessories, I spent under $120! Everyone knows someone who has some sewing know-how. My best advice is don't be afraid to ask! You don't have to sit down and do it yourself. Seek out those who can help you create your own unique dress." -Leah Higginbotham

"I knew I didn't want to spend a lot on my wedding dress and that I wanted to make it myself. I picked a pattern that I liked but because it wasn't completely modest, I made the alterations myself by adding to the pattern and making the changes I needed. I also put a train on it that was detachable. The greatest thing is that the dress itself cost under $50 with the fabric and everything. The making of it was a chore but I was able to make my dream come true of making my own dress!" -Jenne Alderks, Stockton, California

"I'm from Argentina and that's where we got married. There aren't any "modest clothing" stores like here; if you happen to find a modest dress, go for it. Or just (like me) have a seamstress make it for you. In my case I designed it. Checking on American modest wedding gown websites helped me find details that would make my dress unique. I totally love it! I didn't want it to be the typically plain Mormon dress (they are pretty, but they lack of details that make them original). Some brides-to-be want a plain long sleeved dress to be able to wear it in the sealing room, but Temples provide dresses for the ceremony so you can have your modest outstanding wedding gown for the pictures and the reception!

My dress has a transparent "overskirt" that closes on my left, where the corset makes a little tip. The corset is completely separate from the rest of the dress and it has diagonal embroidery with beads (that I made myself). The embroidery ends in the tip of the corset on the left, where the over skirt closes. And the sleeves are just half sleeves with the detail of that transparent fabric in them (sorry, I owe you the names of the fabrics; I have no clue). I felt like a princess, and hey! there's nothing wrong with that… why not feel like a princess on the day of our wedding? We made it to the Temple, we deserve to look and feel beautiful!

A little advice: Don't wear super high heels, least of all if they're brand new. You'll be tired and the heel is not worn out, so you might be subject to slipping and falling… haha!" -Paula

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous May 10, 2007 at 2:36 pm

I’m a 42 year old, Christian mother of four. I have two girls age 3 years and 20 years and I am teaching them both about modesty which is why I appreciate Gen’s site. All of these bride dresses are beautiful, unique and modest. The girl’s look lovely and “set apart” from the often tawdry and inappropriate brides I see. I am also amazed that many of the girls decided to make their own. It shows me the focus is more on the marriage than just one day.

Do not let your beauty be that out ward adorning of arrangement of the hair, of wearing of gold, or of putting on of fine apparel;
but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4


Anonymous August 14, 2007 at 12:50 pm

Does having a modest wedding gown mean you have to have sleeves? I’m getting married next August and I don’t want my dress to have sleeves, but I want to be modest.


Lis December 9, 2007 at 10:46 pm

Depends on what you view as being modest… if you’re LDS (my guess, since this is an LDS-geared magazine), then yes, sleeves that cover your shoulders fully are required to be considered “modest.” But if you’re not LDS, your religion/religious culture might have different views on what’s appropriate. Ask around and get other people’s opinions.


Anonymous May 9, 2008 at 8:26 am

I served a mission to Thailand and in anticipation that “someday” I might be married, I bought 15 yards of raw white Thai silk from a weaver that I had met. I knew the silk would cost a small fortune in the United States. When I did finally meet and marry my husband, I took that silk and had a dress made for me. It was by far more meaningful to me then any dress I could have ordered or bought from a store. It will also be a family heirloom that my children can have.


Rachel December 20, 2008 at 7:59 am

I served a mission and when I got married, I decided I didn’t want a wedding dress and instead found a temple dress that I could wear for $125. It was simple and became part of my temple clothes. I did not want to waste money on a dress I wouldn’t wear again plus I wanted to be modest. We took pictures in my temple dress and they came out great! Now, when I attend the temple, I’m always reminded of my wedding and the covenants I made that day.


Jen December 20, 2008 at 9:25 am

Great idea Rachel!


Leah February 21, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Wow, Thailand Anonymous, I would LOVE to see pictures of that. What great foresight!


Megan February 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Hi, I rent LDS (modest) wedding dresses and I am located in Logan but will rent all over Utah and Idaho. Check out my website and email me for an appointment!


Anonymous July 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm

It's so hard to find modest dresses! I think it's a great idea to make your own if you have the skills! These are all gorgeous dresses!


Jenny September 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I know a good seamstress in southern california who specializes in lds wedding dresses. For anyone interested in designing their own modest wedding dress for an lds or even civil ceremony, her name is Arlena and you can find her contact info at


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