We are getting married in the Catholic church where I grew up. Although I am not always terrible traditional or religious (I have certainly not "saved" myself for marriage and we will be living together before the wedding, etc.) I have always sort of thought strapless dresses are not terribly appropriate for church. My dress is strapless and I am in the process of deciding if I should order lace that matches the lace inserts on my dress (from the dress designer) to have a jacket of some sort made to wear only for the ceremony.
I am wearing a cathedral length veil and a 2nd layer 3 foot veil for extra volume and so the cathedral length part can be removed after the ceremony while still having a shorter veil for entrance, cake cutting, etc. It has been suggested that I just pull the veils over my shoulders for church.
I tried on a cap sleeve lace jacket with my dress recently and will attempt to post pics of the two options. Keep in mind the lace on my dress that would be used to make a jacket is much more delicate than the lace on the jacket I am wearing in the picture.
This is also complicated by the fact that my bridesmaids may end up in strapless dresses and it would be strange to say I want my shoulders covered but theirs can be bare. They could wear a shawl, but in my experience as a bridesmaid I would be really annoyed with a shawl.
Sorry its so long, but what do you think? Jacket or no jacket?