Temple dresses are beautiful white dresses that Mormons wear when we go to worship in our beautiful temples. Temples are the most sacred places on earth and are literal houses of the Lord. We dress all in white in the temple to remind us of our heavenly heritage and to give us a glimpse of what it will be like one day when we return to God’s presence. In the temple we make sacred covenants with God, this is called the Endowment. We also get married in temples, we also call this being sealed, sealed together for time and eternity. We wear a white temple dress for both of these sacred ordinances that happen in our temples. (Keep in mind, temples are different than our regular meetinghouses. We attend church in our regular meeting houses to which we wear nice but regular Sunday dress.)
Buying a temple dress is so special and personal. It’s symbolic of reaching an important benchmark along your eternal progress, or turning a new leaf with a renewed determination for temple attendance. Going through the temple is a happy time, having determined to further your relationship with God by making covenants with him, a time that deserves to be celebrated, for surely the angels in heaven are singing choruses in celebration on their end!
There is a well known poem about “My Three White Dresses” referring to a baby blessing dress, a baptism dress, and a wedding dress. I’d like to add a fourth dress, an endowment dress, a temple dress. Getting endowed is a huge moment, worthy of it’s own separate recognition, as it’s entirely separate from the temple sealing. With the younger sister missionary age, more and more sisters are going through the temple and getting endowed years before making wedding plans. (I was endowed 2 years before I was sealed in the temple.) My endowment was it’s own memorable time in my life when I started a brand new chapter. This is a remarkable moment in each woman’s life that is worthy of it’s own dress. Many other women may never marry and their temple dress is the most important dress they ever wear in this life, it should be one they love as much as a wedding dress in their mind. Many other women do get endowed and married in the same week and this dress you’re endowed and married in will be one you treasure forever and ever! How special that we get to wear our temple dresses over and over again, as often as we visit the temple. How many people get to wear their wedding dress that many times in their lifetime!
When I went to the temple for the first time, my mom bought me a beautiful lace overlay white temple dress and I went on a mission soon after. My sister got married while I was gone and I decided to give her my temple dress as my gift to her for her first time through the temple. When I came home and got married myself, we couldn’t find any more temple dresses that were all lace like the one I’d had before! I am so happy to say that I’ve finally found a temple dress company that has a large selection of lace temple dresses! House of Order Clothing has a selection of beautiful designs (and not just lace, they have various other fabrics, shapes, and designs well) and hand makes each dress, custom made for each woman’s measurements. When you order a dress, you visit their storefront in Provo to be measured or you send in your measurements. These dresses are truly as beautiful as the Houses of the Lord they were made to be worn in.
This dress I’m wearing for this photoshoot for House of Order‘s website is made of their finest lace. They gave me the honor of naming it, it’s called the Magnolia Dress. The cut is beautiful and the way it falls is just heavenly. It has beautiful trim on the sleeves and hemline and beautiful bell sleeves that make you feel like a princess. It has a zipper up the back for easy dressing, and a pocket near the hem of the slip. It’s $185 and worth every penny for it’s handcrafted quality and custom fit made just for you and your special day.
Use or tell a friend to use promocode: MODEST GODDESS for 10% off this dress! (that’s almost $20 off!)
Though these dresses were designed to be worn as temple dresses, they can also be worn as wedding dresses outside of the temple! For members of the church who would like to wear a long sleeved wedding dress or for those who aren’t members of the church but love these dresses anyway, there is something for everyone!
House of Order also makes a bridal version of this dress! How special would that be, coordinating temple and wedding dresses! This long sleeved simpler one for your temple dress and a shorter sleeved one with a more ornate neckline for outside the temple as your wedding reception dress!
For this photoshoot shoot at Utah Lake, photographer Portraits by Andra outdid herself with these beautiful shots! I picked this double forehead braid crown style by H2Blow Dry Bar in Salt Lake City, and bridal make-up by Classy Cosmetics. Topped it all off with this flower crown by Foxglove, Lashes by Amazing Lash Studio American Fork, and earrings by GeoCity Jewelry, and of course the Magnolia Dress by House of Order Clothing. We can thank our glorious Father in Heaven for the stunning backdrop of lake, mountains, sky, clouds, and sunbeams.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did!
If you’d like to see my wedding dress that I wore outside of the temple on my wedding day see this post!
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