Catholic Women Still Admire Kate’s Modest Wedding Dress


Last year at this time, I made scones for breakfast. It seemed appropriate for the occasion: royal wedding day. (No, I did not get up in the middle of the night to watch it live; I taped it for later viewing.)

I thought Kate’s dress was lovely, just what I would like to wear when, God willing, I walk down the aisle myself: elegant, modest and pretty. I’ve been thinking about wedding fashions a lot lately because I just edited a story for the National Catholic Register about modest wedding gowns: “Here Comes The Catholic Bride.”  

The brides quoted in the article said they looked for the same things that Kate’s dress portrayed to show respect for themselves and before God at the altar as they received the sacrament of matrimony.

Laura Hepler, for instance, modified her mother’s wedding dress, worn in 1979 and again in 2012. “I have never felt comfortable in a strapless dress,” she told Register correspondent Lori Chaplin, whose Pinterest page showcases modest wedding fashion.

One highlight of the royal wedding, for me, was the prayer the couple wrote for their special day, seeking divine guidance in their married life. Very appropriate, I thought.  

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!” St. Catherine of Siena advised. Those wise words were quoted in the homily at the wedding, which took place, appropriately, on St. Catherine’s feast day, April 29.

In light of the single life and one-day-in-the-future weddings, I would also add that if you are what you should be, you will attract the spouse God has planned for you. Good thoughts for you and me both!

Now I want to bake some more scones…



  1. M I. February 4, 2017 Reply

    It’s always so interesting to see what “modesty” or “modest” means to different people, especially those within the same faith. I’m the Creative Director of a modest fashion company (, and we deal with brides of a variety of faiths. It’s always so fascinating to see how different cultures and religions define “modesty.”

  2. Michelle-1124276 October 28, 2014 Reply

    With all due respect, Kate’s dress is lovely, but very lowcut. Her neckline is not modest and very suggestive.

  3. Brooke-754000 December 14, 2012 Reply

    I love love her dress:)

  4. Jerry-74383 August 15, 2012 Reply

    Modest? Did you post the wrong photo?

  5. Meesch-691047 July 27, 2012 Reply

    I admire Kate’s style-PERIOD 🙂

  6. Janete-514282 May 30, 2012 Reply

    I wish all Catholic women take a good look at who they are in the presenca of when they go up to the Altar. Not counting about being respectfull to the Celibate Priest. It is not just about you women.

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