LDS TEMPLE GUIDELINES

Each temple varies a bit on some of these details. When you have made an appointment at the temple, they will send you a letter explaining their specific guidelines.

Guests
• Limit the number of people you invite to the ceremony to the number of people who can comfortably fit in the sealing room.
• Guests do not need to dress in white, but should wear Sunday best. Women's pants are not allowed.
• Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Escorts
• If possible, an endowed female, preferably a family member, may accompany the bride and serve as an escort. If an escort is not available, a temple worker will assist you.
• The bride's escort should arrive with the bride, groom, and witnesses 75 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Temple Recommends
• Both the bride and groom should bring two recommends issued by your bishop and co-signed by the stake president: (a) a regular temple recommend and (b) the Recommend for Living Ordinances.

Marriage License
• You must bring a valid marriage license. Be sure to check the guidelines for the state in which you plan to marry.

Temple Bridal Dresses
• Your dress must be white. To be sure that your dress is white, you can use a piece of white typing paper to compare the colors or you can take a swatch of material to the temple to be approved.
• Your dress must be modest. Remember that it must cover your garments. The temple requires that your dress has a high neck-line and is long-sleeved. However, if the dress you decide on is not, fabric inserts may be available at the temple. These inserts often are a satin long-sleeved shirt you can wear under your dress.
• Sheer fabric must be lined.
• A train must be removable or be designed to bustle up during the temple ceremonies.
• Dresses should be free of elaborate ornamentation and kept in harmony with the simple and sacred nature of the temple ceremony.
• The temple does carry a supply of temple-ready dresses you can use for your wedding. Call the temple to find out their guidelines and policies. Generally, you can reserve a particular dress by visiting the temple prior to the wedding date.
• Veils, hats, and tuxedos are not to be worn in the temple but are appropriate outside the temple.

Photography
• No photography is permitted inside the temple. All cameras should be checked at the recommend desk.
• Each couple will have the opportunity for a brief photography session on temple grounds after the ceremony.
• Call the temple to find out where the best place for your photographer to meet you. Generally, there is a waiting room inside for them.

Rings
• You may exchange rings in the sealing room following the temple ceremony.
• Rings should not be exchanged in other rooms of the temple or on temple grounds.
• Ring ceremonies off temple grounds, especially for non-member family, is appropriate.

Hair dressers
• There are no facilities to accommodate hair dressers at the temple.

Wedding activities
• Rice throwing, car decorating and other such activities are not appropriate on temple grounds.
• Elaborate photography sessions including attendants in tuxedos and bridesmaid dresses should be reserved for the reception.

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