Modest Wedding Gowns For Orthodox Jewish Brides

Modest Wedding Gowns

A Jewish wedding is a joyous occasion, but it can be challenging for Orthodox Jewish women to find modest bridal gowns that adhere to the Tzniyus (modesty) rules that they live by. These rules, a central part of the ultra Orthodox Jewish, or Frum, culture require that the bride wear a modest bridal gown that only shows her face and hands.

Just because an Orthodox Jewish bride is shopping for a modest wedding gown, though, does not mean that she is not interested in a beautiful gown for a day that she will tell her children and grandchildren about.

Instead of low cut necklines and short hemlines, modest wedding gowns, though still white, have beautiful long flowing skirts that graze the floor. They also have long sleeves in different styles, which may be accented with rosettes or ribbons for a special effect. Far from plain, these wedding gowns are often heavily embroidered, accented with lace overlays or otherwise embellished, depending on the bride's taste, which makes the bride feel like a queen for a day.

Although an Orthodox Jewish bride may luck into a modest wedding dress in a mainstream bridal shop, she is much more likely to find a great modest bridal gown if she visits a store that specializes in this niche industry.

Dress Shops That Specialize In Modest Wedding Gowns

  1. Couture De Bride by Tova Marc prides itself on custom dresses that are both fashionable as well as modest. Brides can peruse a large selection of options for themselves and their bridal party online (tovamarc.com) and at Couture De Bride by Tova Marc's showroom in Teaneck, New Jersey. Making their gowns more affordable than most, this company offers both wedding gown sales and rentals.
  2. Raquel Couture is located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York's Ultra Orthodox community, at 1732 Coney Island Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11230. Shoppers can enjoy a wide variety of wedding gowns that range from highly contemporary to more traditional styles. Call 718-645-6096 for more information.
  3. Lavan Bridal is also in Brooklyn, located at 1613 Avenue M. Brides can visit their website at lavanbridal.com or call 347-374-1376 to make an appointment to shop for custom modest wedding gowns. 10% of Lavan Bridal's proceeds are donated to Jewish charities, which make purchasing that one-of-a-kind haute couture wedding gown even sweeter.
  4. Love watching "Say Yes To The Dress?" Good news! Kleinfeld's, the legendary bridal gown showroom featured in the popular television show, has a division that is devoted entirely to helping Orthodox Jewish brides find modest wedding gowns. Call 646-633-4365 or visit Rochel Leah at Kleinfeld at 110 West 20th Street in New York for more information from a store that boasts a wide selection of gowns, as well as a sample sale that may snag you the find of the century!
  5. Esti's Bridal also features a wide variety of bridal gowns at their two New York locations. With shops in Brooklyn and Cedarhurst, as well as an expansive online showcase (estisonly.com ), Esti's Bridal has modest wedding dresses in both misses' and plus sizes.

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