Muslim wedding chic?
April 29, 2009 9:42 AM Subscribe
What is the most appropriate outfit to wear to two weddings, one Muslim, one Catholic?
Next week my boyfriend and I will be winging our way to beautiful Rochester, NY, to attend the wedding of his (Muslim) cousin to a (Roman Catholic) woman. Hoorah! Weddings! Yay!
Friday night will be the Muslim wedding ceremony and dinner, followed by a more-Christian based "inter-faith" ceremony and reception on Saturday night. His family is from Pakistan, if that makes a difference, and when his generation was born in the States, the older aunts, uncles, parents were all born overseas.
I am a fairly stylish lady (if I do say so myself ....), but I've found conflicting guidelines for what to wear to a Muslim wedding.
More particularly, how modest should I aim for? Are there any specific colors I should shy away from?
I was originally thinking of looking for a vintage 50s style dress - full skirt down to my knees, covering my chest (I have large tattoos) and cleavage. My shoulders and arms can be covered by a cardigan or shawl. I also have large tattoos on both ankles that I will have to cover up, probably with opaque tights, as I prefer to wear skirts or dress. However, the Internet suggests that I should be wearing complete head-to-toe coverage.
My boyfriend is mostly unhelpful, as he is a pretty outspoken atheist and grew up more culturally Muslim than religiously Muslim. I am also not close enough to any women on that side of his family that I could contact them about dress codes.
His immediate family is already aware that we are both living-in-sin heathens, but this is my first time meeting most of the extended family so I want to make a good impression!