For a lot of couples the idea of planning an elaborate, six-figure, over-the-top wedding brings a lot of anxiety and takes the fun out of the celebration. So why not go for the traditional courthouse wedding? Have you been to a courthouse wedding lately? It has just as much style and grace (not to mention an adorable dose of quirkiness) but without the hassle. And just because you're considering or already planning on having a courthouse wedding, doesn't mean your dress can't be just as special. Any style is at your fingertips when you go the courthouse route — from French girl chic, to ultra-modern luxe, universally flattering sheaths, bohemian city dweller, fashion-forward sophisticate, and the opportunity to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn.
And does the idea of searching rack after rack of ballgowns give you hives (just like Carrie Bradshaw!), not to worry, there's an amazing dress out there for you, and we did all the legwork. From Victoria Beckham to Marchesa, Phillip Lim, Chloe, Antonio Berardi, and J.Crew, we did some serious digging and combed the interwebs to find you the best short dresses you can wear NOW to your courthouse wedding. Trust us, you'll look back at the pictures with zero regret!
Click through to see 17 short wedding dresses you can make your own for the big day, no matter your budget.