19 Chic Outfits for a Courthouse Wedding

From vintage-inspired to feminine and modern styles

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Coveting Bianca Jagger or Emily Ratajkowski's courthouse wedding looks? You're not alone! Whether you've had to postpone or cancel your wedding due to COVID-19 or you're a bride who prefers a more intimate ceremony – courthouse weddings are gaining popularity and offer up the chance for brides to make a seriously chic fashion statement.

Brides who love a vintage-inspired city hall wedding should opt for tea-length dresses or mod silhouettes. Modern courthouse brides will be drawn to jumpsuits, sleek separates, and tailored suits. If you’re a fashion-forward bride, go for bold color, an asymmetrical hem, or exaggerated ruffles. And for the bride with a classic aesthetic, a simple satin or lace dress is forever timeless and elegant.

Whether your bridal style is clean and classic or edgy and alternative, we have you covered. Read on for the best courthouse wedding outfits.

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Best Blazer Dress: Rime Arodaky Lace Trimmed Dress

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This crisp and sleek blazer dress is a no-brainer for your courthouse wedding. Carry a simple posy of flowers or even just a single stem to complete this ultra-modern and minimalist look.

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For the Classic Bride: Emilia Wickstead Belted Wool-Crepe Midi Dress

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You can never go wrong with a structured and belted dress. Not only is this Emilia Wickstead midi dress flattering and comfortable—it's a classic style that will remain timeless in photos.

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Most Romantic: Reformation High Neck Dress

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Sophisticated and sexy, we're imagining this silky dress set against a city skyline backdrop. Follow the styling lead and pair with metallic strappy sandals and a simple bouquet.

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Best Open Back: Especia Cut-Out Dress

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Summer brides— you need this ruffled open back dress. Effortlessly chic and crafted from easy-breezy cotton, you'll never want to take off this laid-back style.

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For a Spring Wedding: Azeeza Long Sleeve Dress

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For spring nuptials, a dress with sheer sleeves is a sophisticated choice. We love this Azeeza style with matching white shoes, shoulder-grazing earrings and dewy makeup.

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Best Separates: Reformation Linen Top and Skirt

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Summer weddings call for bridal separates and lightweight fabrics. If this two-piece set from Reformation feels too casual for your courthouse nuptials, it could easily be worn to your bridal shower or on your honeymoon.

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Best Jumpsuit: ML Monique Lhuillier V-Neck Jumpsuit


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A bridal jumpsuit is a great alternative to a courthouse wedding dress. Style this look with a statement-making clutch or keep it monochromatic for a minimalist vibe.

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For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Danielle Frankel Trench Coat

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What does one wear over their courthouse outfit? A chic trench coat of course! Crafted from light organza, this sheer jacket makes for a stylish finishing touch for the fashion-forward bride.

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Best Budget: & Other Stories Floral Lace Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

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Courtesy of ASOS

For a courthouse look that won't break the bank, this flirty mini from ASOS is a no-brainer. Featuring a flattering off-the-shoulder neckline, romantic puff sleeves, and fun floral details, this dress is perfect for the summer bride on a budget.

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Best Tea-Length: By Watters Bustier Dress

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Who says you can't wear sparkle at city hall? Not us! It's time to celebrate in this vintage-inspired and pearl-studded frock.

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For the Traditional Bride: Self-Portrait Ruched-Sleeve Flared Midi Dress

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A tea-length dress is a classic choice for a courthouse outfit. What sets this dress apart is its sweet swiss dot sleeves and ruched bodice. Pair this look with strappy sandals or velvet mules.

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Best Bridal Suit: Carolina Herrera Wool Suit

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For the modern and fashion-forward bride, a wedding suit is a smart pick. Sleek and sexy, this Carolina Herrera number reminds us of Bianca Jagger's iconic wedding day look.

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Best Details: H&M Pearl Cuff Dress

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Courtesy of H&M

If you’re going for a short hemline, try a statement sleeve, like these pearl-encrusted ones from H&M. Accessorize with a matching hairpin and platform sandals.

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Best Mini: Lulus Puff Sleeves Dress

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Courtesy of Lulus

Keep it short and sweet in this mini puff sleeves dress. Looking to kick things up a notch? Add a floor-length veil for instant drama.

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Most Elegant: Markarian White Silk Dress

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Courtesy of Markarian

For a supremely elegant courthouse look, this silk dupioni dress is a must. Wear yours with classic block heels, delicate personal jewelry, and a berry lip.

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For the Minimalist Bride: Eloquii Twist Front Fit And Flare Dress

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Clean lines meet a twisted bodice for a seriously flattering dress designed with the minimalist bride in mind. Pair this sleek silhouette with barely-there sandals and a modern clutch for a perfectly pared-back look.

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Best Print: Zimmermann Floral Silk Dress

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If you're looking for a non-traditional outfit, consider experimenting with colors and patterns. This pretty printed frock would be right at home at a courthouse wedding and can easily be worn again and again long after you say 'I do.'

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Best Slip Dress: Sachin & Babi Midi Dress

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A slinky slip dress is probably as courthouse chic as it gets. Keep accessories casual for a more daytime look or dial up the glamour with embellished heels and statement earrings for a more formal affair.

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For a Summer Wedding: Rebecca Taylor Floral Wrap Dress

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Soft and feminine, this dress is perfect for the bride-to-be who loves romantic details like cascading ruffles and a flouncy hem. Crafted from lightweight cotton, this style is suited to spring and summer weddings.

Shopping FAQs

Tying the knot at city hall? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for a courthouse wedding outfit.

What does a bride wear to a courthouse wedding?

Whatever you wear is entirely up to you and your personal style – there are no rules! Some popular outfits for a courthouse wedding are bridal suits, mini dresses, slip dresses, and jumpsuits.

Can I wear a wedding gown for my courthouse wedding?

You can absolutely wear a wedding dress for your courthouse wedding. Your city hall outfit can be as formal or casual as you'd like.

Can I wear a wedding veil for my courthouse wedding?

You can accessorize your courthouse wedding look with anything from a wedding veil and tiara to a chic hat and bridal shawl.

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