19 Chic Outfits for a Courthouse Wedding

From vintage-inspired to feminine and modern

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Coveting Bianca Jagger or Emily Ratajkowski's courthouse bridal looks? You're not alone! Courthouse wedding ceremonies 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 look should opt for the quintessential tea-length dress or mod silhouette. 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. For the traditional and classic courthouse bride, a simple satin or lace dress is forever timeless and elegant.

Whether your bridal style is clean and classic or edgy and alternative, here is our roundup of the best courthouse wedding outfits.

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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 this dress off.

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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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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 a Summer Wedding: Self-Portrait Grosgrain-Trimmed Lace Dress

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Spring and summer brides, this light and airy number is the one for you! Flocked with black polka dots and boasting feminine puff sleeves, this Self-Portrait dress is at once whimsical and chic.

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Best Budget: ASOS Design One Shoulder Ruffe Dress

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Featuring an architectural one shoulder ruffle, this dress is a modern bride's dream. Pull your hair back into a sleek pony to really own the look.

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For the Sexy Bride: Rime Arodaky Embroidered Tulle and Crepe Mini Dress

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For brides who dare to bare, go for this gorgeous mini dress. We love the contrast of the clean crepe skirt and sheer embroidered bodice. Keep accessories simple so as to not detract from all of the pretty details.

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Best Floor-Length Gown: Fame and Partners X David's Bridal Bubble Sleeve Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal 

This flowy cream dress complete with soft puff sleeves is effortless, elevated and romantic. It's perfect for the bride who wants a dress with some movement.

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Best Separates: Reformation Linen Top and Skirt

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 Courtesy of Reformation

Linen is a dreamy fabric for summer brides and you'll be sure to stay cool and chic at your City Hall wedding in this two-piece beauty.

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For a Winter Wedding: Jenny Yoo Velvet Slip Dress

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Calling all winter brides-velvet is your best friend! Stun in this plush velvet slip dress available in three beautiful colors and in sizes 0 to 26.

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Most Leg-Baring: Likley Fringe Dress:

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Show off those legs in a mini dress that hugs your curves and accentuates your waist – what more could you ask for?!

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Best Halter Neck: Misha Collection Plunging-V Dress

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 Courtesy of Shopbop

This relaxed-fit halter dress boasts a flattering deep-v neckline and a tie that cinches you at the waist. A high-slit and a mid-length hemline is great for showing off some leg and that new pair of shoes!

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Best Custom Dress: Fame and Partners Fitted Bodice Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Fame and Partners

Soft and feminine, this dress is perfect for the bride who loves romantic details like a bustier bodice, sheer paneling, and swiss dots. This dress is also customizable with options to change the length, remove the ruffles and alter the neckline.

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For the Classic Bride: Johanna Ortiz Peplum Midi Dress

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A tea-length dress is a classic courthouse outfit. What sets this dress apart is its flattering peplum bodice. Pair this look with strappy sandals or lady-like mules.

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Best Floor-Length Gown: Boohoo Chiffon Wrap Dress

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Courtesy of Boohoo

You'll love the ease of this light and breezy floor-length dress. Details like cold shoulder sleeves and gauzy chiffon make this style ideal for warm-weather brides.

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Most Unique: BCBGMAXAZRIA One-Shoulder Dress

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 Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

If you're feeling bold, experiment with exaggerated ruffles and asymmetrical hemlines for a unique and eye-catching city hall look.

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Most Formal Jumpsuit: DB Studio One-Shoulder Crepe Bow Jumpsuit

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A non-traditional bride will love this wide-legged jumpsuit with a drapey charmeuse one shoulder neck-line from DB Studio. A removable sash allows you to tailor a fit most comfortable to you.

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For the Minimalist Bride: Sablyn Silk-Satin Dress

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A slinky slip dress is probably as courthouse chic as it gets. Keep accessories pared back for a more daytime look or up the glamour with a bold lip and statement earrings for a more formal affair.

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For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Rime Arodaky Embroidered Jumpsuit

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 Courtesy of Rime Arodaky 

This Rime Arodaky jumpsuit is the wedding jumpsuit of 2021 and it's easy to see why. A dramatic cape meets tailored pants for a jumpsuit that is both structured and feminine. Plus, it cinches you at the waist and comes with pockets – this jumpsuit has it all!

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Best Tea-Length: By Watters Bustier Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN 

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.

Shopping FAQs

Tying the knot at City Hall? We've answered three 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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