24 Courthouse Wedding Outfits to Say "I Do" To

From vintage-inspired to feminine and modern

Updated 01/08/19

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

Weddings involve a lot of fuss—from the wedding dress to the flowers, invitations, catering, drinks, and so forth. For some couples, paring back to basics is a more practical approach. If a civil ceremony at a courthouse is your ideal way to say “I do”, then City Hall it is! After all, Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw ultimately wed her Mr. Big in front of a judge (in royal blue Manolo Blahnik pumps, mind you)—so it’s officially a chic road to matrimony!

When planning a courthouse wedding, there are very few things to think about. Yes, you need to apply for your marriage license and ensure a witness is present on your big day, but otherwise, the focus is all about the courthouse wedding outfit! And a simpler wedding look is key for this type of low-key ceremony.

A vintage-inspired wedding look feels quintessential for a courthouse wedding—reminiscent of the days when a wedding involved just cake and punch after the ‘I do’s’. A tea-length dress or mod silhouette is gorgeous for those still wanting a wedding dress. Or, if you’re in the mood for an alternative wedding look, a pristine suit or skirt set feels like a stylish nod to decades past. For the modern city hall bride, sleek separates like a top and cropped pant or a jumpsuit are spot on. If your taste skews bohemian, details like eyelet lace or crochet will hit the mark. For the traditional and classic courthouse bride, a simple satin or lace dress is timeless and elegant—plus, you can get a lot of wear out of this style of dress long after your wedding day. If you’re the fashion forward type, consider a bold shoulder or asymmetrical hem or shoulder.

Whether your bridal style is clean and classic or edgy and alternative, ahead, scroll through for 24 ultra-stylish wedding days looks at city hall.

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Modcloth According to Etiquette Fit and Flare Dress in White

Courtesy of Modcloth

SHOP NOW: Modcloth, was $150, now $60.97

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Zara Long Lace Dress

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, was $69.90, now $29.99

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Mango Satin Gown

Courtesy of Mango

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WAYF Prato Illusion Lace Dress

Courtesy of WAYF

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, was $135, now $81

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Eloquii Puff Sleeve Blazer Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $149.90

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Adrianna Papell Crepe Jumpsuit With Cape

Courtesy of Adrianna Papell

SHOP NOW: Adrianna Papell, $179

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DB Studio One-Shoulder Crepe Wedding Jumpsuit with Bow

Courtesy of DB Studio

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $189.95

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Brides.com x Fame And Partners

Courtesy of Brides.com x Fame And Partners

SHOP NOW: Fame & Partners, $259

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Theia Bridal Trinity Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Theia


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Amsale L1W35

Courtesy of Amsale

SHOP NOW: Amsale, $385

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Self Portrait Pleated Jersey Midi Dress

Courtesy of Self Portrait

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $430

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Shoshanna Edgecomb Dress

Courtesy of Shoshanna

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $440

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Cinq a Sept Fontaine Dress

Courtesy of Cinq a Sept

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $465

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Jenny Yoo Shep Dress

Courtesy of Jenny Yoo


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Tadashi Shoji Zeina Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

SHOP NOW: Tadashi Shoji, $498

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Nanushka Sadie Long Sleeve Belted Dress

Courtesy of Nanushka


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Rebecca Vallance Le Saint Lace Dress

Courtesy of Rebecca Vallance

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $625

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Zimmermann Pleated Tier Dress

Courtesy of Zimmermann

SHOP NOW: Zimmermann, was $69, now $490

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Camilla and Marc Benazir Midi Dress

Courtesy of Camilla and Marc

SHOP NOW: Camilla and Marc, $699

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Monique Lhuillier Yoko Double Weave Tuxedo Pants

Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $990

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Lein Studio Wool Side Button Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Lein Studio

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Lela Rose The Aberdeen

Courtesy of Lela Rose

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Savannah Miller Eve Tuxedo Jacket and Boase Tailored Pants

Courtesy of Savannah Miller

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Danielle Frankel Ingrid Blazer Dress and Gabriela Pants

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

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