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.
Nightcap X Carisa Rene Sierra Lace Deep-V Dress
For a sultry illusion effect, try a stretch-lace dress with contrast lining, like this one from the Nightcap x Carisa Rene capsule collection.
SHOP NOW: ShopBop, $429
Rime Arodaky "Miss Jagger"
Rime Arodaky's loose-fit dress, inspired by one of our favorite iconic brides, Bianca Jagger, is perfect for the modern yet feminine bride. And the lace-paneled sleeves fit over your hands for an extra special detail.
SHOP NOW: Net-a-Porter](http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/), $880
Johanna Ortiz Style 511480
Johanna Ortiz has become a household name for her off-the-shoulder pieces, moving into creating the opulent drop shoulder, wrap dress with puff sleeves.
SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $715
Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Peplum Mini-Dress
Looking for the romantic Dolce & Gabbana look but working with a smaller budget? Look to trendy new brand Self-Portrait that has elegant evening pieces for under $1,000.
SHOP NOW: Net-a-Porter, $520
The Row "Audette"
There's nothing more chic than an easy, draped The Row dress with bell sleeves.
SHOP NOW: FarFetch, $939
Antonio Berardi Style 506749
We couldn't resist this classic pencil dress and curved button detailing from Antonio Berardi.
SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $2,155
Have some fun in this glamorous sheer tulle dress from Marchesa. It's a great choice for the service and the after-party.
SHOP NOW: ShopBob, $3,995
Chloe V-Neck Crepe Dress
It doesn't get more modern than this milk white silk dress from Chloe.
SHOP NOW: FarFetch, $1,550
Organic by John Patrick Long Slip Dress
For the bride who considers herself a minimalist, Organic by John Patrick's slip dresses are the way to go.
SHOP NOW: The Dreslyn, $190
J. Crew Style C1672
If you want a step up from the simple slip dress, J.Crew's floral beaded version is a bit pricier, but worth it since the floral pattern is made from hand-applied beads and crystals that will stay put all night long.
SHOP NOW: J.Crew, $349
Marchesa Style 483758
This pristine ivory Marchesa dress is so gorgeous that we hope you'll want to wear it on your big day and other special events. We love the high neck and detachable silk slip that can easily be topped off with neutral or metallic accessories.
SHOP NOW: Net-a-Porter, $3,995
Co Jewel-Neck Crepe Cape Dress
This Co dress brings all the drama with a jewel-neck cape, but without the baggage of a long gown. SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $795
Giamba Tiered Long-Sleeved Dress
If you prefer a hippie vibe and looser shape, this Giamba dress has beautiful ruffles for days.
SHOP NOW: FarFetch, $948
Needle & Thread Embellished Chiffon Mini-Dress
Needle & Thread's combination of delicately embroidered sequins, beads, and floral appliques makes this dress an instant stunner.
SHOP NOW: Net-a-Porter, $650
Victoria, Victoria Beckham Style 34547993BT
This Victoria, Victoria Beckham dress has just the right amount of ivory shimmer and traditional sheath shape to make it special, not boring.
SHOP NOW: The Corner, $329