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The Civil Wedding Dress: Top Options for the City Hall Bride

The Civil Wedding Dress: Top Options for the City Hall Bride

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If there’s anything this quarantine season has taught us, it’s that there’s no one way to get married. Smaller weddings and civil weddings are now the new norm in the new norm. Along the lines, we’ve also learned that you don’t have to wear a long white gown to be a bride.

If your plans were changed by COVID-19 or you’re set on getting married at the city hall, know that having a small ceremony doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style.

The civil wedding dress can be just as fancy and stylish as the traditional white wedding dress outfit.

What Should the Bride Wear to A Civil Wedding?

bride with bouquet
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When it comes to intimate courthouse nuptials outfits, you’ll never run out of options from the civil wedding attire category. One of the best things about having a civil wedding is that you don’t have to stick to the traditional big wedding dress. Nothing is off-limits.

Most modern courthouse brides are often drawn to short wedding dresses, tailored suits, sleek separates and jumpsuits. Brides who want to make a statement go for bold silhouettes with exaggerated ruffles and asymmetrical bodices. If you want to go vintage, mod silhouettes and tea-length dresses will fit your retro tastes. And if you’re the civil wedding bride who just loves all things classic, a simple lace or satin dress is forever elegant and timeless.

In a time of COVID weddings, a style is still an option. If you prefer a casual civil wedding dress or are interested in trying out retro civil wedding attire, there are plenty of civil wedding dress styles to choose from — off the rack and online.

Civil Wedding Dress Styles for Brides

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Blazer Dress

You’ll never go wrong with a sleek and crisp blazer dress for courthouse weddings. Make it more romantic by carrying a simple bouquet of flowers or a single stem of your favorite blossom. The blooms will complete this minimalist and modern yet elegant look.

Lace Mini Dress

If you want to wear your courthouse wedding dress again, choose a simple and timeless lace mini dress. This lace number is divine and dreamy, perfect for summer civil weddings.  It can also be easily dressed down or up, depending on the occasion.

Linen Top and Skirt

Summer civil weddings also call for lightweight fabrics and separates. A two-piece linen set is comfortable and fashionable at the same time. If you feel it’s too casual, you can wear it to your bridal shower or on your honeymoon.

Bridal Jumpsuit

A bridal jumpsuit is a chic and sleek civil wedding attire. You can do so many things with such a simple look: keep it monochromatic for a minimalist style or complete the look with a statement-making clutch.

Trench Coat

What can you wear over your courthouse wedding outfit? A chic trench coat! Made with tulle and light organza, this sheer jacket is a stylish finishing touch for your civil wedding attire.

Where Can You Buy Civil Wedding Dresses and Attires?

With traditional wedding dresses, most brides prefer to have theirs custom-made. While off-the-rack is an option, custom-made picks from big wedding stylists are always THE option. But with civil wedding dresses, anything goes and you can shop anywhere.

Some of the best places to shop for civil wedding dresses are:


off shoulder dress
An off-shoulder tulle dress, which comes in other colors like blush and celadon
modern outfit
The chic and sultry bride can strut into the city hall with this off-shoulder pantsuit. You can wear your hair up or down and play around with different shoes for this simple civil wedding dress.

long dress
Still want the drama of a long white dress without the lengthy train for your civil nuptials? Try this tie-on (which you can leave down for an off-shoulder look) maxi dress with a seductive slit.
casual white dress
If you’d rather not have the fussiness of flowy gown, try this white linen t-shirt dress with pockets for a casual civil wedding dress.
  • H&M

shirt dress
100 percent cotton, shirt dress with long sleeves and turn down collar, best for the non-traditional bride who may want to get hitched in sneakers.
lace dress
A straight cut lace dress with a round neckline will look charming on just about any bride; dress it up or dress it down with the right accessories and shoes. If you’re not into the short wedding dress, this design comes in a longer length.

white jumpsuit
A white jumpsuit with lace overlay in V-neck with a straight leg silhouette, perfect with strappy stilettos to complete your civil wedding attire
simple dress
If you prefer the traditional white dress outfit and want to feel a bit sexy, this straight neck side pleated dress would be stunning with the right shoes.

The city hall bride is free to wear anything she wants on her wedding day. Say “I do” to the dress of your dreams by keeping the suggestions mentioned above in mind!

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