31 Chic Courthouse Wedding Dresses Perfect For City Hall

You'll be the best-dressed one at city hall.
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Lauren Whalley
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Sep 08, 2023
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Whether you're into the unfussy aspect of a city hall wedding, the thrill of an elopement or just looking to get fancy for your civil ceremony, there are no hard and fast rules when choosing a courthouse wedding dress (or any courthouse wedding-related attire) is concerned. Take a cue from a bygone era and opt for a vintage-inspired tea-length dress, go full boss mode with a sleek jumpsuit or blazer wedding dress, or take a glamorous approach with a beaded gown. We searched the internet high and low to find you the best city hall wedding dresses for every style, budget and size. Read more about how to dress for a courthouse wedding and shop our editor picks below. Pssst: attending a courthouse wedding as a guest? Bookmark our what to wear to a courthouse wedding for when you need to wear something other than white to city hall.

Can You Wear a Wedding Dress to a Courthouse Wedding?

Yes, you can absolutely wear a wedding dress to a courthouse wedding, if that's your style choice. The most important thing is that you choose a dress that makes you feel amazing. It doesn't have to be a standard white wedding dress (unless you want it to be!).ridal pantsuits, wedding jumpsuits and two-piece looks are all chic alternatives if dresses aren't your thing.

Do You Have To Wear a White Dress for a Courthouse Wedding?

No, there is no rule that says you have to wear a white dress for a courthouse wedding. In fact, it may make choosing a unique wedding outfit even easier due to less pressure and formalities. So don't feel like you need to shy away from that trendy jumpsuit or colorful suit you've been eyeing if that's what you want to wear on your big day.

How to Choose a Courthouse Wedding Dress

Don't be afraid to experiment with style. If you plan to wear a wedding dress, a courthouse venue is the perfect opportunity to play around with shorter hemlines, unexpected silhouettes, and statement details. While your local bridal boutique is a great place to start (especially if you're interested in buying an off-the-rack wedding dress), you can also branch out beyond traditional bridal gowns in favor of a little white dress from a ready-to-wear collection or a colorful style instead. Finally, consider finishing off your look with a veil—birdcage and blusher veils are two popular options for courthouse weddings.

Ask yourself: Can I put on this dress by myself? A major detail to think about when shopping for a courthouse or city hall wedding dress is whether or not you'll have help getting ready before the ceremony. Most traditional wedding gowns are more difficult to put on than your average dress, especially if there are zippers, laces, buttons or hooks that you can't reach on your own. If you are getting dressed solo on your special day, look for a style you can easily get in and out of without help.

Consider the courthouse environment. Ease of mobility and volume of the dress are two other things to consider before making your final decision. Depending on where you're getting married, you might be exchanging your vows in a courtroom with limited floor space, trekking through a city hall parking garage or sitting down on a bench while waiting for the clerk. In these situations, dresses with long trains, very full skirts or restricting silhouettes aren't the most ideal. Instead, look for dresses that are easily wearable and made from lightweight fabrics that won't slow you down.

Editor's Picks: Our Favorite White Dresses for Courthouse Weddings

1. Lulus Briarwood White Lace Ruffled Midi Dress

This crochet lace number from Lulus will make your city hall ceremony just a bit more special. Its fitted shape, sweetheart neckline and ruffled midi skirt will help you stand out from everyone in the courthouse crowd.

Size range: XXS - XL

2. Sachin & Babi Pippa One-Shoulder Pearl-Embellished Mini Dress

Can we hear a little commotion for the "it girl" dress? Not to mention it's a mix of our favorite details: It's modern and mini with droplets of pearls and a stunning bow sleeve. She was made for a city hall elopement.

Size range: 0 - 16

3. Bridal by ELOQUII Corseted Tiered Dress

For a spring-friendly take on the classic courthouse wedding dress, opt for this tiered number by ELOQUII. On top of the trendy boned bodice, the ruffles at the skirt and on the straps make for a flirty fit. Wear it when you want to be comfortable but still look city hall-ready.

Size range: 14-28

4. Show Me Your Mumu Save the Date Blazer Dress

Size range: XS-XXL

A blazer dress is the quintessential courthouse wedding outfit. Button up this look from Show Me Your Mumu with a pair of drop statement earrings and strappy heels.

5. Watters Mirall Cowl-Neck Button-Slit Satin Sheath Wedding Gown

We can't stop thinking about this stunner of a dress from Watters. This satin dress features modern draping and a one-shoulder neckline, creating the perfect blend of sexy and sophisticated. Peep the row of buttons trailing from waist to hem, so you can reveal as little (or as much) as you want.

Size range: 0-18W

6. Amanda Uprichard X REVOLVE Samba Gown

If you're searching for a dress that can take you from the courthouse to a five-star restaurant, then slip on this alluring halterneck dress. It's made with charmeuse fabric and a ruched side slit for a sultry appeal.

Size range: XS-XL

Simple Courthouse Wedding Dresses

7. Tadashi Shoji Dawson Wedding Gown

This stretch crepe gown from Tadashi Shoji feels red carpet-inspired with its dramatic twist detail, yet totally classic thanks to its column silhouette. It's a dress to remember, which is fitting for such a special occasion.

Size range: 0-26W

8. Lulus Romantic Moments White Lace Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Getting married in winter or maybe just looking for a dress with more coverage? This long-sleeve, floor-length crepe gown hugs the body, but also offers a low V-back accented with sheer eyelash lace. It's no wonder this dress has rave reviews.

Size range: XS-3X

9. ASOS DESIGN Halter Mini Dress

We love this city hall wedding dress for two reasons: its ultra-chic crossover halter neckline and its textured fabric instantly exudes unfussy elegance. Yep, this mini checks all the boxes.

Size range: 0-14

10. Bridal by ELOQUII Shimmer Strap Gown

Eloquii is a plus-size label that offers clothing in sizes 14 to 28, including this irresistible slip gown. Style your hair into a model-off-duty bun and gold hoop earrings and you're ready to get hitched.

Size range: 14-28

11. Adrianna Papell Off-The-Shoulder Crepe Sheath Dress with Bows

Bows are an instant way to elevate any dress, and this Adrianna Papell midi delivers for your courthouse wedding. It's simple crepe fabric, cocktail length and front slit make it comfortable enough to go out for drinks and dancing after the ceremony.

Size range: 0-22

12. DB Studio Satin Tea-Length Dress

Available in seven different colors and a wide range of sizes, the simple design of this tea-length dress makes it perfect for a vintage bride, just add a birdcage veil and closed-toe heels. Psst: did we mention it has pockets?

Size range: 0-30W

Casual Courthouse Wedding Dresses

13. BHLDN Belize Embroidered V-Neck Gown

This embroidered champagne dress is everything. Because it's a maxi, it would work well for cooler fall ceremonies. Just imagine how good it would look with a boho-inspired braid and a chic pair of sandals.

Size range: 0-18

14. Lulus Sweet Stunner White Lace Two-Piece Maxi Dress

Like its name implies, this Lulus dress is a two-piece stunner for both its laid-back design and affordable price point of just $99. It's perfect if you're heading straight to honeymoon after the vows.

Size range: XXS-XL

15. Reformation Kieryn Linen Dress

Linen fabric is a must if you're looking for a casual courthouse wedding dress. We absolutely adore this Reformation dress for its unique design details. It is just formal enough to wear to your city hall elopement yet casual enough to wear again and again.

Size Range: 0 -12

16. Revolve Frill Cuff Bias Midi Dress

Size range: 0-14

This Revolve midi dress sits just above the ankles, making it a perfect length for a pair of stylish heels while still being practical to walk up and down the courthouse steps. You'll be turning heads thanks to the fit's faux front buttons, frilly sleeves and front side slit.

17. Azazie Bahamas Wedding Dress

There is no shortage of casual courthouse wedding dresses, but this one was made for the to-be-wed having a destination elopement. We love the boho spin on the scallop lace trim and ruffle cap sleeves. Azazie even has an at-home try-on option and custom sizing so you can make sure it fits you just right.

Size range: WD0-WD30

Short Courthouse Wedding Dresses

18. Katie May Florence Blazer Dress

When you want business in the front and party in the back, this mini blazer dress from Katie May is the way to do it. The lacey cape-style overlay adds just the right amount of visual interest, your partner won't be able to take their eyes off you.

Size range: XS-XL

19. Bridal by ELOQUII Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape

Ditch the veil for your small courthouse wedding and opt for this mini dress with a detachable organza cape instead. Honorable mention to the puff sleeves and pockets that help create the perfect modern bridal moment.

Size range: 14-28

20. Azazie Katiya Wedding Dress

There's no other fabric that adds modern sophistication to a dress quite like satin, making this Azazie dress a must-have piece. Its column silhouette and cowl neckline make this not only perfect for the wedding day but a capsule piece that won't go out of style.

Size range: WD0-WD30

21. Untamed Petals Clara Dress

You know we can't resist a feather moment, and this sassy Untamed Petals dress surely ruffled ours. You'll be elopement-ready with this mini's feather trims on the cuffs and hem, along with a subtle pearl collar that completes this stunner.

Size range: 00-24

22. LoveShackFancy Zayla Mini Dress

If you prefer cottagecore vibes, then you need to check out this LoveShackFancy mini. The floral embroidery and dainty puff sleeves add a touch of whimsy to this sweet bridal moment.

Size range: XS-XL

23. Adrianna Papell Fringe-Trim Dress

Want a mini with major impact? Say no more. The playful fringe skirt is reminiscent of a bygone era that is sure to make a statement at the altar.

Size range: 12-26

Nontraditional Courthouse Wedding Outfits

24. Ronny Kobo Kirsten Sheer Lace Bridal Blazer and Pants

Feast your eyes on this absolutely iconic bridal blazer and pant set in allove, corded sheer lace. You can mix and match the blazer with the matching pants or wear it over your chosen dress. Regardless of how you style it, you'll steal the spotlight for this incredible fit.

Size range: XS-XL



25. Bridal by ELOQUII Maxi Ruffle Top

Vamp up your courthouse wedding outfit with this maxi ruffle top. It's a showstopper in every sense of the word and can easily be paired with your favorite pair of white trousers and heels for a dramatic-meets-monochromatic moment.

Size range: XS-XL

26. Adrianna Papell Off-the-Shoulder Jumpsuit with Bows

Get ready to receive all the compliments when you walk into city hall. This jumpsuit can be easily dressed up or down with the right accessories. Plus, the bow sleeve details are just to die for. We're sold.

Size range: 0-20

27. Amanda Uprichard X REVOLVE Davina Jumpsuit

There are plenty of reasons to wear this gorgeous jumpsuit to the courthouse, they're stylish, comfortable and easy to move in. A high neckline keeps it conservative while the short ruffle sleeves keep it fun and flirty.

Size range: XS-XL

City Hall Wedding Dresses Under $100

28. Bridal by ELOQUII Strappy Mini Dress

Slip into something sexy (and budget-friendly) with this mini from ELOQUII. Not only is it ideal for lowkey courthouse vows, but it's also the perfect after-party dress thanks to those sparkly rhinestone details.

Size range: 14-28

29. Lulus Maximum Poise White Lace Sleeveless Tiered Midi Dress

We can't decide what we love more: the tiered ruffle skirt or the corset button detailing. Luckily, we don't have to pick when it comes to this beauty perfect for a spring elopement. It's an immediate "add to cart" for us.

Size range: XS-XL

30. ASOS DESIGN Satin Mini Dress

The batwing sleeves are the main attraction of this short dress from ASOS. From the open tie-back to the deep V-neck in the front, this budget-friendly find is worth every penny for a courthouse ceremony.

Size range: 0-14

31. Lulus Love In Your Eyes Ivory Knotted Mermaid Maxi Dress

No, you aren't dreaming, this mermaid style gown is only $89, but the figure-flattering stretch fabric and the cutout back with a knotted strap make this dress look much more expensive than that. Next stop: the courthouse.

Size range: XS-3X

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