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25 Chic Courthouse Wedding Dresses Perfect For City Hall

A civil ceremony is your chance to have some fun and break the bridal fashion rules. Here, our fave little white ensembles for every style and price point.
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by Shelley Brown
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Shelley Brown
Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot magazine, as well as styles the magazine’s fashion and cover shoots
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Shelley was a freelance Digital Editor at Conde Nast’s Lucky Magazine and freelanced for FLAUNT Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Backstage.com and Paste.com
Updated Aug 27, 2020
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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 where 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 Bianca Jagger with a sleek-and-chic jumpsuit, or bring the drama of the Bridal Fashion Week runways to the courthouse steps with a bedazzled ball gown—you can't go wrong as long as you feel like the best version of yourself on your wedding day. 

Below, shop our picks for the best courthouse wedding outfits.

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Channel the modern feel of Meghan Markle's second wedding dress and opt for a streamlined mini with a high neck.

Vince Camuto Halter tie neck A-line dress, $128, Nordstrom.com

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Puffy sleeves are baaack—and way cooler than the outdated versions of the '80s. This showstopper combines a sultry silhouette with power shoulders.

Bardot Zaria long sleeve gown, $129, Nordstrom.com

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Put a bow on it. An unexpected oversize bow gives this strapless mini dress some extra oomph. 

Sachin & Babi Verdance dress, $250, BHLDN.com

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Making it official with a city hall wedding is serious business—so dress like a boss, if you want to. This sharp suit dress with a structured peplum is all about high fashion polish.

Danielle Frankel Lilia double-breasted cotton-blend corded lace mini dress, $2,950, Net-A-Porter.com

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If your style is more laid back, consider a lace romper. It's dressier than your average short ensemble and a great excuse to show off killer shoes.

ELOQUII Mock neck lace romper, $130, ELOQUII.com

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If a solid white dress isn't your style, mix it up with a fun print or pattern. This gold jaquard frock is pure, vintage-inspired fun. 

Sézane Philomena dress, $190, Sezane.com

courthouse wedding dress

A fabulous jumpsuit is a must for any closet—and bridal suite of outfits. Cool mesh panels edge up this wardrobe staple.

Little White Dress by Amsale  LW158  open back jumpsuit, $495, Amsale.com

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Go timeless with a curve-skimming midi dress with simple—but still stunning—cape sleeves. 

ASOS DESIGN Structured cape sleeve shirt midi pencil dress, $72, ASOS.com

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A sexy off the shoulder neckline flatters the upper body and adds just the right amount of va va voom. 

Lavish One shoulder diamante wrap front dress, $145, Nordstrom.com

courthouse wedding dress

Illusions details plus a flouncy hemline give a classic lace dress a flirty upgrade. 

DB Studio Lace illusion short dress with flounce trim, $120, DavidsBridal.com

courthouse wedding dress

Take a cue from the fashion set of the '90s and opt for a sleek halter mini dress and matching jacket. 

LEIN Vigneto mini dress, $1,760, LeinStudio.com

courthouse wedding dress

Like its name implies, this courthouse wedding dress is all about bringing Old Hollywood glamour. A deep V-neckline and high slit are sure to turn heads. 

Reformation Gatsby dress, $428, TheReformation.com

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This dramatic number puts the "party" in party dress. Voluminous sleeves, an oversize bow back and a mini dress silhouette are the makings of one standout look. 

Carolina Herrera Dramatic bow-back silk cocktail dress, $3,290, SaksFifthAvenue.com

courthouse wedding dress

These aren't your average bridal perals. Baroque pearl spaghetti straps give an effortless slip dress an extra special touch. 

Cami NYC The Shallon silk midi dress, $384, CamiNYC.com

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Feeling bold? A long crop top and matching high-low skirt show just enough skin. 

Whistles Ariane lace coordinating skirt and top, $1,999, Whistles.com

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A luxe combination of a trench coat and shirt dress, this sophisticated number is effortlessly chic. Bonus: It has pockets.  

Danielle Frankel Lou off-the-shoulder cotton-blend poplin gown, $3,900, Net-A-Porter.com

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A sleek, wide-leg jumpsuit is an instant classic. Just add statement accessories to make this look all your own.  

Bardot Back cutout jumpsuit, $119, Nordstrom.com

courthouse wedding dress

We love a wrap dress for two reasons: It exudes effortless glamour and can be dressed up or down, depending on the vibe you're going for. 

DB Studio Flutter sleeve satin dress with ruffle, $160, DavidsBridal.com

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Boho brides, we've got you covered. This puff-sleeve lace dress is more buttoned up than your average sundress, but still more relaxed than a full-on formal wedding gown. 

Jonathan Simkhai Puff-sleeve lace midi dress, $695, SaksFifthAvenue.com

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Who says you can't wear sequins to a courthouse wedding? This sleek sheath with monochromatic sequins has just the right amount of shimmer. 

Little White Dress by Amsale  LW159 sequin sheath dress, $440, Amsale.com

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There's nothing garden variety about this printed dress. A soft floral print adds romantic flair to a silky frock. 

Reformation Plumeria dress, $298, TheReformation.com

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Pearl-encrusted cuffs make this classic shift dress feel über luxe.

ELOQUII Pearl cuff dress, $110, ELOQUII.com

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An A-line sheath with a cowl back makes for a stunning exit—and is perfect for twirling. 

Jenny Yoo Lara dress, $245, BHLDN.com

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Eyelet lace plus a tailored shirt dress silhouette is equal parts whimsical and preppy. 

Lela Rose Diamond eyelet belted shirtdress, $1,390, SaksFifthAvenue.com

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This unique jumpsuit gives you the best of both worlds: the stunning embellishments of a more formal look and the comfort of pants. 

Rime Arodaky Patsy lace-trimmed embroidered tulle and crepe jumpsuit, $1,955, Net-A-Porter.com

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