21 City Hall Wedding Dress Ideas for Making It Official in Style
If there's anything this year has taught us, it's that there's no one right way to get married. Along the same lines, we've learned there's no rule that says you need to wear a long white gown in order to look and feel like a bride. Whether you've had your heart set on a quiet and simple intimate ceremony since you started planning or your plans have changed due to COVID-19, know that having a small ceremony doesn't mean you have to skimp on style. From jumpsuits to mini dresses, simple sheaths to classic lace gowns, you'll be pleased to know that there are so many different city hall wedding dresses to choose from—essentially, you can wear anything you'd like.
But while any dress works for a city hall wedding, there are some that are better-suited to the locale than others. Whether you are eloping or plan to bring a socially-distanced entourage, a city hall ceremony is an amazing way to tie the knot, so if you're open to leaning into that vibe, you absolutely should. If you're in need of some inspiration, or you're simply looking for a dress you guy can buy in just a few clicks, we're here to help—we've rounded up some of our favorite wedding-worthy looks for your city hall nuptials. Whether you want to wear something classic, something short, or something clean and modern, you'll find exactly what you need in the slides ahead. Saving your original wedding dress for your postponed celebration, but still want a look that feels reminiscent of a traditional gown? You'll love Modcloth's vintage-inspired cowl neck dress with lace flutter sleeves. It's the perfect twist on a classic bridal moment. Of course, no city hall wedding dress round-up would be complete without a stylish mini dress that'll leave everyone speechless. Look no further than the hand embroidered Oscar de la Renta number we've chosen that's sure to stun.
City hall weddings are the perfect opportunity to open up your fashion horizons. Jumpsuits are a go-to courthouse wedding day look for a reason. One piece and easy to walk in, you'll love the many jumpsuits we've selected. Designers like Rime Arodaky and Monique Lhullier put their tried-and-true bridal spin on white jumpsuits that will have you wondering why people even wear dresses on their big day to begin with. Ahead, explore more courthouse-approved wedding dresses and jumpsuits for your small, big day.
Sexy and sheer, this jumpsuit is perfect for a city hall wedding. A nude illusion top with power pants, this all-in-one ensemble can go straight from the courthouse to an intimate dinner.
Shop Now: Rime Arodaky "Poppy" Embroidered Tulle and Crepe Jumpsuit, $1,565, net-a-porter.com.
Amsale, a favorite wedding dress designer for a reason, elevates a classic dress with sparkles galore. The knee-length hem and demure V-neckline make this look perfect for a morning wedding.
Shop Now: Amsale Clear Sequin Sleeveless Sheath Dress, $219, nordstrom.com.
Here's a mini dress that's perfect for a city hall wedding. A double-breasted coat with a small buckle detail delivers that fashion-forward look you want, while the lace trim along the hemline makes it feel decidedly bridal.
Shop Now: Self Portrait Double-Breasted Corded Lace-Trimmed Crepe Mini Dress, $530, net-a-porter.com.
ML Monique Lhuillier
Perhaps one of the most popular looks for a city hall wedding? A jumpsuit. This stylish, relaxed look can be easily dressed up or down, so you can make it work on your day.
Shop Now: ML Monique Lhuillier "Ada" Jumpsuit, $295, anthropologie.com.
A ruffled hem and wrist make this otherwise simple mini dress a little more special. We love that you can wear this timeless look time and time again (if you're so inclined).
Shop Now: Danielle Frankel Bridal "Jamie" High-Neck Silk Mini Dress, $925, modaoperandi.com.
Before by Sarah Seven
For an unexpected twist on a classic, choose a traditional big day fabric (like lace) in an unexpected cut (midi dress with a low, open back). This fun number certainly fits the bill.
Shop Now: Before by Sarah Seven "Envy Only" Midi Dress, $575, beforebysarahseven.com.
Lela Rose Bridal
Perfect for the springtime city hall bride, this mini offers up chic puffed three-quarter-length sleeves and a whimsical all-over floral lace pattern.
Shop Now: Lela Rose Bridal "The Addington" Mini Dress, $2,990, modaoperandi.com.
Needle & Thread
We can't decide if it's the flutter sleeves or the all-over sequin detailing that make us want to say "I do" to this city hall-worthy wedding dress.
Shop Now: needle&thread "Anais" Sequin Dress in Champagne Pink, $529, us.needleandthread.com.
A high-waist silk skirt featuring a back slit pairs beautifully with any number of lacy tops for a city hall wedding dress that's sure to turn heads..
Shop Now: Elizabeth Fillmore "Nola" Silk Crepe Bias Cut Skirt, $1,650, modaoperandi.com.
Oscar de la Renta
Oh so couture, this stylish mini dress is perfect for a courthouse affair. With figure flattering draping and hand embroidered florets, it's simply a dream.
Shop Now: Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Drape Mini Dress, $4,990, modaoperandi.com.
This dress screams classic when it comes to a courthouse wedding, but a surprise open V-back gives this gilded midi extra oomph.
Shop Now: Mestiza "Alfama" Midi Dress, $495, bhldn.com.
Dare to bare it all with this sultry, gorgeous wedding dress that's perfect for a city hall bride. Just because you're having a more straightforward affair doesn't mean you can't wear a full-length dress.
Shop Now: Doen "Reverie" Dress, $698, shopdoen.com.
Figure flattering and sexy, this little white dress was practically made for courthouse nuptials. Plus, the design makes it easy to dance in, which means it can go from city hall to a reception in no time.
Shop Now: Black Halo "Bowery" Sheath Dress, $325, bloomingdales.com.
Renting a dress is a great option for city hall brides. Figure-hugging and a touch sporty, this tea-length dress available to rent from Rent the Runway, gets modern with a halter dress and bandage detailing.
Shop Now: Herve Leger Bandage Halter Dress, from $185, renttherunway.com.
Alice + Olivia
This nightgown-inspired silk slip dress will look great both in and out of the courthouse. Pair it with statement-making heels and it's a shoe-in for best wedding look.
Shop Now: Alice + Olivia "Harmony" Drapey Slip Maxi Dress in Taupe, $158, aliceandolivia.com.
Here's a vintage-inspired wedding dress that'll look gorgeous in your city hall wedding pictures. This one features a cowl-neck and lovely lace butterfly sleeves.
Shop Now: Little Mistress "Cowl Be There" Satin Maxi Dress, $159, modcloth.com.
A city hall wedding can still be a party—and it's definitely something to celebrate. Padded shoulders add a little something extra to this luxe, bedazzled number.
Shop Now: Retrofete "Nikki" Dress, $695, revolve.com.
A one-shoulder, asymmetrical wedding dress is perfect for city hall nuptials. The combination of mini and midi hemlines gives it extra appeal.
Shop Now: Cushnie "Charmeuse & Cady" One-Shoulder Assymetric Dress, $577, neimanmarcus.com.
The Fold London
Channel your inner Jackie O with this First Lady-worthy wedding dress. A tweed ensemble with three-quarter-length sleeves and an empire waist makes for a demure, elevated wedding-day look.
Shop Now: The Fold London "Northcote" Winter White Tweed Dress, $445, thefoldlondon.com.
Calling all boho-chic brides—this all-in-one look is for you. A plunging V-neckline and an open back elevate this luxe, satin jumpsuit.
Shop Now: Vanessa Cocchiaro Backless Washed-Satin Jumpsuit, $675, net-a-porter.com.
Adjustable straps make this ready-to-wear dress fit like a glove for your city hall wedding.
Shop Now: Almina Concept Draped Slip Dress, $108, almina-concept.com.
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