15 Polished Dresses For Your Courthouse Wedding, Including Lace and Satin Styles
Dressing for a courthouse wedding? Both comfort and style need to factor into the final look. Of course, there's no right or wrong choice for the day; you would look just as fabulous showing up in a glam gown or a casual bridal suit. If dressing all the way up speaks to you, there are plenty of options — from bow-embellished satin minis to sheer lace-appliquéd maxis.
On the other hand, if the latter appeals to you, take inspiration from Solange Knowles, who wore an off-white plunging jumpsuit to marry her now ex-husband Alan Ferguson in New Orleans in November 2014. Or look to Emily Ratajkowski, who went the same route when she married Sebastian Bear-McClard (who she is now divorcing) in a practical yet still chic tangerine Zara pantsuit. These stars' ensembles lent themselves well to a day of commuting by car or train to a courthouse for a short wedding ceremony.
Going the nontraditional route for your vows — be it at a courthouse or a chapel in Las Vegas — leaves plenty of room to play with the wedding dress code. Whatever your alternative dress leanings, there's a mini, maxi, or sharp suit to suit your courthouse nuptials, backyard ceremony, and beyond. The key is to reflect your personal tastes in the final decision, and ideally optimize for comfort.
What to Wear to Your Courthouse Wedding
Whether you opt for a polished jacquard suit or a semi-casual puff-sleeve dress, as the bride, you will automatically make a memorable entrance and be the person of the hour. Whatever you choose, just make sure it fits your style and is comfortable to last long enough for the ceremony and photos.
How to Style Your Courthouse Wedding Dress
Make no mistake, the finishing touches are just as important as the main look. From a sophisticated headpiece to a pair of pearl-encrusted earrings, accessories help personalize your bridal outfit. The same goes for footwear, which may range from strappy heels to understated mules. As long as you can walk in them, you should be set. Ready to start shopping? Ahead, we've plucked the best white dresses from the racks — think pretty lace, chic sheaths, along with some nontraditional jumpsuits and skirt suits.
— Additional reporting by Hannah Weil McKinley
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Third Form Crush Satin Midi Dress
For an ultra glam moment, wear this Third Form Crush Satin Midi Dress ($270). With its sensual open back and plunging neckline, all eyes will be on you — just as they should be. Finish the ensemble with white strappy sandals and gold accessories.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Alexia María Isabella Silk-Wool Blend Minidress
This Alexia María Isabella Silk-Wool Blend Minidress ($1,075) is a guaranteed head-turner. The off-shoulder silhouette is made even more charming by the attached bows.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Lulus Together in Bliss White Lace Long Sleeve Dress
Square necklines are a bridal favorite, and this Together in Bliss White Lace Long Sleeve Dress ($99) features a stylish one. We love its long sheer sleeves and high-fitted waist. The gown's zipper back makes it easy to slip on and off, and its timeless design will last forever in wedding pictures.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Reformation Corinth Dress
This Reformation Corinth Dress ($348) has a nostalgic feel and a mod-inspired silhouette. The halter neck and back bow are reminiscent of popular styles from the '60s, but deliver plenty of modern appeal. Style it with drop earrings and kitten heels.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Lulus Your Hand in Mine White Lace Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress
You'll look like a dream in this Your Hand in Mine White Lace Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress ($89). The maxi dress features a floral lace overlay with sheer fluttering short sleeves that delivers a romantic feel. Turn it around to reveal its gorgeous open back, which will look great with an updo.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Staud Gabrielle Dress
Corset dresses are everywhere, and this Staud Gabrielle Dress ($265) is a favorite. The off-the-shoulder silhouette shows off a little skin, while the corset bodice hugs you in all the right places. Style it with colorful kitten heels and a matching clutch before heading out the door.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Jonathan Simkhai Melba Paneled Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress
From the plunging neckline to the textured fabric, this Jonathan Simkhai Melba Paneled Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress ($595) is serving up serious elegance. The neutral shade makes it a versatile pick. Finish with lace-up heels and a brown clutch.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Amsale Faille Deep V-Neck Dress
For a classic yet subtly daring look, go with this Amsale Faille Deep V-Neck Dress ($270, originally $385). The plunging neckline paired with the voluminous skirt adds photo-worthy drama.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Huishan Zhang Reign Crepe Mini Dress
Embrace opulence with this striking Rime Arodaky Jax Crepe Mini Dress ($2,845). Made from white crepe and lined with silk, it features feather-trimmed sleeves that will photograph beautifully.
Courthouse Wedding Dress Idea: Lulus So Stunning White Backless Midi Dress
In terms of affordable yet still elegant open back wedding dresses, this Lulus So Stunning White Backless Midi Dress ($49) reigns supreme. The gown is incredibly simple and minimalistic, with a figure-flaunting stretch knit frame that's breathable and practical. Pair it with some eye-catching jewels to make a serious statement.
Courthouse Wedding Outfit Idea: Daughter of Simone Josephine Bridal Wedding Suit
For a bold and sophisticated bridal moment, turn to the Daughter of Simone Josephine Bridal Wedding Suit ($880, originally $1,035). Cut in an ivory floral jacquard and designed with a subtle print, this pantsuit will appeal to the unconventional bride who likes to feel in charge. Finish with matching heels.
Courthouse Wedding Outfit Idea: Galvan Ellipse Crepe Blazer & Skinny Pants
Sharply tailored and minimal with a twist, the Galvan Ellipse Crepe Blazer ($1,595) has all the hallmarks of a head-turning suit. The cutouts and padded shoulders give it a contemporary edge, while the decorative satin ties add a bohemian flair. Keep the plunging neckline as the star with a dainty pearl necklace.