41 Courthouse Wedding Dresses for the Most Chic Wedding Day Look

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So you’re planning a courthouse wedding. Which, in a way, checks many of the typical wedding planning boxes in and of itself. Cross “furiously analyzing Pinterest for wedding decor ideas” off your list. The same goes for hiring a caterer, memorizing the first dance moves, and drafting up a seating chart that makes everyone happy. With all that mental space open, there is one thing that rises to the top: what will you wear?! Let’s skip to the good part — today we’re talking about courthouse wedding dresses!

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What to Wear to a Courthouse Wedding

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dress: Demi by Watters

When you’re planning your look for a courthouse wedding, just like any wedding, you should first ask yourself a few questions. 1. What style of dress (or jumpsuit or suit) makes me feel most like myself? 2. Consider the time of year — will it be hot, cold, or mild? 3. What do I WANT to wear? It’s important to consider both the practical and the wish-fulfillment sides as you come to a decision.

GWS Tip: If the first and third questions are hard for you to answer, pay attention to which looks make your heart beat just a little bit faster as you scroll through below. Sometimes our bodies are the best indicators of what we truly want!

Most courthouse wedding dresses are going to err on the side of more simple, casual, and often (though not always) with a shorter hemline. They generally mirror the entire reason you’ve decided to opt for a civil ceremony — to keep it simple. However, should you want to waltz up those courthouse steps with a 10-foot train behind you? We say go for it!

Should you wear a jumpsuit?

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jumpsuit: Emmie Jumpsuit by Sachin & Babi

Who doesn’t love a chic jumpsuit moment? We’re all for sporting a bridal jumpsuit or a bridal suit on the big day.

What type of shoes should you wear to the courthouse?

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photo: Emma Kenny shoes: Charlotte Mills

Listen, we are not above advising you to spend all that would-be catering budget on a pair of once-in-a-lifetime shoes. With a courthouse wedding, you can either go big or go casual — and either is welcome. From classic wedding shoes to bridal sneakers, you can’t go wrong.

With that in mind, it’s time to look at some of our favorite wedding dresses for a courthouse wedding!

Simple Courthouse Wedding Dresses

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photo: Epic Love Story

Simple courthouse wedding dresses are here to help you do what you came to do: get married! (And look real good while you do it). These simple dresses are still incredibly chic and anything but boring.

The Famous Mini Caspian Dress

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photo: Halle Morgan dress: Mini Caspian by Odylyne The Ceremony from this Romantic City Elopement

This dress kicked off a whole new wave of trends when we shared this elopement on GWS. It was a year into the pandemic and couples were ready to shake things up after all the heartache and changing of plans. Enter: this dress. It’s fun and frills without apology. No wonder brides are rocking the Mini Caspian all over IG — this might just be the perfect courthouse wedding dress!

Shop This Dress from Odylyn the Ceremony

The Archie Dress

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AKA, the dress with the bow. This dress is all about simplicity in the front but a great big showstopper in the back! Plus, it also comes in powder blue.

Shop This Dress From BHLDN

Simple Dress With a Trendy Twist

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You contain multitudes. Aka, you can wear that simple A-line dress AND rock some of 2022’s hottest wedding trends.

Shop from AnnaS koblikova on Etsy

Simple High-Low Crepe Dress

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The simplicity of that perfect V in the back wins this one for us. In addition to the long sleeves, the high-low skirt, and the way the crepe falls just so.

Shop From Mila Bridal on Etsy

The Feathery “Harley” Dress

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The feather flourish adds that perfect something to the simple sheath silhouette.

Shop This Dress From BHLDN

The Queen of Angels Gown

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Selkie’s famous puff sleeves take on bridal fashion with this stunning white gown — you’ll wear it again. For real.

Shop This Dress on Revolve

Simple Organza Silk Dress

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The layering on this stunner of a dress and the nondescript high slit make this simple dress absolutely ethereal!

Shop This Dress From Mywony bridal

Got the dress but still need to plan?

We’ve got a guide for that:
How to Make Your Courthouse Wedding or Civil Ceremony Special

Casual Courthouse Wedding Dresses

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photo: Amy Faith Photography

Keep it cas’ in one of these casual dresses — no-frills and just begging to be paired with a cute sneaker!

The Leti Dress

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What is it about a dainty spaghetti strap?! This ’90s-inspired dress comes in 14 colors if you’re looking to really mix things up.

Shop This Dress From BHLDN

Sleeveless Bodycon Midi Dress

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Style this one with a leather jacket and a cute lil’ birdcage veil!

Shop This Dress From Lulus

The Pink Moonlight Dress

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For the über feminine, this is simply the dress for you. And just like its full-length counterpart above, you’ll wear this again!

Shop This Dress From Revolve

The Sequoia & Sage Two-Piece Dress

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The delicate tulle on this two-piece gown makes it a stunner for the ethereal quality and totally unique neckline!

shop This Dress From Seni Dey on Etsy

The Huntington Dress

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This dress was inspired by the layers of petals on a rose. Bloom like the flower you are (and please carry roses when you do).

Shop This Dress From BHLDN

The Pixie Silk Mini Dress

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This mini dress is a fave (and we love a bride in a mini dress). Pair it with a long veil for some drama!

Shop This Dress From Bhldn

The Mallory Dress

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Zoom into that darling bubble hem for a closer look at the textured jacquard detailing!

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The Jasmine Halter Mini Dress

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Dress it up or dress it down! With a sexy wide open back, you’ll be a showstopper either way.

Shop This Dress From Show Me Your Mumu

The Claire Mini Dress

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The bow tie straps bring a sweet feminine energy to this casual dress…with pockets!!

Shop This Dress From Show Me Your Mumu

Courthouse Wedding Dresses Under $100

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photography + concept: Wolf Shoots Weddings styling + production: Most Curious Wedfair groom stylist: Sam Myaki venue: Battersea Arts Centre hmu: sbhm stylists florals: Rooted in Rosemary grooms wardrobe: Edward Sexton Elizabeth An’Marie dress: Edmondson Bridal Couture veil: Lauren Mizon Bespoke Veils shoes: Charlotte Stone Shoes

If planning a courthouse wedding has anything to do with budget, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of truly beautiful courthouse wedding dresses under $100!

The Keisha Gown

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This long, luxe, satin pillar gown creates the most beautiful drape!

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Stretch-Knit White Maxi Dress

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This white maxi dress from Lulus has almost two thousand reviews and lands at nearly 5 stars. It comes in several colors, extended sizes, and only costs $89.

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Champagne Satin Maxi Dress

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The column silhouette on this beautiful gown features a low back and a mini train that’s just perfect for those courthouse steps.

Shop this Dress From Lulus

Ruched Corset Dress

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The corset style is in! We love it on a short dress with an off-the-shoulder sleeve.

Shop this Dress From David’s Bridal

The Manhattan Midi Dress

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Okay, how utterly chic is this one-shoulder dress? The way it wraps around all the way to the wrist — so good. It comes in a few different colors, as well. (Loving the black mesh!)

Shop This Dress From Marcella

Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress

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The flattering ruffle layers on the bodice can be worn on the shoulders or off. Versatility for a highly reviewed gown that’s under $50!

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The Puff Sleeve Princess Dress

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You can feel like a princess on your wedding day — and it doesn’t have to cost all your savings! This princess dress lives up to its name, with plenty of magic up those puffy sleeves.

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White Midi Lace Dress

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This short and sweet lace dress is less than $50 and would be so fun to style with fun jewelry and shoes!

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Boho Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

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This dress is even cuter in person! The sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulder and there’s an adorable bow to tie it all together in the back.

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Boho Courthouse Wedding Dresses

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photo: Ali Beck Photography featured in this post

What elements make up the boho courthouse wedding dress? Details like graphic lace, ruffles, and embellished beading all make the cut. These are a bit shorter and a bit more casual but can be worn perfectly with a rad pair of bridal boots, a hat, or statement earrings.

Crochet Bodycon Dress

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This affordable dress features a knit lining beneath a crochet lace overlay.

Shop This Dress on Lulus

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This dress is layers of silk crêpe with a modern Victorian detail at the sleeves and it’s just SO pretty.

Shop This dress from Anna Skoblikova

The Carissima Sheath Dress

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There are so many fun details to love about this dress! The sheer lace detail, the removable belt, and that classic silhouette. Add a bouquet and you’re good to go!

Shop This Dress From Anthropologie

Embroidered Lace Boho Dress

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This boho dress definitely leans casual, but it’s just so cute — it could definitely work for a laidback day. (And then later when you celebrate on the beach!)

Shop This Dress From Anthropologie

The Astoria Dress

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There needed to be some sequin embroidery on this list and this little stunner gets it done! Such a fun little number.

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Ruffle Mini Dress With Back Tie

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The flouncy ruffles are a great big yes and the tie on the back? Bet you never saw it coming.

Shop This Dress from David’s Bridal

Beaded Short Dress with Open Back

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All over beading with a fringe skirt — imagine this with some cowboy boots. We’re DONE.

Shop This Dress From David’s Bridal

Colorful or Alternative Courthouse Wedding Dresses

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You’re going to the courthouse — let’s have some FUN. White is never required, especially for a civil ceremony. If you’re looking for something a little outside the box, let’s do this.

Pink Courthouse Wedding Dress

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Pink. Tulle. Corset. OH YES. This cotton candy dress would be the MOST fun to wear.

Shop This Dress From Revolve

Black Puff Dress

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This cutie of a dress sells out fast so if you like it (and your size isn’t available) bookmark it to keep tabs!

Shop This Dress From Selkie

Pink Polka Dot Mesh Mini

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Polka dots, please! This skater skirt is fit for a twirl after the “I do’s” are all said and done.

Shop This Dress from Lulus

Short Black Tulle Dress

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We’ve seen a few brides don the full-length version of this dress and it is a WONDER. Such a beautiful and well-made dress that you’ll certainly love wearing.

Shop This Dress From Mywony Bridal

The Pastel Castle Dress

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Go full fairytale mode with this baby pink tulle dress covered in embroidered flowers. Happy ever after, indeed.

Shop this Dress From Teuta Matoshi

Oversized Powder Blue Mini Dress

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You’ll be walking on cloud 9 in this fashion-forward mini. From the exaggerated sleeves to the bow, your something blue is also something very, very chic.

Shop This Dress From harriette gordon

The Stella Tuxedo Dress

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Finally, we come to the tuxedo dress. Always a classic, always a winner.

Shop This Dress From Galia Lahav