27 Dresses That Will Look Perfect at Your Courthouse Wedding

Just because you chose to forgo a big, elaborate ceremony in favor of an intimate courthouse wedding doesn’t mean you have to pass on the opportunity to dress to the nines. So go ahead and wear the embellished frock, sleek jumpsuit or gorgeous gown of your dreams. Here are 27 stunning options that will make you feel like the belle of the ballroom courtroom.

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jill jill stuart tea length dress with deep v from bhldn

Deep-v Midi

A stunning mix of ’50s glamour and modern style.

Jill Jill Stuart ($498)

needle and thread tiered tulle ruffle dress with black belt

Tiered Tulle

Very Parisian-chic, mais non?

Needle & Thread ($524)

goat white a line dress with embellished hem
Matches Fashion

Beaded-trim A-line

Would look just as beautiful with a pair of metallic flats as it would with strappy stilettos.

GOAT ($1,104)

alice mccall criss cross front courthouse wedding dress
Alice McCall

Cross-front Ruffles

Cross your heart and hope for a long and lovely marriage.

Alice McCall ($400)

modcloth two in one satin and sheer midi wedding dress

Two-in-one Flare

Remove the sheer overlay for a quick outfit change revealing a gorgeous satin strapless.

ModCloth ($200)

monique lhuillier white tuxedo jacket and matching pants

White Tuxedo

Because you’re more of a suit-and-(no)-tie kind of gal.

Monique Lhuillier jacket ($2,300) and pants ($990)

zimmermann white lace dress with sleeves and a fanny pack

Burnout-lace Frock

Belt bag not included. (Although it would be a convenient place to stow the rings. Just saying.)

Zimmermann ($3,265)

shoshanna off the shoulder lace courthouse wedding dress

Off-the-shoulder Sheath

A little décolletage goes a long way.

Shoshanna ($525)

lavish alice white cocktail dress with sculptural ruffles
Lavish Alice

Sculptural V-neck

The peplum detail at the waist is oh-so flattering.

Lavish Alice ($94)

bhldn mini sequin dress

Sequined Mini

Because you’re heading straight to the bar after.

BHLDN ($400)

alice and olivia sweetheart wrap dress courthouse wedding dress
Bergdorf Goodman

Sweetheart Wrap

The straps mean you get that delicate neckline without worrying about any, uh, slips.

Alice + Olivia ($440)

asos edition 3d swing dress in white

3-d Lace Midi

Comfortable enough to head straight from the ceremony to the airport to jet off on your honeymoon.

ASOS Edition ($285)

milly illusion check lace shirt dress courthouse wedding dress

Grid-pattern Shirtdress

We’re falling head-over-heels for this fresh new take on a “lace” wedding dress.

Milly ($725)

rachel zoe deep v white jumpsuit
Rachel Zoe

Low-cut Jumpsuit

Like a gown, but way easier to climb the steps to the courthouse.

Rachel Zoe ($595)

monique lhuillier tiered sequin midi dress courthouse wedding dress

Tiered Sequins

Who needs accessories when you’re bedecked in sparkle? Well, besides your new ring, of course.

Monique Lhuillier ($5,995)

solace london tiered satin ruffle dress
Solace London

Satin Ruffles

Seriously, just imagine how fun it would be to twirl around in this.

Solace London ($680)

lela rose suit inspired strapless boustier and matching pants for a courthouse wedding
Lela Rose

Suit-inspired Strapless

A genius blend of masculine and feminine.

Lela Rose (price upon request)

kimora lee simmons white mini dress with textured lace
Kimora Lee Simmons

Textured Shift

Add an embellished belt for an extra special pop.

Kimora Lee Simmons ($837)

donna morgan white lace dress with black ribbon ties from anthropologie

Tie-shoulder Lace

The nude slip underneath is what makes this peekaboo lace feel so unique. That and the easy, flattering silhouette.

Donna Morgan ($228)

sally lapointe white jumpsuit with cape
FWRD by Elyse Walker

Caped Jumpsuit

You’re never going to want to take off this elegant as hell one-piece.

Sally LaPointe ($1,650)

rachel zoe suit jacket dress in white
Rachel Zoe

Jacket-inspired Mini

When you like the idea of a suit, but you also want to show off those legs.

Rachel Zoe ($595)

donna mizani white wrap dress with ruffles
Donna Mizani

Ruffled Wrap

Easy, breezy whimsy. Worried about getting cold? A cropped jacket would look adorbs.

Donna Mizani ($205)

pamela roland embellished cocktail dress with sheer paneling courthouse wedding dress
Bergdorf Goodman

Bedazzled Sheer Stripes

Just as much glitz as a ball gown without all the cumbersome layers.

Pamela Roland ($3,630)

yeon tie waist jacket and matching skirt in cream
Moda Operandi

Tie-waist Skirt Suit

You could easily mix and match both these pieces with others in your wardrobe and wear them again.

Yeon jacket ($1,213) and skirt ($829)

by the way white off the shoulder jumpsuit from revolve for a courthouse wedding

Off-the-shoulder Jumpsuit

Wear this ’70s-inspired one-piece for the ceremony and then head immediately to your favorite disco.

By the way ($88)

costarellos t shirt top mesh lace gown
Moda Operandi

Mesh Tulle Gown

The T-shirt cut up top makes this stunner feel a little less formal, but no less special, than other ball gowns.

Costarellos ($7,095)

elizabeth fillmore white floral lace skirt suit
Moda Operandi

Floral Lace Set

Who said you needed volume, beading or sparkly jewels to ensure all eyes are on you?

Elizabeth Fillmore jacket and skirt ($4,620)



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