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.
27 Dresses That Will Look Perfect at Your Courthouse Wedding
A stunning mix of ’50s glamour and modern style.
Jill Jill Stuart ($498)
Very Parisian-chic, mais non?
Needle & Thread ($524)
Would look just as beautiful with a pair of metallic flats as it would with strappy stilettos.
Cross your heart and hope for a long and lovely marriage.
Alice McCall ($400)
Remove the sheer overlay for a quick outfit change revealing a gorgeous satin strapless.
Because you’re more of a suit-and-(no)-tie kind of gal.
Monique Lhuillier jacket ($2,300) and pants ($990)
Belt bag not included. (Although it would be a convenient place to stow the rings. Just saying.)
A little décolletage goes a long way.
The peplum detail at the waist is oh-so flattering.
Lavish Alice ($94)
Because you’re heading straight to the bar after.
The straps mean you get that delicate neckline without worrying about any, uh, slips.
Alice + Olivia ($440)
3-d Lace Midi
Comfortable enough to head straight from the ceremony to the airport to jet off on your honeymoon.
ASOS Edition ($285)
We’re falling head-over-heels for this fresh new take on a “lace” wedding dress.
Like a gown, but way easier to climb the steps to the courthouse.
Rachel Zoe ($595)
Who needs accessories when you’re bedecked in sparkle? Well, besides your new ring, of course.
Monique Lhuillier ($5,995)
Seriously, just imagine how fun it would be to twirl around in this.
Solace London ($680)
A genius blend of masculine and feminine.
Lela Rose (price upon request)
Add an embellished belt for an extra special pop.
Kimora Lee Simmons ($837)
The nude slip underneath is what makes this peekaboo lace feel so unique. That and the easy, flattering silhouette.
Donna Morgan ($228)
You’re never going to want to take off this elegant as hell one-piece.
Sally LaPointe ($1,650)
When you like the idea of a suit, but you also want to show off those legs.
Rachel Zoe ($595)
Easy, breezy whimsy. Worried about getting cold? A cropped jacket would look adorbs.
Donna Mizani ($205)
Bedazzled Sheer Stripes
Just as much glitz as a ball gown without all the cumbersome layers.
Pamela Roland ($3,630)
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)
Wear this ’70s-inspired one-piece for the ceremony and then head immediately to your favorite disco.
By the way ($88)
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.
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)