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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