Weddings involve a lot of fuss—from the wedding dress to the flowers, invitations, catering, drinks, and so forth. For some couples, paring back to basics is a more practical approach. If a civil ceremony at a courthouse is your ideal way to say “I do”, then City Hall it is! After all, Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw ultimately wed her Mr. Big in front of a judge (in royal blue Manolo Blahnik pumps, mind you)—so it’s officially a chic road to matrimony!
When planning a courthouse wedding, there are very few things to think about. Yes, you need to apply for your marriage license and ensure a witness is present on your big day, but otherwise, the focus is all about the courthouse wedding outfit! And a simpler wedding look is key for this type of low-key ceremony.
A vintage-inspired wedding look feels quintessential for a courthouse wedding—reminiscent of the days when a wedding involved just cake and punch after the ‘I do’s’. A tea-length dress or mod silhouette is gorgeous for those still wanting a wedding dress. Or, if you’re in the mood for an alternative wedding look, a pristine suit or skirt set feels like a stylish nod to decades past. For the modern city hall bride, sleek separates like a top and cropped pant or a jumpsuit are spot on. If your taste skews bohemian, details like eyelet lace or crochet will hit the mark. For the traditional and classic courthouse bride, a simple satin or lace dress is timeless and elegant—plus, you can get a lot of wear out of this style of dress long after your wedding day. If you’re the fashion forward type, consider a bold shoulder or asymmetrical hem or shoulder.
Whether your bridal style is clean and classic or edgy and alternative, ahead, scroll through for 24 ultra-stylish wedding days looks at city hall.