Best Civil Wedding Dresses for Your Courthouse Wedding 

Are you planning a courthouse wedding or civil wedding ceremony? Congratulations! Finding your dream bridal gown is an essential part of your big day, but among all the civil wedding dress options— where to begin? The True Crew compiled a list of some of the best courthouse wedding dresses across many price points to help you find your dream dress for your courthouse ceremony. Whether you want a sleek modern dress, a traditional option or something unexpected, we have plenty of designs to choose from at True Society! 

What is a Civil Wedding or a Courthouse Wedding? 

A civil wedding is a wedding ceremony that takes place in a public or government building, such as a courthouse. This non-denominational wedding type usually involves exchanging vows, exchanging rings and signing the marriage license as witnesses observe. 

While European countries have been ahead of the curve on all the wonderful aspects of civil weddings, they have become increasingly popular in North America as more couples are choosing to elope or have a more intimate wedding. With the help of beautiful civil wedding gowns, it’s easy for the bride to look their best while keeping the focus on simplicity on their special day. 

Civil Bridal Gowns – What to Look For 

Civil bridal gowns come in a variety of options, and it’s important to find one that flatters your figure while still representing the style and atmosphere you desire. Here are some tips for finding the perfect civil bridal gown: 

  • Think classic silhouettes with modern details – cap sleeves, delicate beading or lace appliques can all add an elegant and timeless touch to your look. 
  • Opt for lightweight fabrics such as chiffon, tulle or satin to keep you comfortable throughout the ceremony. 
  • The length of your wedding dress can be flattering and still make a big impact on the big day — whether it’s short and sweet or a traditional long gown. 

Civil Wedding Dresses 

Simple Civil Wedding Dress 

simple sheath wedding dress - 7681 by Stella York
simple strapless sheath wedding dress - 7681 by Stella York

Stella York Style 7681 

For the classic bride with impeccable taste, make a grand entrance at your civil wedding ceremony in Stella York Style 7681. Luxurious satin and a timeless silhouette make this wedding dress both classic and irresistible. 

With its strapless neckline and figure-hugging column sheath silhouette, this stunning gown will leave your groom mesmerized. Soft scooped above for a flattering fit, the bodice of this dress is expertly constructed with beautiful ruching details. 

Fabric-covered buttons run the entire length, adding a touch of elegance. A simple cathedral train adds an air of drama to complete the look without compromising on minimal elegance. 

Casual Civil Wedding Dress 

casual civil ceremony sheath wedding dress - 7752 by Stella York
casual sheath wedding dress with open back and cut outs - 7752 by Stella York

Stella York Style 7752 

For the bride looking for a contemporary boho style, Stella York Style 7752 is a casual civil wedding dress that is sure to make a chic statement on your big day. It features lace-accented straps, a plunging V-neckline and cutting-edge side cutouts that show off just the right amount of skin. 

The form-fitting silhouette flatters your figure in all the right places. With an open-back detail that brings a playful element, this gown will make you feel like you stepped off the runway. 

Long Sleeve Civil Wedding Dress 

simple boho a-line wedding dress with open back - kait by All Who Wander
boho a-line wedding dress with train and tied back - kait by All Who Wander

All Who Wander kait gown 

Are you looking for a civil wedding dress that captures your inner goddess with effortless boho chic flair? Look no further than the All Who Wander kait gown. 

This beautiful crepe chiffon A-line gown is adorned with dramatic long blouson sleeves. It features a deep V-neckline, stunning side cutouts and an open back detail with whimsical tie-back detail that creates an unforgettable silhouette. 

The voluminous skirt begins at the hips, where it gradually falls away in graceful flares to reveal a sexy thigh-high leg slit and a delicate sweeping train. Dare to be glamorous and timelessly elegant in this romantic long sleeve civil wedding dress! 

Short Civil Wedding Dress 

midi two piece wedding dress - logan by All Who Wander
two piece civil wedding dress - logan by All Who Wander

All who Wander logan gown 

Ready to take your courthouse wedding up a notch? Follow the lure of wanderlust and opt for something a little different with the All Who Wander logan gown. 

This show-stopping two-piece column wedding dress is crafted for the fashion-forward bride who isn’t afraid to break tradition and rock something truly special. With a stylish tea length and figure-hugging fit, this showstopper flaunts a floating sheer sequin top that is equal parts chic and daring. 

There’s an eye-catching low back with crystal button closure that’s guaranteed to make your civil ceremony ten times chicer. It’s time to say, “I Do!” to unfettered elegance in the All Who Wander logan gown. 

Chic Civil Wedding Dress 

simple sheath wedding dress with high slit - D3802 by Essense of Australia
simple sheath wedding dress for civil wedding - D3802 by Essense of Australia

Essense of Australia Style D3802 

Are you a modern bride looking to strike a balance between elegance and cutting-edge style? Look no further than Essense of Australia Style D3802. 

This sleekly sophisticated column wedding dress with a plunging notch neckline is as timeless as it is classic. It’s been elevated with subtle touches of contemporary edge for brides who want to stay ahead of the fashion curve on their special day. The bodice flaunts a wide draped band that emphasizes the waist while creating a romantic silhouette and pairing perfectly with the squared-back detail. 

Elegant shoulder straps enhance this look, adorned with fabric-covered buttons that extend the length of the gown. The luxurious column sheath skirt gently wraps around the hips, featuring a tasteful side skirt split for a dazzling effect. There’s no doubt you will look absolutely stunning in this chic civil wedding dress. 

Plus Size Civil Wedding Dress 

plus size simple mermaid wedding dress with notched neckline - D3615+ by Essense of Australia
simple plus size mermaid wedding dress - D3615+ by Essense of Australia

Essense of Australia Style D3615+ 

For the modern bride who wants to look her best, Essense of Australia Style D3615+ is the ideal fit! This sleek and minimalist matte satin fit-and-flare style will flatter your beautiful curves and make you look like a goddess on your big day. 

With impeccable tailoring that emphasizes your waistline and a voluminous skirt for a luxe bridal look, it is designed to wow. Detailed with a notched illusion tulle neckline, it showcases a timeless scoop neckline and fitted bodice. 

Whether you’re looking for something simple or luxurious, this stunning fit-and-flare boasts couture construction that is sure to make you shine on your special day. Prepare to dazzle on your special day with this gorgeous gown! 

How do I Style my Civil Wedding Dress? 

When it comes to styling your civil wedding dress, you’ll want to focus on pieces that add understated sophistication. Accessories such as a simple veil or delicate jewelry will help complete the look and make you feel extra special. For shoes, opt for something comfortable with a timeless touch. 

No matter what style of civil wedding dress you end up choosing, the most important thing is that it reflects your personal style and makes you feel beautiful on your special day. With so many gorgeous options available at True Society, you’re sure to find something perfect for your courthouse ceremony. 

To find the civil wedding dress of your dreams, reserve your appointment today and talk to our True Crew about all the amazing choices we have for you at True Society. Availability varies per store. 

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