Post # 1
My fiance and I have decided to get married at the courthouse with our immediate family and our photographer in tow. I have had a beautiful Vera Wang ball gown style dress picked out for over a year. I love this dress and want very badly to wear it to out wedding, even though it will be in a courthouse. I know I’ll stick out like a sore thumb, but this day will only come once. Do you think it’s okay to wear a fancy wedding dress to a courthouse ceremony?? I’m dying for some opinions. Part of me thinks it might be inappropriate, but part of me thinks that this is MY big day and I should wear whatever the heck I want to wear. What do you think??
Post # 3
Hey, go for it! The other option is, if you’re planning to have some kind of reception later, to save it and wear it then.
ETA: I did consider wearing my dress to our wedding (which was at the courthouse) but saved it for the reception, which we had the day after. Either way, you’ll be fine. And it’s impossible to be overdressed on your wedding day, no matter where you get married.
Also, considering that most people who go to the courthouse for whatever don’t generally dress up, you’ll “stick out like a sore thumb” if you look even remotely nice, generally speaking. I wore a nice skirt and sweater and had my hair done; Darling Husband wore a suit. We both “stuck out,” but who cares? It’s your wedding day!
Post # 4
Do you have to do the courthouse route? Could you hire a Justice of the Peace or get a friend/family member ordained so you could do it elsewhere?
Post # 5
I have walked past the courthouse and seen a bride and groom coming out and the bride was wearing a big fluffly gown.. It definitely caught my attention because i wasnt expecting to see it. I personally think you will be overdressed but if thats what you really want then you should do it
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s an issue. I mean, it’s your wedding day no matter where you have it. I’m not sure how ballgown-y the dress you’re talking about is, but I’d say as long as you don’t have to move it to get through a doorway you’re fine. 😉 I do think it’s cute when brides wear tea-length dresses, but I also think you can wear whatever you want. 🙂
Post # 7
You will stick out like a sore thumb but if you’re okay with that then you should just go ahead and wear the dress. Do what makes me you happy; who cares what a bunch of strangers think?
Post # 8
DO IT!! If you feel weird about doing it in Arlington Heights, consider going into Chicago…. I’ve never seen their city hall, but it might be fancier. Here in SF, people get SUPER dressed up sometimes for their wedding in City Hall, which is GORGEOUS.
Post # 10
I don’t know about yours, but our Courthouse is gorgeous on the inside. A few girls I know got married in ballgowns in the Courthouse, and their pictures turned out beautiful! I’m sure every one is different, but I say go for it! It’s your wedding.. it’s not like people are going to say, “Hey, what’s that bride doing wearing a big white dress?”
Post # 11
what about wearing it with a brightly colored cardigan? That would be so chic.
Post # 12
It’s your day! Who care what people think! Wear what you want 🙂
Post # 13
Wear it! It’s a special day not meant for strict adherence to convention. I believe the day will feel more special to you in the end if you do wear it and the fact that you already have it in your possession tells me you’d really like to wear a fancy dress. We considered getting married at the courthouse and a huge part of me was hung up on doing something so important without something symbolic to mark the occasion. Damn the masses. :^)
Post # 14
wear it! Enjoy your day and wear whatever you want, I think it will be fine.
Post # 15
DOOOOO IIIIIIITTTTTTTT!!!!! Up until about a month ago i was stressing super hard about our wedding because i was trying to please everyone else. If there is one thing Ive learned throughout this process is that it is MY (OUR) day and I(WE) should be happy. Sure people may look and even stare but what else can they say other than your gorgeous anyway?!?!? ultimately it’s about what you want to do…so you should wear whatever you want
SN if you dont wear it to the court house what other opportunity do you have to wear it….you cant just let a Vera Wang dress go to waste….and since you have one Im sure you know what i mean =]
Post # 16
I would totally wear a ballgown to the courthouse. I don’t see why you should miss out on the opportunity to wear the ballgown.