Can I wear a ballgown to my courthouse wedding?? Please weigh in!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

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
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 9
4682 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Why not?

Post # 10
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

what about wearing it with a brightly colored cardigan? That would be so chic. 


Post # 12
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s your day! Who care what people think! Wear what you want 🙂

Post # 13
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

wear it! Enjoy your day and wear whatever you want, I think it will be fine.

Post # 15
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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.

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