(Closed) Courthouse Wedding: what to wear

posted 10 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Wear your gown! Why not? Are you going to have an opprotunity to wear your gown at a later date? Fiance is military and we are doing a courthouse wedding, and then a bigger one later on, so I have a short dress for the courthouse, and a full size gown for the big wedding.

Post # 4
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Aww…I think you should try to wear your gown!

Post # 5
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d wear the dress for sure!

Now if your dress is resellable as is and you need the $, consider selling it and going for a more informal dress.

I had a full on wedding planned and bought a Casablanca gown with a train.  Now that is cancelled and I’m driving my dress 18 hours up to Canada to have an outdoor elopement in the mountains.  I will even probably hike in my dress.

Post # 6
36 posts
  • Wedding: February 2013

@cutelildeadbear:  The contrast between the two might be nice.  Or, you can always try and do it in another city/county.  =)

Post # 7
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Do you have a photo of the gown and the location?  I do think it’s OK for the bride to be the overdressed one though!

Post # 8
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Definitely wear your gown! You bought it, I’m sure it’s gorgeous, wear it! You want to marry the love of your life in it, should it matter the surroundings?


My brother got married in the courthouse and everyone was dressed nice but not reception nice. My sister in law wore a really nice white shirt and a black skirt and my brother wore a shirt and tie. 

Post # 9
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I totally understand not wanting to look out of place. If you feel comfortable then rock it! If not you could do a short white lace dress. I just bought a dress & shoes for our civil ceremony for ~$50:


(if you give them your e-mail you get a 25% off coupon) 

and then these shoes

http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=&subCatId=&skuId=075117110&productId=66444&lotId=075117&category=&catdisplayName=Womens' defer='defer

Very inexpensive option!

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