(Closed) What do courthouse or elopement brides wear?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Wear the dress!!!! Don’t listen to your friend, tons of people wear gorgeous gowns to the courthouse. You’ll look great in the professional photos and it makes the day more special, not just like running another errand! 

There’s quite a few bees who’ve done it, hopefully some will come into this thread to share pics. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Agree, wear the dress. Absolutely no one at that courthouse will care and if you’re getting photos as well, it makes sense to not wear jeans and a tshirt like I did, lol.  Just because it never happened when your friend was there doesn’t mean no one ever wears a wedding dress.

my parents had a courthouse wedding and while she didn’t wear a “proper” wedding dress, mom did wear a minidress she’d made herself specifcally for the wedding and dad wore a suit (1970s).  

Post # 4
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Newbee

You can wear whatever you want to a courthouse wedding, there’s no right or wrong!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I worked in a courthouse during law school and witnessed some weddings. People dressed all kinds of ways: grubby shorts and T-shirts, jeans, Sunday best, traditional wedding dresses. 

Wear what you want!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper

You can wear anything you want. A simple wedding dress without a train sounds perfect. It doesn’t matter what other people do. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall

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hbraerae :  This is how I will be getting married as well (very likely) and I plan on wearing a white floor length (or midi length) dress, whether is a bridal gown, prom dress or just a white dress. Do you!! 

I am also considering getting a white tulle skirt and finding  a nice white crop(ish) top to go with it, maybe lace. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall

Sorry for the huge font 😅 I guess that happens when you paste a message 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Wear the dress. The day we got our marriage license there was tons of people there for their elopements and had full wedding dresses on and tuxedos. One couple had their photographer taking pictures of their every move (which I thought was over the top). But anyway they definitely do wear wedding dresses and depending on the courthouse a lot of them have cute little set ups which helps for pictures. It’s not like  a court room that used for criminal proceedings.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

We had two mini-weddings, and the first was sort of an elopement in Denver with a follow-up backyard wedding for immediate family two weeks later.  I wore a knee length white dress from Nordstrom with Sketchers, and was perfectly happy.

You can wear anything you want to your courthouse or backyard wedding!  Wear whatever makes you feel good.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I’m eloping and plan on wearing a wedding dress but if I had decided to go with the courthouse option I would’ve worn one there too. It’s a once in a lifetime and I wanted to be able to have that experience regardless of the venue. I think you should do you and wear a wedding dress! It’s a special moment between the two of you, why not get all glammed up? 🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve seen everything outside of the SF Courthouse! Traditional wedding dresses, destination-style wedding dresses, casual dresses, business attire, jeans and tees, anything goes! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I’m not eloping to a courthouse but it’s still an elopement and we are wearing the full dress and kilt. (Scottish wedding). I have seen a courthouse wedding and they wore white wedding dress too. I say go for it. Xx

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I wore a wedding dress to my enlopement wedding. It was David’s Bridal, ivory lace, and full length. I’m really happy I wore it because when else do you get to wear a wedding dress? I went to David’s Bridal thinking I was looking for something shorter and simpler, but felt much more bridal when I tried on the long dress! 

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