What Do You Wear To Get Married At The Courthouse?

Hey guys! In order to save time, MONEY, and resources, my fiance' and I have decided to get married at the JOP (Justice of the Peace) in September. Although this isn't a typical "wedding", I still consider it my special day and I want to look as beautiful as possible. So, what in the world am I suposed to wear? I can't show up to the courthouse in full wedding attire. I still want to wear a dress of some sorts, but I don't want to be "too dressy" but at the same time I don't want to be "too casual" because it is my wedding day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
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With that kind of wedding, you can wear anything you want. Anything. Wear whatever makes you feel beautiful.

For my courthouse wedding, I wore just an off-white day dress that already I had in my closet.
My mother got married at the courthouse. This was in Germany, about a billion years ago of course (actually, I can honestly say that it was in a completely different century!).

She wore a suit. A nice skirt with matching suit top and a nice blouse. She's always had a lot of fashionable suits.

I'm all about saving money and I pretty much hate formal ceremonies but take it from me. If you think you're going to have children and one of those might be female, she is going to be HUGELY disappointed not to see pictures of you. In a big ole white wedding dress. With a veil and a train (? is that really how it's spelled?) and a tiara and also tuxedos as far as the eye can see. And then also, say, your sister or brother-in-law goes and gets married in an actual church, and your 4-year old daughter is there--her first wedding!--and the bride wears a suit She'll never forget that either.

So before you have kids of the female persuasion, get some photos taken of you in Princess Di type wedding attire.
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i'd go to dress barn and find something. they have nice dresses that aren't very expensive or over dressy.
With that kind of wedding, you can wear anything you want. Anything. Wear whatever makes you feel beautiful.

For my courthouse wedding, I wore just an off-white day dress that already I had in my closet.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree!

I wore jeans, but did so knowing we would have the formal ceremony at a later date. I would have gone dressier if not for that.
if i wanted to still look bride-ish i might wear something like:

I just got married in March. We didn't get married at the courthouse, but a small chapel with just my immediate family there. I wore a semi-casual prom dress. I wanted to look pretty, but didn't want to spend $500 or more on a dress I would wear once. There are prom dresses that look like wedding dresses, but they cost $100 or less; my dress was $75. I can also wear my dress again to another event (although not a wedding since it is white). My husband just wore khakis and a button up shirt. I wish he would have dressed up a little more, but that's what he had.

If you have lots of friends and relatives, make sure you get at least a few pictures taken so everyone can see! In the end, it is your wedding, even if you're just going to the courthouse. Wear what you want!

ETA: I got a prom dress because they were on sale at the store and had the formal look I wanted without being over the top. There are a lot of nice white dresses out there, like the ones Frau posted, that could be nice.

Last edited by SarahMarie; 07-05-2009 at 10:57 PM.
I work in the courthouse and one of my best friends is a judge who pulls me in as a witness for weddings when I have free time. I've seen the full range of attire from traditional wedding gowns to jeans. Wear whatever make you happy on your special day!


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another vote for whatever you want.

i had a friend get married at the courthouse and she basically had a regular wedding at the courthouse. horse drawn carriage that dropped her off/picked them up, a maid of honor, the fancy white dress, flowers, a photographer, and guests (about 15). i never realized just how unusual that was until i typed it out!
My mom wore a knee length light blue dress.
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my husband wore a suit and tie.

as part of my wedding gift, my mother bought me a white lace just-below-the-knee, short-sleeved dress, a pearl necklace and matching earrings. i had my hair pinned up in curls with pearl combs that i found at an accessories store. i still have my dress. i've worn it to church a few times since getting married.
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When my mom remarried in the early 90's, she also went to the court house. She wore a light pink church dress. The men wore button up shirts with ties. I think you have to wear what you are comfortable in. I agree a dress would be nice.
I think a cute White business like dress in white is cute. Kind of like acknowledging the non-dressy way you are getting married but also being tongue in cheek with the White and acknowledging you are at your wedding.

Something kind of like what Carrie had on in the Sex and the City movie when she and Big got married in the courthouse.


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Anything you want, as formal as you want! Do a google image search on San Francisco city hall weddings and wedding photographers -- people most definitely show up in full wedding attire!
Well, quite frankly, its YOUR wedding. It doesn't matter where its at, you can wear whatever you want. Since its your wedding. Pretty simple .
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Something kind of like what Carrie had on in the Sex and the City movie when she and Big got married in the courthouse.
Originally Posted by KinkyKeeper
i didn't see that movie yet!
(wow, who knew, but yay!)
I see people at the courthouse taking pictures in traditional white dresses and veils and tuxedos with flowers and wedding parties in the traditional tuxes and matching long dresses all the time. I have never thought that JOP wedding meant less formal. I agree that you should wear whatever you want - if you want to dress down more, go for it, but if you don't want to miss out on traditional wedding wear then do it.
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Something kind of like what Carrie had on in the Sex and the City movie when she and Big got married in the courthouse.
Originally Posted by KinkyKeeper
i didn't see that movie yet!
(wow, who knew, but yay!)
Originally Posted by frau
don't worry Frau, that's just a dream sequence in the movie. This never happened



I'm all about saving money and I pretty much hate formal ceremonies but take it from me. If you think you're going to have children and one of those might be female, she is going to be HUGELY disappointed not to see pictures of you. In a big ole white wedding dress. With a veil and a train (? is that really how it's spelled?) and a tiara and also tuxedos as far as the eye can see. And then also, say, your sister or brother-in-law goes and gets married in an actual church, and your 4-year old daughter is there--her first wedding!--and the bride wears a suit She'll never forget that either.

So before you have kids of the female persuasion, get some photos taken of you in Princess Di type wedding attire.
hmm, I a little interested why you posted this. My mom wasn't very formal at her wedding. She doesn't like her legs so she wore a white pants suit. Come to think of it, i can't really imagine my mom in a big puffy gown. Turns out, i'm not one of those women who has been dreaming about her wedding since she was little. I would like a nice dress, but I can do without all the formality.hmm, interesting....
Something kind of like what Carrie had on in the Sex and the City movie when she and Big got married in the courthouse.
Originally Posted by KinkyKeeper
i didn't see that movie yet!
(wow, who knew, but yay!)
Originally Posted by frau

Whoops. I thought about not posting it but I figured anybody who really wanted to see the movie would have seen it by now. But yeah shouldn't have posted it. Sorry. Just go with the dream sequence thing. *You didn't see anything*


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Last edited by KinkyKeeper; 07-06-2009 at 11:25 AM.
i'd go to dress barn and find something. they have nice dresses that aren't very expensive or over dressy.
Originally Posted by frau
ditto. my friend found a beautiful, cream-colored, tea length, little-bit-lacey dress there for her wedding. i think it cost her $50.
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