If you are going the non-fuss route of a city hall wedding, it doesn’t mean you should skimp on style for the big day. Whatever your budget, there are many elegant white dress options that are appropriate for a simple ceremony, yet will look eternally chic in the pictures that follow.
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Stick to refined silhouettes with subtle details that won’t feel overwhelmingly over the top. Look for midi and tea length hemlines that are a bit more formal but not as elaborate as a full gown. Comfort is key, so make sure to choose a shape that flatters your figure and you can breath in should you face a case of last minute jitters.
Find our top 12 summer dress choices below that are casual but elegant enough for that intimate moment you will remember for a lifetime.
1. THE ASYMMETRIC MIDI
This refined dress features subtle black contrast stitching and a deconstructed look that is anything but basic.
DKNY | $209 (originally $348)
2. THE LACE SHIFT
This classic silhouette is extremely elegant in lace fabrication as well as flattering for all body types.
Valentino | $2,520 (originally $3,600)
3. THE MINIMALIST DEEP V
Balance the proportions of a plunging neckline with a full fluid skirt to not reveal too much skin on the big day.
Farrow | $68
4. THE COAT DRESS
A perfectly tailored coat doubles as a chic dress for a modern take on a classic two-piece suit.
Alexander McQueen | $1,538 (originally $3,075)
5. THE TIE SHOULDER SUNDRESS
Intricute guipure lace pairs perfectly with this modern fit & flare silhouette ideal for a civil ceremony.
Self Portrait | $545
6. THE STRAPLESS SWEETHEART
This shape will hug your curves in all the right places for a clean look with plenty of flair.
Amanda Uprichard | $330
7. THE EMPIRE WAIST
A long hemline, square cut neckline and pleated empire waist nod to a modern Jane Eyre type bridal look.
Racil | $415 (originally $692)
8. THE UPDATED MERMAID
Sheer lace with flattering ruching details take on a mermaid silhouette's form in a new way.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi | $483 (originally $805)
9. THE SLEEK FIT
A tight fit hugs curves seamlessly and a built in satin bra top peeks out for an extra element of surprise.
Victoria Beckham | $1,970
10. THE MODERN EYELET
A heritage eyelet fabric with modern details makes for a special story behind the dress that you will remember the rest of your life.
J. Crew | $240 (originally $298)
11. THE BLAZER DRESS
Sharp tailoring and an asymmetrical hem make for a totally unique option for courthouse nuptials.
Topshop | $125
12. THE RETRO TWIST
This 40’s style silhouette nods to the past with vintage style detailing like drawstring necktie, button front, and a micro puff sleeve.
Dolce & Gabbana | $2,675