Sweet and simple wedding outfits for the courthouse

From effortless dresses to playful jumpsuits, these outfits are perfect for a low-key courthouse wedding.

Weddings are a wonderful symbol of commitment between partners, but they can also be incredibly expensive. With the average Australian wedding costing over $20,000, many happy couples are now opting to skip the traditional nuptials and hold a laid-back courthouse ceremony instead.

Does this mean you have to miss out on a dreamy wedding outfit for your big day, though? We certainly don't think so. We've rounded up some simple, elegant styles for you to browse, and listed just where you can shop them without breaking the bank.


1. Plain satin or silk dress

If you're opting for a low-key ceremony but don't want to miss out on wearing a pretty wedding dress, consider shopping an unadorned satin or silk gown. Though they may not be decked out with lace or diamante embellishments, simple gowns are anything but boring. With a sleek and elegant aesthetic, these dresses add a truly classic and romantic feel to your wedding day. Better yet, the simple nature of the dresses often sees them placed at the lower end of the wedding dress price spectrum, meaning you can look a million bucks on a budget.

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2. Short wedding dress

For those who want their courthouse wedding to be more casual than classic, a short wedding dress could be the way to go. Whether mini or tea-length, shorter dresses can still be stunning, while adding an element of fun to the day. Try a mini-length lace dress for a modern twist on a classic wedding outfit or consider a vintage swing dress for a timeless, chic look.

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3. White lace dress

If you're looking to keep things low-budget, steer clear of wedding dresses all together and opt instead for a simple, white lace dress. Not only should you be able to find something to suit in any of your favourite retailers, but you can be guaranteed that no one else will have the same wedding dress as you! Best of all, white lace dresses are so easy to find that you can easily shop across styles to find something that fits with both your taste and budget.

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4. Two-piece wedding dress

For the laid-back bride, a two-piece wedding dress is the perfect pick. A romantic and unique take on a traditional wedding dress, two-piece dresses feature a crop top paired with a full, flowing skirt. While they're quite unusual, they're becoming much easier to find now that bohemian wedding dresses are having a moment. If you don't want to spend money on a bridal dress, you can even create your own version by simply pairing a white lace crop with a maxi skirt.

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5. Wedding jumpsuit

Bridal outfits aren't just restricted to dresses. There are now plenty of other options on the market including our personal favourite, the jumpsuit. Modern and minimalist, bridal jumpsuits exude a sense of effortlessness that is ideal for a courthouse wedding. They're also supremely comfortable, helping you to enjoy your day and dance the night away in style.

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6. Wedding suit

Women's wedding suits or tuxedos are another great alternative to a traditional dress. Offering versatility, they can be tailored to your personal style as you can choose to pair a suit jacket with either trousers or a skirt. You can also pick a fitted or relaxed style, depending on what is most comfortable for you. Brands like ASOS have specific bridal suits that come complete with glitzy embellishments or you can simply choose to shop suit separates from retailers like Net-a-Porter.

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