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What to Wear to A City Hall Wedding Ceremony

As City Hall wedding ceremonies become increasingly popular, we explore some of the fabulous outfit and accessory ideas that are guaranteed to make a civil ceremony feel like the special and unique moment it is. A Courthouse wedding is blissfully less constrained by the conventions of traditional, formal weddings and allows a couple to really express their own style; thinking outside the bridal box but maintaining a sense of special occasion. Here are some of the current bridal styles we love for a civil ceremony. Explore even more styling ideas, chic accessories and real City Hall brides on our pinterest board

At Genevieve Rose Atelier we love a short wedding dress and a Courthouse wedding is the perfect occasion to embrace a midi or mini style. 

Emilia Wickstead Short Civil Ceremony Wedding Dress Grace Kelley City Hall Short Wedding Dress Delphine Maniert Short Courthouse Wedding Dress

Sophie et Voila Camelia Short Civil Ceremony Dress Self Portrait Azaelea Short Courthouse Wedding Dress LEIN Studio Button Front Mini Dress for a City Hall Wedding

The ultimate of-the-moment cool-girl look for modern City Hall brides is the white pantsuit (think Amal Clooney or Bianca Jagger in a skirt suit) or jumpsuit.  

Houghton Bridal Jumpsuit for a City Hall Wedding Amal Clooney Wedding Pantsuit Maria Fekih Short Jumpsuit for a Courthouse Wedding   Maria Fekih Pantsuit for a Civil Ceremony Stella McCartney White Pantsuit for a Civil CeremonyCaroline Hayden City Hall Wedding Skirt Suit

Without a doubt our favorite hair accessory for a City Hall Wedding is the pillbox hat: a clean and crisp vintage-inspired design that is chic and comfortable and pairs beautifully with any tailored outfit. 

Genevieve Rose Atelier Pillbox Hat for City Hall Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Pillbox Hat for Courthouse Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Pillbox Hat for Civil Wedding Ceremony

Brigitte, Marcela and Cecelia pillbox hats.

To make an outfit feel more 'bridal' but still embrace the more laid-back feel of a Courthouse wedding we love adding a short blusher or birdcage veil to a civil wedding outfit. 

Genevieve Rose Atelier Short Birdcage Veil for City Hall Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Alix Short Birdcage Veil for Courthouse Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Short Tulle Blusher Veil for City Hall Wedding

Serena, Alix and Willa short veils. 

For City Hall brides looking for a more modern and paired-back accessory we love the addition of a headband. Modern bridal headbands range from sweet and simple to the large statement-making 'hatbands' that are perfectly on-trend. 

Genevieve Rose Atelier Large Headband for City Hall Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Tiny Pearl Headband for Courthouse Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Large Silk Bow Headband for Civill Wedding Ceremony

Giovanna, Lucrezia and Cayetana headbands. 

And for brides who really want to make a style statement a civil ceremony is the perfect excuse to try a whimsical headpiece or sculptural fascinator. Paired with a simple dress or sleek jumpsuit this is civil ceremony perfection. 

Genevieve Rose Atelier Birdcage Veil Fascinator with Bows for City Hall Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Fascinator with Silk Roses for Courthouse Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Beret Fascinator with Bows for City Hall Wedding

Charlotte, Zinadina and Helena headpieces. 

And last but not least, the more personalized and less structured feel of a City Hall wedding gives plenty of opportunity to play with your other accessories. A short dress or jumpsuit will show off a fabulous pair of shoes and why not add a lovely pair of lace gloves and a cute clutch too.

Emmy London Blush Pink Pumps for a City Hall Wedding Roger Vivier Silver Viv Clutch for a CourthouseWedding LEIN Studio Lace Gloves for a City Hall Wedding

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I Don't Want to Wear A Traditional Wedding Dress

So you hate wedding dresses? You're asking yourself want can I wear instead of a traditional wedding dress? Modern brides are increasingly choosing non-traditional wedding dresses (and weddings!) and there have never been so many swoon-worthy, statement-making wedding dress alternatives available for chic and unconventional brides. Here is a round up of our favorite styles - with suggested headpieces, of course!

Unusual Silhouettes

The freshest non-traditional wedding dresses all have unusual, and very fashionable, silhouettes. Gone are the days of strapless ballgowns, princess lines dresses and body-con mesh numbers with excessive beading. Unconventional brides are now choosing short wedding dresses, or styles that are tiered and ruffled. One of our favorite new silhouettes is a 'tabard' style - a long sheath-like silhouette either as the main silhouette of the dress or as a sheer cape over a dress.

Increasingly popular, and a definite breath of fresh air, are modern wedding dresses that are more casual in style but still luxe, such as a shirt dress made in exquisite silk crepe. 

Choose a headpiece that echoes the silhouette and proportion of the dress or add a short and sweet birdcage veil to a less obvious dress to make it more bridal. 

Emilia Wickstead Short Wedding Dress - Courthouse Wedding Dresses Genevieve Rose Atelier Alix Pearl Beaded Headband with Birdcage Veil

Emilia Wickstead Short dress, Alix Beaded Headband with Veil 

Genevieve Rose Atelier Grace Vintage Flower Crown Viktor & Rolf Ruffled Wedding Dress - Unconventional Wedding Dresses 

Grace Vintage Silk Flower Headband, Viktor & Rolf Ruffled Dress

Sophie et Voila Tiered Wedding Dress Genevieve Roes Atelier Luana Ruffled Organza Bridal Headband

Sophie et Voila Dress, Luana Ruffled Organza Crown

Genevieve Rose Atelier Giovanna Large Headband with Pearls Halfpenny London Tulle Cape - For Brides Who Don't Want to Wear a Wedding Dress 

Giovanna Large Headband with Pearls, Halfpenny London Tulle Tabard

Genevieve Rose Atelier Clemence Renaissance Pearl Bridal Headband Delphine Manivet Bridal Shirt Dress - Modern Unconventional Wedding Dresses

Delphine Manivet shirtdress, Clemence Renaissance Pearl Head-tie

Pantsuits, Jumpsuits and Separates

A very chic and comfortable alternative to a traditional wedding dress is a pantsuit or jumpsuit. These have long been a favorite of City Hall brides but are now also the chic choice for brides choosing unusual wedding venues or having smaller, or multi-day events. Look for a pantsuit or jumpsuit with clean lines and either keep the silhouette sleek with a minimalist headpiece, or make a head-turning entrance in a statement-making flowers crown or headband. 

Genevieve Rose Atelier Serena Birdcage Face Veil with Lace Gabriela Hearst Wedding Pantsuit - Unconventional Wedding Dresses 

Serena Birdcage Veil, Gabriela Hearst Pantsuit

Maria Fekih Wedding Shorts - I Hat Wedding Dresses Genevieve Rose Atelier Cayetana Silk Bow Bridal Headband

Maria Fekih shortsuit, Cayetana Silk Bow Headband

Genevieve Rose Atelier Juliana Bridal Flower Crown Maria Fekih Bridal Top and Skirt - For Brides Who Don't Want to Wear  A Wedding Dress 

Juliana Silk Flower Brown, Maria Fekih skirt and top

Houghton Bridal Jumpsuit - Non Traditional Wedding Dresses Genevieve Rose Atelier Charlotte Bridal Headpiece with Bows and Birdcage Veil

Houghton jumpsuit, Charlotte Headpiece with Bows and Birdcage Veil

Covered up - with coats, capes and long sleeves

Bridal trends for many years now have shown a lot of skin and every curve but modern brides are now opting for a more classic and covered-up look. For some this means adding a beautiful coat or cape in exquisite fabric to a clean-lined dress with the bonus that these chic pieces of outerwear can definitely be worn again. Alternatively the sleeve, either long and fitted or dramatically puffy, is the ultimate statement maker. Wonderfully all of these non-traditional wedding dress ideas also make the outfit much more appropriate for a fall or winter wedding, which are fast increasing in popularity amongst alternative brides. 

For your headpiece keep the silhouette clean and simple, avoiding ruffles and sparkles, but scale the size to suit the overall silhouette of your dress.

Sophie Et Voila Bridal Coat - Alternative Wedding Dresses Sophie et Voila Wedding Cape - Unconventional Wedding Dresses Danielle Frankel Organza Bridal Coat - Non Traditional Wedding Dresses

Sophie et Voile coat and cape, Danielle Frankel trench coat 

Genevieve Rose Atelier Serefina Rose and Lace Bridal Headpiece Genevieve Rose Atelier Lucrezia Vintage Pearl Bridal Headband Genevieve Rose Atelier Large Bridal Headband

Serefina rose headpiece, Lucrezia pearl headbandLilibet petal large headband

Suzanne Neville Long Sleeve Wedding Dress Yolan Cris Puff Sleeve Long Sleeve Wedding Dress Sophie et Voila Puff Sleeve Wedding Dress

Suzanne Neville, Yolan Cris, Sophie et Voila 


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Hair Accessories for Your Engagement Party

Congratulations on your engagement! Your engagement party is the first official opportunity you have to celebrate your love with family and friends before the serious business of wedding planning begins. We've put together some ideas on what to wear to your engagement party to kick off your wedding adventure in style.

Your engagement party is a great time to start experimenting with dress silhouettes, color palettes and themes that you might like to carry through to your wedding day. For your engagement party we like the idea of taking these ideas and making them more casual; for example choose a short dress and pair it with strappy sandals or flat shoes and a headpiece for a look that instantly says 'bride to be'.

Keep it casual for a garden party, brunch or picnic and add a streamlined headband to for a chic and casual celebration.

Cayetana Silk Bow Headband by Genevieve Rose AtelierNeedle and Thread Embroidered Dress

Cayetana Silk Bow Headband, Needle and Thread dress

Gucci Sleveless Embroidered Mini DressClemence Pearl Head-tie by Genevieve Rose Atelier

Gucci shift dress, Clemence pearl head tie

Lucrezia Pearl Bridal Headband by Genevieve Rose AtelierDion Lee Pleated Mini Dress

Lucrezia pearl headband, Dion Lee pleated mini dress

Or turn up the glam for a cocktail party and add a head-turning headpiece or fascinator. A birdcage veil is a great party piece for a bride to be and adds undeniable sophistication to a cocktail dress.

Serena Birdcage Veil with Applique Lace by Genevieve Rose AtelierUlla Johnson Amalia White Engagement Party Dress

Serena birdcage veil, Ulla Johnson midi dress

Jonathan Simkhai Lace Midi DressMaxima Silk Orchid Headband by Genevieve Rose Atelier

Jonathan Simkhai lace dress, Maxima silk orchid headband

Feather Flower Bridal Headpiece by Genevieve Rose AtelierDolce & Gabbana Rose Print Strapless Dress 

Constance feather flower fascinator, Dolce & Gabbana strapless dress

Marchesa Notte Floral DressDanica Silk Poppy and Birdcage Veil Headpiece by Genevieve Rose Atelier

Marchesa Notte ruffled dress, Danica birdcage veil fascinator

Use your engagement party as a chance to experiment with color and patterns. We especially love pastel pinks, blues and greens for a spring engagement party, or celebrate the spring season with a lovely floral print. A matching pastel or white headpiece will keep your look decidedly bridal. 

Self Portrait Tiered Lace Midi DressGiovanna Large Headband With Pearls by Genevieve Rose AtelierThe Vampire's Wife Liberty Ruffled Midi DressJuliana Silk Flower Crown by Genevieve Rose AtelierAlberta Ferretti Embroidered Front DressGrace Vintage Flower Fascinator by Genevieve Rose AtelierDolce & Gabbana One Shoulder Floral DressBlush Pink Lace Bridal Headpiece by Genevieve Rose AtelierDolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Dress

Self Portrait, Giovanna large headband,The Vampire's Wife

Juliana flower crown, Alberta Ferretti, Grace vintage flower headpiece,

Dolce & Gabbana, Clementine blush pink lace headpiece Dolce & Gabbana

For more engagement party dress, headpiece and decor ideas visit our Engagement Party Dresses Pinterest board.

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2020 Bridal Headpiece Trends

A new year and new decade welcome a variety of fresh wedding trends. Here is our round up on the most popular styles of wedding dresses for brides in 2020 and the best and freshest headpieces to match with them. 

2020 brides are moving away from the sheer and figure hugging wedding gown styles of the past few years and are seeking elegant and simplified dresses in beautifully soft and drapey fabrics and with a cleaner streamlined, and more modest silhouette, often with a higher neckline, sleeves and less body-conscious line. Built-in capelets and sheer capes, jackets or shrugs are a fresh way to add modesty and interest to a 2020 bridal look.

 Caroline Hayden Bridal Cape Emilia Wickstead Verona Wedding Dress Chana Marelus Azalea Lace Wedding Dress

Caroline Hayden, Emilia Wickstead,  Sophie et Voila

These styles pair best with a streamlined headband style rather than a long veil which can over-power the simplicity of these silhouettes. Bridal headbands have very much increased in popularity for 2020 and are now available in a variety of widths and heights. Headbands with pearls and florals details are bridal favorite for the new decade. 

Genevieve Rose Atelier Tiny Floral Headband Flavia Genevieve Rose Atelier Large Headband with Pearls Giovanna Genevieve Rose Atelier Juliana Floral Headband as seen on New York Weddings Magazine

Flavia tiny petal headband; Giovanna large headband with pearls and draped tulle; Juliana organza flower crown

Bridal dress designers are making use of less traditional fabrics such as point d'esprit and broderie anglaise and embellishments are subtle - favoring floral embroidery and appliques over the heavy beading of past seasons. Bows, both as an embellishment and structural part of the gown, remain very popular. We love the idea of echoing the florals or bow of a modern bridal dress in a simple headpiece.

Maria Fekih Broderie Anglaise Wedding Dress Donatelle Godart Point d'Esprit Wedding Dress Halfpenny London Tabard Wedding Cape

Maria Fekih, Donatelle Godart, Halfpenny London

Genevieve Rose Atelier Rose and Spot Birdcage Veil Comb Genevieve Rose Atelier Torn Crinoline Bridal Headband Genevieve Rose Atelier Rose and Lace Bridal Headband

Elisabetta rose and spot birdcage veil comb; Magdalena torn crinoline headband; Serefina rose and lace headband

One of the most exciting new directions for bridal outfits in 2020 is the rise of bridal separates. Pants, midi skirts, camisoles, jumpsuits and even knitwear in luxe fabrics with minimal embellishment are the choice for modern brides looking for an outfit she can wear with ease, dance all night in, and wear again after her wedding day. We love these bridal looks paired with an exaggerated silk bow headband, or, for a modern nod towards bridal tradition, a birdcage veil worn on a comfortable headband.

Houghton Bridal Pants and Camisole Mariah Fekih Bridal Midi Skirt Mariah Fekih Bridal Pants

Houghton, Maria Fekih, Maria Fekih

Genevieve Rose Atelier Large Organza Bow Headband Genevieve Rose Atelier Pearl Bridal Headband with Birdcage Veil Genevieve Rose Atelier White Bow Bridal Headband

Livia large organza bow headband; Alix pearl headband with birdcage veil; Cayetana large silk bow headband


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Holiday Outfit Style

The holidays are a fun excuse for getting your glam on, for dressing up and celebrating with friends and family. Holiday 2019 celebrates luxe fabrics like velvet, heavy silks and gold lame, and a perfectly highlights the on-trend colors of green and metallics. Here are some of our favorite holiday 2019 party dresses paired with Genevieve Rose Atelier custom, hand-made headbands. 

Batsheva Red Velvet Peter Pan Collar Holiday Dress Genevieve Rose Atelier Black Velvet Holiday Headband with Veil

On-trend NYC brand Batsheva offers a fun interpretation of this season's obsession with velvet with this short, red velvet dress with peter pan collar. Pair with a Genevieve Rose Atelier velvet turban headband with vintage veil for grown-up sophistication. 

Marc Jacobs Green Lame Holiday Dress Genevieve Rose Atelier Gold Lame Holiday Headband

Love lame? Why not double the fun pairing this Marc Jacobs green lame dress with a Genevieve Rose Atelier gold lame turban headband

Miu Miu Tiered Short Black Dress Genevieve Rose Atelier Red Silk Holiday Headband with Bow

A little black dress just needs a pop of holiday color to bring the Christmas cheer. Pair this Miu Miu tiered mini dress with a sweet and sleek Genevieve Rose Atelier red silk headband with bow for instant holiday glamor. 

Zara Blush Pink Sequin Dress Genevieve Rose Atelier Black Feather and Crystal Holiday Headband

Shimmer at every party is this Zara blush pink sequined midi-dress, which we love paired with a Genevieve Rose Atelier feather and crystal headband


We have so many favorite holiday headbands to wear we're worried we won't have enough holiday party invitations to show them off at. Drinks anyone?

Genevieve Rose Atelier Red Organza Ruffle Holiday Headband Genevieve Rose Atelier Pink Velvet Holiday Headband Genevieve Rose Atelier Black Feather Holiday Headband

Luana red ruffled headband, Betty pink velvet headband and Camille black feather headband by Genevieve Rose Atelier. Remember Genevieve can customize you any headband in any color so get in touch to place your unique custom order today!

 And for total head-to-toe holiday style we've chosen just a few of our favorite holiday shoes. You know we're flat show girls here so we can't go past these Prada Silver flats and Jimmy Choo red velvet flats. But if we were ever going to wear heels it would have to be these amazing Gianvito Rossi ruffle gold lame stunners. 

Prada Silver Flat Mary Janes Jimmy Choo Velvet Pointy Toe Flats Gianvito Rossi Gold Ruffle Stiletto Heels


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How To Match a New Season Coat With a Hat - Winter 2019

Winter 2019 offers so many great coat and hat styles, there's no need to be cold - or frumpy - all season long. Here's how to style some of the latest coat silhouettes with hats to match. 

Check out more of our favorite coats from winter 2019 and how to pair them with a Genevieve Rose Atelier hat on our winter style Pinterest page and our new winter 2019 hat collection

Cocoon and puffer coats are still tending well as they they have been for a few season. These are both wonderfully practical choices that you can easily layer a sweater under and the generous shapes and lengths will keep you very toasty warm. Hats have taken a similar turn towards cozy and practical cocooning styles, but rather than reaching for the usual beanie we love a cocoon or puffer coat paired with a retro-inspired turban or felt cap. Both give a slightly more polished accent to a casual coat and turbans are every bit as warm and packable as a beanie but with an added dash of vintage-inspired glamor. 

Cos wool boucle cocoon coatJeanie Magenta Vintage Turban by Genevieve Rose Atelier

COS Navy Boucle Cocoon coat paired with Genevieve Rose Atelier 'Jeanie' Turban Beanie

J.Crew Leopard Puffer Coat Zenobia Leopard Cap with Yellow Zipper by Genevieve Rose Atelier

J.Crew Leopard print puffer coat with Genevieve Rose Atelier 'Zenobia' Leopard and Yellow Zipper Cap


Capes are having a quiet moment as an alternative trend and are a great way to layer your warmth and achieve the perfect balance of polished and casual. We suggest pairing your cape with an on-trend bucket hat to keep your look fresh, modern and casually chic.

Chloe hooded cape Floreat Rain Bucket Hat with Bow by Genevieve Rose Atelier

Chloe Cape with Genevieve Rose Atelier 'Floreat' Bucket Rain Hat.


One of our favorite trends of Winter 2019 is the daring pops of color in outerwear, sweaters and accessories. Nothing cheers up a grey late-winter day than wrapping yourself in a bright color or bold print. We say double down on the cheer and add a bright hat in a simple silhouette in a complimentary color - or power clash your brights like a pro fasionista. 

Zara pink overcoat Yellow Fuzzy Bucket Hat by Genevieve Rose Atelier

Zara bubblegum pink overcoat with Genevieve Rose Atelier 'Peggy' yellow fuzzy bucket hat

J.Crew Plaid Top Coat Hanna Red Wool Woven Bucket Hat by Genevieve Rose Atelier

J.Crew top coat in bright plaid and Genevieve Rose Atelier 'Hanna' woven red bucket hat



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