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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

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 
Brigitte, Marcela and Yolande 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  
Serena, Elvina and Natalia 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 Fascinator with Silk Roses for Courthouse Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Birdcage Veil Fascinator with Bows for City Hall Wedding Genevieve Rose Atelier Beret Fascinator with Bows for City Hall Wedding

Zinadina Charlotte and Helena headpieces.

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 Bianca Jagger in a skirt suit) or jumpsuit.

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


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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    Genevieve Foddy