'Tis the season for weddings, weddings and more weddings. It seems to be that time of year when "what to wear to a wedding?" is a question on everyone's lips and an even bigger task at hand if you're the bride. Over the last few years, I’ve paid attention to the evolution of bridal dresses and the transition from ‘princess’ dressing to modern looks, which often takes place at the registry site. The bridal aesthetic has come on leaps and bounds and it’s inspired many jolly looks. As civil ceremonies are a dialled-down version of the big day, it gives brides the opportunity to be entirely creative. There are myriad styles of dressing that will suit everyone and some of these may be unexpected pairings that you wouldn't necessarily assign to bridal.
Fashion influencer Lucy Williams wore a long-sleeved midi dress by 16arlington to her civil ceremony and a Danielle Frankel dress to her white wedding.
Marilyn wears a Jill Sandar blazer and skirt duo, demonstrating how two separate pieces can make the freshest look. Pair this with mules and you'll be ceremony ready.
Marisa dons this ethereal Essen frock in a light cotton fabrication. Notice the barely-there splice that lends it a modern feel.
Add a hint of drama with the oversized floral detail courtesy of Magda Butrym.
Although white and ivory looks are the most traditional elements of bridal wear, don't be afraid to throw the rule book out in place of something that feels like the most 'you'. The same goes for shaping and the type of garment you pick. Instead of the familiar frothy dresses and veils, expect to see tailored suits, sleek separates, jumpsuits and dresses you can wear well past the big day. While there are no rules for what to wear, you'll want to feel amazing in a memorable ensemble. Keep scrolling to see the best bridal outfit ideas for a civil ceremony.
1. The Modest Maxi + Satin Slingbacks
Make like Sofia Richie and don a high-neck dress. Although it's floor length, this style has a modern appeal, thanks to the clean silhouette.
2. Buttermilk Bandeau Dress + Modern Accessories
3. Ivory Blazer + Trouser Suit
4. Top + Maxi Skirt Co-ord
5. Mini Dress + Fluffy Accessories
6. Off-The-Shoulder Silk Dress + Ruched Pumps
7. Bandeau Dress + Diamante Heels
8. Floral Appliqué Mini + Leather Sandals
9. Fluffy Ivory Trouser Co-ord
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Many brides opt for Loeffler Randall on their special day. The chunky sole is great for a bride who wants some added height. Then there's the uniquely pleated fabrication, which is synonymous with the brand identity.