Having a Civil Ceremony? 9 Modern-Bridal Outfits That Have Totally Floored Us

'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.

9 Civil Ceremony Outfits for Every Modern Bride-To-Be: Marilyn wears a Jill Sander Blazer and Skirt Suit



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.

9 Civil Ceremony Outfits for Every Modern Bride-To-Be: @deborabrosa wears Madga Butrym



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.

You can always rely on Heavenly London to bring a touch of art deco to any occasion. These glamorous jewels will compliment all bridal looks.

Cecilie Bahnsen is known for its matelassé crepe apparel and the design now extends to accessories. This clutch is granted to add a playful element to your ensemble. 

The daintiest bow offering and a heel that's just high enough.

2. Buttermilk Bandeau Dress + Modern Accessories

Tove offers the perfect warm weather frock with just the right hint of pigment. Wear this with brown sandals thereafter.

Pearls have a place in every wedding and these doorknocker earrings have a fresh feel.

A sleek accessory for the bride taking a break from ivory, ecru and white.

The sweetest hairpin to tie the look together.

You may not associate these with a wedding shoe but something about it just works with the above look.

3. Ivory Blazer + Trouser Suit 

A double-breasted blazer always appears modern. 

When looking for chic trousers, opt for a fluid silhouette like this.

A made-to-measure bias cami with a subtle dip.

Add even more sentiment to your special day with this embroidered clutch. Who's to say you can't wear it after too?

If you wish to add a feminine lilt to your suited look.

A pop of gold ties the jewel tones together.

4. Top + Maxi Skirt Co-ord

The epitome of a nice top. It is your wedding day, after all.

This clever skirt can easily be integrated into your wardrobe afterwards.

Made-to-measure statement earrings will compliment a sleek updo beautifully.

Manolo Blahnik produces footwear of dreams. Just ask Carrie Bradshaw.

5. Mini Dress + Fluffy Accessories

If you can't partake in statement dressing on your special day then when can you? The fullness is a result of the corseted style.

Tiered pearls look especially lovely with bandeau necklines.

I've been thinking about this dreamy bag for a year.

Why not add a touch of glamour before and after the exchange of rings?

6. Off-The-Shoulder Silk Dress + Ruched Pumps

I'm almost certain that Bon Bride will have my wedding dress of dreams.

This spherical accessory will add to a classic look. Wear it with your wedding guest looks after.

The iridescent sheen on these earrings is so special. It'll look different depending on the light.

Jimmy Choo keeps every bride in mind. From OTT decorative styles to subtle ruching, you'll be sure to find something that feels like you. The ruching mimics the draping on the dress.

7. Bandeau Dress + Diamante Heels

The textured trim brings a '20s element to this modern silhouette.

A bejewelled pouch that's big enough to house your touch-ups. There's a touch of flapper girl to it.

Sophie Haboo's civil ceremony ensemble blew all wedding looks out of the water. She recently collaborated with Coast on a number of bridal prices if you're looking for special pieces at sensible price points.

8. Floral Appliqué Mini + Leather Sandals

Bernadette is right on the mark with this floral Appliqué trapeze mini. It's a jolly element that really works for bridal wear.

The dress does all of the talking, so pair it with these classic heels courtesy of Gianvito Rossi. Wear this for the civil ceremony and beyond.

9. Fluffy Ivory Trouser Co-ord

Wear this showstopping piece with jeans after the big day. It'll fit your 'very nice top' quota forever more.

Anya Hindmarch crafts the cutest bridal accessories. From embellished styles to classic pieces like this.

No wedding day is complete without the appearance of overstated pearls.

Opt for a muted gold to compliment ivory and white colourways.

Shop More Modern Bridal Pieces:

A crepe jumpsuit with a detailed bustier and drape. 

Pair this chic peplum jacket with just about anything, from a mini to a maxi-length skirt.

Bottega Veneta master the soft pouch. This is big enough to house all of your essentials for the day.

Did somebody say Audrey Hepburn? - from the cut to the colour, the Zenni is a truly special dress.

A fashion-forward alternative to the usual drop pearls.

There's something alluring about Christopher Esber's pieces. The directional designs would make for a statement look.

This dress is truly stunning and a piece I have my eye on for summer. Click the link to see the open-back feature.

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.

From summer holidays to dinner parties and indeed a wedding dress option, this is a piece that will serve you for memorable occasions and beyond.

The Sleeper Atlanta dress has earnt cult status because of its versatile appeal. If you push it one step further, it'll also make for a laid-back bridal look.

When I think of modern bridal gowns, I think of svelte shaping as opposed to full ballgowns.

Minimal dresses are all the rage this summer. If you're looking for a low-maintenance dress with impact, look no further than Norma Kamali.