24 Chic Civil Ceremony Dresses

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It might not be the day you initially dreamt of, thanks Corona, but it doesn’t mean you can’t feel and look a million bucks!

With COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions making big weddings difficult, it’s predicted that lots of couples will be opting for a much more intimate affair. So we’ve spotted a sudden surge in micro-weddings and civil ceremonies. With that comes a new whole new wardrobe, and the first rule is that there are no reals.Whether you’re hitting city hall, on the beach with a destination wedding, or choosing to say ‘I do’ in your back garden, anything goes.

We’ve put together this edit of stunning wedding dresses that have the look and feel of designer without the scary price tag.

Lui from Rime Arodakay

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How fabulous! We’re crushing on these old school military vibes with a twist. The sexy shorter hem is complimented well with added touch of delicate lace. Brides will feel powerful and feminine when they ‘suit up’ for their big day. The double breasted finishing touch works perfectly, just don’t forget to pair this look with some killer heels.

Style 156 from Jesus Peiro

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Talk about a MAJOR moment! Imagine strutting into city hall with this elongated long crêpe coat with embroidered sleeves. The jewelled bodice in Chantilly lace, is perfect for summer. Handcrafted bead-work and striped mikado trousers are a nod to Hollywood glamour.

Style 2301 from Mikaella

Two looks in one dress, what more can you ask for? The adjustable ruffled tulle skirt can be removed for your second wedding or epic party a few months later. The sheer lace bodice with plunging V-neckline and spaghetti straps are stunning paired with a flowy up-do. The simple fit and flare is perfect for almost every body shape.

Loyola Set from Grace Loves Lace

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For the whimsical and boho bride, this handcrafted  two-piece set is iconic. The top features an elasticated neckline, hem and sleeves for an easy fit, while the full skirt with train carves a dramatic silhouette. Customise the fit of this set with elegant silk drawstring ties finished with freshwater pearls. The Loyola Set is for the natural beauty who dares to be different.

Peal & Rose Cami Bridal Gown from Needle & Thread

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Perfect for summer and fall, we’re loving this blush pink tone within this design. This gown has intricate embroidery, inspired from Victorian floral lace with soft ivory thread and subtle pink highlights. This signature Needle & Thread bridal gown has a flattering silhouette with a romantic full layered tulle hem, dipped in tones of pink creating dramatic movement. Designed with a statement satin bow attached to the gown using specially sourced, European, crystal floral buttons making the bow fully detachable. Decorated with sequin flowers and intricate cut beads – creating a shimmer throughout.

Sachin & Babi Maida Dress from BHLDN

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Super 70s vibe right here…bell sleeves and just the right amount of leg on show. Bands of sparkling sequins accent the sleeves to this chic mini, a celebratory look for any bridal occasion.

Leo from Alexandra Grecco

The Leo Gown is truly romantic. This fitted silhouette features an off the shoulder, sweetheart neckline with bubble sleeves that drape effortlessly. Add the menswear-inspired button details, and you’ve got one statement making gown.

The Leo Gown is truly romantic. This fitted silhouette features an off the shoulder, sweetheart neckline with bubble sleeves that drape effortlessly. Add the menswear-inspired button details, and you’ve got one statement making gown.

Carraway from Reformation

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Inspired by Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress, just with a slightly smaller hem and the train left at home. This mini length lace dress has an unlined upper bodice and ruffled cuff. The Carraway is slim fitting throughout, the high neckline is sophisticated and modern.

Ciara Sequin Kimono Sleeve Dress from ASOS

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Who doesn’t love a deep-V neckline? This saucy number works for the courthouse and the beach if necessary, you will be dancing before the party’s even begun. With options for petite, tall and curvier brides, everyone is catered for.

Annie Wedding Suit with Silk Cami from Whistles

Nothing speaks to the modern bride aesthetic quite like a fluid and feminine white tuxedo. This pair of flared trousers are cut to such a flattering fit, with shell buttons studded along both sides. Style this look with a classic silk cami, co-ordinating blazer and add a statement bold lip for a modern finish.

Pandora Silk-Satin Halterneck Midi Dress from Galvan

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This beautiful Pandora gown is a pearlescent ivory hue, that’s perfect for intimate weddings. A little shorter than the original style, it’s easier to work the room (and show off a statement pair of heels). This gown is made from silk-satin that drapes so elegantly over the body. You can complement the halter-neck with an up-do or chignon.

Natasha from Savannah Miller

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A slinky, shiny satin low V-neck mid-calf length cocktail gown ideal for rehearsal dinners and afterparties alike or for the more contemporary bride looking for something truly unique. With draped handkerchief sleeves that are delicately trimmed with tiny seed pearl beads all along their edges and open to the shoulder, subtly revealing the arm, and flowing elegantly when moving.

Style 4901 from Paloma Blanca

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If you’ve been dreaming of a dramatic dress, and don’t want to miss out on your ‘princess’ moment, then this fabulous design is just right for you. Nothing says badass bride quite like a satin fit and flare wedding dress, the subtle appliqué lace detail on the back adds feminine charm, meanwhile the lapel sweetheart neckline is a nod to the classic tuxedo. It also features a detachable, oversized bow…yes please!

Louisa Lace Corset with Mesh Skirt from ASOS

Very much on trend, the corset ‘underwear outwear’ trend is still set to be huge this season. It’s utterly romantic and sexy at the same time. The simple spaghetti straps and mesh skirt add a ballerina touch to your look, pair with elegant jewellery and simple flats for the complete look.

Ruffled Silk Organza-Trimmed Cady gown from Alessandra Rich

This unique gown is cut from cady, the silhouette skims your figure and trimmed with frothy silk-organza ruffles along the sweetheart neckline and thigh-grazing front slit. Match your earrings to the sparkly crystal buttons.

Chiara from Bebe’s Closet

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For ladies who love their bling, you don’t have to stick to the typical ivory/white pearl or sequin embellishments, it’s your wedding day after all – go big, or go home! This gorgeous Chiara ensemble is made up of a fitted crepe bodysuit and a skirt with pleats found at the tail. We have combined it here with a teaspoon sleeve and the colourful Flavia embroidery first, and for a second look with the Leonora puff sleeves and the Valentine belt in white.

Gemstone Sweat & Fallen Petals Maxi Skirt from Needle & Thread

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A new addition to Needle & Thread’s bridal collection this season. This signature shape sweat is adorned with crystal floral bloom motifs, creating a shimmering jewel look throughout. Developed in a soft-jersey fabric with an elasticated neckline and cuffs, trimmed with romantic satin ruffles. It truly is the ultimate bridal statement piece.

Uptown Style 99116 from Justin Alexander

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For the fashion forward bride, this modern crepe pantsuit features 3D floral appliqués along the collar and pockets. The look is completed with a matching walking veil, which is available separately as 99116V. What a strong and powerful look, the loose curl and chic low bun just ooze ‘marry me baby.’

Wham from Rime Arodaky

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Let’s say you enter your party with this beautifully, outstanding, unique bridal jumpsuit. You will not mind being photographed from all angles. Ticking three trends off the list with this one – jumpsuits, ruffles and puff sleeves. This look is most definitely for the fashion-savvy bride, confidence is key!

Have you found your dream dress yet? In need of some more bridal fashion inspiration? Take a look at our online dress finder, filled with some of the world’s top dress designers – when you find your perfect dress, you can check to see your nearest stockists too.

Izabel from Grace Loves Lace

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The show-stopping Izabel gown was developed with dancing in mind. The super stretch bustier mini dress combines the illusion of a fitted, boned bodice with comfort and added stretch elements. You have the option to choose between regular and push up padded cups that can help shape your silhouette. And of course, you can mix things up by adding spaghetti straps, floral armbands or the option to wear strapless to create multiple looks on the day.

Style 4913 from Paloma Blanca

You will be swirling your train all day in this stunning combo outfit from Paloma Blanca. The romantic lace bodice carries through to ivory satin flare trouser pants, all you need now is a killer platform heel. The additional bow belt carries the statement train, that will definitely turn heads up the aisle.

Style 4T261 from Rosa Clara

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If you’re searching for something completely different, this dramatic and tailored combination is quite the showstopper. A white cocktail blouse and polka dot skirt in crepon, the Button collar with long sleeves and flower sit at the neckline. A great look for the more mature bride!

Lady Texas Lace Midi Dress

Civil-Ceremony-Wedding-Dress-Sarah-JaneRuffles are a huge fashion statement this season, be that tulle, organza or mesh. We’re loving this super simple, and feminine lace maxi dress with sheer top layer. Designed to wear loosely for a beautiful shape, statement white booties completely ties the look together.

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