When Michael and I eloped a few years ago, we were just a couple of broke kids who didn’t want to have to wait until our wedding date to get benefits and insurance. Since we were having a “real” wedding* the following year, we tried to be very nonchalant about the whole thing. We rolled out of bed one morning, threw on some cute clothes, and drove to the city clerk’s office with two of our closest friends. Then we had French fries and beer.
Looking back, there are parts of that day that are way more romantic than our wedding wedding (which, don’t get me wrong, I loved to pieces as well). But the whole thing was delightfully unfussy, unplanned, and we didn’t worry about whether or not things were perfect. We just took what we had and made it work.
Since then, I’ve always thought impromptu city hall weddings are some of the most romantic. And it is in the spirit of these kinds of nuptials that we bring you today’s roundup. Because while you certainly don’t need to buy anything new for an elopement or courthouse wedding (I wore a clearance H&M dress I already had in my closet), maybe you want to. And do you want to know what the best part of getting married in a casual dress is? You can wear your wedding dress any day you want, anywhere you want, and nobody has to know. It’s the same thrill as having super awesome underwear on, except everybody can see it. Win!
*Editor’s Note: Of course ALL weddings are real. Duh, self.
Jacqueline Marie Bow Dress from Ruche ($74.99)
Plus Size Bonded Lace Dress from Simply Be ($69.00)
Studded Collar Georgette Dress from Forever 21 ($24.80)
Cutout Shoulder Dress from Nordstrom ($86.00)
Adrift on a Cloud Dress from ModCloth ($99.00)
Sonja Lace Detail Dress from Ruche ($42.99)
Bow, How Wonderful Dress from ModCloth ($49.99)
Plus Size Ponte Stud Tunic Dress from Simbly Be ($75.00)
Plus Size White Pantsuit from Ashley Stewart ($76.26)
Spike Stud Peplum Dress from Forever 21 ($22.80)
Lace Midi Dress from Topshop ($92.00)
Bad Behavior Dress from Nasty Gal ($58.00)
Draped Chiffon Halter Dress from Nordstrom ($99.97)