How to dress for a civil wedding?

How to dress for a civil wedding? 👰

You're planning your civil wedding soon and wondering what outfit to wear? How might it be different from a church wedding? Or are you invited to this type of event and are looking for inspirations for your style on that day? 

You've come to the right place. 

As a fashion enthusiast, I'm particularly interested in wedding trends, as they are often very beautiful pieces of clothing that are a change from the everyday and help create lasting memories in those who wear them. 

Today, I propose you to discover a selection of outfits, accompanied by tips, chosen especially to wear on the occasion of a secular ceremony, whether you are the queen or king of the day, or guest. 

For a civil wedding, you can afford a more casual outfit, which is a bit of a change from the classic stately wedding dresses and suits. For a woman, you might consider a plain jumpsuit, a short dress or even a bohemian dress. For a man, a light suit associated with original accessories (suspenders, bow tie, etc.) and trendy shoes will be perfect. Finally, if you are invited, dare to wear an outfit that matches your style and highlights you! 

Want to know more? Read on to find out:

  • Why it may be important to plan a special outfit for your civil wedding
  • Feminine outfit ideas that are a change from the classic wedding dress,
  • Suggestions also for the future bride,
  • But also tips and tricks for guests...
  • ...and plenty of examples of stylish party outfits for this type of event! 

Why you should wear different clothes between your church wedding and your civil wedding

Although they have the same purpose, a civil wedding and its religious counterpart do not take place in the same context. A civil union is thus generally less formal and solemn. On average, there are fewer guests at the town hall than at the church, and the two ceremonies do not necessarily take place on the same day, or in close proximity. 

civil marriage couple

So, it's entirely possible to plan two different outfits, one for the church and one for city hall. The second one will usually allow you a more loose and less traditional dress-code. This is the time to choose a wedding dress or suit that really fits your style! 

👉 Of course, if you've decided to only have a civil wedding, or a PACS, the fashion tips I'm sharing in this article are for you too! 

What to wear to your own civil wedding if you're the lucky one? 👰

Are you getting married at City Hall and looking for the perfect outfit to look your best on this special occasion? I have selected for you some ideas, in line with the wedding trends of the last few years! Discover them in the following lines 😉

Change from the classic dress with a short dress! 

In the popular imagination, the wedding dress is usually a long white dress, which can be imposing. For a civil wedding, you can modernize it, by shortening it! 

short wedding dress

Choosing awhite midi waist dress, with a beautiful halter top and some refined lace details, is the assurance to highlight your figure, especially your legs and upper back, but also your hairstyle. 

The short dress is suitable for many body types, but will especially flatter small and medium-sized women, as well as round women, or with drawn curves. 

For this trend, I recommend going for simplicity by wearing simple pumps and avoiding flashy accessories. 

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Assert your character with the feminine jumpsuit or suit! 

Would you like your outfit to reflect your drive, while still being very elegant and sophisticated? Then a women's suit or jumpsuit are options you can consider! 

➡️ The difference between these two outfits is simple:

  • The suit is a two-piece, with pants and a jacket,
  • The suit is a one-piece fashion piece.

Whichever you choose, these garments have the advantage of slimming and lengthening your figure. They're best suited for medium to tall women, with a pretty long physique

women's wedding suit

To keep the sophisticated look of this outfit, I'd recommend keeping it simple here too, with plain pumps and understated accessories. 

Get into bohemian chic fashion

Don't feel like a white dress for your secular ceremony? In that case, you can opt for along, flowing bohemian-style dress, which is very trendy right now. Whether it's plain or features a print (which I recommend choosing simple and discreet), the bohemian dress is the perfect match for most body types. I recommend choosing it to match your hair color and eyes, and again, to make it stand out, wear with discreet and simple accessories. 

🌺 So, for example, you can plan to put on a pretty flower crown, which will frame your face. It's a very simple accessory to put on that will make you look very feminine. Are you tempted by this option? Take a look at our collection of bobble wreaths

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What to wear to her civil wedding if you're the groom? 🤵

While the choice of wedding dress takes up a lot of attention when preparing for a wedding, the Mr.'s outfit is also an essential detail of your ceremony. That's why I decided for this article to offer you some outfit ideas that are also suitable for men. 

A bright and colorful suit to celebrate your joy

A wedding is a happy day! To show your happiness, there's nothing like wearing bright colors, which will make you look radiant and fulfilled. Thus, you can choose a linen suit, which is light, but still well-tailored. 

light suit man wedding

👔 Less solemn, the secular ceremony is an opportunity, if you wish, to ditch the cravat or wear a nice, original one. Choose the option that suits you best! 

A suit with a vest, trendy and classy

Would you like to dress up for the occasion? Very trendy, suits with vests will give you a sophisticated look and a worked look. Made popular by Netflix series such as Peaky Blinders, these rather classic outfits are coming back into style in recent years and are just right for a town hall wedding! Plus, they look great inany season

wedding vest suit

Go for the original accessories! 

Don't want your wedding to be too stuffy? The secular ceremony is an opportunity to express your personality with accessories such as:

  • braces,
  • a butterfly bow,
  • shirts with colorful buttons,
  • an original jacket,
  • a shirt with a print,
  • a hat...

tie straps man wedding

👉 To avoid overdoing it, be sure to choose no more than two accessories from this list and that they match each other 😉

Casual and stylish shoes

Continuing with the accessories, the choice of shoes is also wider for a civil wedding. You don't have to wear classic low leather shoes and you can, for this occasion, afford to choose less dressy shoes.

I do, however, recommend that you select shoes that match your style: for example, white sneakers (wear them clean, without a stain!) will look great with a plain suit, while santiags type shoes, will go well with a denim jacket. 

shoes man wedding

What to wear to a civil wedding if you're invited? 

A friend, colleague or family member has invited you to City Hall to celebrate their wedding and you're wondering what to wear for the occasion? In this last part, I offer you outfit ideas for the whole family, which will work perfectly for a secular ceremony. 

What do you need to know about fashion before going to a civil wedding? 

Before you choose your outfit, here are some quick tips that may help:

  • If you're going to the wedding as a couple, it can be nice to coordinate your outfits, especially in styles and colors. It will look nice in the photos! 
  • Don't forget to ask the bride and groom if there is a theme for their wedding: it can help you find a suitable outfit! 
  • Find out about the location of the festivities: some secular ceremonies take place on beaches, for example. You'll want to choose clothing accordingly, if that's the case. 
  • Finally, plan for an outfit that is appropriate for the weather of the season in which the ceremony is taking place, so that you don't get any nasty surprises! 

What to wear if you're a man? 

For gentlemen, a little dressy attire will work just fine. You don't have to wear a suit and tie, but I recommend a well-tailored clear pant, withmatching shoes as well as a shirt, accompanied by a suit jacket

male wedding guest outfit

👔 Regarding accessories, you can rely on the advice given in the previous paragraph, addressed to the groom. 

What to wear if you are a woman? 

For this occasion, you are free to choose an outfit that flatters your figure and shows you off. If you wish, you can choose to focus mostly on one color, choosing a plain dress, or even a jumpsuit. This will bring elegance to your outfit, while keeping it simple. 

In any case, I recommend not wearing more than two different colors

female wedding guest outfit

👝 On the topic of accessories, you may want to pack some discreet jewelry (which will show off your pretty hairstyle), but also a purse that will be both stylish and handy for storing your smartphone and a few small items. 

What clothes to pack for your kids? 

For the kids, I'd recommend picking out an outfit for them that is both chic and simple, with no more than two colors there either. Think about the fact that they're likely to end the day playing and horsing around: if the outfit you're planning for them isn't very suitable, provide a change that they'll put on when the time comes. 

child wedding outfit

This article is coming to an end and I hope it has given you many ideas and inspiration for the upcoming civil weddingEager to discover other articles dedicated to fashion? Check out our blog! 😉