Whether your registry office wedding is your main event or it’s an add-on to your destination wedding, you’ll want to look fabulous in a registry office wedding dress when you say your vows.
It can be pretty difficult to know what to wear for a registry office wedding, especially since there aren’t really any hard and fast rules.
In short, pretty much anything goes! Brides who are just having a registry office wedding might want to wear a traditional wedding dress, while others might opt for a suit, jumpsuit, or something shorter. Alternatively, you could go totally off-piste and wear an entirely different style or colour. Who said you have to choose white?
We’ve scoured the web for the best registry office wedding dresses of the moment, but before you get shopping, take a look at our top tips from North London bridal boutique Evelie for dressing for a registry office wedding. Follow them and there’s no way you won’t look fabulous.
4 Tips on What to Wear for a Registry Office Wedding
1. Think about whether your registry office wedding is the main event or whether it’s the pre-cursor to your wedding abroad. Of course, you’ll want to look your best for either, but if it’s not the main event you might be more inclined to go for something a little less formal. 'To create a classic bridal look for your registry office ceremony that is less formal, I recommend that a bride should focus on wedding dress silhouettes that don't have a very wide skirt or long train - the wider the A-line silhouette, the more formal it will make your bridal look,' says Caroline Black, owner of Evelie.
2. Think about the location of the registry office. Are you dressing for a super-sleek city wedding? Or something in the countryside? The location of your registry office is likely to influence the style of outfit you go for. Caroline points out that, 'if you choose a fitted wedding dress, a detachable train or a short train is a better option as it'll be easier to manage in a smaller, less formal setting.'
3. Think about your personal style. Don’t go for something totally unique just because you feel you have to. You’re supposed to look like the best version of you on your wedding day… not someone else. Modern brides might like bridal separates as they 'allow you to experiment and create your own personal modern bridal look by mixing and matching different tops, skirts and trousers. Everything from crop tops and suit jackets to lace over tops can be mixed with skirts with a split, suit trousers to mini or knee length skirts,' suggests Caroline.
4. The most important rule? Wear something you really love. It goes without saying, but whether you fancy something bold, something subtle or even a power suit, remember that anything goes.
The 36 Best Registry Office Wedding Dresses
1. Issa Ivory Silk Slip Dress – £340, Olivia Von Halle
We think we may have just found our favourite ever satin slip dress with this Olivia Von Halle beauty. Sleek, simple and elegant, it's a beautiful choice for a relaxed registry office wedding.
2. Gracie Top & Anika Skirt – £350 & £595, Catherine Deane at Evelie
3. Barrington Linen Dress – £285, Reformation
A subtle dress with an air of opulence, this Reformation number can be worn for all sorts of occasions after your wedding day - including the honeymoon.
4. Butterfly-Sleeve Dress – £19.99, H&M
If your registry office wedding isn't your main event, you might not want to spend a fortune on your outfit. Head to the high street and pick up this gorgeous butterfly sleeved dress from H&M for less than £20.
5. Style #2350 – £1,950, Mikaella at Evelie
Also available at Evelie, 'Mikaella will make a statement with a bold silhouette and a stunning low back. The detachable train and bow will give a bride that effortless day to evening look,' says Caroline.
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6. Rachelle Dress – £300, Reformation
7. White Crepe Diamante Mini Dress – £350, Self-Portrait
Casual couples might prefer to wear slightly less formal wedding attire and if that's the case shorter lengths could be ideal. The glitzy bodice and adorable bow on this Self-Portrait mini dress adds a glorious touch of glamour to an otherwise simple style.
8. Gabriela Dress – £335, Rat & Boa
If you fancy something ruffled and romantic, this Rat & Boa dress will be your perfect ensemble. Made from chiffon, the dress has a plunging neckline, along with cascading frills glittering with metallic sparkles.
9. Watters Cavanaugh – £1,100, Evelie
We love the variation of wedding dress designs available at Evelie, including this sophisticated style by Watters that 'is perfectly elegant with clean beautiful lines'.
10. Scarlett Wedding Dress – £649, Whistles
This intricately designed piece is nothing short of stunning, and would work brilliantly for a registry office do. Showcasing a vintage style top and high neckline, the dress has lace-effect detail, a fitted waist, and a body-skimming skirt with a graduated train.
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11. Lui Lace-Trimmed Crepe Mini Dress – £995, Rime Arodaky at Net-a-Porter
Rime Arodaky is inspired by the modern woman when she's creating her signature bridal looks with a twist so they're pretty much perfect for a registry office wedding. The Liu blazer dress has city chic written all over it.
12. Elecia Fringe Wedding Dress – £250, Phase Eight
This 1920s-inspired, tiered fringe dress is one of the coolest styles we’ve seen around. The fringe cascades down the column dress giving it some serious movement.
13. Iris Waistcoat & Flared Trousers – £138 & £168, Reiss
Reiss is our go-to brand for luxurious tailoring at an affordable price - the Iris trousers are giving us 1970s vibes thanks to the flared legs and we adore the effortless sexiness of wearing a waistcoat with nothing underneath.
14. Nia 2.0 Gown – £870, Grace Loves Lace
This Australian brand are the queens of gorgeous lace dresses with a boho twist and the Nia 2.0 dress is made for the effortless, undone bride. It features stretch French lace that moulds to your body and luxurious velvet straps that cross across the back. It’s simple but high impact and perfect for a relaxed but stylish wedding.
15. Ariane Lace Wedding Co-Ord – £599, Whistles
If wearing a dress isn’t really your cup of tea, why not opt for a wedding co-ord like this one by Whistles? Its casual nature would make it perfect for a registry office wedding while still looking super glam. What’s more, you could wear each piece over and over again, either together or separately.
16. Zoey Floral Cape Bridal Dress – £499, Monsoon
Designed for the free-spirited bride, Zoey has floaty angel sleeves and a gloriously ethereal floral cape. It's a universally flattering style and is a lovely alternative if you don't want to wear a veil.
17. Meghan Dress – £98, Chi Chi London
An open back maxi with a gorgeous satin bow waistband, this high street dress is sleek and simple. It’s based on the design for Meghan Markle’s wedding dress so you know it’s fit for A-listers – without the price tag.
18. Nicky Beaded Lace Bridal Dress – £359, Monsoon
An all-over lace wedding dress is a traditional option that will never go out of style. The Nicky dress is adorned with shimmering beads through the neckline and centre bodice seam that'll catch the light beautifully.
19. One Shoulder Pleated Midi Dress – £75, Lavish Alice
This structured dress from Lavish Alice hugs in all the right places, with flattering ruching at the front and a statement sleeve. It’s crying out for a glitzy clutch and matching heels.
20. Maeve Frill Detail Jumpsuit – £150, Phase Eight
The wedding jumpsuit is here to stay and it's a style that certainly won't look dated in photos. Maeve from Phase Eight is a modern look that maintains a timeless appeal.
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21. Meryl Dress – £145, Ghost
This dress from Ghost is a perfect example of understated elegance, which is provided by the vintage-inspired cut and button-through style. It's also available in a range of muted colours such as lemon and mauve should you wish to not wear white.
22. Clemetine Wedding Dress – £499, Whistles
The Clementine dress is a beautiful update on the traditional wedding dress which would be perfect for your registry office wedding. With elegant off-the-shoulder straps, a knee-length pleated skirt and elliptical hem it is light and feminine and would be especially pretty in the spring or summer.
23. Beyza Bridal Jumpsuit – £599, Rowley Hesselballe
This Rowley Hesselballe number is ideal for understated registry office nuptials, without being boring in any way. It has a tailored leg shape, form-fitting silhouette and a front twist detail for a touch of added drama.
24. Voluminous Bandeau Dress – £95, & Other Stories
Designed in Stockholm, & Other Stories serve up Scandi-cool outfits that we can't get enough of. This sleeveless, bandeau midi dress has a trendy voluminous skirt making it look a lot more expensive than under £100.
25. Sinatra Long Sleeve Top & Calamity Maxi Skirt– £75 & £55, Little Mistress
We love the idea of mixing and matching your registry wedding outfit and Little Mistress provides some gorgeous complementary pieces for you to pick from. Consider combining the Calamity skirt with the sequined Sinatra top for a casual and cool look.
26. Darcie White Pyjamas – £150, Nadine Merabi
If glitz and glamour is your idea of heaven, we're predicting Nadine Merabi will be your dream wedding outfit designer. The Darcie pyjamas are seriously comfortable and when paired with killer heels ooze style.
27. Sara White Co-Ord Set – £385, Nadine Merabi
Feathers tickled your fancy? The Sara two-piece cami and skirt is crafted from individually hand embellished crystal waterfall beading and feather tips. Get ready to dance the night away in this baby!
28. Margot – £1,300, Grace Loves Lace
Part of the Grace Loves Lace Coco Loco collection, Margot is designed to have fun in. You don't often see a racer back wedding dress and it's a really unique style that we love. Oh, and there's nothing to say you can't wear matching sunnies to your registry office wedding as well!
29. Marcia Dress – £POA, Temperley London
Temperley London's Blossom 2022 collection is so stunning that we couldn't pick just one dress - we had to choose three! First up is Marcia, a beautiful tea-style dress with ornate detailing. Pair with party platforms for an edgy upgrade.
30. Look 8 – £POA, Temperley London
Next up is a jumpsuit with a difference - instead of the typical tailored design, this style features floaty trousers that give the illusion of a skirt. Adorned with champagne sequins, it's crafted from lightweight fabric that'll keep you cool if you're opting for a summer wedding.
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31. Look 7 – £POA, Temperley London
This unusual wedding dress will look as if you are wearing a jacket over your dress but the fabric actually flows seamlessly into the skirt. The subtle bell sleeves add an interesting touch and this outfit would look lovely paired with classic court shoes.
32. Ariana – £POA, Elbeth Gillis
If you're having a relaxed wedding day, that doesn't mean your dress has to be relaxed too. Ariana by Elbeth Gillis is a sumptuous, structured ballgown with a sultry deep V-neck, V-back and front slit. Plus, it even has hidden pockets!
33. Vivian – £POA, Elbeth Gillis
Elbeth Gilis' new curve collection is stunning and one of our top picks is the Vivian wedding dress. Crafted from Mikado to create a sculpted look, you can add the delicate pearl sleeves and belt for a more classic look.
34. Star Mesh Midi Dress – £360, Self-Portrait
It's your wedding so anything goes - and that includes this dazzling starry ensemble from Self-Portrait. Perfect if you're planning on getting hitched in the festive period, this dress is truly magical.
35. Curve White Maxi Dress – £68, Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins have an amazing range of affordable bridal gowns, such as this white maxi dress. It's only £68 which means more money in the budget for some beautiful bridal accessories...
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36. Silk-Faille Mini Dress – £2,135, Brandon Maxwell at Net-A-Porter
Brandon Maxwell is an expert when it comes to creating memorable and striking silhouettes and this silk-faille mini dress could be just what you're looking for. The voluminous bubble skirt is fitted with internal padding so you won't have to worry about it loosing shape, and the detachable sash makes it seriously wedding-ready.
If you’re after something a little more traditional, why not check out our round-up of the best simple wedding dresses for modern brides?