What can I wear if I’m having a registry office ceremony?

What can I wear if I’m having a registry office ceremony?

It’s not unusual nowadays for weddings to take place in a registry office. After all, not everyone wants a big church wedding, or they simply want a low-key ceremony with a few close friends and family. Does that mean that you don’t get to wear a wedding gown? Certainly not! If you ask us, we believe that any woman should wear whatever she wants on her wedding day no matter how big or small the affair is, nor where it takes place. We are all different and that’s what makes us interesting, so this month we are focusing on the different types of gowns that we see at registry office weddings.

Traditional weddings gowns

Let’s start off by saying that there is nothing to stop you from wearing a traditional wedding gown. If you want a classic, fairytale dress with all the bells and whistles, then that’s what you shall have! If your reception venue is further away and you need to travel you can always change before heading over, but there is no rule that says you need to do that either. You just need to be comfortable and that alone will give you a beautiful glow.

Shorter wedding dresses

Shorter dresses, such as a vintage dress for example, is no less stunning than a ballgown wedding dress. In fact, it gives you a timeless elegance and you can choose a style that best suits your figure – such as a 1950s or 1960s design. Knee-length or calf-length, they come in such a wide variety of designs and colours that there is bound to be one that works for you.

Slinky dresses

The 1920s and ‘30s had some fabulous, long and elegant dresses and there are so many modern styles to choose from as well. The simplicity of these gowns works well for a smaller wedding and also translates easily from registry office to reception without worrying about finding another outfit or about moving around chatting to your guests.

Colours and patterns

No one says that your wedding dress has to be white, or a variation of white. If you have a bolder style and you want your day to be completely different, consider a dress that is anything but white. Reds, greens, and blues make you stand out from the crowd and florals will brighten everything from the minute you step out of the car.


You can also use accessories to differentiate your look from that more often associated with a church wedding. Statement jewellery, funky shoes, or a wrap could set you apart in more subtle ways. Just be sure that they work with your chosen dress and stick to a style that already defines you. You could also use accessories to signify the move from ceremony to reception, a subtle and quick way that saves you having to find and change outfits.

For more ideas on wedding dresses, whether for a church or registry office wedding, why not talk to our experienced consultants at Proposals Crawley? Book an appointment today by calling us on 01293 521635. We have helped so many women find their dream dress, let us help you too.

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