Registry office wedding

The registry office wedding dress edit: 32 beautiful looks

With registry office wedding dresses, the bridal fashion world is your oyster. Whether you want to go casual or formal, catwalk-inspired or classic, this is your chance to get creative, as there are no set traditions or restrictions. Have fun with it - our edit of the best high street and designer registry office wedding dresses will get you inspired.

When it comes to registry office wedding dresses, there’s only one rule: you can never be overdressed or underdressed. It’s different from having your ceremony at the type of wedding venue where you might be influenced by the style – going more formal at a smart country house, for example, or choosing something boho for a rustic-luxe barn.

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At a registry office, anything goes. Of course, that doesn’t mean an easy dress hunt. Given that all styles of wedding dresses are potentially on the table, you have a lot of choice.

The easiest way to start narrowing down options is to consider the wedding ceremony in the wider context of your celebration.

If this is your main ceremony, let the style of the reception you’re planning guide you.

If you’re getting the legal bit done at a registry office before you jet off for a wedding abroad, or have a humanist ceremony or blessing in front of your guests at a later date in the UK, you might want to look for something more laidback than your ‘main’ dress. You could also use this as an opportunity to get creative and choose something trend-led – after all, you can always wear something more timeless that won’t date in the photographs at your other celebration. And unlike at a religious ceremony, you can definitely go down the sexy route.

Whether you want simple, catwalk or classic, we’ve found the dresses to inspire your for your register office wedding.

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1. Theodora – Whistles

Make a fashion statement with this easy-wearing Whistles dress. The tiered skirt and high neck with brocade trim keep it feeling current.

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2. Bessy – House of Mooshki

This Mikado silk dress creates a stunning silhouette, and we particularly appreciate the pretty lace edging on the bodice – a small design detail, but one the really elevates the look.

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3. Amalfi – Galvan London

We can see Galvan London’s chic sequin dress at a style-led city wedding. For a contemporary look, we’d style it as in the picture, with a chunky link necklace.

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4. Style 88128 – Justin Alexander

Bring some bridal glamour to the registry office with this Justin Alexander gown. The clean lines, fluid silhouette and pearl detailing make it opulent yet totally contemporary.

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5. Novak – Pronovias

This gorgeous Pronovias dress is ideal if you want to nail the boho-luxe look. Wedding dresses with trains are usually associated with religious weddings, but we say they’re just as appropriate for a civil ceremony or civil partnership.

6. Victoriana – Phase Eight

Of course, there’s no rule saying you have to wear a wedding dress to the registry office – a jumpsuit, like this from Phase Eight, is a different but still elegant way to rock a bridal look.

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7. Gregory – Halfpenny London

One for the fashion-focused bride, Halfpenny London’s Gregory dress is an ethereally beautiful design. That sheer bodice with floral appliqués would look dreamily pretty on a summer’s day.

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8. Style 918 – Jesús Peiró

We love this sophisticated dress for a registry office wedding because you can change up your look. For the ceremony, wear the chic crop top with bow – this comes with the dress – then remove it for the evening party to reveal a beaded, embroidered bodice.

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9. Vera – Monsoon

This satin Monsoon dress has an on-trend Seventies-style silhouette, albeit with a sexy plunging neckline. The flowing cape is a lovely finishing touch.

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10. Bella – Ghost

For a sophisticated look, keep it simple. This pared-back Ghost slip dress is beautifully cut and cleverly designed to skim the body. All you have to do is accessorise to suit your style.

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11. Jax – Rime Arodaky at Net-a-Porter

Now this is how to do bridal tailoring. Rime Arodaky’s blazer dress is cut from crepe, which keeps the overall look soft, and the netted lace trim adds interest.

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12. Tiered gown – Alberta Ferretti at The Outnet

The Outnet is the place to bag a designer dress at a more affordable price point – like this linen-crepe Alberta Ferretti gown. The boho style is just made for a laidback summer wedding ceremony.

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13. Style MJ603 – Allure Bridals

This Allure Bridals gown is so pretty, with floral detailing across the bodice. The tulle skirt has subtle flare – it’s a princess dress for a bride who doesn’t want to look too princess.

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14. Carrington – KITRI Studios

Who says wedding dresses can’t be patterned? Cleverly, KITRI have made the daisy pattern on their smocked Carrington dress blue – as in something blue – so it’s totally wedding-worthy. The delicate chiffon fabric and ruffle make it feel extra pretty.

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15. Aspen – Sanyukta Shrestha

This stunning outfit – a top and skirt – makes a real style statement. The pleating feels very current, and those tiered sleeves are cool and unusual.

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16. Izabel – Grace Loves Lace

We’re guessing Grace Loves Lace’s stunning Izabel dress would be too sexy for a religious wedding – but at a registry office? If this is your kind of style, go for it! The dress comes with spaghetti straps and floral armbands, which you can add if wanted to change up the look.

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17. Reggie Jane – Rebecca Ingram

While we’ll always love a pretty floral lace, we have to say that the more sculptural take on the fabric on this Rebecca Ingram dress is a refreshing change. The A-line silhouette and deep V-neck are very flattering.

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18. Leilah – Needle & Thread

White in all its shades, from ivory to cream, is still very much the colour for brides – but if you’re not having a strictly traditional day, who says you have to limit yourself? This show-stopping tiered dress from Needle & Thread would make for a vibrant bridal look. What’s more, you could wear it again afterwards.

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19. Leonora – Beba’s Closet

Spanish design house Beba’s Closet are known for cutting-edge bridal designs, so if you’re looking for something your guests won’t have seen a hundred times before, check out their collections. We’re particularly keen on their Leonora dress, with its short statement sleeves and floral front fastenings.

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20. Russell – Laure de Sagazan

Laure de Sagazan’s designs bring a French cool-girl aesthetic to classic bridal. There’s a whole collection dedicated to civil ceremony wedding dresses, and hard as it is to pick just one, we love the simplicity of the Russell dress – this is the epitome of pared-back prettiness.

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21. Stretch-jersey dress – Alexandre Vauthier at MyTheresa

Alexandre Vauthier is the name to know for luxe going-out looks – and this sleek gown will certainly take you from registry office to party of a lifetime. Padded shoulders make for a gorgeous silhouette.

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22. Cowl neck dress – Ralph & Russo

A Ralph & Russo dress is very much an investment piece – and if your budget allows, we certainly recommend investing in this stunning silk-satin maxi dress for your wedding. The frame-flattering cut is fantastic, and the crystal-embellished straps add an extra note of opulence.

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23. Otto – Delphine Manivet

This Delphine Manivet dress would be particularly good for an autumn or winter wedding, with its three-quarter-length sleeves and full skirt. You can add accessories for a statement look, but we rather love the idea of keeping it totally stripped back – so chic.

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24. Leading Lady – Sister Jane

Voluminous silhouettes are here to stay, and this Sister Jane dress shows why they can work so well for bridal. It’s fresh, fun and romantic – the perfect vibe for a registry office wedding.

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25. Victoria – & For Love

As bridal design house & For Love point out, you can wear both the top and the skirt of this Victoria two-piece after the wedding, making it a smart buy. We love the fact that this is a different take on boho, made from cotton eyelet rather than lace and with amazing ruffled sleeves.

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26. Blythe – Haney at Browns

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California brand Haney are all about LA glamour – just like this silk jumpsuit, which would look as good on the red carpet as at your registry office wedding. The combination of flared sleeves, plunging neckline and cinched waist is sexy in a sophisticated way.

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27. Style SDWG0752 – DB Studio at David’s Bridal

Keep it interesting with an asymmetric wedding dress. This chic style is from the David’s Bridal DB Studio collection, which is for the laidback, carefree bride – and ideal for a register office wedding.

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28. Everblooming – Johanna Ortiz at MyTheresa

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Designer Johanna Ortiz has dressed A-listers including Beyoncé and Michelle Obama, so you know you can count on her styles to be both fashion-forward and wearable. This ecru dress features extravagant balloon sleeves that perfectly balance a deep V neck for a flattering effect.

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29. Carmen – Rosa Clará

You don’t always need lots of embellishment to make an impact. With Rosa Clará’s Carmen dress, it’s that sleek silhouette that does the talking, softed with lace trim and detailing on the long sleeves.

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30. Asymmetric midi – Jonathan Simkhai at The Outnet

This ruffled dress would be just the thing at a laidback summer wedding. We love the way it’s styled here – why not go for blue wedding shoes as your ‘something blue’?

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31. Tulips – Reformation

Reformation can always be relied on for styles that are both sexy and refined. We’re particularly keen on this short Tulips dress, with the deep V neck and that slight puff to the shoulders.

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32. Textured weave mini dress – Zara

Looking for a chic registry office wedding dress on a tight budget? It’s Zara for the win, with this textured weave mini dress. The high neck and statement sleeves keep it totally on trend.

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Outfit sorted, now you need to decide how to choose your wedding witnesses.