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Plan Your Perfect City Hall Wedding

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Kellee Khalil is the founder and CEO of Lover.ly, a visual search engine for weddings that helps brides find inspiring images, things to buy, and vendors to hire. Take the Style Quiz and discover perfect wedding ideas tailored to you.

There’s something so romantic about a city hall wedding. The focus on the bride and groom, the lack of distraction, and the fabulous options for attire and post-nuptial celebration have us daydreaming of a wedding do-over. If you’re planning a quick “I do,” here are some of our suggestions for making it all about you and your spouse-to-be. 

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When it comes to a city hall wedding, it’s all about the dress. While there a many options for such a casual affair – short, long, patterned, traditional white – we can’t help but love the classic, tea-length look. Add a unique touch with a sweet Peter Pan collar, or stick with a vintage, full skirt. And don’t be afraid to add a touch of color. Either way, this is an ensemble you’ll definitely wear again!

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[Clockwise from top left: Handmade tea length dress by bridalblissdesigns; 1960s vintage dress from GinnyandHarriot; Vintage peter pan collar dress from sweetnsourvintage; Beach dress by ishkabibblesdesigns]

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Going with a short dress? Show off your shoes! We love adding vintage shoe clips to a pair of everyday heels for an instant makeover. Look for clips in bright colors, luxe fabrics, or even sequins to dress up your look. Top off your outfit with a classic birdcage veil or fascinator, and don’t forget to bring a clutch — you’ll need it to carry your marriage license and other identification. For the groom? A personalized tie bar is something he can wear for years to come.

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[Clockwise from top left: Floral clutch by BagNoir; Personalized tie clip by MNCreativeDesigns; Blue velvet shoe clips by studiohboutique; Tulle veil by sibodesigns]

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A casual ceremony doesn’t mean you have to skimp on details. Give your groom a boutonnière made from the pages of your favorite books and carry a matching bouquet —they will last forever as a reminder of your wedding day. Fragrant, dried flowers are another great, long-lasting option. Make your exit one to remember by asking friends and witnesses to toss birdseed or eco-friendly confetti as you leave. Take along a “Just Married” banner and snap a few pics outside the courthouse, and you’ll have an instant wedding announcement to send to friends and family who couldn’t be there.

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[Clockwise from top left: Just Married banner by LittleRetreats; Rustic boutonniere by TheSunnyBee; Dried lavender bouquet by paulajeansgarden; Paper rose bouquet by HelloMrsBrown]

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Gathering with a few guests to celebrate your nuptials? Keep the party low-key with handmade décor that can be re-purposed. Dress up a backyard with simple tissue paper pom-poms or string lights, and spring for a unique cake topper that doubles as a keepsake. Trade a traditional guest book for a framed print that friends and family can sign as they stop by over the next few days. If you’re keeping the party very small (just the two of you), dig into your first meal as husband and wife with personalized flatware, or sip champagne in custom flutes. They’ll be perfect for those future anniversary celebrations.

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[Clockwise from top left: Custom fingerprint poster by FlutterbyePrints; Garland by giddy4paisley; Custom cake toppers by lollipopworkshop; Dessert forks by BlueCrabb]

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Kellee Khalil is the founder and CEO of Lover.ly, a visual search and commerce engine for weddings that helps brides and grooms search, save, shop, and share all things weddings in one place.