Engagement Party Dresses

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Dressing for an Engagement Party

What is the perfect thing to wear to your engagement party?? First, Congratulations! This is very exciting! The engagement party is going to be one of the first celebrations for you guys as a couple. This is one of the few important outfits you’ll need to think about while wedding planning. Of course your wedding dress is going to be the only thing you can think about until you find the one you are looking for. 

Your engagement party is the time where all the people who know you can all finally meet each other. It is always a lot of fun, and depending on your itinerary, you will want to dress for the occasion. If you know that there will be dancing, and you are gonna get down, then always squat check that outfit and make sure it is not see through or going to ride up. For places like the beach or a park; you can go more casual than you normally would. If it is a barn setting then it may be okay to pull out those denim jeans, but ideally you want to go for a fancier look. Of course, if you are doing the whole thing of renting out a place, then go for that fancy dress that radiates bride energy. You always want to be overdressed than underdressed, and there is nothing wrong with that. 

What does the bride wear to an engagement party?

You should dress for your occasion of course! If you are doing something casual you can wear pants and a nice top. It doesn’t have to be a dress but you want to look good. You should aim for a cocktail dress type if you want to wear a dress. Some other good options are a two piece outfit with a matching top and skirt; this will give you a variety of options. You can  also go for that bodysuit jumper type, or even a romper. 

If you are having a barn party then you may want a more casual dress that you can pair those cowboy boots with. But if it is a more traditional engagement party then you will want to look for a semi formal outfit! You are going to look beautiful in anything, so find what feels the best.

How to Dress for an engagement party?

The bride should be wearing some type of white, and in semi formal attire. It is normal for the bride to show up in an engagement party dress, and usually it is matched for the occasion. The groom should also be in semi formal attire, but you can lose the tie if you want. A nice blazer and slacks will be perfect for this occasion, and same for the groom to dress depending on the dress code you have decided on.

If you are attending an engagement party you should definitely stay away from wearing white. For this you can dress for the occasion, if it is at their home then don’t feel the need to show up in a cocktail dress. You can be a little more casual for this event. It is a pretty laid back, but if your couple is having a place rented out for this party, you should go for a semi formal look. For the gentlemen you can grab those slacks and a button up and go have a good time. Don’t overthink it too much. 

Should you wear white to your engagement party?

Yes! You don’t have to wear all white. You can wear a cream or ivory, both of those are always a good option if you don’t want to wear white. You can also wear white and other colors, a white top and a colored skirt. You have complete freedom to choose what you want, but ideally there should be some sort of white. If you are completely against white then you can absolutely make a statement in that dress, everyone knows you are the brid you don’t have to wear white if you don’t want to.

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Where to find an engagement party dress online


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Nordstrom is one of the best places to get an engagement party dress. They have a great variety of items, and you can find good deals for name brand stuff. Nordstrom is a great place to go if you are looking for a variety of options and you want to try some stuff on to know for sure. We love Nordstrom because you can find the dress, your shoes and accessories all from the same place. They really are a good place to check out if you don’t know what style you already want.


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About Lulus

Lulus is one of the cutest online stores out there. They have very chic and modern looks that would be perfect for an engagement party dress. Lulus is perfect if you want a two piece combo, and they are so cute! You can also find a lot of good off white options at Lulus! Their bodysuits and rompers are some of the best ones out there; not only for bride looks, but if you are attending an engagement party. They have great prices and good quality, check them out and see if they are the style for you.


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About Anthropologie

Anthropologie is iconic for their selection of options. They not only have great styles to choose from, but they also have their own wedding line. They bring great quality and very boho chic looks. Anthropologie is perfect if you want to find more organic prints and colors, they are great at displaying their style through their clothes. You can also find the perfect shoes and accessories here as well. Overall, a great place to look if you know that is the style you are going for.


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About ASOS

ASOS is another great place to look for that perfect outfit. ASOS makes the perfect dresses if you want a bold look. They also have very minimalist classy looks; both sides of the spectrum and everything in between. We love that they have plus sizes and maternity options. The size inclusive dresses are also stunning, so if that is what you are looking for then check them out. ASOS is ready to make a statement with their dresses, and they are another good place to check out if you want a variety of options.

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About Davids Bridal

David’s bridal is a classic stop on the places to go for looking for anything wedding related. They have a great selection of dresses, and that includes engagement dresses. Their staff is always super helpful and ready to give you ideas on what to wear. They are one of the most size inclusive places out there, and they have tailors you can use as well.

More Dress Ideas For the Bride

If you hate the idea of trying on lots of dresses, and being pressured by sales associates to buy dresses that are out of your budget. Then online shopping may be more ideal for you. Online shopping can make your life so much easier and you will find better prices than in stores. You can also find some really good wedding dresses online from name brand designers. One great thing about ordering online is you can try them on at home, and if it is not what you want then you can send it back for a better size or a refund. Buying dresses online is not only going to take the pressure off of you, but it will also give more options and save you time.

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Closing Thoughts

It is your engagement party and you can wear whatever you want. These little hints are just to help give you some ideas on what to look for. You are going to look amazing in whatever you decide to wear. Remember to dress for the occasions, you set the dress code so you can do whatever you want. Keep in mind that when you let all your guests know so they can also come prepared. Good luck shopping, and get that dress that makes you glow! A big congratulations is in order, so make sure you get that dress that lets you party all night long. 


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