Engagement parties are the perfect occasion to share your happiness with friends and family without entering that bridal craze zone where the wedding planner practically rules over your life.
The One just proposed and put the ring of your dreams on your finger. So now it’s time to celebrate! An engagement party is filled with joy, close friends, and good food. While you are enveloped in an aura of bliss, you have to think about what you are going to wear at your engagement celebration.
You need to shine, yet feel comfortable and relaxed. We’ve gathered twenty engagement party dress and accessory ideas for you to get some inspiration. All that’s left for you to do is get creative and have the time of your life.
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The dress is perhaps the most important piece of the engagement (and wedding) attire. Formal or casual, short or long, the dress sets the tone for all the other items you are going to add to complete your outfit. The building block of any gorgeous look, the engagement dress has to impress, no matter the style or the weather outside.
1. The Little White Dress
It is only logical to wear white at your engagement party. The dress shouldn’t be sumptuous and difficult to wear, but sweet, light and gorgeous. There are plenty of classy and chic white dresses for brides-to-be and you should pick one that accentuates your personal style and feminine charm. You can opt for casual fabrics or more noble ones, such as lace, satin or silk.
2. The Floral Patterned Dress
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If you get engaged in spring/summer, keep in mind that floral patterns make a huge fashion trend. As bridal styles go, floral, fairy-like, light dresses are the best choice if you feel romantic, bohemian and young at heart.
If you throw your engagement party in fall, a chromatic matching cashmere shawl and a maxi dress will do the trick just fine. But if you party in the warm season, go floral all the way; you will look gorgeous, fresh and incredibly trendy!
3. Color Your Life!
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Each year is all about color so if you want to look fashionable at your engagement party and spice it up a bit then pick a colored dress.
Red is always the choice when in doubt. Or you might want to go for vivid trendy colors to liven up the atmosphere, like the Pantone colors of the year in ultra violet, on the contrary, for creamy dreamy pastels.
4. Glitter and Shine
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As we’ve said, you need to shine at your engagement party and now you have even more reasons to do so! The latest fashion reports say that shiny, sparkling glam and destination dresses are always making trends.
In other words, if you want to be fashionable, sexy, playful and radiant at your engagement party, don’t think twice! Metal-like fabrics, golden polished garments, and sparkling adornments are your best dress choices!
5. The Timeless Black and White
Black and white dresses are classic and they work with pretty much any party theme, color scheme or season.
Match that gorgeous dress with a couple of black pearl bracelets and everybody will applaud your magnificent presence!
If you really want to look stunning at your engagement party, think about a refined piece of headwear to go with that gorgeous dress of yours.
There are a few head and hair accessories you might want to take a look at if you want to add a dash of originality to your overall outfit.
6. A Silk Coil Hat
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This is an awesome alternative to the traditional veil and a headpiece to really make you stand out of the crowd. It goes great with almost any bun or other sophisticated up dos for your big day.
7. Natural Flowers Crown
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Perfect with maxi monochrome dresses and flat sandals, a flower crown tells a story about romance, the poetry of the moment, about serenity, natural beauty, and harmony.
Colored flowers can add contrast to a lightly colored dress while pale flowers can tone down a vividly nuanced outfit.
8. A Hippy Headband
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You can pick one in rhinestones and pearls – intricate models or simple designs successfully replace a veil or a bridal hat, turning you into a true princess.
Many bridal headbands also act as combs, so you can take advantage of them and show off your beautiful long hair or a complex hairdo.
9. A Flamboyant Top Hat
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We all know bridal top hats are convoluted in design and come in gorgeous fabrics and gemstone adornments. If you think this is too much for an engagement party, but still want to wear a top hat, why not go for the funny side of elegance?
A steampunk-inspired top hat with goggles will make you look like a superstar, while a sparkling lamé one will go great with your radiant dress.
Depending on the party theme and your preferences, you can opt for a minimalist Victorian top hat or a stylish colored one – nothing can stop you!
10. A Tiara
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A beautiful and elaborate bun goes great with a small tiara in silver or gold – or adorned with small gems or crystals.
A tiara adds a bit of sophistication even to a rather casual engagement outfit, enhancing your feminine beauty.
Jewelry and Accessories
No engagement outfit plan should skip the integration of jewelry and accessories. And just as you are already thinking about your bridal jewelry, you should know that the engagement party pieces are just as important.
What you need to remember is that jewelry should match your dress and your personal style. You can either show off your wedding accessories to give your guests a glimpse of what is about to come, or shop for special, new ones.