What Should I Wear to an Engagement Party?

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Now that you’ve got that ring on your finger, you’re probably bursting with excitement in anticipation of the wedding day! But if you’re like most couples, that day could be months — maybe even years — away.

If you don’t want to wait for the big day to celebrate your love, you don’t have to. You can throw an amazing engagement party and get the pre-wedding events underway in a matter of weeks. 

And like all pre-wedding moments, you’ll want to show up looking and feeling your absolute best.

Whether you’re the bride-to-be or one of her guests, here are some gorgeous engagement party looks that’ll have you celebrating in style!

Engagement Party Dresses for the Bride

As the first of your wedding-related events, the engagement party is a unique and special celebration you’ll never forget. 

Here are some chic and memorable examples of engagement party attire that you’re sure to love:

Watters Dress Tulip 39702

The Watters Tulip Dress is ultra-feminine. It features a semi-sheer bodice, a tulle A-line skirt, and embroidered 3D flowers that add rich texture. 

This dreamy mini dress’s puffed short sleeves, flattering V-neckline, and open V-back make it gorgeous from every angle. It’s a romantic choice, perfect for a garden party or a chic soiree!

Jenny Yoo Luella Dress

Stand out as the bride-to-be in the Jenny Yoo Luella Dress. This timeless midi dress is made from lux faille fabric. 

It features a fitted bodice with spaghetti straps, a deep sweetheart neckline, a drop waist seam, and a full A-line skirt. This design is also available in black if you don’t want to wear a white outfit to your engagement party.

Sachin & Babi Parker Dress

The Sachin & Babi Parker Dress boasts a classic shift silhouette with shimmering accents for a touch of glamor. This long sleeve mini dress features a round neckline, shimmering pearl and crystal embellishments that adorn the neck and back, and slit cuffs with delicate bows. 

So chic!

Amsale LW244 Dress

Feminine and flowy in soft Guipure lace, the Amsale LW244 dress is elegant yet playful at the same time. Sleeveless with a high halter neckline, this look boasts a scalloped lace hem and a large bow that ties at the back of the neck. 

Its trapeze silhouette also makes it oh-so-comfortable to wear!

Amsale LW194 Jumpsuit

Make a sleek and chic statement in the Amsale LW194 Jumpsuit. This sophisticated one-piece is crafted in fluid satin. It features a sleeveless one-shoulder silhouette with a peekaboo slit, a bow on the shoulder, and flattering wide-leg pants. 

BONUS: it has pockets!

Want to see more options? Check out more Little White Dresses here!

Engagement Party Dresses for Guests

Ready to be the best-dressed guest at the engagement party? These engagement party outfit ideas might be perfect for you.

Jenny Yoo Jessica Dress

The Jenny Yoo Jessica mini dress is a fantastic choice If the engagement party dress code calls for cocktail or semi-formal attire. This classic little black dress is made from luxe faille fabric. 

It features a structured silhouette with a sleeveless bodice, a boat neck, and an A-line skirt with pockets.

Jenny Yoo Calla Dress

In radiant luxe satin, the Jenny Yoo Calla Dress boasts an asymmetrical silhouette with a one-shoulder bodice, subtle pleats, and a midi skirt with a high-low hem. This cocktail dress is effortlessly chic. 

It’s also available in over 30 colors, including pretty pastels, timeless neutrals, jewel tones, and muted hues.

Sachin & Babi Jenny Gown

Lightweight and airy in floral print chiffon, the Sachin & Babi Jenny Gown has it all. This dress features a full-length maxi silhouette with long sleeves, an A-line skirt, a V-neck, and a front slit. 

If the invite calls for formal attire, team it with strappy heels and elegant jewelry, or dress it down with flat sandals for a more laid-back look.   

Mac Duggal Dress 8056

Ruffles lend rich texture and a sense of romance to the Mac Duggal 8056 Dress. It’s sleeveless with a V-neckline and a full A-line skirt. 

This flattering midi dress offers a timeless style with distinctive, modern details.

See our entire cocktail and party dress collection here!

Engagement Party FAQs

Do You Need to Have an Engagement Party? 

Many couples choose to have an engagement party, but it’s not an absolute must. However, there are some key reasons why it’s a good idea.

If you’re planning a long engagement, an engagement party is a great idea because it's an opportunity to celebrate your love now and later.

Having a far-off destination wedding and know that most guests won’t be able to attend? Then, an engagement party offers the chance to celebrate your union with friends and loved ones who won’t be present on the big day.

When Should You Have Your Engagement Party? 

Most couples have engagement parties within a few months of the proposal and a minimum of six months before the wedding day. 

Some plan quickly and throw a super casual celebration a week or two after the proposal. Others take their time and plan much more lavish, formal events.  

Keep in mind that you can have any type of party at any time of day. For some engaged couples, a formal dinner or late-night dance party is ideal. For others, a midday brunch or a golden hour beach party feels right!

Who Should You Invite to an Engagement Party? 

Your engagement party guest list can be as small or large as you like, but some people should definitely be on it.

As a general rule, couples should invite:

• Their parents & grandparents
• Immediate family
• Close friends

    Traditionally, anyone you invite to the engagement party would also receive a wedding invite. However, you don’t need to invite every potential wedding guest to your engagement celebration. Some couples make their engagement party a smaller, more intimate celebration.

    Do You Have to Bring a Gift to An Engagement Party? 

    You don't have to bring a gift to an engagement party. However, it's common courtesy to give a gift whenever you’re invited to a party.

    Engagement party gifts do not have to be big, extravagant, or expensive. They can be small and thoughtful, like a bottle of wine or champagne, a picture frame to hold a future wedding photo, or a spa gift card for a couple’s massage.

    Engagement parties are a great way to celebrate your new union and an amazing opportunity to show off your style in a stunning new dress. 

    If you choose not to have an engagement party but have already fallen in love with one of the dresses we showcased above, don’t worry. They all double as great rehearsal dinner dresses, too! 

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