If you’re reading this, you’ve probably recently said ‘yes’ or experienced the once-in-a-lifetime joy of someone accepting your proposal. Congratulations! Amidst the excitement, the organised part of your brain might already be rushing ahead to the heaps of planning and decision-making on the horizon. But before you get caught up in all that’s required to arrange a wedding, recognise that the engagement is an occasion in its own right that deserves to be celebrated. Who doesn’t love an excuse to throw a party?
Rachael Clifton wears 16Arlington’s Odessa minidress.
Park the pressure of finding the wedding dress, and for now, focus on what to wear for your engagement party. If there’s a dress you adore that doesn’t feel quite special enough for the ceremony, this is a good opportunity to still include it in your bridal identity. Depending on the venue, time of day, and the guest list, you can opt for a silky white slip dress, a romantic ruffle-adorned maxi or something in between the two.
We’ve done the hard work for you and whittled down the very best engagement party dresses out there, from designer, mid-range and high-street brands. Scroll on to find the frock for you.
For those wanting to go for a classic gown, why not consider a satin mini like this Galvan style.
Slinky, sultry and with a sensational tulle overlay.
If you really want to make a statement, try a Taller Marmo mini.
Cecilie Bahnsen’s floaty and romantic midi dresses are just beautiful.
You wouldn’t believe it’s high-street.
Look at those pretty straps!
A classic you’ll wear time and time again.
We couldn’t not include a Retrofête mini in this roundup. The elongated tassle shoulder makes this party dress particularly special.
This tiered number is perfect for the whimsical bride.
I mean, wow.
Another pretty short style that will work hard in your wardrobe well beyond the engagement, wedding and honeymoon.
Bandeau dresses are really on trend right now. You could also wear this with a blazer and sandals.
Rotate’s dresses are well loved for a reason. Check out the sleeves and bow detail on this midi.
Another dress you’ll wear time and time again.
The pretty halterneck trim really does it for me.
This beautiful satin number looks so much more expensive than it is.
A classic option that you’ll love forever.
The perfect LWD.
One of my favourite brands.
The perfect occasion for sequins and then recycle this for party season!
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.