Finding your engagement party dress can be a delightful journey, blending excitement and anticipation. It's a chance to reflect on your personal style while building excitement for your upcoming wedding.
Your dress sets the tone for your wedding, with every event in the lead-up to the big day the outfits you chose are going to tell your guests what to expect on the day (Intentionally or not). Finding the dress for your engagement party is almost as important as finding the dress you'll walk down the aisle in so don't just pick willy nilly! Whether it's a classic mini dress, a flowing maxi gown, or a playful cocktail number, let it reflect your individuality and celebrate the love you're about to share.
Set the vibe for the rest of your wedding wardrobe (you still have the shower, bachelorette, rehearsal, and, of course, wedding day to contend with), and find the best engagement party dresses for you!
1/ 16Arlington Odessa Cutout Feather-Trimmed Satin Midi Dress
16ARLINGTON's 'Odessa' midi dress features a classic yet playful silhouette. Fitted with boning for support and structure, it's bias-cut from lightweight satin that skims fluidly over your frame. The perfect dress to prelude a black-tie wedding or elegant city celebration, with a dress this romantic flashy accessories are not needed so keep things simple and elegant.
2/ Alessandra Rich Asymmetric Feather-Trimmed Silk-Satin Gown
Alessandra Rich reworks a striking silhouette in white silk satin. Perfect for the modern bride, this gown falls to an asymmetric hem trimmed with dramatic feathers. The cowl neckline demands a dramatic earring or diamond necklace. This is another perfect dress for the beginning of an old Hollywood wedding. And who doesn't love feathers?
3/ Alessandra Rich Embellished Draped Silk-Satin Midi Dress
Ideal for a bride-to-be seeking laid-back elegance, this stunning dress is cut from white silk satin with leg-of-mutton sleeves, a button-detailed overlay and a softly draped, petal-like skirt. Wear your hair up and off your face with a simple pair of drop earrings and a classic heel to show off the detail of the beautiful draping.
4/ Christopher John Rogers Button-Embellished Lace-up Satin Maxi Dress
Part of Christopher John Rogers' Resort '24 collection, this perfectly designed maxi dress is cut from smooth ivory satin, with a fitted waist with corset-inspired lacing at the back and a slim, full-length skirt. Another stunning gown for a more laid-back, but refined, bride-to-be.
5/ Clio Peppiatt Embellished Stretch-Crepe Mini Dress
Layered sequins create a scattering of flowers on this Clio Peppiatt mini dress. Hand-embellished with crystals and pearls, this shift style is cut from thick ivory crepe enriched with four-way stretch and has a chic high neckline. Dress it up with a striking Valentino-inspired platform heel for a more playful and girly look or keep things monochromatic with ornate all-white accessories for a look that's a little more old money.
6/ Danielle Frankel Wendell Tiered Ruffled Lace & Tulle Mini Dress
The Wendell minidress from Danielle Frankel embodies the label’s whimsical approach to bridal fashion. Made from soft tulle, the semi-sheer style is suspended from thin straps, falling into two layers that feature wavy edges and floral lace appliqués. Pair this baby with some silver heels, bouncy curls and big hoops for a glamorous Studio 54 look. Now talk about a dress for dancing!
7/ Emilia Wickstead Keeley Strapless Duchesse-Satin Midi Dress
Emilia Wickstead's streamlined 'Keeley' midi dress is the ideal dress for an engagement party, especially if you're planning a wedding that exudes classic style. It's cut for a close fit from ivory duchesse-satin with front darts and a fold-over strapless neckline. Jazz it up with a pair of statement heels, like the Magda Butrym Appliquéd satin sandals, or stick to the classics and pair it with a shoe that's a lot more understated.
8/ Emilia Wickstead Margie Cloqué Gown
Emilia Wickstead's 'Margie' gown is the dream gown for a vintage bride. Made from ivory cloqué patterned with tonal blooms that add dimension to the simple silhouette. Complete yours with a pearl headband and heels to round out the look. If you're planning a city hall wedding then this might even make a gorgeous wedding dress!
9/ Emilia Wickstead Switzy Cape-Effect Cloqué Midi Dress
Emilia Wickstead's 'Swtizy' midi dress is made for a bride-to-be who wants to be the centre of attention, designed with cape-effect sleeves, it's made from cloqué for a close fit and has lightly padded shoulders that balance the shape. This gorgeous dress is dramatic without being over the top and fitted to your form without being egregiously tight, it may be a little more understated when it comes to embellishments, but the structure speaks for itself.
10/ Galvan Orion Embellished Stretch-Knit Gown
Galvan's 'Orion' gown will have you looking glamorous and feeling comfortable at your engagement party. Made from flexible stretch-knit, it's decorated with crystals along the waist and straps and has boning to give the notched neckline structure. The ribbed mermaid hem moves beautifully as you walk. For a beachy bride planning a sunny destination wedding, this is the gown to choose!
11/ Galvan Thalia Faux Pearl-Embellished Ribbed-Knit Gown
Galvan's 'Thalia' gown should be at the top of your list if you're planning a modern and romantic wedding. With a sweetheart neckline framed by pretty faux pearl-embellished straps and a boned bodice. Sweep your hair into a low chignon and style it with drop earrings.
12/ Halfpenny London Double-Breasted Satin-Mikado Mini Dress
Halfpenny London's mini dress is cut from smooth satin-mikado and has a double-breasted front accentuated by darted seams and peak lapels. Its understated sophistication means you can dedicate more focus to accessories, pair this with a red lip and some red bottoms and you'll feel like a million bucks!
13/ Lanvin Ruffled Charmeuse Gown
Lanvin's show-stopping gown features a tumbling ruffled hemline that swishes dramatically as you walk. Made from charmeuse in an off-white hue that will suit every complexion. This dress is regal and romantic without pulling focus from your face, not to mention the loose structure and flowing shape opens the dress to a bride-to-be with any body type. Style yours with a low chignon and dewy lip.
14/ Magda Butrym Off-The-Shoulder Feather-Trimmed Silk-Crepe Mini Dress
If billowing gowns and dramatic trains aren't your thing, the feather trim on this Magda Butrym dress will add extra glamour to the big day’s events. Sitting off the shoulder with a sweetheart neckline, it's fitted through the body and made from silk crepe that's pin-tucked to create a rippled effect. Not only is this a gorgeous dress for a modern cocktail bar engagement party, but this might be the perfect dress for a civil ceremony or reception!
15/ Safiyaa Ginevra Cape-Effect Embellished Silk-Crepe Gown
If you're planning a grand castle affair then the 'Ginevra' gown is made for you! Crafted from stretch crepe to hug your figure and with the added detail of the flowing cape, this gown is refined, elegant and the perfect introduction to a glorious wedding story. Match your wedding jewellery with the faux pearls along the boat neckline.
16/ Self-Portrait Pleated Georgette & Metallic Bouclé Midi Dress
Designed to look like perfectly paired separates, Self-Portrait's midi dress is an elegant choice for your engagement party or even wedding day. The blazer-inspired bodice is made from bouclé that shimmers with metallic threads and is cinched at the waist before falling to a pleated georgette skirt. If you're a bit of a Grace Kelly fan-girl then this dress should be at the top of your list. Pair with a French twist and sun hat for a dreamy engagement party by the water or sweep your hair into a clean bob with a statement red lip for your own take on old-hollywood elegance.
17/ Oscar De La Renta Asymmetric Guipure Lace-Trimmed Appliquéd Tweed Midi
Oscar de la Renta's midi dress is made from ivory tweed that's decorated with floral appliqués to perfectly complement the guipure lace along the neckline and asymmetric hem. It has pretty scalloped edges that add to its romantic feel and is fitted with internal boning through the close-fitting bodice for support.
18/ Zimmermann Alight Lace-Trimmed Ramie Bustier Mini Dress
This 'Alight' mini is cut from ramie and has a bustier-style bodice inspired by corsetry and soft pleats through the skirt. Delicate lace trims enhance its romantic feel. Style yours with sandals and a straw tote for a playful picnic in-the-park look or a sleek bun and white heels for something a little more Santorini.
19/ Charo Ruiz Franca Broderie Anglaise Cotton-Blend Mini Dress
If you don't want your dress to be too dramatic or you're planning a family-centric garden wedding then Charo Ruiz's 'Franca' dress if a stunning choice. It's made from a cotton blend with elegant blouson sleeves and a gathered skirt. The perfect mix of girly and elegant, this is the dress you wear for an engagement party on a yacht or golf club with the perfect amount of modesty while still showing off those pins!