Congratulations on your engagement! However you're celebrating your upcoming nuptials, you should look as amazing as you feel right now. Here's where our edit of the best engagement party dresses comes in - it includes designs that will suit all styles and budgets for any kind of event.
An engagement party is the perfect opportunity to wear an outfit that feels bridal but isn't necessarily something that you would choose for the big day itself. Whether that means a fun frock trimmed with feathers or a sophisticated suit ideal for a relaxed meal, you'll find it below.
You might want your engagement party dress to set the tone of the type of wedding you are planning so it's the ideal time to begin thinking about your wedding venue and theme. We've covered both casual and formal options so you can wear whatever makes you feel best.
24 of the Best Engagement Party Dresses for the Bride
White Engagement Party Dresses
1. Backless Mini Dress - £140, ASOS
Turning up to your engagement party in this gorgeous number from ASOS will certainly ensure that all eyes are on you. It's a really fun option if you are thinking of wearing something more traditional for your wedding day. The backless design balances out the statement skirt perfectly.
Pros & Cons: This will be a dress to remember and will look amazing when photographed. Some reviews state that the feathers may shed.
2. Saba Blanc Midi Dress - £472, Revolve
We're obsessed with this pretty nude and white, leafy patterned gown from Revolve. It's perfect for afternoon tea or dinner with the in-laws and parents and is sophisticated without being boring. It comes with lining so the mesh looks seamless.
Pros & Cons: The fitted waist and flared skirt is flattering on all body types. We recommend wearing this style with heels as reviews state it comes up long.
3. Cowl Neck Corset Sequin Maxi Dress - £209, Coast
Channel Hollywood glamour in this sequinned Coast dress. The combination of a cowl neckline and a structed bodice creates the most beautiful silhouette and looks incredible. We also adore the wrap-over open hemline that skims gracefully to the floor.
Pros & Cons: The spaghetti straps are adjustable allowing a comfortable fit for all bust sizes. The gorgeous sequins are delicate so this item must be hand washed.
4. Peplum Embroidered Bodycon Dress - £115, Chi Chi London
Can't decide between a mini or a midi dress? You get the best of both worlds with this gown from Chi Chi London. The floral detailing is stunning and if a white engagement party dress isn't your style, this design is also available in pink, red, blue or black.
Pros & Cons: This is a unique design that will make a standout statement. Be mindful that the straps aren't adjustable when choosing your size.
5. Galvan Sienna Halter Neck Midi Dress - £895, Net-A-Porter
Simple, chic and elegant, Galvan dresses are beautifully made for an effortlessly cool finish. The Sienna style features an on-trend halter neck with a sash that will drape down your back. Keep your accessories minimal to mirror the design's sophistication.
Pros & Cons: This outfit is a little pricey but we love the idea of re-wearing it as your wedding reception dress so it's a great investment.
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6. Reva Cut-Out Midaxi Dress - £72, Pretty Lavish
It's the fabulous cut-out detail and back that sold this Pretty Lavish dress to us! It takes the simple design up a level and is a fun touch that we bet will garner lots of compliments. The back-strap is ruched for a comfortable fit. Pair with gold jewellery.
Pros & Cons: Glamorous brides will fall head over heels for this fashion-forward engagement party dress. Pop a chic blazer over your shoulders if you are celebrating on a cooler evening.
7. Off Shoulder Satin Long Sleeve Dress - £52, ASOS
This ASOS dress is super versatile so it'll work for a variety of celebrations depending on how you style it. If you're having an all-out party, take a cue from this model and wear with glittery heels and statement earrings. Planning a more relaxed event? Flats and tousled hair will look amazing. See our reviews of the best hair curlers to nail the look.
Pros & Cons: The long sleeves mean you won't need a cover-up. Be careful not to spill any drinks on the delicate satin fabric.
8. Sequin Feather Shift Mini Dress - £100, River Island
Sequins and feathers? This River Island mini dress is ideal for a fun-loving bride-to-be who is throwing a playful engagement party. The embellishments will shimmer and shine under lights and the feathers add a unique feature. It's also available in pink.
Pros & Cons: This style is out-there which is ideal if you want to make a statement but it can also be toned down by pairing with flat sandals and natural makeup.
9. Angel Sleeve Metallic Maxi Dress - £99, Nasty Gal
There is so much to love about this Nasty Gal dress - the angel sleeves are beautiful, as is the silver and white fabric and the backless design is so flattering. This colourway is perfect for an engagement party but it also comes in lilac should you prefer.
Pros & Cons: It is ideal for petite brides who want a floor-length gown. We can see this frock being worn to celebrate a Christmas proposal as the pattern reminds us of snowflakes.
10. Mademoiselle Bridal Midi Dress - £869, Revolve
How pretty is this sequin dress from Revolve? We think it's the perfect pick for celebrations in fancy locations. If you look closely it is ever so slightly pink in colour which is ideal if you don't want a stark white engagement party dress.
Pros & Cons: You'll truly look like the belle of the ball is this shimmering gown making it well worth its price tag. The attention to detail is exceptional, with a boned bodice, sequin pearl and bead embellishments and a full skirt.
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11. Alice + Olivia Kiyoko Satin Midi Dress - £495, Net-A-Porter
This Alice + Olivia dress is a timeless choice that is super luxurious. It's made from hammered satin and will run down your silhouette in a stunning ivory hue. The unique draped cowl neckline is elegant and flattering - pair with a dainty necklace to complement it.
Pros & Cons: The silver zipper isn't concealed which adds an edgy finish to this otherwise dainty design. Be mindful that this is non-stretchy fabric so you may wish to size up.
12. 3D Embellished Floral Mini Dress - £180, ASOS
We were mesmerized when we spotted this ASOS dress. The 3D florals make it a special choice for an engagement party as it is a design that you might not typically wear. The cross-body adjustable straps mean you can cater it to fit how you wish.
Pros & Cons: It is an expensive pick for a high street buy but with a 4.7/5 rating, customers state that it is great value for money as it features all-over embellishments that won't fall off. It is heavy so you may need help putting it over your head.
13. Starlight Midi Dress - £79, Nobody's Child
Your engagement party dress doesn't have to be too out-there, in fact a relaxed style like this Nobody's Child frock is a romantic and stunning choice. It'll be a staple in your wardrobe long after the celebration so it is a great price at less than £80. Crafted from breathable and soft satin, it is ideal for warm-weather occasions.
Pros & Cons: You can team this dress with trainers, boots, sandals or heels - you decide! If you feel it is not special enough for your engagement party, simply pop on a pair of statement earrings or some fabulous heels. Check out these wedding trainers for the right vibe.
14. Staud Olivette Crystal Mini Dress - £440, Net-A-Porter
The Staud Olivette dress simply screams engagement party dress. It is less than £450 which is great for a designer buy and it has so many fabulous features. From the crystal fringes which will look sensational when you walk, to the open-back and light-weight draped crepe, what's not to love?
Pros & Cons: The back-ties will ensure a close and comfortable fit. Be careful when storing this dress so as not to damage the embellishments.
15. Floral Embroidered Midi Dress - £150, ASOS
Add some interest to a white engagement party dress by going for one with colourful embroidery. This ASOS dress is really romantic and would look lovely at a garden party. Reviews state that it is great quality and comfortable which is just what you want at your event - there will be no worrying about your outfit and you can enjoy your moment.
Pros & Cons: We can't believe this elegant design is from the high street. If you have a bigger bust and are not keen on cleavage, reviewers suggest that it may need to be pinned.
16. Cut-Out Embellished Mini Blazer Dress - £89, River Island
A blazer dress is a great alternative to a typical dress for those who want to add some edge to their engagement party outfit. This River Island option is gorgeous thanks to the rhinestone adorned buttons and tailored silhouette. It also comes in black.
Pros & Cons: If you thought the front was amazing just you wait until you see the back - it is completely cut-out with a delicate chain detail that hangs down. This design is best-suited for evening events.
Plus Size Engagement Party Dresses
17. Sequin V-Neck Dress - £99, Coast
A sequinned dress can easily be made less out-there with a shorter hem line. This style from Coast blends on-trend puff sleeves with a plunging neckline and a flattering wrap front design. It is undeniably dance-floor ready so we know where we'll find you at the party!
Pros & Cons: The iridescent sequins will shine different colours in the light. Be mindful of the delicate fabric so as not to bend the sequins when storing.
18. Peplum Embroidered Bodycon Dress - £115, Chi Chi London
The floral mesh on this dress from Chi Chi London is unusual which is great for an engagement party as you'll likely want a design that you haven't seen anyone wear before. The one shoulder long sleeve is an on-trend statement feature.
Pros & Cons: The mesh sleeve and colour block white dress complement and balance each other out. This style is best for an event where you won't be doing a lot of sitting as the mini length isn't stretchy.
19. Moloney Dress - £89, Never Fully Dressed
This Never Fully Dressed outfit is giving us serious Grecian vibes. It will look lovely when paired with gold accessories to bring out the pattern and it is a playful take on a fitted silhouette. The back cut-out and sleeveless bodice give it a refined boho feel.
Pros & Cons: Never Fully Dressed designs sell-out quickly so add this to your basket ASAP. The simple maxi length will suit all body types.
Engagement Party Outfits
20. Yucca Two-Piece - £300, Reformation
Calling all boho brides-to-be! We reckon this puff sleeve crop top and frill hem skirt Reformation two-piece is the ideal choice for laidback celebrations in rustic settings. Made from 100% linen, it's a great choice for those thinking of taking their celebrations to sunnier climes.
Pros & Cons: You can mix and match this crop and skirt depending on the look you want to achieve. The skirt is unlined so wear white underwear with this outfit.
21. Pure Love Strapless Wide Leg Jumpsuit - £120, Club L London
Jumpsuits are a practical option for your engagement party but that doesn't mean they have to look relaxed. Take this Club L number - it features a gorgeous corset bodice to cinch in your waist and formal pleating. The wide trousers will elongate your legs.
Pros & Cons: Designed with premium crepe fabric, it'll look and feel amazing. The corset bodice may restrict so we suggest sizing up if you are going for a meal and want to feel comfortable.
22. Feather Shift Top & Tailored Wide Leg Trousers - £75 & £59, Nasty Gal
This engagement party outfit is effortlessly cool and will allow for a lot of movement at the event. The crop top is lined with feathers for a fun look and the trousers are wide legged which is super flattering. You won't need statement accessories for this outfit - it does all the talking!
Pros & Cons: If you buy the whole outfit it is quite expensive for a high street brand but Nasty Gal often have sales so it is likely you can purchase at a discount.
23. Satin Mix Corset Cape Jumpsuit - £128, Lavish Alice
Bridal capes are a big trend so why not emulate that with your engagement party outfit? This cape jumpsuit from Lavish Alice is powerful and sophisticated with a structured boned corset body and tapered trousers that will skim your ankle and elongate your legs.
Pros & Cons: You'll have to pay for postage but there is the option of next day delivery if you've left your outfit-buying until the last minute. The boned corset will draw the eye down in the most flattering way.
24. Orla Satin Cowl Neck Jumpsuit - £75, Pretty Lavish
The Orla jumpsuit from Pretty Lavish is a comfortable 'fit that you won't want to take off. The oyster coloured satin is perfect for an engagement party if wearing white isn't your vibe and the luxe layers of fabric are very flattering. Style with your favourite heels to dress the look up.
Pros & Cons: The self-tie belt has side loops so it won't slip down. The collar is quite high so we think this outfit looks best with long hair tied up to ensure all details can be seen.
How to Dress for an Engagement Party?
If you are a bride-to-be attending an engagement party, opt for an outfit that will make you feel fabulous! Whether that means keeping your look simple and chic or going all-out with feathers and sequins, it is totally up to you.
Be mindful of the kind of engagement party you are throwing - will you be dancing all night and will need an outfit that is practical to move in or have you planned a formal dinner in which case a long-gown or a suit might be best.
There really are no rules when it comes to dressing for your own engagement party, but styles that make a statement are popular.
Can You Wear Black to an Engagement Party?
It is fine to experiment with different shades at an engagement party and black will look elegant and sophisticated if you are attending an evening soiree. You can elevate a black outfit with metallic gold or silver accessories to liven it up.
Can You Wear a White Dress to an Engagement Party?
Absolutely - if you are sticking to tradition, wearing white to your engagement party is a lovely idea. You don't have to stick to bright white, an ivory or oyster colour works wonderfully too.
As a guest attending an engagement party, we suggest steering clear from wearing white unless told otherwise by the couple.
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