Briana Morrison
Briana Morrison

Your engagement party is likely to be your first pre-wedding event after your #justsaidyes moment, and it's a fabulous occasion to go all out when it comes to your look. Cue this shoppable list of engagement party dresses! Ultimately, we suggest wearing something that speaks to your everyday style but also complements the venue where the party is taking place—and no, you're not limited to just wearing white! We've picked a handful of engagement party dresses and organized them by venue type, from feminine floral prints to glamorous sparkles and sassy LWDs (little white dresses). Ready to pick your first bride-to-be outfit?

Celebrate your recent proposal in style by rocking one of these engagement party dresses for every venue type. 

If the party is at someone's house...

A backyard setting or a casual sit-down dinner at a friend's house means you'll need an outfit that looks put together but isn't completely over the top. Sundresses, jumpsuits, and airy fabrics (try cotton poplin, eyelet lace, or chiffon) will keep you feeling chic and comfortable. 

The tiered silhouette of this dress is on trend right now, but it's not so trendy that you can't wear it again and again for years to come. The lightweight cotton fabric is easy breezy.

J.Crew Rebecca tiered cotton-poplin mini dress, $110, Net-a-Porter

A white eyelet dress is a summertime staple. We like the contrasting black buttons down the front of this style. 

City Chic eyelet love dress, $119, Nordstrom

If you're not into wearing a white engagement dress, that's okay too! A blue floral print wrap dress is elegant without screaming "bride." 

Lauren Ralph Lauren belted floral georgette dress, $165, Zappos

You can also wear a jumpsuit if you're looking for alternatives to white engagement party dresses. This one has a flattering tie at the waist to show off your shape. 

Vince Camuto belted crop jumpsuit, $139, Nordstrom

Skip the basic LWD and choose a lacy style with a colorful lining. It's traditional with a twist! 

Free People printed lace sweetheart dress, from $30, Rent the Runway

Keep it short and sweet with a white sleeveless mini dress. The stretchy fabric on this style makes it extra comfortable to wear for your engagement party and beyond. 

French Connection sundae stretch mini dress, $148, Nordstrom

If the party is at the beach or a waterfront venue...

Is your engagement party taking place at the beach, a pool, or somewhere with a view of the water? Lucky you! This is the perfect opportunity to experiment with flowy fabrics, bright colors, bold patterns, and short hemlines. Pair any of these dresses with your favorite flat sandals or sensible block heels for an effortless finish.  

Sleeves can be beach-appropriate as long as you choose the right style—these bishop sleeves won't feel constricting and the deep v-neckline shows a tasteful amount of skin. 

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini scarf print midi dress, from $150, Rent the Runway

If you're partying somewhere warm, a short, sleeveless dress will keep you cool in sunny weather. We like the metallic embroidery on this sheath style. 

Lily Pulitzer Valli sheath dress, $198, Nordstrom

Channel a nautical vibe by wearing a striped A-line dress with elbow-length sleeves. A cutout on the bodice of this dress adds a flirty touch. 

Rosetta Getty cross panel dress, $135, Rent the Runway

Feeling tropical? This sweet wrap dress is giving us visions of a faraway island, thanks to the punchy yellow and pink floral print. 

Faithfull the Brand Fran floral-print crepe midi wrap dress, $189, Net-a-Porter

If you're hunting for a simple engagement party dress that's easy to re-wear, look no further than this knit lace style. We could see this fitting in at a marina venue or on a sailboat. 

Lost+Wander living the dream mini dress, $98, Zappos

A bright watercolor floral dress is beach party-ready. Wear your hair up in a sassy ponytail and add gold hoop earrings or a statement necklace to complete the look.  

Amanda Uprichard floral Venezia gown, from $55, Rent the Runway

If the party is at a fancy restaurant or cocktail bar...

Get ready for a swanky party by looking for engagement party dresses with dramatic silhouettes and eye-catching details, such as sequins or intricate embroidery. And when in doubt, go for something metallic! 

Get ready to hit the dance floor in a fringed mini dress. The tiered fringe on this skirt looks like feathers, but it's actually tiny layers of chiffon!

Aidan Mattox promenade dress, $190, BHLDN

You'll definitely make a statement in a silver sequined bodycon dress. The flared sleeves are an extra-fun touch. 

Parker Rachael dress, from $70, Rent the Runway

If you're going for something more sultry, try a fitted velvet dress in a dark blue shade with floral embroidery. 

Marchesa Notte embroidered velvet high-low dress, from $135, Rent the Runway

Step up your LWD game by wearing a mid-length style with a flared skirt and scoop back. It's dramatic in just the right way. 

Lulus love you tonight white lace midi dress, $67, Lulus

For an engagement party taking place during the holiday season, an allover glitter dress is a no-brainer. This metallic knit style has voluminous bell sleeves for a dramatic look.

A.L.C. metallic Harley dress, from $90, Rent the Runway

Get on board with the bridal cape trend by rocking an engagement party dress with a regal draped back. The scuba crepe fabric of this style will hug your curves flawlessly. 

Betsy & Adam drape back scuba crepe cocktail dress, $199, Nordstrom

If the party is at a vineyard or winery...

Celebrating your engagement with a glass of wine in your hand and stunning vineyard views...what could be better? We love the idea of using a wine-inspired palette as a mood board for your potential engagement party dresses—think burgundy hues, dark floral prints, and subtle retro details like tortoiseshell accents, polka dots, or cap sleeves. 

This one-shoulder dress is perfect for an engagement party taking place in between seasons, and the painted flower print is spot-on when it comes to the latest bridal trends.

Marchesa Notte floral printed cocktail dress, from $85, Rent the Runway

 

If you've ever wanted to copy Diane Lane's style in Under the Tuscan Sun, now's your chance. This elegant white sheath dress is finished with a waist-cinching tortoiseshell belt—the whole ensemble has us dreaming of a European summer getaway

Nicholas white gathered sheath, from $85, Rent the Runway

A high-low hemline breaks up the allover pattern on this polka-dotted maxi dress (and gives you the chance to show off a fun pair of shoes). 

Slate & Willow navy polka dot maxi, $30, Rent the Runway

 

 

Alternating flower and scalloped trims adorn this adorable boho chic engagement party dress.  

La Maison Talulah early light mini dress, from $35, Rent the Runway

If you're a bride-to-be who loves vintage style, this '40s-inspired burgundy dress is 100% calling your name.

Gal Meets Glam Collection Bette pleated mini dress, $158, Nordstrom

A sleeveless dress with a high neckline instantly elongates your arms and shows off toned shoulders. 

Lulus Evalina navy blue floral print mock neck midi dress, $72, Lulus

If the party is at a chic brunch spot...

If you're headed to brunch for your engagement party, wearing something cute and comfortable is key (gotta leave room for those endless mimosas, right?). Play around with patterns, light colors, and engagement party dresses with flirty silhouettes for a total bride-to-be vibe. 

Wear this crop top and skirt set for your engagement party, and then mix and match the two pieces with other items in your closet later on for endless outfit possibilities.

Gal Meets Glam Collection India button-up two-piece dress, $198, Nordstrom

A trio of vintage-inspired floral prints adorn this gorgeous mid-length dress that would look stunning at a summer or early fall engagement party. 

Free People love you midi dress, $30, Rent the Runway

Celebrating your engagement during the winter months? This cozy cashmere sweater dress might be totally worth the splurge.  

Vince ribbed wool and cashmere long sleeve sweater dress, $425, Nordstrom

Wear a breezy blue shirt dress to instantly feel put-together (without having to spend a ton of time and effort doing so). 

Equipment Andrinna dress, $85, Rent the Runway

 

Are we the only one getting Meghan Markle vibes from this asymmetrical trench dress? Take a page out of the Duchess' style book by wearing a similar style for a sophisticated, timeless outfit.

Tibi beige structured crepe trench dress, $85, Rent the Runway

A pink linen sundress is perfect for a springtime engagement party, but you can add a chunky cardigan or a dressy coat to transition the look for colder weather. 

Vince pink midi dress, $60, Rent the Runway

If the party is at a garden or country club...

Look your bridal best at a garden or country club venue by wearing an engagement party dress in a neutral or pastel color. Pretty floral prints, luxurious silk fabrics, and romantic detailing like lace, ruffles, and cutouts will all help you stand out in the crowd (as if people won't know who you are already!).  

 

If you already know you want peonies at your wedding, why not also wear them on your engagement party dress? Side cutouts and an open back on this blue chiffon dress give the sweet floral print an edgier vibe. 

PatBO peony print cutout dress, from $110, Rent the Runway

One reviewer called this the "ballerina dress," and we can't say we disagree. The floaty circle skirt and delicate eyelash lace trim are straight out of ballet-inspired wedding dreams. 

Dress the Population Alicia mixed media dress, $198, Nordstrom

There's no rule that says your something blue can't be your engagement party dress, and this pretty style is guaranteed to garner a ton of compliments. 

Catherine Deane blue lace fjola dress, from $135, Rent the Runway

A white engagement dress with a one-shoulder neckline and bell sleeves is a modern take on classic bride-to-be style. 

Likely white shoulder dress, $30, Rent the Runway

For a nighttime event, we're loving this curve-hugging silk dress in a dark blue and ivory print. 

J.Crew silk midi dress, $228, J.Crew

A blush wrap dress is romantic and elegant—and more importantly, this one has pockets! 

Great Jones ruffle hourglass dress, $40, Rent the Runway

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