The Dos and Don'ts of Dressing for an Engagement Party
By Lindsey Sachs
You’ve been invited to an engagement party (what an honor?!) and now you’re wondering what’s appropriate to wear. Dressing for an engagement party offers a fun excuse to shop! Because engagement parties don’t happen every day, use this opportunity to thoughtfully showcase your personal style with an outfit to commemorate the happy occasion.
When deciding what to wear, take note of our top Dos and Don’ts as shared with Martha Stewart Weddings in “The Dos and Don’ts of Dressing for an Engagement Party” by Jenn Sinrich.
DO Make a good first impression.
This may be the first time you’ll meet close friends and family members of the couple prior to the wedding. Make a winning first impression with thoughtful and tasteful attire. Also remember that there will be several photos taken to document the day; who doesn’t want to be remembered as one of the best dressed (second to the happy couple of course) at the party?
DO Consider the time of day.
Plan your attire based on the time of the celebration. Daytime events tend to be less formal, with evening events supporting more formal attire. Plan to dress in layers if the event will transition from day to evening.
DO Consider the venue.
Because engagement parties are hosted in a variety of venues, consider the style and location of the venue. For engagement parties hosted at a public venue or restaurant, search their Instagram to gather inspiration from others who have visited the venue. If you’re unsure of what to wear, ask others attending the party and play it safe with neutral colors, or focus on adding a festive accessory. Also, choose your footwear carefully! Based on the surface of the venue - grass, hardwood, etc. wear shoes that will be both stylish and comfortable.
DO Dress according to the theme.
If the engagement party specifies a theme, do play along! There’s likely a good reason for the theme and the couple will appreciate your enthusiastic participation. Plus, themed attire makes for Insta-worthy photos to share from the celebration.
DON’T Wear White
White is still traditionally reserved for the couple. Avoid competing with the couple and instead, choose a different hue.
Be respectful to the couple by putting effort into planning your attire. Don’t assume casual attire for a backyard gathering or poolside party. When in doubt, check with friends or the couple in advance of the celebration.
DON’T Go Overboard
Vet your outfit with a few friends first. Don’t make the mistake of getting too loud with your outfit so that you overshadow the happy couple. Find a happy balance with an outfit you feel confident in, while also reserving the best dressed award for the couple.