Calling All Brides-to-Be: These Are the 23 Best Engagement Party Dresses

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?


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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.

The Best High-End Engagement Party Dresses Over £500:

The Best Mid-Range Engagement Party Dresses Under £500:

The Best High-Street Engagement Party Dresses Under £200:

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

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