Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life, but it's certainly not the only exciting part of the process. There's the day you get engaged, for instance. Whether it happens on a romantic getaway or in the comfort of your living room (hi, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle), it's usually only the beginning, with much more to come.
After getting engaged, many people celebrate with an engagement party. Not only is it a nice way to celebrate your love with your closest friends and family members, but it's also a simple way to announce your news and say, "Hey, everyone. We're getting married, and you should stay tuned for an invitation." See? Engagement parties are both fun and effective.
The only trouble with an engagement party is knowing what to wear. Depending on the location and dress code, engagement parties can warrant breezy sundresses à la Lea Michele or posh designer gowns à la Jennifer Lawrence. Keep scrolling to see what five celebs wore to their engagement parties. Hopefully, this helps you figure out what to wear to your own.
Lea Michele announced her engagement to Zandy Reich back in 2018. Shortly thereafter, she hosted a star-studded engagement party. (Emma Roberts, Hilary Duff, and Ashley Tisdale were just a few of the celebs in attendance.) To partake in the festivities, Michele wore the Ulla Johnson Uma Dress ($545). The exact blue-and-white floral print she wore is currently out of stock, but an ivory paisley-print version is still available on the brand's website. The one-shoulder design and midi-length skirt made for a perfect garden-engagement-party dress.
This affordable dress from Free People is almost an exact match for Michele's sold-out Ulla Johnson one.
Ahead of Priyanka Chopra's wedding (or should we say weddings?) to Nick Jonas, she hosted an intimate engagement party in Mumbai. She wore two stunning outfits. The first was a traditional outfit by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Couture, and the sunshine-yellow color was so flattering. The second was a formfitting nude midi dress with matching heels that looked like something her close friend Meghan Markle might wear. Shop a similar style below.
This wrap dress is formfitting and flattering thanks to a deep V-cut neckline and asymmetric hem.
Jennifer Lawrence's engagement party took place back in May. To celebrate her engagement to Cooke Maroney, she wore a light-pink, flowing gown by L. Wells. Thanks to the layers of sheer chiffon and draped sleeves, her outfit was both romantic and elegant.
Here's another L. Wells chiffon number that we think is just as dreamy as Lawrence's gown.
Gwyneth Paltrow celebrated her engagement to Brad Falchuk in April 2018 with an A-list party attended by the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and Kate Hudson. The bride-to-be wore a custom Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown.
This gown is more formfitting than Paltrow's but comes in that same vivid plum color.
In 2017, Meghan Markle wore a dark-green sheath dress to her first official photo-call and interview with Prince Harry. It wasn't exactly an engagement party, per se, but it still counts. The dress, which was by the Italian brand P.a.r.o.s.h., sold out from all online retailers in under an hour. Luckily, the retailer has some similar styles that are still up for grabs.