22 March 2013 by

What To Wear To An Engagement Party: A Style Guide For The Bride And Guests

Wedding celebrations kick off with the engagement party and so does the pressure of what to wear, but panic not! Help is at hand with Grazia's easy-peasy outfit guide, whether you're having informal drinks in a bar, celebrating at home or toasting the coming nuptials with a fancy black tie affair, read on for a guaranteed stress-free and super stylish engagement bash...

For an engagement party in a bar:


Take advantage of the informal setting and think date-night-dressy. As the bride looking sexy but not OTT is key, this super sassy Carven dress (above) hugs in all the right places, but its high neckline keeps you out of tarty territory. However it is your night so only sky-scrapper heels will do! As a guest understated glamour is the way to go and this chic DKNY jumpsuit (above) is a fab, modern alternative to a dress.

Shop the looks above by clicking the links below:

BRIDE:
Carven dress £250 at My-wardrobe.com
Zara sandals £69.99
Vintage Chanel bag £2,300 at My-wardrobe.com
Marni earrings £245 at Net-a-porter.com

GUEST:
DKNY jumpsuit £358 at My-wardrobe.com
Reiss gold chain belt £55  
Zara sandals £29.99
Rosantica gold earrings £240 at Net-a-porter.com
Accessorize ‘Amy’ box clutch £25

For engagement drinks at your/his parent’s house:


For an engagement party/drinks held at your parent’s/in-law’s home avoid looking overtly sexy, instead channel old school glamour if you’re the bride: this elegant Lucas Nascimento strapless dress (above) is perfect. Team with regal jewellery and head-turning shoes. Similar rules apply for guests; go for a simply cut dress in a longer hem length like this fab Tibi number (above), and add interest to your look with standout shoes and classic but sparkly jewellery.

Shop the looks above by clicking the links below:

BRIDE:
Lucas Nascimento dress £1,105 at Matches
Kenneth Jay Lane earrings £145 at Net-a-porter.com
Nine West glitter box clutch £70
Kurt Geiger London 'Elliot' shoes £220

GUEST:
Tibi dress £730 at My-Wardrobe.com
Astley Clark gold and pave diamond earrings £595 at Liberty
Charlotte Olympia 'Serena' shoes £595 at Matches
Coast 'Parker' clutch £50

For a black tie engagement party at a hotel:


Black tie occasions call for full-length frocks, but be sure to avoid wedding dress look-a-likes by sticking to black or a dark colour palette. As the bride you can afford to be daring and this sequin covered number by Whistles (above) strikes the right cord. Great for guests this ‘Boulder’ dress in slatey blue by Suzannah (above) is a softer alternate to black, and is easy to accessorise with a colorful bag and shoes.

Shop the looks above by clicking the links below:

BRIDE:
Whistles ‘Delphine’ sequin maxi dress £350
Bouton earrings £115
Charlotte Olympia ‘Pandora’ clutch £595
Rupert Sanderson ‘Harting’ sandals £595

GUEST:
Suzannah ‘Boulder’ gown £750
Chloe ‘Sally’ Swarovski clutch £2,035 at Net-a-porter.com
Accessorize hair clips £7 for set
Valentino sandals £590 at Net-a-porter.com

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Ajay Sharma Devgan (Sun May 12 05:20:57 BST 2013): wow