Getting ready to attend an engagement party can be a stressful time if you’re clueless about the dress code. Whether it’s a daytime or an evening affair, let Wedessence help you pick the perfect outfit.
Gift, or no gift?
Unless the invitation reads “No gifts please”, present the newly engaged couple with either a picture frame, bottle of wine, gift certificate, flowers, box of chocolates, or something along these lines.
As every party has its own set of dress code, here too, you are expected to follow them. For many couples, throwing an engagement party has very little to do with the grand wedding itself; it’s more like an opportunity to celebrate the union with family members and close friends. So, if you’d like some help getting ready, we are here to give you ideas on which clothes to wear to an engagement party.
Engagement Party Attire for Women
No matter what you decide to wear, remember―never to upstage the bride-to-be and wear the color white without her approval. This rule doesn’t apply only on the wedding day. It’s kind of a universal law that applies to all wedding-related events and parties.
Engagement Party Attire for Men
Just because the guests will give most of their attention to the couple, it doesn’t give you the right to avoid looking presentable. There are many outfit ideas given below, and we are sure you will be able to find more than one ensemble to your liking. Now, although we have not given outfit options with denim, you can wear clean-cut jeans with a button-down shirt for a casual engagement party.
Follow the Dress Code
With the above suggested outfits, we are guessing that you may already have a good idea as to what type of attire is expected at the event. However, if you would like to be a bit more thorough, here are some key factors to keep in mind.
◆ First and foremost, read the invitation carefully to know the venue and time of the day for the party. Daytime and evening events have unique tones, and demand specific attire; casual attire for a party held during the daytime, and slightly formal (not black-tie formal) attire for an evening affair.
◆ Keep your attire appropriate to the season. Winter parties tend to demand longer skirts and dresses for women, and a suit or sports jacket for men. The color and fabric of the clothes will also differ for different seasons. In spring, people usually prefer pastel colors. For a summer party, linen and cotton clothes in bold colors are your best friend. So, keep these vital styling tips in mind when you’re about to get ready for a party.
◆ For women, daytime attire can consist of a knee-length skirt with a complementing blouse or a casual knee-length dress. Avoid wearing any clothing items that sparkle too much. On the contrary, an evening attire can include an ankle-length dress (not a ball gown) or a knee-length cocktail dress. Keep the accessories to a minimum―two pieces along with your shoes and purse is more than enough.
◆ For men, khaki pants or a dark-colored pants with a casual chic shirt is appropriate for a daytime party. As for an evening party, perhaps a well-fitting suit with a crisp shirt can do the trick. And as far as any accessories are concerned, your shoes and wristwatch are all that you will need.
As a good habit, if you’re unsure of the dress code set by the newly engaged couple, don’t be shy to ask them directly. On the other hand, you can ask other guests what they are planning on wearing for the event. This way, you won’t feel embarrassed or seem too out of the place in your attire.