Bridal Series: The Engagement Party Dress for Every Budget

The number of engaged women in their 20's and 30's has dominated Facebook's newsfeed this time of year  - and I should know, since I'm one of them. A time of bliss, joviality and free of wedding planning stress, more and more couples are deciding  to extend their wedding celebrations and celebrate with loved ones through an engagement party instead. Reasons vary from financial constraints and obligations to meeting relatives and friends of the bride-and-groom-to-be for the first time. Whatever the reason, it's best to celebrate in style - and below are ideas for engagement party dresses, fitting for all budgets!

The Budget-Conscious Bride

You're planning a wedding soon, and want to spend your money where it matters most. Take a look at online stores such as lulus.com and tobi.com for the best deals on engagement party dresses. When shopping for savings for your engagement party dress (or anything, for that matter), don't neglect the sales section and clearance rack. Lauren Conrad for Kohl's has plenty of dresses under $50 for the perfect Spring party! Or check out Prabal Gurung for Target's collection online, for bright, neon florals!

Photo Courtesy: lulus.com Splash of Color Teal and Silver Brocade Dress at: $56

The Happy-Medium Bride

You believe in spending a bit more for your engagement party - after all, you're only getting engaged once. However, you still don't want to break the bank while doing so. For more unique European finds, visit sites such as asos.com and topshop.com. This pastel-colored, babydoll dress by Lipsy features a delicate, sheer chiffon, exuding romance, innocence as well as style. For a more retro-inspired look, modcloth.com is your go-to online shop. Click on their "Special Occasion" section for fit and flare styles, vintage lace looks and old-school glamour.

Photo Courtesy: asos.com Lipsy babydoll dress: $98

 

The You-Only-Live-Once-Bride

Title says it all. Not only do you only get engaged once, you only live once as well! Your free-from-budget-constraints attitude allows you to splurge on the perfect engagement party dress. For classic looks, tibi.com features structured necklines and more modest hemlines, while shopbop.com features designer duds from Marchesa to Marc by Marc Jacobs - any dress fitting your style, the setting of your engagement party and your budget! Take caution in spending more than you can afford - it's best to keep your engagement party dress more simple than a dress for your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.

Photo Courtesy: lyst.com Beige Shovan Lace Overlay Peplum Dress: $440

We hope you peruse the above suggested sites for your perfect engagement party dress! We would love to hear about your finds on Facebook!