From engagement parties to the rehearsal dinner, there's a surprising amount of pre-wedding parties that are held in honor of the bride or the couple. To help you prepare, we've put together this helpful little guide on the most popular events and what you should wear to each of them.
1. What to wear to your engagement party
What and when: An engagement party is held to formally announce your nuptials and usually takes place a month or two after the engagement. It's an intimate affair for family and close friends and is often held at the hosts home or other smaller venues such as a favorite restaurant or bar. Here are some amazing ideas for engagement party themes to get you inspired.
What to wear: The wedding day is still far away so white is not essential. Think chic party dress that makes you feel comfortable and compliments your figure at the same time. Elegant yet sexy Kendall in pink floral lace is a perfect choice and Nola is a good alternative if you prefer a shorter dress.
2. What to wear to your bridal shower
What and when: A bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding. It may take place a few months or a few weeks before your wedding and it is often hosted by the bridal party. A bridal shower should take place during the day, in the form of a brunch or lunch. There are so many gorgeous examples out there to get you inspired but we've been lusting over this desert oasis themed shower in particular.
What to wear: Since it's a day event, we suggest something that is light and not too formal. A flowy silhouette and pretty floral lace - Emma dress has it all. You could also opt for Augustine should you prefer something more minimal.
3. What to wear to your bachelorette party
What and when: Your 'last chance' to let loose before the big day. Nowadays bachelorette parties are often held 1-2 months before the wedding and come in many shapes and forms. It could be a wild night in your hometown, a relaxing weekend at a spa or a beach getaway. It should honor your own personal style and most importantly celebrate you and your friendships. If you are stuck for ideas though, here as some alternative bachelorette party ideas that might get you excited.
What to wear: Whatever you decide to do, there should be some partying, dancing and letting loose involved. And for that, we have the perfect dress - Gia mini ruffle dress in white. And here are some alternatives too: Farrah, Luna and Esther.
4. What to wear to your rehearsal dinner
What and when: Held on the night before the wedding, rehearsal or welcome dinner is a way to greet your guests and celebrate your impending marriage in a more relaxed environment. It's a perfect way to kick off the wedding weekend.
What to wear: This event is often an elegant sit-down dinner for your close family and friends (here's a lovely example). White is a popular choice among the brides-to-be but it should be a very different look from your main wedding day gown. The minimal yet dramatic Andrea is our first choice. But here are some alternatives too: Bianca and Ambrose.