So your partner’s finally popped the question, and you said yes! Now you’re ready to announce it to the world. Planning an engagement party can be every bit as stressful as planning the wedding. You need to decide if your other half will make a show of proposing again for the audience, or if everyone will already know that’s why they’re there. Most importantly, you need to pick the right outfit so you and your ring can be the star attraction!
Come on girls – you really do have to dress up for this one! It may not be the wedding yet, but this event is a great teaser trailer for everyone to see what it might be like. Are you hoping for something short and slinky? Or maybe you’re after something long, flowing and elegant? Try to find a great party dress that reflects which way your tastes are heading for the wedding dress. Don’t worry about colour – black is as good an option as any.
It could also be a good idea to choose something with no sleeves or half sleeves that sit above the elbow. An extended cap sleeve sitting just off the shoulder could be perfect too. You want your arms to appear to go on forever all the way down to that gorgeous ring on your finger. After all, if you have something as glamorous as a Verragio diamond, you definitely want to be showing it off!
Body, Hair, and Nails
Even if you’re keen on the more delicate and feminine styles that are on trend right now, it could be worth experimenting for this event. It will give you an idea what might feel comfortable and look good for your wedding day. You don’t have to wear bridal white or ivory, or use those colours for your nails. Still, it could be the perfect time to try out some press on nails if you don’t want the hassle of painting or visiting the nail bar.
As for your hair, treating yourself to a style just for your engagement party is by no means excessive. You can try out different up-dos or add extensions and curls for more body. The choice is yours. Don’t be afraid to push your usual comfort zones a little more.
Don’t forget to moisturise your arms and hands thoroughly! If everyone is going to be grabbing at it and staring at your ring, you want to be silky soft and chap free. It can be quite tricky to get your skin back into condition after a long winter so start early.
Chances are you’ll be on your feet a lot for toasts and announcements. Once your guests have started chatting and checking out your ring, you may not have a minute to sit! Choose your shoes wisely, or you may be struggling to walk in the morning. Heels are always an elegant choice, toning and elongating your legs, but they’re not great for your feet. If you’d rather go flat, wear them with confidence. Congratulations on your engagement!