Congrats on your engagement and finding the right partner! We couldn’t be more excited to help you celebrate. Finding the right plus-size engagement party dress is a major milestone in planning your wedding. Dia & Co is here to help make the process of finding the right looks easier. So we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you find the perfect look for you.

When it comes to engagement parties, there’s good news: of all the pre-wedding events, this has the least traditional guidelines—you can literally do and wear whatever you want (and we think you should). Typically, an engagement party is simply meant to bring together parents and friends of the couple to celebrate your engagement! Friends, family or the couple typically host.

Since there are no rules for the engagement party—they can be formal, informal or somewhere in between, there are a lot of choices for how to dress. More choices means difficult (but fun) decision-making! If you’re wondering where to start when it comes to curating your plus size wedding outfits, the engagement party is the first stop. As a bride-to-be, finding great outfits for your wedding festivities can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but we’re here to make creating your looks all part of the excitement of getting married!

The real secret to looking great, is feeling great and letting your personal style shine through. To make sure your plus size engagement party outfit is on-point, there are three key components to consider: style, venue and season. Keep these things in mind and you’ve got shopping in the bag!

Make A Personal Statement

What you wear at the engagement party will set the tone for all of the wedding festivities leading up to the big day and give guests a wedding day dress code hint. Whether you’re planning to be a fashion-forward bride, a traditionally romantic bride or casually bohemian, the guests will take their cue from you. Although many brides opt to wear a white plus size engagement dress to their party, there are no hard and fast rules here. 

White is classic, sure. But, don’t be afraid to stand out! Spice things up by wearing a bold color or an interesting print. If sparkle and shine is your thing, pull out the sequins or rhinestones. You don’t even have to wear a dress. Many brides are doing away with tradition altogether and opting for edgier pieces like plus size bridal jumpsuits, dressy pantsuits or rompers. However you choose to express your personal style, consider your comfort.

For more dressed-up cocktail parties in your home or in a raw space like an art gallery or a downtown loft, go for a flirty plus size cocktail dress.

Location, Location, Location

Considering the location is a must in planning a great outfit. Restaurants are a classic choice for an engagement party and semi-formal attire will enhance the ambience. Dinners typically mean a lot of sitting and standing to greet guests and family. A stunning plus size midi dress is a great option here. It won’t ride up when you sit or force you to readjust every time you stand up. 

For dressy cocktail parties in your home or raw space like an art gallery or loft, opt for a flirty plus size cocktail dress. Knee-length or mini dresses work well in this setting because there will be tons of standing and mingling. At more casual events like backyard BBQs or picnics in the park, maxi dresses and rompers are easy go-tos. Lightweight flowy fabrics will keep you cool and give you an ethereal goddess glow. Playing it safe with a Zoom party? Go for interesting necklines or statement sleeves so that your guests can still get a taste of your style even through the screen.

When Mother Nature RSVPs “Yes” 

 So the venue has been chosen, and it’s outside. You’ve got your dream outfit all prepared, but the forecast doesn’t look like it’s going to cooperate. There is nothing worse than overestimating the warmth of a spring evening or underestimating a frigid autumn afternoon. But  you don’t have to give-up donning your dream plus-size wedding reception or engagement party outfit for Mother Nature. A dressy plus-size shawl or your favorite plus size denim jacket are versatile layering options for chilly weather that will still show-off your outfit. In the summer, lightweight fabrics + an anti chafing stick = an easy breezy bride-to-be!  One thing to always keep in mind at an outdoor venue is your shoe choice. If your venue is covered in grass, sand, or gravel lean towards block heels or wedges that won’t sink into the ground as you mingle. And, dressy flats or sandals are equally fabulous choices at an outdoor event. Being comfortable is the new sexy.

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