If you’ve recently become engaged, congratulations! Few moments are as exciting as the one when your one true loves proposes and you say yes! Now, before you enter into full-on wedding planning mode (fingers crossed you avoid the dreaded bridezilla moniker) and jump right to wedding gown selection, you need to think about all the engagement to-do’s on your new bride-to-be checklist and that includes engagement photos—so exciting!
The first engagement item on your to-do list may be the engagement party, but figuring out what you want to wear for your engagement photos is one of the first tasks you’ll have as a fiancé, right up there with an engagement party ensemble. While there’s no hard rule that says you have to wear bridal white—in fact, a lot of brides dress fairly casually for their engagement photos—there’s no reason not to don a pearly white shade if you can’t contain your excitement with that new shiny ring on your finger. In our opinion, there’s no reason to hold back! A white dress for your engagement photos will feel decidedly bridal and, of course, romantic.
One of the first outfits you’ll buy as a bride-to-be, your engagement photo dress will be a great way to figure out your bridal style. If bohemian styles are your usual aesthetic, a whimsical dress with eyelet lace, crochet, or a floral print is wanderlust bride to a T. For the modern minimalist, an optic white dress with clean lines and spare embellishments is eye-catching, while a lace or ruffled dress is classically feminine for those inspired by a traditional vibe. For the sartorially driven, a white dress with unique cutout detailing or an asymmetric silhouette will feel fresh and forward, and a vintage-inspired shape is perfect for the retro-leaning bride.
Whatever your aesthetic, scroll through 23 of our favorite bridal-inspired dresses ahead for your engagement photos, from under $100 styles to designer takes.