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30+ Engagement Dresses For Brides-To-Be

BY Garvita | 15 Apr, 2019 | 321524 views | 12 min read

We know how weddings are majorly limited to brides wearing a lehenga on their special day but there is one pre-nuptial ceremony where you have the scope to try out different silhouettes, styles and outfits, on the basis of your taste - Engagement! Engagement dresses can be fun, modern or traditional; you have plethora of options to choose from! In a world where there are so many brides wondering what to wear, here are some quintessential modern as well as traditional engagement dresses for a bride. We spotted so many real brides wearing gorgeous attires on their engagement and looked so savage!! If you're still contemplating about your engagement outfit, then you really need to bookmark this article. To make it easy for you, we have categorized the outfits for you to exude:

  • Grace in a Saree
  • Flare in a Lehenga
  • Flamboyance in an Engagement Gown
  • Tradition in a Suit
  • Eccentricity in an Offbeat Engagement Outfit

Grace in a Saree

One cannot deny that sarees are the most beautiful Indian wear, we have stumbled upon! This trend may be old but it is here to stay for a long long time. Wearing sarees for engagement is definitely a timeless choice that one can make. You can either go for bright colors and fun patterns or simply opt for something minimal and classic. If not, a little customisation does no harm for you to look like a diva on your engagement. Considering that so many modern brides are opting for engagement sarees, we couldn't help but put the same on this list!

Sky Blue Saree for engagement

Image via Sandeep Sahdev Photography

This engagement saree literally blew our minds off, for its sheer beauty and uniqueness ! The powder blue hue, the long train and minimal details makes it one of the perfect engagement dresses for private ceremony. An absolute combination for a day event makes one of a kind and a beautiful engagement dress.

White Floral saree with shimmer dupatta

Image via Zohaib Ali Photography

We remember how Anushka ditched something predictable and chose a Sabyasachi saree for her engagement. Giving us majorr #OutfitInspiration!!  This floral saree can definitely be considered as one of your engagement dresses option, if you're still confused about your look. Keep it classy and sassy with a blingy blouse and a basic printed saree.

Mint Ruffle Saree for engagement

Image via Shaivee Verma Hair & Makeup

Millennial brides ensure that they stand out in terms of outfit, makeup et al. A custom made engagement dress can never go wrong. This Mint ruffled saree is an ideal pick if you're looking for unconventional engagement dresses. Pair it with an elegant choker to look simply out and outt!

Yellow engagement kanjeevaram saree

Image via Rolls & Reels 

Looking for timeless engagement sarees? Nothing can beat the grace and elegance of one in silk. This traditional bridal saree will give you a sense of homeliness and would look better than any engagement gown. Pair it with chunky gold jewellery or go minimal, you're bound to look classy either way!

Printed engagement saree

Image via Cinnamon Pictures 

Love how this bride paired a minimal Organza printed saree with a satlada haar to elevate the look. It is considered to be the most trending these days yet you can look different as it can be paired with different fabrics and styles. Adorn your hair with red roses and voila.. ready to exchange those rings!!

Jewel tone engagement saree with brown embroidery blouse

Image via Roma Ganesh Photography

Jeweled tone saree paired with dark brown embroidered blouse looks so ethereal. This bride styled it with a lightweight choker set. Keeping the saree plain and simple she went ahead with an absolutely stunning embroidered blouse. Love how she experimented with the makeup and opted for dramatically kohled eyes and nude lips.

Flare in a Lehenga

Looking for lehengas for engagement? Well, it is one such attire that can be worn at every wedding function. It suits every body type and gives flare to your look without any efforts! Keep it traditional or offbeat, you can never go wrong with a lehenga. Be it any colour, design, plain or simple, lehenga makes it a perfect engagement dress for a bride with so so many options! Don't believe us? Let's make it easy for you! Check out these brides who wore stunning engagement lehengas. We're sure you'll love them.

Mint Green Engagement Lehenga

Image via Two Fat Ladies

For her engagement, this bride chose the traditional way by wearing a heavily embroidered lehenga and draping the dupatta like a saree pallu. A light pastel colour makes the outfit look simple and subtle. Love how she paired it up with a chunky diamond choker set and got her hair styled in a half updo.

Mettalic pink ruffle lehenga

Image via DelhiVelvet - By Divishth Kakkar

Oh myy! This engagement lehenga screams modernity and class. Love how brides are going for different lighter shades keeping it a girly engagement outfit. From blouse with feather details to a ruffled dupatta and a lehenga skirt with foil work embellishment, this bride totally exuded #ModernBride goals.

Yellow engagement lehenga

Image via Shutterdown - Lakshya Chawla

We've seen many lehengas for engagement, but not one like this one! It's fresh and enchanting, and if you're already wearing a red, pink or gold lehenga for wedding, then how about picking a lime green engagement lehenga! Well who says yellow is a haldi colour, it can also make THE engagement bridal look. It'll be an unusual choice and will make you stand out from mainstream brides that we see on internet.

Off white Engagement lehenga

Image via Gautam Khullar Photography

How often do you see brides wear off-white? Elegance is what this engagement lehenga commemorates. This one did and looked beyond gorgeous in her engagement lehenga. What more can we say? Pure love!!

Purple engagement lehenga

Image via Stories by Joseph Radhik

Brides wearing purple is raging trend these day. But don't we all just love a softer take on this hue? An outfit in subtle mauve or precious lavender will make you look extremely stylish. Pastel tones are on every girls list these days and they simply look rocking. Looks like we know why more brides are picking this color for their pre-nuptial ceremonies! Without a doubt one of our favourite engagement lehengas, on this list

Maroon Engagement Lehenga

Image via Weva Photography 

Engagement is that one ceremony which allows you to go ahead with a simple and lighter outfit. Gone were the days when red was the wedding outfit colour, go for a darker shade on your engagement day making your outfit look rich as ever. Just like how this bride did, she picked a dark hued lehenga with minimal embroidery and net work. This allows you to be at ease during the event and enjoy without stuggling with your outfit.

Flamboyance in an Engagement Gown

Thinking engagement dresses wiith class, flamboyance and drama? Then all you need is an engagement gown. Trains are trending, thanks to PeeCee's stunning white gown with a really looooonngg train. So you know the drill, get one added to your gown! If you want to stand out depending on your outfit, one particular event, gown is the answer to your problem! One's with a dramatic silhouette ensures that you stand out from the crowd. We've curated a list of brides who wore gowns for engagement, for you to see and take a screenshot for inspiration.

Red Engagement Ball Gown

Image via Dipak Studios Wedding Photography 

This bride wore a ball gown for her engagement. Loved how she stuck with a wedding hue like red despite of it being a totally western silhouette. Pairing it with some light jewellery and going for a heavy bridal engagement dress. Superb amalgamation!

Dark Blue Modern Engagement Lehenga

Image via Stories by Joseph Radhik

Woah!! The structure around the shoulder and the beautiful train indeed makes this gown extraordinary. The bride has styled it beautifully with a sleek low bun, accessorised with a headband! A little western touch to the outfit, looks of a diva, making us scream Woot Woot! Inspired already, ladies?

White one shoulder engagement gown

Image via Pinterest

Wearing white for your engagement? Hell yass! This bride broke the norm of 'a bridal outfit cannot be white' with total sass! The shine of this satin ring ceremony dress OUTshines all of it. Also, did you notice that one shoulder neckline? Stunning, isn't it?

Gold Off shoulder engagement gown

Image via Shantanu & Nikhil 

This is one of our favourite engagement dresses on this list! Found the asymmetric structure, off-shoulder neckline and eccentric color quite interesting for an engagement gown. So, if you wish to wear something bold and chic, then a gown like this would a great choice.

Grey Engagement gown

Image via Studio Beunique

This bride picked a grey gown for her engagement which had a very interesting yet bold neckline! This one is simple and subtle, yet looked so sassy. The sparkle over it would make you look one of a kind for your event and something that sooth your eyes.

Latest Engagement gown

Image via Dipak Studios Wedding Photography 

Elaborated and how! This one has a huge flare, and we believe that's what is really amplifying it as an exceptional engagement outfit. One such outfit that will absolutely make the heads turn, flawless as they say! If you can pull off an engagement look like this, then wear it and flaunt it!

Tradition in a Suit

We don't often see brides wearing suits as engagement dresses, but these brides proved us wrong. It won't be wrong to say that they restarted a trend (that died a few years back)! If yours is an intimate event, then a sharara would be great pick or you can go extra and twirl around in an Anarkali suit! An exquisite type of outfit that might have lost its charm but is back with a bang and all the brides out there are wanting to add it in their trousseau. They exhibit a princess-like vibe, while being traditional in nature. So would you go ahead with this mix of modern meets traditional?!

Dull Gold Engagement Sharara

Image via Pardeep Singh

This engagement got really viral as soon as the pictures surfaced on Internet, majorly because the bride wore this stunning dull gold sharara and styled it in the simplest possible way. The gajra kept it as classic as it could get, and just a maangteeka did right for this bride. Whoever said you always need grandeur and magnificence for your bridal looks didn't see this coming!

Sharara for engagment

Image via Recall Pictures Photography 

Oh wow! Looks like it's raining shararas for engagement these days. Going light on the makeup, the outfit grabs all the attention over this bride looking superb. Love the effortless hairdo and the detailed embroidery that didn't look over the top at all.

Designer Peach Anarkali Suit

Image via Gautam Khullar Photography

Anarakali Suits are a great pick if you want an elaborated yet comfortable outfit for your engagement. This bride wore one with peach base and shimmery gold work all over. No where does this outfit explain that suits are only meant for small events and cannot make an excellent engagement outfit. Kept the hair lose in soft waves and instead, chose smokey eyes for makeup to balance out.

Designer Anarkali Suit

Image via Sonia and Harry's Engagement

One can never go wrong with a classic style and this bride did not disappoint us with her Engagement look. Simplicity at its best. She wore a long kurta with flared pants and looked like an epitome of simplicity. Loved how she kept everything natural! And the colours make this engagement dress look refined.

Designer Engagement Anarkali suit

Image via Pavitra Jewellers

A mix of traditional with creative element made this engagement dress stand out for us. Put your heart out there mixing various trends all together for the perfect outfit. She paired her floor length anarkali with a ruffled dupatta, and looked like a glam queen!

Golden Designer Anarkali Suit

Image via Shobhit and Khushboo's Engagement

Yet another modern anarkali that we spotted on a real bride! This bride ditched the dupatta and opted for a belt to accentuate the waist. Btw totally rooting for that sleek hair accessory. What a stunner!

Eccentricity in an Offbeat Engagement Outfit

The list of Engagement outfits would be incomplete without something offbeat! With modern brides pushing their boundaries and putting so much efforts in their looks, their are many who end up wearing never-seen-before attires. Trust us, we're always awestruck with their creative minds. It takes guts to wear something that isn't mainstream and flawlessly nailing them. Here are some brides who did the same!!

Designer Engagement Lehenga

Image via Lakshya Manwani Photography 

Would you dare to wear something OTT for your engagement? How about a top/blouse with drama sleeves paired with a contrasting skirt! Innovative, right? The colours of this outfit make it look absolutely different and ravishing. Plus, the patch details on the skirt look so beautiful with that twirl.

Designer Off-White Cape Skirt Outfit

Image via Blink & Co Photography

This real bride wore a stunning cape-skirt combo for her engagement and we couldn't stop staring at her pictures! The hue and the minimal vibe - who thought it look soo beautiful? The fish cut put together into one outfit makes this bride look nothing but an angel.

Latest Designer Blouse Pant Outfit for engagement

Image via Zohaib Ali Photography

Plan to wear something off-beat? You really need to take notes from this bride's outfit! It had a blouse paired with pants (psstt.. with a detachable skirt) and a heavily embroidered stole. messy hairdo and waterfall earrings made it soo unique.

Designer Blouse Pant outfit for engagement

Image via WeddingNama 

Not every bride can pull off something like this! A really innovative piece of creativity and a different ring ceremony dress!

Latest Designer Engagement outfit

Image via Jodi Clickers

Another unusual silhouette we spotted, where the bride wore a skirt with a long jacket. Loved how she kept a contrast between the two for a bold and trendy look!

Navy Blue Designer Engagement Dress

Image via Mahitha Prasad

Did someone say engagement dresses with an unconventional vibe? Mixing styles has always been a great option for an engagement dress for it to look traditional as well as modern. Well, here's one style - tiered skirt, intricately embroidered blouse with dupatta-like sleeves, there's nothing that wouldn't love about this outfit.

Aren't those too many engagement dresses already? And beautiful ones, we must say! So, what do you plan to wear on your engagement? 

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