Friday, 2 December 2011

Dress to Impress

“I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” – Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City

It would seem the fall season is a pretty popular time for poppin’ the question. I got engaged last October, as did 3 of my closest friends. Putting a ring on it in the autumn ensures ample planning time if you’re hoping for summertime nuptials, and even more if you’re looking to secure one of the few long weekends fall has to offer.

Along with becoming a fiancée often comes some fun pre-wedding festivities – there’s the potential shower, the bachelorette, and of course, the engagement party. While not necessarily conventional, the engagement party has become an increasing phenomenon in recent years. I’m a huge fan of this fete for a number of reasons; it can act as a sort of dry run for the happy couple (having all the attention on YOU and becoming comfortable with ‘working the room’ before the big day), it also allows you to become friendly with prospective vendors (florists, photographers, caterers, etc), and most importantly, it’s always a good time.

Styles for this sort of soiree vary; our engagement was celebrated with a beautiful brunch at a French brasserie while A and Mr. X had a backyard bash at family member’s home (with a mozzarella bar that still has people talking) that was absolutely epic (unexpected dips in the pool ensued).

Whether it’s toasting at a tea or an elegant evening to remember, the engagement party is yet another excuse to pick out an outfit. The selection of attire will clearly depend on the type of affair, but nevertheless, it’s a fantastic excuse to do what we love; SHOP.

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