23 Engagement Photo Dresses Fit for a Bride

Get a head start on finding your bridal style

Updated 01/02/19

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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.

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Express Ruffle Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress

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SHOP NOW: Express, $70

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Eliza J Draped Lace Dress

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SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, was $148, now $71

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Harlyn Twist Front Asymmetrical Cocktail Dress

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $120

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& Other Stories Plunging Jacquard Midi Dress

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SHOP NOW: & Other Stories, $125

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Aqua Scalloped Lace Dress

Courtesy of AQUA

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, was $258, now $132

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Defining Divine Midi Dress in White

Courtesy of Mod Cloth

SHOP NOW: Mod Cloth, $150

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DB Studio Illusion Lace Shift Dress with Contrast Ribbon

Courtesy of DB Studio

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $170

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The Odells Sharlene Wrap Dress

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SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $234

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Silk Laundry 90s Silk Slip Dress

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SHOP NOW: Silk Laundry, $240

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Framed Double Layer Midi Dress

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SHOP NOW: Farfetch, was $497, now $250

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Dress the Population Raquel One-Shoulder Dress

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SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $254

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ML Monique Lhuillier x Anthropologie Yolande Lace Dress

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SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $285

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Nicole Miller Lace Flutter Sleeve Dress

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SHOP NOW: Nicole Miller, was $575, now $287

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BCBG Max Azria Asymmetrical Satin Wrap Dress

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SHOP NOW: BCBG Max Azria, $298

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Steele Lacey Dress

Courtesy of Steele

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $319

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Alice + Olivia Virgil Boat Neck Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Alice + Olivia

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $350

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Black Halo Micah Mock-Neck Dress

Courtesy of Black Halo

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $345

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Rachel Zoe Suzette Lace Mini Dress

Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

SHOP NOW: Rachel Zoe, $395

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Reformation Harp Two Piece

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SHOP NOW: Reformation, $448

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Shoshanna Wonderland Ruffled Dress

Courtesy of Shoshanna

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, was $495, now $300

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Kate Spade New York Floral Park Clip Dot Midi Dress

Courtesy of Kate Spade

SHOP NOW: Kate Spade, $498

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Bec & Bridge Honey Honey Midi Dress

Courtesy of Bec & Bridge

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $500

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Nha Khanh Lace Peplum Dress

Courtesy of Nha Khanh

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $625

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