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Your engagement ceremony is the grooviest, most fun-filled of all wedding functions! It’s the first time yours and the groom’s families and friends come together in celebration. An informal occasion with no elaborate rituals, it’s time to have a blast. And that definitely applies to your choice of dress. Out of all the pre-wedding ceremonies that are lined up before the big day arrives - be it the Sangeet, Haldi, or even the Mehndi ceremonies, the engagement is one of the first and in fact one of the most glamorous ceremonies that evokes the glitz and you are deemed to be responsible to look stellar on this day.

Doll up, go natural, try something different, even daring—do whatever your heart desires! You’ll find something that catches your eye and fits your vision in these lovely Indian dresses for engagement ceremonies.

1. Breathtaking Blue

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This lovely Punjabi bride-to-be found one of the most perfect Indian dresses for engagement in a double flared royal blue gown. The sleeveless gown has intricate stone and mirror work across its length. These embellishments lend an adequate sheen to the fabric, making the dress stand out quite effortlessly. If you plan on looking glamorous without going overboard, this would be an excellent choice. Our advice, keep bridal jewellery and accessories to a minimum with this one. Let the gown’s beauty combine with your own and do all the talking!

2. A fairy tale come to life

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Channel the princess in you with this simple, yet stunning corset style gown. The strapless gown has an eye-catchy silver studded belt underlying the bosom. It’s a soft, ultra-feminine dress suitable for all waistlines. The empirical shape of the dress and the gorgeous sweetheart off-shoulder neckline of the dress in itself spread a regal aura and yet keep sit sweet and simple for the lady of the hour. The bride-to-be paired the gown with a dainty floral tiara and studded pink high heels. Another Indian dress for engagements that does away with the need for jewellery-- it’s captivating enough on its own!

3. A Subtle delight

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If you’re looking for more traditional Indian dresses for engagement, here’s a beautiful option in the Indo-western side of the wardrobe! A lovely embroidered gown in subtle shades of grey or off-white with the embroidery in ivory white, paired up with a beautiful white soft net dupatta that is again adorned with sequin borders or white tassels or pom poms in the borders. The traditional look of the embroidery, yet casual, and glamorous enough for an event as special as your engagement! The hues are more on the softer side, ideal for a daytime ceremony!

4. A sight in white

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This arresting ball gown style engagement dress features heavy netted flare and a shimmering silver studded blouse. If you’re targeting a demure yet flamboyant look, this would be a wonderful choice. The modest neckline and the overall design make this a wonderful outfit irrespective of your body type. It’s a dress that goes with all skin tones. The sequins are stitched in homogeneously and the shimmer effect of the blouse is a perfect look you can choose for the night as the lights and cameras flashing on you will ake you look like the diva. Accessorise with a couple of silver bangles (or a petite watch, just like the young lady in the photograph) and a lightweight necklace to complete the look.

5. Ravishing red

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This fabulous red gown is perfect for both day and night time ceremonies, and a surefire show stealer! It’s a marriage of classical elegance and modern style. Why should red lehengas have all the fun? It is time for the brides to flaunt the red twirls and elegance in the colour that stands for power and pride. The colour is strong in itself in every shade, but according to the time of your ceremony, you can choose which shade of red would you prefer. The detailed lacework adorning the neckline, waist belt and the front of the outfit adds traditional flair to the sophisticated outfit. The bare-neck look works splendidly with the colour and cuts of the dress. A must-consider Indian dress for engagement if red is your colour!

6. Elegance embodied

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A pearly white lehenga paired with a form-fitting netted blouse—it’s as elegant as it’s chic! The studded lehenga features intricate thread work across its body. The netted front of the blouse lends a hint of sensuousness to the high neckline design. A great pick if you’re looking for Indian dresses for engagement capable of evoking wows while still making you look elegant. The white lehenga is a spitting image of a Christian wedding gown except for the two pieces - lehenga and choli, with the dupatta gives it a traditional touch and you can wear this pristine lehenga for your day as well as night time ceremony because the sequins and embroidery balance out the look.

7. Starry style

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It’s your engagement, don’t just look like a celebrity – be one with this exquisite pearly outfit! The flowing double flared lehenga features beautiful embroidery all over. The body-hugging choli has a high neckline and long, netted sleeves that would suit both slender and fuller forms.  An ideal choice for those that favour a discrete dressing style but still want to look like a million bucks on their special day!

8. The Queen of the scene

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Make sure every eye is on you and doesn’t waver with this breathtaking gown fit for the queen you are! The rich wine colour and flared design of the gown create just the kind of appeal that the perfect engagement dress requires. Golden studs adorn the shoulder straps and the waist belt, giving the dress enough flamboyance you probably won’t need any additional jewellery to go with it.

Deciding on the perfect dress when faced with dozens of gorgeous Indian dresses for engagement doesn’t have to be tough. Just keep factors like your body type, style preferences, the venue and time of the ceremony in mind when weighing different options.

Want to go with one of the stunning dresses from this list? Let us know which dress caught your fancy in our comments section.