May 23, 2011

Engagement Party Plans

You’ve seen our engagement party invites, and now it’s party time in just two short weeks!

We’ve got a big crowd: out of the 90 people invited, only 10 said no! (Two of the no’s are bridesmaids unfortunately.)

Most of the plans are underway- Mr. B’s mom has organized the menu, a casual Italian feast, his dad’s given the lawn a makeover, the pool is ready to go, and the tent and tables are ordered. My mom is working on the beer and sangria, as well as the cake (she wants to put our picture on it, gah).

I’m creating a playlist, which includes a random mix of awesome, or at least my version of it: Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Frankie Valli, Weezer and Ozma (look them up) for Mr. B and me, Pearl Jam, a bunch of Usher/Taio/Gaga etc, miscellaneous classic rock, plus a restrained dose of the Backstreet Boys and ACDC, because it’s not a party if I can’t chug a beer and shout along to Shook Me All Night Long (sorry Mom!). I’m hoping to have some beer pong set up too, since there's about 15 or 20 college age people attending.

So the only thing left to think about, for me at least, is my outfit. I figured an engagement was a reason to splurge a little bit.  I loved the following:

At over $300 each though, they were too much. So I found a more modest splurge (if you can call $170 modest) in this Lilly Pulitzer:

It was too short on me. I’m 5’6 and live in heels, so issue creeps up frequently.

I scoured the mall, but in the end, the only thing I really love is the outfit I wore for my engagement pictures- a plain white strapless dress with a cardigan and gigantic necklace.
For the party, I’d change up the cardigan from navy to a bright coral, swap the pearls for a chunky turquoise necklace, and wear gold espadrille wedges instead of the navy ones, but it’s still the same basic outfit. 
Pic sources: Necklace, Cardigan, Wedges

Considering some engagement pics might be displayed at the party, and obviously everything will go up on Facebook, I can’t decide if it’s a bad idea to repeat the look.

Thoughts?? Am I being totally shallow, or is it weird/tacky to repeat? I have kind of lost steam for shopping!


  1. I do love the Lilly dress but I love what you wore in your engagement photos better. I say go for it..wear it again!! Its a beautiful outfit and you are changing up the accessories!! You can definitely get away with it!

  2. I think it's going to look like a whole different outfit - most people won't even notice!!! I think it will look fantastic with the brighter colours :)

  3. I think it is difficult to tell one white dress from another especially in pictures and when you change the accessories. I think you should definitely wear it again since you are the bride and people expect you to wear white!! I love your outfit and I vote yes.

  4. Thanks guys! I think I will re-rock the look

  5. I say you should do it.. plus, with all the bright and colorful changes, I really don't think people will notice. Love the idea of the chunky turquoise necklace!