All Dressed Up, With Places to Go
Get ready for the engagement year’s three other main events.
What to Wear to Your Engagement Party
Silk lamé jacquard sheath dress (top left)
($1,295 by special order at Ports 1961; 1-866-433-7678).
Silk gazar laser-cut dress (bottom left)
($680 by Cynthia Rowley, 376 Bleecker St., nr. Perry St.; 212-242-3803).
Cluster-sequined tulle cami and box pleat skirt (on model)
($485 and $325 by Milly, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., nr. 49th St.; 212-753-4000).
Gold and chains dress (top right)
($3,000 at Diane Von Furstenberg, 874 Washington St., nr. 14th St.; 646-486-4800).
Silk dress with hook-and-eye (bottom right)
($695 by 3.1 Phillip Lim, at Bird, 220 Smith St., nr. Butler St., Cobble Hill; 718-797-3776).
Where to Have Your Engagement Party
1. Rent the second floor of West Village Cuban lounge Socialista from six to ten o’clock for 60 guests (socialista.us). Expect potent drinks, lots of passed and stationed bocadillos (the duck empanadas are popular), and authentic Cuban music (their house band, Grupo Irék, is $800 for the night). The tab: approximately $10,000.
2. The House looks like the charming residence in Gramercy Park you wish you owned (thehousenyc.com). Host a cocktail party on the upper level for a group of 40 (from $140 per person for hors d’oeuvre and open bar), or rent the entire place for three hours, for 80. The cost for the latter may be a bit fairytailish for some (from $15,000).
3. Throw a cocktail-dance party for 100 guests at the Williamsburg Penthouse (wburgpenthouse.com ). It has an amazing roof terrace, and wraparound windows with stop-traffic views of the Manhattan skyline (from $3,000, plus $150 per person for food and drink). For another $1,500 they’ll supply the D.J., too.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide