Choosing Wedding Dresses for Pregnant Brides Who Want Style

Recently maternity wedding dresses for pregnant brides have become much more sophisticated, allowing women to show off their pregnancy in style. You just need to plan ahead and follow a few simple guidelines. Are you ready to look stylish in your beautiful bridal gown? We got essential advice for you…

Deciding What to Wear to a Wedding When Pregnant

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(photo by Stephen Poff)

As a wedding planner, I get to plan and organize weddings and events for many types of people. These days, more and more pregnant brides-to-be are asking for help when it comes to their special day. Preparing for a regular wedding takes a lot of planning and details; for pregnant weddings the planning takes a bit more work – but I enjoy them and they have been some of the best weddings I have attended. So, when it comes to wedding dresses; pregnant brides have to consider a few extra things. Has your bridesmaid got pregnant? We’ve also got some advice on pregnancy bridesmaid dresses – it does happen! I hope we can help make your day run smoother.

Pregnant Brides Should Plan for The BIG Day

A lot is going to depend on how far into your pregnancy you will be on your wedding day. When I help brides-to-be plan their wedding, I always suggest that If possible; when thinking about fitting wedding clothes for pregnant women – you should put off your dress fittings until at least 3 to 4 weeks before the day. Your body will be changing quickly so plan for “future growth”. Ideally you should plan ahead of time and start fittings as late as 2 weeks before the day, most places will accommodate you if you tell them your plans in advance. Preparation is key when thinking about wedding gowns for pregnant brides.

Wedding Gowns for Pregnant Women Can be Beautiful and Inexpensive


If your heart is set on that perfect dress then one thing you can do is buy it quite a few sizes too big and then have it taken in to match your waist. If you are looking for beauty and comfort then off the shoulder maternity bridal dresses for pregnant women will offer that. They are easy to put on and take off, which is something to consider if you are into your pregnancy by a number of months.

  • Remember that your baby bump will make your dress look higher in the front than at the back, so make sure your dress is longer at the front, so the hem will look straight when you finally wear the dress.
  • Have removable or adjustable wedding dress straps. Keep in mind that it is not just your pregnant belly that will eventually grow in size but your breasts as well.

  • For comfort, an empire cut gown can be one of the best options. This will help you free your belly from anything tight and will still allow you to flaunt your figure.
  • Go for V-shaped neckline. This will not only look good with your bigger busts but will also help you look slimmer, even with your baby bump.

Choosing the right wedding dress for pregnant brides can be a challenge, another option is to have a dress specially made for you, it’s not so expensive as you might think, the important thing is to find a seamstress who can make a wedding dress, this is a different skill from someone who can alter a dress. Ask to see a picture portfolio from your seamstress before you commit yourself.

Want more plus size options? We’ve got advice on choosing wedding outfits for larger ladies.

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“Spring is a perfect season for pregnant brides, it is warm in the daytime and romantic in the evening.”

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Choosing a Color for Your Wedding Dress

Although tradition says that wearing white means purity, it does not however mean that bridal gowns for pregnant brides cannot be white; These days it is perfectly acceptable and natural to be pregnant before your special day. If you don’t want all white, you can choose off-white or ivory dresses and you are always free to accentuate your wedding gown with your favorite color or your theme color. This will not just add beauty to your dress but can also take away the attention of the guests to your baby bump and also help you define your body curves.

Pregnant? We’ve got some pregnant bride bachelorette party ideas you should check out.

Best Bridesmaid Dresses for Pregnant Women

So, what to do if a bridesmaid gets pregnant? A few months ago, out of the blue, I get a sudden call from an old friend; “Help! My bridesmaid is pregnant…” – It turns out she had a 6 months pregnant bridesmaid and the dress no-longer fitted, what did we do? We got together, made some alterations to the dress and everything worked out just fine.


If your bridesmaid gets pregnant – don’t panic, being a pregnant bridesmaid is pretty much the same as being a pregnant bride. There are many bridesmaid dresses for pregnant women you can choose from. If you are buying or ordering a bridesmaid dress while pregnant then follow our advice above for pregnant brides. Do the planning at the early stages and leave it until the last moment to fit and re-size the dress.

If your bridesmaid is very late, for example a 9 months pregnant bridesmaid – you could always make them an honorary bridesmaid instead.

Baby Bump Bridal Gowns – Advice; Don’t Try to Hide It!

Don’t try to draw attention away from your your baby bump. Trying to hide it will make you look fatter. Be proud of your pregnancy and let your wedding dress compliment your larger figure.

With simple planning and a bit of imagination you can feel confident on your special day as you show off your beautiful wedding dress in style. Maybe there is a special dress you have always wanted.

Got a little bump? What’s your perfect pregnant wedding dress? Comment and let us know…

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    Don’t try to hide your baby bump!! You should show off and be proud of it.

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