Being pregnant and getting married is no longer the big taboo it once was with many brides embracing their bumps and walking down the aisle with pride. However, being pregnant and tying the knot can seem even more intimidating, especially for those panicking about finding that perfect frock that will fit over their bump, but still look perfect on the big day. We’ve therefore put together some hints and tips to help pregnant brides to be find that perfect frock.
The mistake many pregnant brides make is that they have to go for special maternity dresses, which can be limited in style and shape, but that’s not the case.
Getting married in this era means that there are a huge range of “off the rack” frocks, which will suit a baby bump perfectly. One example here is the empire line frock, which has a belt/cut just under the bust meaning you can hold up your, er, assets and let the rest of the fabric fall loosely over the bump and rest of your figure. Alternatively an A-line dress will skim that baby bump while holding in your upper waist and a straight dress is perfect for brides who really want to show off their upcoming bundle of joy.
Get the pillow out
If you are not yet showing you’ll need to be a bit crafty when it comes to choosing a wedding dress from a shop. Remember, you will grow quite a bit before your wedding day. As silly as it seems we advise taking in a small pillow to any store you go to. Try on the frock you like and put the pillow underneath to get an idea of what it will look like with a baby bump. Many stores will also know what size to order in for you to make sure it fits. Don’t panic if they decide on 4 or five sizes too big as they can always take the frock in at the last minute to ensure your 100% comfortable on the big day. Now that you’ve tried on the larger sizes with your faux baby belly, determine which styles flatter a pregnant shape and decide on a dress. Make sure you take lots of photos (if the store will allow it) so you can go back and have a look.
Unless you fall in love with the dress that day, go home and look at your digital pictures. Go back to the store and try them on again with another friend or relative. Once you know which dress you want, ask the shop assistant to measure you up. If you are buying from a shop such as Debenhams, where you buy off the hanger then you may need to check that they will still be stocking that style when your ready to buy. If you are in doubt buy a dress a few sizes bigger and store away.
Brides who aren’t pregnant will go for a fitting 6 weeks before the big day and then another one a few days before collection. However pregnant brides should wait until the last week for theirs as they are constantly growing. It’s also important to remember to take comfortable and supporting underwear to wear on the day and try it on at fittings so the seamstress can adjust the dress according to your smalls.