Tips to Finding Your Dream Gown When You Are Expecting


No one can predict how a pregnant woman’s body will change and how she will carry during her pregnancy. Planning a wedding and expecting a baby is two big joyous reasons that can stressful but with proper planning you can have your dream wedding without having to worry about the baby bump. With the right bridal consultant to help you determine the appropriate size to order and tailor your gown you can have your dream wedding while you are expecting.

Brides who will be marrying during their first trimester will not have as many complications regarding fir and have more options to choose from. But brides in their second or third trimesters may have many more concerns to take into account. It is important for bride to understand what type of look she wants to portray on her wedding day. Does she want to hide her baby bump or show it off?

Here are few tips to guide to your dream dress


Start your dress search early

Usually it takes four to six weeks to get your wedding dress once you have order it. Your body would be changing proportionately by the time you finally slip into the dress. So start your dress shopping search sooner than later. Call on the bridal salon before hand to ensure they have array of plus sizes available before to stop by. Make an appointment early on which will give you wider selection to choose from, including special order styles that can take several weeks to arrive.

Consider the cut

  • If you want to conceal your baby bump

For a pregnant bride wanting to hide their growing tummy, a strapless empire waist line with lace of tulle overlay would be the best choice. A empire dress will be fitted around the bust and flowing from bust-line down. This style typically made of lighter fabrics like chiffon, organza highlights the smallest part of your torso and flowing bottoms, allows for the bride to feel comfortable and not constricted. Styles with corset backs also provide a little more flexibility.

  • If you want to flaunt your baby bump

For the bride who wants to show off her baby bump, choose a fitted dress that will help to accentuate her curves. Trumpet and mermaid style dresses fit up top and flows at the thigh or lower calf. But when you are choosing these styles, find a professional seamstress who is experienced and can do proper alterations with your last fittings being the final week before the wedding.

When choosing styles and fabrics, a bride should also take into consideration her own comfort in addition to the time of year the wedding is taking place. For instance, if her wedding is on warmer season, choose lighter fabrics. It is also recommended that a pregnant bride wear stylish yet very comfortable shoes with lot of support and minimal heel height or flats.


Order a size up

Bridal gowns takes usually four to six weeks to get after you have placed your order meaning your belly would have grown proportionately by the time you slip in your wedding gown. So to ensure a proper fit, carefully study size charts for your dress design and order the dress depending on where you are in your pregnancy.  If you’ll be three to five months along at your wedding order one size up and if you will be more than six months pregnant go up two sizes.

Timing your alterations

With your changing body to endure that your dress fits beautifully, schedule your fittings as close to your wedding date as possible. There’s also another way to fully fit your dress with corsets and panels. By adding panel in closure instead of zippers or buttons and securing with corset you have flexibility for your growing body.


No matter what style bride chooses one thing is sure an expecting bride will be extra glowing on her wedding day. To make your wedding day comfortable and perfect, avoid stiff materials with no stretch and complicated cuts, hemlines. Opt for breathable fabrics and classic styles like empire silhouettes. With so many options for maternity wedding dresses, a pregnant bride-to-be doesn’t have to worry about compromising her comfort to find the perfect dress.

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