Getting married happens in a very exciting time in life! When most women get engaged, they are often also in the process of buying a house, making career changes, moving across the country, or thinking about starting a family. The best part? So are her friends!
It's no surprise that in nearly all of the bridesmaids parties we are working with, at least one of the bridesmaids is pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant during the wedding planning process.
Here are our
5 Tips for Pregnant Bridesmaids
1. Choosing The Right Style
If you're planning on being pregnant at the wedding, it's important to choose the right style. Hint: A tight, formfitting, cocktail length dress might not be the best option.
We find that dresses with empire waistlines (which hit right under the bust) are the most flattering for pregnant bridesmaids. If you can't find a perfect dress in that style, most waistlines can be raised by a seamstress in alterations to accommodate a baby bump.
2. Choosing the Right Size
This section could warrant its own blog post entirely. The truth is, when it comes to sizing for pregnant bridesmaids, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It's a little bit of a guessing game and even the most seasoned bridal stylists needs your help in determining the correct size.
We typically recommend ordering a dress that is 2-3 sizes larger than your normal dress size. While this may sound really big to some, we always error on the side of caution. Dresses can easily be taken in and are very difficult to let out. With that said, you know your body better than anyone. Speak up and get the size that you feel the most comfortable ordering.
3. Choosing the Right Length
If you are on the taller side (5' 8" or over) you may need to choose a dress that is able to be ordered with extra length. Usually, taller girls have no problem with our dresses hitting at the right point. However, add a baby bump to the mix and suddenly that hem-line starts to become troublesome.
Luckily, nearly all of our dresses can be ordered with an extra 5" of length for a minimal additional fee (usually $20). This will make sure your dress isn't too short with baby in the way!
4. Choosing the Right Fabric
It should come as no surprise that a tight, formfitting dress with stiff, structured fabric doesn't make for the most maternity friendly dress. Luckily, the biggest trend right now in bridesmaids dress fabrics is chiffon, which is light, airy, and super flattering if you are expecting. Talk to the bride and see if she's open to a soft, flowy fabric.
5. Choosing to Enjoy Your Body!
This one is the most important! We have heard brides and bridesmaids worry that their pregnant friend will look "different" from the other bridesmaids. She will! And that's a great thing!!
Being a mom-to-be is a lot like being a bride-to-be. It's an incredibly exciting time that can be overwhelming at times. Just like we tell brides, keep everything in perspective. Remember, as a pregnant bridesmaid you will look extra gorgeous, have an extra glow, and will have photos of this special time in your life forever. Embrace it!
We have tons of Maternity-friendly styles in store!