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Friday Find: Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for Pregnant Brides

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I wasn’t pregnant at my wedding, but the empire waisted dress I wore would be a great option for a pregnant bride.

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for a Pregnant Bride

The baby bump usually comes after the wedding but that is not always the case. If you are walking down the aisle with a baby bump, you should know that finding a wedding dress is not going to be easy. To alleviate some of the stress that comes with shopping for a wedding dress when pregnant, here are some useful tips:

Call the Bridal Salon

Preparing for a wedding dress is the best way to ensure a good result. Therefore, you should double check whether a bridal shop has a variety of dresses before you stop by. If there are dresses for pregnant women, ask the person to set them aside so that you can go and try them.

When you do this, chances are that you will have an easier time finding a gown in your current size.

Hide Your Bump

If you want to conceal your growing tummy, you should choose the right silhouette for that. For example, you can opt for a strapless dress with an empire waist to highlight the smallest part of your torso. You can include a tulle or lace overlay if you want to draw attention away from your lower half. If your pregnancy is not showing yet, you should think about whether it will be visible on your wedding date and choose a dress that will fit you at the time.

Flaunt Your Bump

Maternity wedding dresses do not have to look matronly. If you want to display your growing baby bump, you should choose a silhouette that highlights it. Some laces and silk jersey materials usually have some give and can stretch to accommodate your body shape and hug your tummy. This allows you to show everyone in attendance how happy you are to be pregnant.

Go a Size up                                                                                                          

Normally, it takes 4 to 6 months to make a wedding dress once you order it, which means that your tummy will be much bigger by the time it arrives. To make sure that it fits you, you should study some sizing charts of the dress that you want to purchase. You have to see these sizing charts if you want to make the best decision.

As a rule, you should add an inch for every month between now and your wedding date. When you do the math and see where you will be in several months’ time, you can order a dress that is one size bigger. If your body does not end up as big as you anticipated, you can always make alterations before the big day.

Embrace Corsets and Extra Panels

If your dress is too tight on the big day since you’re not sure how your body will change as a pregnant bride, you should not panic. You can easily solve this problem with panels and corsets. Just make sure that you order a yard of your wedding gown fabric from the designer. Your tailor can add a big panel in the zipper closure and secure it with a corset.

This way, you will get a bit of growing room and still be able to cinch the tiniest part of your waist. This offers you the best way to alter the fit of your dress at the very last minute without destroying it.

Keep it Simple

You should not go overboard with a bejeweled and over-the-top design if you are pregnant. Your baby bump should be your accessory, which means that you should keep your dress simple.

Wear the Right Shoes

Your feet will grow along with your belly, so you should consider this when shopping for shoes. You need to choose a comfortable heel or wedge that offers plenty of support.

Hope these tips helped! You’ll be a glowing pregnant bride for sure.

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