As if planning a wedding wasn’t exciting enough, having a baby on board adds an extra layer of joy to marrying the love of your life – double congratulations are in order!
However, finding a maternity wedding dress that you fall head over heels for can be a tricky task, with some brides-to-be picture unflattering gowns for pregnant brides.
Luckily this is not the case; there’s a wealth of stylish maternity wedding dresses out there, and you’re bound to find the one for you.
From lace maternity wedding dresses to gowns with long sleeves and short skirts, limited choice for pregnant brides-to-be is a distant memory – and thank goodness for that!
“Choosing a wedding dress is a very exciting and magical part of your wedding planning. Even if you’re pregnant this very much still applies and you shouldn’t need to compromise on style or fit,” says Tiffany London, founder of maternity wedding dress brand Tiffany Rose.
“This is one of the most exciting times for pregnant brides due to the wonderful choice of maternity wedding dress options available,” says Tiffany.
Gone are the days when pregnant brides to be had to wear something plain and unglamorous – nowadays maternity wedding dresses are every bit as stylish and sophisticated as non-maternity gowns, complete with exquisite detailing, lace sleeves and stylish short hemlines.
“Hollywood actress Julia Stiles got married while pregnant – and she chose our beautiful Tiffany Rose Verona Lace Gown. We encourage customers to choose their dream wedding dress and not to compromise on style just because they’re pregnant,” Tiffany advises.
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While it might be tempting to choose a non-maternity wedding dress in a larger size, or to have a gown altered to accomodate your little one, Tiffany advises embracing your changing body and dressing your bump in a gown made specifically for pregnant brides.
“We strongly recommend searching out maternity wedding dresses which are designed and tailored specifically for pregnancy,” advises Tiffany.
“During your pregnancy your body will change shape – you won’t just see your bump growing, but your rib cage will widen and your bust expand – and so well-tailored maternity dresses will accommodate these changes without the need for alterations.”
“From the fabric selection to the shaping, tailoring and final finish – these are just some of the factors to consider when aiming to enhance growing curves without restriction.”
Which Wedding Dresses Suit Pregnant Brides?
“Dresses designed with an empire line are very flattering as they highlight the smallest part of your waist, which helps you feel elegant at any stage of your pregnancy,” says Tiffany.
Which Materials are Best for Maternity Wedding Dresses?
“We love working with fabrics that have a little bit of give and stretch, purely because it can be more forgiving and comfortable for our pregnant brides,” says Tiffany.
“Our fabrics range from beautiful stretch laces, silk chiffon, matte sheen satin, intricate embroidery and tulles and our premium shimmer jerseys.”
If you’re stuck for what size maternity wedding dress to buy, we advise opting for your usual, pre-pregnancy dress size for the most flattering fit. It can always be altered if needed.
Scroll down for our edit of the loveliest maternity wedding dresses.
Floaty Wedding Dress by Seraphine
The sheer overlay on this dress with delicate embroidery makes it a lovely choice for pregnant brides. The light fabric means this is an ideal choice for summer weddings when you want to stay cool in the heat.
Short Sleeve Lace Maternity Wedding Dress by Tiffany Rose
Lace wedding dresses are eternally in style, so why not embrace the most feminine of fabrics for your maternity wedding dress? The short length will keep you from overheating – pregnant brides will know how hot having a baby on board can be!
Maternity Wedding Dress with Crystal Straps by Ladybird
Go for a glam bridal look in a maternity wedding gown with crystal straps. If you’re enjoying your newly enhanced assets (thanks, pregnancy!) a plunging neckline is worth considering.
Simple Maternity Wedding Dress with Capped Sleeves by Seraphine
Seraphine has succeeded in making the most classically beautiful wedding dress we can imagine with this chic, white gown. The addition of lace capped sleeves make this simple maternity wedding dress extra pretty and elegant.
Short Maternity Wedding Dress by Tiffany Rose
The pretty detailing around the waist of this short wedding dress makes it a gorgeous choice for pregnant brides to be, accentuating your bump in the prettiest way no matter how far along in your pregnancy you are.
Open Back Maternity Wedding Gown by Ladybird
Touches of lace and button detailing make this open back maternity bridal gown a lovely choice.
Wrap Wedding Dress for Pregnant Brides by Tiffany Rose
Wrap dresses are known for being extra flattering and this maternity wedding dress with wrap detailing is no exception. The bow adds a sweet girly touch.
Short Sleeved Lace Wedding Dress by Seraphine
Accentuate your bump with pretty ribbon detailing – we think this dress is a gorgeous option for brides in their third trimester, allowing the bump to be fully embraced and show off!
Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress for Pregnant Brides by Ladybird
A delicate illusion neckline wedding dress is a nice way to wear a low cut wedding dress without worrying about feeling unsupported on your wedding day.
With all this inspiration, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding accessories – if the thought of a pair of high heels is enough to make the balls of your feet start aching, take a look at our selection of flat shoes for weddings – your feet will thank you for it!