“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the broken carriage” We’ve all heard the rhyme when we were kids. Nowadays the order does not matter. It’s common for couples to get married after they have kids and include them in the celebrations. But what about when your little one id not due to make an appearance yet and your wedding is fast approaching. Although this is not an issue, it can present some challenges when it comes to the dress. Maybe that bridal gown that you dreamt of when you were kid is not available when you must dress for two. Thankfully mums-to-be can be spoilt for choice when it comes to maternity bridal wear.
Think about how you want to dress your bump? Do you want to show off your pregnancy, or maybe you wish to be a bit more subtle? Not only that – when do you order it?
It can be hard to plan an outfit for a future date when your body is changing on a weekly basis! Thankfully, there are some rules for ordering a wedding dress that can help to guide you. Number one: always order a bigger size. Ordering a size (or two) larger than you normally would, means that if it slightly too big closer to the big day, then alterations can easily be made. Failing that, there’s the other rule: add an inch on each measurement for each remaining month of the pregnancy, from the date of your first fitting to the wedding day. Finally, do not order your dress any earlier than 12 weeks before your wedding – to accommodate your growing bump.
If you do not wish for bump to take away any of the attention from you, then there are few styles that are suitable to hide or not make so obvious. Empire line, where the dress pinches in at the smallest part of your waist; or an A-line skirt – with floaty fabrics like chiffon or lace. These styles beautifully drape along your body, creating a subtle silhouette. Accessories are a good addition to draw attention away from your middle – veils, statement necklaces draw eyes towards your neck and face. On the other hand, if you wish to show for bump to have as big a part in the wedding as you – there are many dresses with stretchy fabric that are both show stopping and comfortable.
Speaking of comfort: pregnancy is well known for not being the most comfortable period of a person’s life – nausea, back aches, heartburn, not being allowed to sleep on your back! The last thing any bride needs is to be adding to her discomfort. Hence the importance of comfy shoes! It may be best to avoid the stilettos and lean more towards the smaller heels with arch support. Don’t forget that feet can get bigger during pregnancy, so research wide-fit options.