A wedding and a baby — congratulations!!
Double the excitement is all the more reason to gather your loved ones for a major celebration. There’s something so amazing about a wedding that includes the littlest member of the family. Of course, the number one question likely on your mind is:
“How do I choose a comfortable and stylish maternity wedding dress?”
It’s not as daunting as you may think. Keep reading to see a few key tips for choosing and styling a maternity dress. Even better, we’ve tracked down a few incredibly stunning dresses suitable for mum and bump.
Spoiler: these dresses are incredibly affordable, versatile, and bump-friendly!
Maternity Dress Shopping Tips
Below are a few considerations for when you do make that ultimate decision to buy your maternity wedding dress.
Belly growth and personal style
Obviously, the most poignant aspect to focus on is the stage of your belly growth on the wedding day. However, there are no rules when it comes to pregnancy wedding dresses. It all depends on what makes you comfortable!
You may want to opt for a figure-hugging dress well into your final trimester. Or, you may want to wear a flowing, loose and draped dress to fall easily over the belly.
It all depends on your own style. If you’re a bodycon kinda lady then don’t force yourself into a boho gown. If you’re a country-chic gal, don’t feel you have to go for modern classic. Just make sure that your gown allows you to be as comfortable as possible on the big day, no matter the stage of your baby bump growth.
Aim for easy movement, climate-appropriate fabrics, and room for growth spurts.
Season and venue
The season is an important aspect to consider when choosing a wedding dress, especially for pregnant brides.
If you’re having a summer wedding during your second or third trimester, you absolutely should prioritise comfort. The last thing you want is to be squeezed into a hot, thick, itchy or restrictive dress during a sweltering day with the added effort of carrying a prominent baby bump!
A few other questions to consider:
- Is your wedding indoor or outdoor?
- Is there chance of wind or sharp breezes?
If so, a heavier or less floaty dress fabric is always a great choice. This means you don’t have to constantly hold down your dress or worrying about exposing your baby bump to guests.
Is your wedding set outdoors during an unpredictable spring? Make sure to find a dress which is compatible with jackets, boleros, stoles or wraps for warmth.
Remember that a large bump will create a shortened hemline at the front of the dress. So it pays to go for an extra-long gown if you’re after a floor-length look.
For cocktail-length dresses, the same rule applies. If you’re going to be into your third trimester on the day, you might be facing swollen feet and a comfy shoe choice. In this case, a floor-length dress is best as you can wear fluffy slippers if you want!
Styling Tips for Comfort & Aesthetic
Beauty and Hair
When it comes to your hair and makeup, it is completely dependant on personal style and what makes you feel the best version of you.
However, when pregnant, skin can be a little more challenging to deal with. Dryness, acne, rashes and pigmentation issues can all occur during pregnancy. This means that you may want to use appropriate makeup and skin care products to treat, soothe, and enhance your skin.
Don’t try any new products on your wedding day!
Stick to your tried and true favourites, or start trialling new products far in advance. Hydrated, glowing and natural makeup is always best as it is both comfortable and photogenic. Consult a beauty therapist to ask what the best products and techniques are for your particular skin to look and feel its best on the big day.
As mentioned earlier, shoe choice is really critical for comfort. High heels are uncomfortable on a normal day, let alone during pregnancy on a tiresome wedding day! Find some gorgeous flat ballet slippers (Tieks are a popular choice) or flat sandals and get yourself a pampering pedicure.
Belts and Sashes
One of the best ways to embellish a simple wedding dress is by picking out a unique sash or belt. A sash can help to shape the body and show off the baby bump by cinching the dress under the bust.
We love the amazing (and affordable) sparkly, satin, lacy and beaded belts out there on sites like Etsy. Get a couple and choose your favourite!
Top Maternity Wedding Dresses
1. Convertible Tulle Maternity Wedding Dress
We are completely smitten with this flowy dress from top Etsy seller Mimetik. What we love most is that it’s super versatile thanks to the convertible straps. You could opt for a one-shoulder look, a halter-neck style, or a deep V-neck with a cinched waist.
Awesome for your aesthetic freedom, and it means you can customise the dress to suit your belly bump.
You may find that when the wedding rolls around you’re a little more pronounced than you thought, so you’d like a more defined cinch under the bust, or you may find that you need a little more support in the chest.
No problem! Tie the dress in a way that suits you best.
The dress is made from soft jersey (hello comfort) with a layer of fine tulle over the skirt. A subtle and gorgeous mix of textures. There are three color choices, but we love the fresh crispness of ‘Ivory’.
This is a summer/spring dress essentially, but you could absolutely layer it with a bolero or shawl to make it fall and winter-friendly too. Oh, and the floor-length style means you can wear the comfiest, least-glam, most pregnancy-friendly shoes ever and no-one will see.
2. Blush Draped Maternity Gown
This gown isn’t necessarily created and listed as a wedding gown, but who cares? We love the look for a maternity bride!
We chose this Grecian-inspired Seraphine dress for all of you stunning brides-to-be who don’t fancy wearing white, and want something soft and classic.
There’s something so timeless and elegant about the blush color, especially when paired with floaty chiffon. The shape of this dress is incredibly flattering for baby bumps of all stages and sizes. The neckline is a soft V, without dipping too low. The bodice is cinched under the bust before flowing into a floor-length skirt with tight pleats for movement and draping.
3. Ivory Silk & Eyelash Lace Maternity Dress
Not every bride is looking for a floor-length gown, with lace and sparkles. Not all weddings are super formal. Some weddings are casual, and some brides are simply looking for something sweet and fun.
The cocktail length is perfect for casual, fun weddings, tanned pins and a sense of 1960’s quirk. The lacy bodice is adds shape, dimension and interest while keeping your shoulders covered. The dress isn’t tight, but it’s not baggy by any means. It skims your bump perfectly, showing your new curves without suffocating them. The simplicity means you can really glam it up with jewelry, hair and makeup. We think this is perfect for a first or second-trimester bride.
4. The Willow Gown
by Tiffany Rose
Now for something mega affordable, elegant, and super flattering. Tiffany Rose has some wonderful maternity gowns. Their Willow Gown is the perfect example of a dress which is simple and versatile, but not boring in the slightest. We think this is an ideal fall or winter gown, or even for a chilly spring morning wedding.
We were immediately drawn to the fact that the fabric is heavyweight, thick and soft. This means that the draping is super elegant as the fabric falls as opposed to floats. If you want a dress which makes you feel secure with full coverage and that “locked in tight” feeling (as opposed to exposing, sheer fabric), this could be the one.
The shoulders and neckline are gently ruched, creating a flattering, textured V-neckline with crossover detail. The sleeves extend to below the elbows, covering the arms for warmth and modesty. The skirt falls into a heavy, glamorous drape down to the floor, moving as you walk but certainly not floating up on the breeze! This is where a pretty sash or belt will come in handy. The dress is so beautifully simple it would welcome a bejewelled or satin-finish sash tied below the bust to accentuate your lovely pregnancy curves.
Shop Nordstrom’s collection of Tiffany Rose maternity gowns and find one that’s right for you.
5. Lace Robe Midi Maternity Dress
Last but not least, we have a dress which is not listed as a wedding dress, but we think it’s perfect for a bride too. We chose this midi dress because of the adjustable front and plunge neckline. As you can see in the video, the dress moves beautifully as the bride walks.
We think this dress has a modern, fresh and kinda sexy vibe to it, all the while being comfortable and forgiving for a growing baby bump. Wear alone in Summer or Spring, or add a bolero or stole for extra warmth in Fall or Winter. Oh! We almost forgot…it’s ridiculously affordable.
Hosting a wedding while pregnant is certainly a unique event! We wish you all the best with your maternity wedding dress, your future bundle of joy, as well as the big day itself!