Pregnant Bridesmaid: Dresses and Tips to Make it Work

So your best friend is getting married and she asks you to be a bridesmaid.  Of course you want to take part in her special day, but you're pregnant.  This is a pretty common scenario, believe it or not.  Considering you are probably both in similar stages of life,  it's not uncommon to be celebrating babies and weddings with one another.

As a pregnant bridesmaid, you will be faced with fluctuating weight gain during those final fittings, which may become frustrating; but rest assured, a capable seamstress will be able to handle these situations with ease.  Talk it over with her from the beginning. Discuss different fabrics that will have some give, or ordering a larger size in a standard gown to accommodate for the added weight if you're going to be in the first trimester.  It's also important to be open with the bride (without being too pushy) and let her know what makes you comfortable; but also be open and supportive of her vision for the wedding party.  Ultimately, it's the bride's decision concerning what all of her bridesmaids are going to wear – pregnant or not. 

With all of this in mind, I found some fantastic maternity options that give you an idea of cut and styles that may be available to you and your growing belly. They'll keep you chic on your friend's special day, as well as comfortable. 

Image via Polyvore/LifeoftheParty
Image via Polyvore/LifeoftheParty

1. This dress has a nice cross-front neckline, which gathers under the bust line, and is a great idea for bigger busted women; and the flowing bottom would allow for your bump to have room to grow. 

2. This particular dress is not a maternity bridesmaid dress, but it would be a very forgiving choice with its stunning one shoulder draped and flowing chiffon material, which provides a classic and elegant look. If you're in the first trimester or in the few months following the birth of your child, this dress would be a lovely option. 

3. The full-length, empire waist silhouette is another good option, if you are in the first two trimesters of pregnancy.  Order the dress in a larger size to accommodate your growing belly, and then have alterations in your plans to bring in any areas that need adjusting. 

4. This gorgeous, strapless dress is sure to provide maximum comfort with the lovely chiffon material, which will accentuate your baby bump while also allowing for a chic look.

There are ways that you can keep comfortable throughout the event, pregnant belly and all.  While the bridesmaid dress is an important part of the day, so is feeling good. Here are a few tips to help the day flow smoothly:

  • Pregnancy requires a lot of water; so hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more.  You don't want to be known as the pregnant lady who passed out during the ceremony!
  • Weddings get really crazy during the moments before, so be sure to pack a few snacks.  We tend to get so caught up in the preparation before the ceremony even begins that we often times forget to eat. You are pregnant, so this is not an option.
  • Try to stay off your feet as much as possible and opt for a pair of flat shoes.  If the bride insists on a specific shoe for the ceremony, be sure to pack an extra pair of flats to wear leading up to the ceremony (and to prepare for the long night ahead).

Being a pregnant bridesmaid is not easy; but if you plan right and are fully aware of your ever-changing body, things will run a lot smoother.

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Have you been a pregnant bridesmaid? What additional tips would you add to this list? 

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Pregnant Bridesmaid: Dresses and Tips to Make it Work

Sherry Fahrenwald is freelance writer and events planner with a passion for fashion and interior design who lives in beautiful Hawaii with her husband and two kids. She enjoys lunch dates with the girls, walking the gorgeous beach of Kailua and most of all spending quality time with her family. In her free time you will find her blogging about life, fashion, interior design and parties at The Life of the Party blog or setting trends with the Polyvore community. ... More

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2 comments

  1. bttrfli516 says:

    I’ll be about 7 months pregnant for one of my best friend’s weddings. Unfortunately, I didn’t know I was pregnant when we did the ordering of the dresses &, at the time, I had actually gone DOWN a dress size! My seamstress thinks we can still get it to work, but this should be interesting!!!

  2. Phammom says:

    All those dresses are cute.

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