Tips for the Pregnant Bride
Tips for the Pregnant Bride
Shotgun weddings are becoming a thing of the past, mostly because few see being pregnant as a reason to rush to the alter anymore. But that doesn’t mean pregnant brides are also disappearing. In fact, in some ways – the pregnant bride is becoming more of a staple, as couples make the conscious choice to start pursuing pregnancy before the vows are exchanged.
And in some cases, when those surprises occur before the official “I Do’s”.
So what do you need to know if it turns out you are going to be a pregnant bride?
Choose a Dress with Room to Grow
You can always get last minute alterations to take your dress in, but adding extra inches is a little more labor intensive. So buy yourself some room with your dress, and opt for an empire waste as well. This will give your belly more room to maneuver into the dress without as much stress on your part. Keep in mind that there are also entire lines of wedding dresses dedicated to maternity wear now, so there is surely something that will make you feel gorgeous and accommodate your ever-growing body.
Aim for the Second Trimester
If you’ve still got any control over the date of your wedding at all, shooting for the second trimester is typically best. Your morning sickness will have hopefully passed by this point and you won’t yet have succumbed to the kankles and full on baby bump of the later stages of pregnancy. Plus, women typically report having more energy in their second trimester, and if you hope to dance the night away, you are going to need all the energy you can get.
In a long dress, no one is even going to see your shoes, so don’t stress about heels when flats will do the trick just fine. Remember that you’re already dealing with the discomfort of pregnancy, which means there’s no reason to one-up yourself in heels that you would have struggled in even before you started growing a tiny little person. Instead, choose footwear you can be comfortable in the whole night long, and remember that no one is going to be looking at your shoes anyway. All anyone wants to see is the blushing bride enjoying herself and mingling with her guests with ease.
Stock the Bar with Virgin Drinks
You want to have fun too, so ask the bartender to stock up on supplies for some enjoyable and adult-esque virgin drinks. Obviously you’ll be staying away from the open bar everyone else is partaking in (which can be fun too – just think of all the stories you’ll have to tell your guests about their antics!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fancy glass with a tasty drink to sip on. As an added bonus, the mint in a virgin mojito may even help to ease nausea if you are still at the point in your pregnancy where morning sickness is an issue.
Have Fun with It
The pictures with pregnant brides can be some of the happiest and most endearing shots you will ever see. Embrace your belly and don’t try to hide it. Remember that your little one is going to arrive one day and hear the story of how he or she was actually at mommy and daddy’s wedding. You want to look like you are happy about that fact, and to show the love that exists between all three of you already. So pop the bump out and strike a pose; don’t let anyone tell you that you are anything less than drop-dead gorgeous on your big day!