Trying to find a perfect wedding dress when you are expecting a baby might sound like a nightmare. With all the hormones and the bun in the oven, it seems you can’t fit into anything, or you can’t find anything you actually like.

Pregnant bride-to-be, don’t be worried! We are here to help you ease all the shopping stress that comes with buying a wedding gown. It doesn’t have to be that hard if you are following our tips. Shall we start?

Research About Silhouettes

Your body goes through various changes during pregnancy. Depending on how big your bump is, you should research different silhouettes, necklines, and styles that can suit you the best.

Learn more about different types of silhouettes. Some brides-to-be prefer to show off their bump with body-hugging dresses such as mermaid and trumpet. Others prefer something more relaxed like an empire waist and A-line cuts.

The Fabric of the Dress

Depending on how you want to show off your baby bump, you should pick between diverse materials. Lace and tulle overlays are great for pregnant brides that don’t want their tummy to be so exposed. On the other hand, shimmery silk and satin are great for brides with the confidence in showing their belly.

The key is to stay comfortable, so don’t pick something that will make you feel itchy or too tight. Keep this in mind, especially if you are in your third trimester.

Go Size Up

Keep in mind that making a wedding dress usually takes 4 to 6 months from the moment of ordering. If you do the math, you should see that your belly will grow, so be careful when picking a size. “The general rule of thumb is to add an inch to each measurement for each remaining month of pregnancy from now until your wedding date,” says maternity style blogger Becca Daniels. Study sizing charts that every salon provides you with.

Keep it Simple

When choosing the wedding gown, try not to go over-the-line with accessories. Your baby bump is an accessory for itself, remember? Try to keep it simple with minimalistic jewelry, fabric details, and always go for something that you like and not what is trendy.

Find the Right Shoes

Besides the dress, you should pick the right shoes. Some pregnant women claim their feet grown a size bigger during pregnancy. However, even if this is not the case with you, your feet will feel swollen. That is why you need something that will keep you comfortable all day long. Go for pediatrist proven shoes and don’t chase high heels.

Call the Salons Ahead of Time

Even after you have done all your research online, you should definitely call salons ahead of time. That is because not all salons have maternity wedding dresses. Some of them might have the poor selection. Make sure to consider this when picking the salon where you will go for your fittings. Don’t worry though – sometimes the regular dress will fit, just pick a or two up.

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