8 Tips for Buying a Bridesmaid Dress for Expecting Brides & Bridesmaids

And baby makes two…to dress! If you’re planning to say “I do” or join a bridal party with a baby bump, then keep reading because we’re here to dish some tips on finding the right dress and more.

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To Hide, or Not to Hide
The first decision you have to make as an expectant bride/bridesmaid is whether you want to conceal or flaunt your bump.

For those who want to hide their belly, an empire-waist dress with a full tulle or lace skirt is the way to go. An A-line silhouette accentuates the smallest part of your torso and, combined with the volume and texture of the fabric, draws attention away from your tummy.

For those expecting who want to proudly show off their bump with a more figure-hugging number, we suggest soft and breathable fabrics like silk or jersey to keep you and your precious cargo comfortable. Draped styles that gently hug your figure are sure to bring on the belly envy.

Sizing You Up
As a general rule, mom-to-be bridesmaids should add an inch to each measurement for every remaining month of pregnancy before the wedding day. For instance, if the wedding is 2 months away, then account for an additional 2 inches to your current bust, waist and hip measurements.

The same goes for shoes! Many pregnant women experience changes in their shoe size, so it’s good to size up for your wedding shoes if you’re purchasing them ahead of time.

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A Close One
Expectant bridesmaids should purchase their dress as close to the wedding day as possible, or around 8 to 12 weeks prior. This minimizes the need for major alterations. Also, your initial preferences may change as your pregnancy progresses. But make sure to communicate this to the other bridesmaids because there may be color variations, as a result of different dye lots, for orders placed months apart.

Support Group
Make sure the dress has a good built-in support bra to accommodate a changing figure. This is especially important for strapless or bandeau style dresses.

Taking the Plunge
Dresses with a v-neckline draw attention away from our lower body. Embellishment on the bodice also does the trick!

Just Sashing, Darling
Adding a sash to your maternity look is perfect for empire waist styles and flattering for your bump. Make it a colored one for some extra pizzazz. Wraps are also great if you also want to minimize your belly.


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Going the Extra Yard
It’s always good to have extra fabric on hand for alterations. Make sure to speak with the retailer or dressmaker about this before purchasing your dress.

Baby Bling
Your bump is the best accessory, so treat it like one! This means that more often than not, it’s good to keep it minimal when it comes to jewelry and other accessories. Let the glow speak for itself!

Comfy and Collected
Weddings are stressful as it is, without having to deal with pregnancy. For the expectant bridesmaid, comfort is key. This includes opting for those flats, having plenty of water on hand, and making sure you’re not sensitive to any foods on the menu.


2 Comments on 8 Tips for Buying a Bridesmaid Dress for Expecting Brides & Bridesmaids

  1. Kelsey Schroader says:

    I am trying to decide what size dress to get I am looking at the Bethany Maternity bridesmaid dress. I will be 7 months pregnant at the time of the wedding.

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