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So, you’ve said yes, you’re well on your way to planning a dreamy celebration and you’re ready to find a killer wedding dress to walk down the aisle in? Amazing - shopping for gowns is truly one of the best parts of being a bride. However, if you’re a pregnant bride, there are a few adjustments you’ll need to make when shopping for maternity wedding dresses. Follow these tips and your appointment will be fun, fabulous and stress-free.

Here’s everything you need to know about shopping for maternity wedding dresses.

Find some inspiration

Step one is to do a little bit of research. Of course, you’d do this even if you weren’t pregnant, but you’ll want to pay special attention to photos of brides with bumps. This will help you set realistic goals for maternity wedding dresses. If you can’t find any wedding specific pics - no worries, sift through red carpet photos of pregnant celebrities. Many bridal salons carry similar silhouettes to special event gowns, so they’re totally worth looking into.


Call bridal shops ahead of time

You’ll get the best service possible if you call your desired wedding dress shops ahead of time. That way your consultant can pull maternity wedding dresses that will complement your growing body, not skin tight gowns with no give. Don’t forget to tell them your due date (as well as your wedding date) so that they know how far along you’ll be on your big day.


Let your bump breathe

Flowy fabrics and empire waists are your friends – skin-tight wedding dress silhouettes with zero breathability are not. You want to be just as comfortable as you are stylish on your wedding day, so finding something that fits like a glove but won’t constrict is essential. Remember to try sitting, dancing and walking while at the salon so you get a good idea of how the dress will feel during all parts of your wedding.


Plan ahead

Your bump’s going to grow, which means you’ll need a maternity wedding dress style that will accommodate you down the road as well as alterations. If you want to skip taking your dress to a seamstress to add panels and adjust your corset once or twice, size up and choose a flowier style that cascades over your baby bump instead of hugging it.


Opt for a second dress for your reception

Many brides choose a second wedding dress for their reception, and you may want to follow suit. This is a great idea if you want a super stylish, less-than-comfortable bridal gown for your ceremony. That way you can look totally glamorous, grab those wedding portraits and then switch to something a little roomier or more comfortable for your wedding breakfast and dancing - like a boho maxi dress or jumpsuit.

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