MFM users reveal how they found pregnancy-friendly wedding dresses and share their bridal maternity fashion dilemmas. Plus find out how to make your bump work for you with our clever styling tips.
If, like Lily Allen, you know you'll be pregnant at your wedding, how do you prepare for the big day? Or perhaps you've had everything perfectly planned up until now, and surprise, surprise, you're pregnant! Whatever the circumstances are, rest assured you can be a gorgeous pregnant bride.
We asked MFM users how they coped with being pregnant when they married and how they found a bump-accommodating wedding dress, plus got the lowdown from a maternity dress designer.
"I was six months when I got married, but only found out that my eBay wedding dress didn't fit 10 days before the wedding," MFM user Susan Lowther reveals. "I then had a mad rush to get a new one for my big day!"
"I got married three weeks before my due date, resulting in a huge dress panic. I ended up wearing a beautiful, non-maternity dress and I just bought it one size bigger. I didn't go up lots of sizes because it only needed to be bigger around the tummy area," MFM user Rhonda tells us.
MFM user Natalie Luckett was also pregnant on her big day, and found it an expensive extra! "I was six months gone on my wedding day and had to sadly return my initial wedding dress and spent an extra £700 on a flowy one that would go over my bump!"
However, having a growing baby bump doesn't mean you have to spend lots of money having your wedding dress altered, as maternity dress designer Tiffany Rose reveals.
"Whatever you do, don't panic!" advises Tiffany. "Don't feel pushed into buying a larger, standard 'non maternity' gown with the promise of expensive alterations leading up the wedding. This rarely works out and can cause a lot of stress and disappointment."
What should you do if you're in the early stages of pregnancy and don't know how big your baby bump is going to blossom? Or how quick?
MFM user George Everett had this exact dilemma when she wed. "I got married when I was 19 weeks pregnant. The trickiest thing was that I didn't know whether I would have a bump or not at that stage. I had to do lots of improvising on the big day with flowers and clever picture posing!"
So, when is the best time to purchase a wedding gown if you've just found out you're pregnant and your wedding is on the horizon? "If you can, try and leave your purchase between eight to 12 weeks before your big day. As you grow, you may change your initial ideas about what you're looking for," recommends Tiffany Rose.
Another tip when purchasing your maternity wedding dress is to ask your dressmaker in advance if they can allow a little extra room around the tummy area to accommodate your growing bump. "Well designed maternity, and non-maternity, dresses not only offer specific tailoring for pregnancy, but include hidden stretch and fastenings to accommodate any last minute growth spurt," explains Tiffany. Ask your dressmaker for advice on this, or simply take it to your nearest dry cleaners, who should be able to do the alterations for you.
What if you wake up on your wedding day and find you've got an extra special surprise - a baby on the way? This happened to MFM user, Festival Kidz. "I knew I was pregnant on my wedding day. I just woke up and had a feeling, but was way too busy to do a test. It would have been a nice surprise to announce it during the wedding, if I had been brave enough!"
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If you are to marry just after you've given birth, it can be equally as tricky to find the perfect wedding dress, as MFM user Zoe Ellis-Martin found.
"I got married five weeks after I had Charlie. My post-baby body made wearing a wedding dress awkward," Zoe says.
Have we missed anything? Add your pregnant wedding day tips below!
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