Things All Pregnant Brides Need To Consider When Planning Their Weddings

You're engaged and expecting a baby. You've got a lot of things to celebrate, but planning a wedding while you're expecting can be difficult. Not only do you have to worry about all of the things that normal brides do, such as flowers, guest lists, and catering, but you also have to worry about fitting into your wedding dress, morning sickness, and pregnancy fatigue. However, you don't need to postpone your wedding just because you're pregnant. Check out these tips to make planning a wedding as an expectant mother easier.

Time Things Right

For engaged, expecting mothers, timing is everything. If possible, choose a wedding date that falls within your second trimester. By then, your morning sickness should be gone, or at least eased up enough that you can eat a piece of your wedding cake without hurling.

Fatigue is another issue that pregnant brides face. Unfortunately, pregnancy fatigue typically increases as your pregnancy progresses. However, by your second trimester, you know what time of day fatigue hits you the hardest. If you're extra tired mid-afternoon, plan an evening wedding, or if you're exhausted at night, get married in the afternoon.

Dress the Part

When you visit the bridal shop, let the consultant know that you're expecting a baby -- even if you haven't begun to show yet. This way, she can help you choose a dress size that's ideal for you and your belly-to-be. A few things to keep in mind include:

  • Look for maternity wedding dresses made from loose, lightweight fabrics, such as chiffon or crepe. You'll be more comfortable in a lightweight gown than you would be in a dress made from heavier materials, such as taffeta or satin. Plus, expecting mothers tend to become hot easier than women who aren't pregnant. So, choosing a maternity wedding dress that's lightweight reduces your odds of having a dizzy spell while walking down the aisle.
  • Choose a dress style that you'll be comfortable wearing and makes you feel beautiful. It's your day. Your belly may be slightly bigger than you planned, but that doesn't mean you can't have the wedding dress of your dreams. When in doubt, try on gowns with an empire waist, which is snug in the bustline and roomier in the belly. Baby bumps look especially elegant in empire-waist gowns.
  • Talk to the consultant about hemming the dress so that it's short enough for you to wear ballet flats or lace-up sandals to your wedding. Edema is common during pregnancy, and your swelled feet and ankles will thank you for not wearing heels.

Some of your wedding plans may change slightly because you're expecting a baby, and it's okay. As long as you consider the way your body will change and how you will feel at the time of your wedding when you're making plans, the planning process isn't difficult.