Welcome! Maternity Bride is brought to you as a resource for pregnant brides and fashionistas in search of only the best maternity dress for their upcoming event. We began in 2005 as the first couture collection of maternity wedding dresses designed exclusively for pregnant women and have grown into a wide selection of bridal and evening wear in maternity and plus friendly sizing.
MaternityBride.com will soon be the home of the Maternity Bride Guide, an online magazine and helpful resource for brides-to-be. Edited by Jessica Charles, maternity designer, in conjunction with expert bridal and pregnancy contributors, the Maternity Bride Guide will bring you sound advice and peace of mind when preparing for a new baby and upcoming wedding at the same time. Sample an article below and register to be the first to receive a copy!
WHAT TO WEAR - CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERNITY DRESS FOR YOU
When you’re shopping for a maternity wedding dress one of the first considerations might be whether you’re planning on highlighting that growing baby bump with a more form fitting maternity dress or leaving a little more mystery over your changing shape with an empire cut, flowing silhouette.
How much of your beautiful pregnant self you’re comfortable showing will obviously dictate some of your style choices when choosing the right maternity wedding dress. You might not be showing at the beginning of your wedding planning, but don’t underestimate the changes your body might go under by the time you’re walking down the aisle. If your pregnancy is just in its early stages at the wedding date, maternity dresses with a tight bodice might still fit on your belly, but if your body is changing in any way it would be more flattering to go in the direction of a more airy, ethereal and empire waisted fit. That said if you’re already wearing maternity clothes in your day-to-day life it’s a good sign you need to add a maternity wedding dress to the collection for the big day!
If you’re showing or will be showing soon, it’s time to make choices about your standpoint on the subject. Some women feel it’s crucial and honorable to show the baby bump off as much as possible, because the incoming baby is of course a member of the family already. (And the bridal party!) You might make this decision along similar lines as the one to anoint your toddler as the ring bearer even if he requires an escort or two. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing! And hopefully a testament to how much you love your man! Things might not look exactly like the wedding collage you spent afternoons slaving over in middle school, but even more perfect.
Other pregnant brides want to stay as traditional and demure as possible and keep the wedding day more solidly focused on the joining of man and wife. The day of the wedding ceremony is a uniquely special one that goes quickly and will be one of the last phases you’ll spend alone as a couple for a very long time! Being an expectant bride can be an extremely purposeful time to celebrate and honor your commitment, and to focus on building your relationship.
Extended family members will usually have an opinion or two on the subject (and every subject) but don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s your wedding. If someone isn’t too excited about whatever your decision might be, they’ll forget the second the ceremony begins anyway.
You’ll be in a lot of photos the day of the wedding, and if everything turns out right with your wedding photog they’ll be showcased in your home from here until eternity. This is something to keep in mind when you’re choosing the right maternity dress. While your close family and friends are in the know you might find it preferable for your social media family to be less informed on your pregnancy details. On the flip side it could be a fun way to set up your big reveal!
If you feel great about your changing shape and are open with sharing your pregnancy with the world you can pretty much take your pick of maternity wedding dresses from a reputable maternity designer. But whatever your emotional standpoint is on the topic, it will be crucial to take into consideration physical comfort level and aesthetic appeal. Even with a minor weight gain ladies are known to alter their fashion choices (like switching from a flashy mini skirt to an all black ensemble, for example), so it’s understandable if you don’t feel like wearing something too fitted or too low cut. A maternity wedding dress with tiered layers or front and center draping can create the illusion of cascading movement instead of fitting too snuggly on your body.
If you want the bump hugged but not uncomfortably so, a dress with a defined waistband and tighter fit will showcase the bump perfectly. Any fabric with a shine to it will also draw some attention to your shape, as will a sassy maternity mermaid or trumpet shaped gown. There are plenty of options if baby bump is granted center stage.
Another element to keep in mind is your growing bust line…the normally less endowed might be introduced to a whole new world of plunging necklines and support considerations. If you were busty pre-pregnancy and still expanding, a maternity wedding gown with a more modestly covered situation will probably be a more comfortable choice than attempting to keep up a strapless that is showcasing your baby ignited bust. There’s enough to worry about on the big day without trying to avoid a wardrobe malfunction in front of your brand new father in law!
The logic behind choosing your maternity bridal dress also applies to maternity evening dresses in general, since you’ll want something just as ideal for your body for the rehearsal dinner and any other parties you’re planning. Color blocking or a darker colored dress with an elaborate necklace can divert the eyes from the abdomen, while a fitted shorter dress could be the perfect frame for the belly. You can even switch things up if you want, making baby center of attention for a party and less so for your walk down the aisle. It’s your big day so take into consideration your options and pick what feels right for you and your new family.
About the Designer
The concept for MaternityBride came to Jessica in 2005 when she realized the real need for maternity bridal and formal gowns in the special occasion wear industry. Resolving to combine her love for design with her desire to help pregnant brides-to-be, Jessica launched Maternity Bride with a collection of six maternity wedding dresses. Her unique niche collection was met with praise from BRIDES, CBS Early Show, FOX, The New York Times and many more. Jessica continues to grow the collection with designer maternity dresses for every special occasion.