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The act of saying 'I do' while carrying a little one in your womb is among the most romantic things you can do. It solidifies the commitment and makes the ceremony feel all the more special. However, the market for maternity bridalwear is admittedly very sparse. But if you're planning to be pregnant whilst walking down the aisle, there are still a variety of stunning maternity wedding dresses to choose from.
While you want to look and feel beautiful on your special day (and you will!), the most important thing to consider when searching for a maternity wedding gown is comfort. It's no secret that pregnancy can come with some less than desirable side effects, so opting for loose silhouettes in breathable fabrics will help you feel your best from the ceremony to the reception. "Comfort is paramount. A bride will be wearing her dress for several hours and she needs to feel elegant and beautiful but at the same time to not think about her dress at all during the day, since she’ll be focusing on this magical time with her closest family and friends around her," says Tiffany London, the founder and CEO of Tiffany Rose Maternity.
When it comes to the style of your gown, consider your wedding venue, season, color scheme, and overall aesthetic. For example, romantic garden ceremonies and intimate nuptials are perfectly complemented by all-over lace designs. Formal weddings at a chic city venue call for elegant necklines and floor-length tulle skirts.
To help you achieve the breathtaking bridal moment you've always dreamed about, we've researched a variety of dresses for expecting moms with these key features in mind. For something totally elegant and chic, our favorite finds are the PinkBlush Crochet Overlay Maternity Maxi Dress and the JandL Designs Boutique Maternity Wedding Dress. If you want something short and sweet, we adore the PinkBlush Floral Applique Maternity Flounce Dress.
Meet the Expert
Tiffany London is the founder and creative director of Tiffany Rose Maternity–a British brand specializing in maternity occasion dresses and bridal wear.
Read on for the best maternity wedding dresses.
Most Elegant: Tiffany Rose Verona Gown
If you’re a bride-to-be who needs a maternity wedding dress, Tiffany Rose should be on your radar. The brand offers several bridalwear options that all feel effortlessly romantic. We especially love this European-inspired frock featuring three-quarter sleeves and a delicate eyelash lace overlay that falls gracefully over your baby bump.
Best Sleeved Dress: PinkBlush Long Sleeve Maternity Gown
Getting married in the fall or winter? Stay cozy and chic for your wedding in this elegant beige option. The simple silhouette combined with detailed draping on this maternity dress gives it an extra sleek finish. Keep the rest of the look simple with natural makeup and low heels.
Best Retro-Inspired: PinkBlush White Crochet Overlay Maternity Maxi Dress
For the ‘70s-inspired bride, this crochet overlay dress just makes sense. It would look stunning for a garden ceremony or barn wedding in the spring and summer. The crochet detailing and a double lining make this frock both stylish and comfortable, and the rounded neckline and short sleeves offer a classic and timeless touch.
Most Whimsical: Hope & Ivy Maternity Bridal Embroidered Maxi Dress
This bump-friendly option is well-suited for a bohemian bride who doesn’t want a traditional gown. The flowing sleeves and high slit are oh-so dreamy, and the subtle floral embroidery in the light and airy chiffon adds an utterly romantic element to the overall ensemble.
Best All-Over Lace: JandL Designs Boutique Ivory Maternity Dress
This gorgeous gown proves that you can never go wrong with all-over lace, especially when it comes with a vintage silk ribbon cape to match! We love the idea of accenting the old-world fabric and style with a swipe of plum lipstick and a peachy makeup look. Crafted with lace has a full-length jersey lining, this number is the perfect combination of style and comfort.
Best Modern Style: PinkBlush Ivory Off Shoulder Maternity Maxi Dress
You can never go wrong with a clean and crisp off-the-shoulder gown, which creates an ultra-elegant feel when paired with a flowing floor-length skirt. We can picture this dress everywhere from a black-tie affair to a courthouse wedding. We also love that this maternity wedding gown is breathable, comfortable, and stylish. What more could you want?
Most Romantic: Tina Mak Heidi Gown
This Tina Mak gown is at once understated and utterly romantic, making it a top pick on our list of wedding-worthy maternity dresses. The ivory hue on this silk chiffon gown lends an antique aesthetic that's perfect for a library ballroom wedding. Carry a bouquet of wildflowers down the aisle to cement the feminine vibe.
Best Color: Birdy Grey Kaia Dress
Go the non-traditional route with a pretty blush shade for your special day. While this isn't technically a maternity option, the loose-flowing silhouette is ideal for newly expecting brides. This romantic gown is crafted out of layers of light chiffon and is perfect for a garden wedding or a laid-back boho affair.
Best Silhouette: Azazie Annabelle Gown
We adore this sleek dress that features a sexy slit that allows for optimum movement and comfort so you can glide effortlessly from the aisle to the dance floor. The mesh fabric moves like a dream and the modern silhouette will steal the show at a chic city wedding.
Best Mini Dress: PinkBlush Floral Applique Maternity Flounce Dress
How adorable is this floral applique mini dress? Strut your stuff and show off your legs in this ultra-feminine frock. We love the textured detailing on the hemlines of the skirt and sleeves that offer a sweet and eye-catching touch.
Best Neckline: David's Bridal Beaded Chiffon Maternity Wedding Dress
David's Bridal is our go-to for all things bridal, of course! And this maternity dress is one of our favorite finds for expecting brides-to-be. We especially love this studded sweetheart neckline that adds a bit of sparkle to your wedding day look.
Most Versatile: Seraphine Maternity Wedding Dress with Detachable Lace
This convertible maternity dress is versatility at its finest! The detachable lace overlay of this wedding dress adds a softness that’s ideal for the vintage-inspired bride. Wear with soft curls and pearl earrings for your walk down the aisle, then take it off for a chic reception look.
Best Simple Option: Hatch The Carolina Dress
For a backyard wedding or a casual courthouse ceremony, then a simple midi dress like this one is a no-brainer. The V-neckline and elbow-length sleeves add a little something special while the double-layered gauze fabric keeps you relaxed and comfortable.
Most Luxurious: Tiffany Rose Eleanor Gown
The dainty cap sleeves on this gorgeous dress add an element of artistry that feels unique and thoughtfully considered. Complement the gown with a pair of sparkly earrings. The tailored bodice and shallow V-neckline are dramatic and modern, and the draping skirt offers glamour and luxuriousness.
Best Flowy Frock: Mywony Bridal Maternity Wedding Dress
Comfort and ease are the name of the game for maternity wedding dresses, which is why we're loving this stunning free-flowing slip dress option. Its back-bearing design and effortlessly dreamy silhouette make this a foolproof pick for any type of wedding style.
What to Look for in Maternity Wedding Dresses
Fit and Fabric
"There’s this belief that maternity clothing means ‘stretchy’ but that’s not necessarily the case. The secret is in the tailoring to ensure that your wedding dress will work beautifully at any stage of pregnancy," says London.
"At Tiffany Rose, we like to design with a wide range of fabrics to include silky soft sheen jerseys, heavyweight satins, delicate lace, and embroideries. We normally craft our gowns so that the skirt at the front is longer than at the back so that as the bump lifts the dress, you have an even hemline. If a bride is looking for a particularly fitted look, then we would recommend a fabric with powerful stretch but that is also fairly substantial in weight (with a similar stretch lining underneath) so that the dress can grow with you, remain comfortable, and is also very forgiving and flattering to wear."
First and foremost, comfort is key when it comes to picking your dream maternity wedding dress. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable in your gown while simultaneously dealing with the unpredictable side effects of pregnancy. Go with light and airy fabrics like chiffon and cotton, especially if you're hosting a spring or summer ceremony. As for the silhouette, loose-fitting or tea-length skirts are great because they offer plenty of room for movement.
Even though you're walking down the aisle with your little one in your belly, that doesn't mean you don't want to look and feel beautiful on the big day! Look for maternity wedding gowns that best reflect your personal style, while also keeping the wedding venue, season, and overall aesthetic in mind. Flowing sleeves and intricate lace designs perfectly complement a boho wedding vibe. Throwing an elegant formal affair? Bold necklines and sleek body-skimming (and bump-skimming) silhouettes will suit your style.
What dress silhouettes are best for pregnant brides?
"There’s no hard and fast rule, to be honest, but from experience, the most flattering style is an empire line, which is where the waist sits below the bust," London explains. "This is the slimmest part of your body and so a great way to accentuate your best features and to feel elegant."
"After that, it’s down to your personal taste–don’t be told what you can and can’t wear! Just remember that as well as your bump and bust, your rib cage will continue to expand so take this into account when choosing the right fit of your dress so there’s plenty of room for growth by the time your big day arrives."
When should I buy my wedding dress while pregnant?
Your body is changing and growing constantly throughout the nine months of pregnancy, which can make it a challenge to find a perfectly fitting dress–that's why flowing silhouettes and empire-waist gowns are great choices!
"We do recommend brides to choose their dress no earlier than 12 weeks before their wedding day," says London. "It’s actually very common for us to be sending out dresses to customers who are getting married in less than a week! In this case the ‘traditional’ dress they bought where they were hoping it could be fitted to accommodate their changing shape–just didn’t work out."
"Interestingly we don’t recommend fittings," she adds. "The work is done in the fabric selection and tailoring."
Do I have to wear a long maternity wedding dress?
Definitely not! It's your wedding day, so you can wear whatever style of dress makes you feel the most beautiful. While long dresses in flowy materials can flatter your baby bump nicely and offer maximum room for movement and comfort, there are plenty of midi and mini dresses that are perfectly suitable for expecting brides. We especially love the PinkBlush Floral Applique Maternity Flounce Dress for its feminine and sweet design that's perfect for a summer wedding.
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