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 bridal wear is admittedly very sparse. But if you're planning to be pregnant while 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.
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-length sleeves and a delicate eyelash lace overlay that falls gracefully over your baby bump.
Price at time of publish: $460
Size Range: 0–9 | Material: Nylon | Length: Floor
PinkBlush Long Sleeve Maternity Gown
Getting married in the fall or winter? Stay cozy and chic on your wedding day 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.
Price at time of publish: $89
Size Range: S–XL | Material: Modal, spandex | Length: Floor
Hope & Ivy Maternity Bridal Embroidered Maxi Dress
This bump-friendly option is well-suited for the bohemian bride who doesn’t want a traditional gown. The flowing sleeves and high slit are oh-so dreamy, while the subtle floral embroidery in the light and airy chiffon adds an utterly romantic element to the overall ensemble.
Price at time of publish: $260
Size Range: 2–12 | Material: Polyester | Length: Floor
Best All-Over Lace
JandL Designs Boutique Ivory Maternity Dress
This gorgeous gown proves 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 and featuring a full-length jersey lining, this number is the perfect combination of style and comfort.
Price at time of publish: $459
Size Range: XXS–XL | Material: Jersey Knit, lace, chiffon | Length: Floor
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?
Price at time of publish: $72
Size Range: S–XL | Material: Rayon, spandex | Length: Floor
Birdy Grey Kaia Dress
Go the non-traditional route with a pretty blush shade on your special day. While this isn't technically a maternity option, the loose-flowing silhouette of the Kaia Dress is ideal for newly expecting brides. This romantic gown is crafted out of layers of light chiffon—a perfect choice for a garden wedding, oceanside nuptials, or a laid-back boho affair.
Price at time of publish: $99
Size Range: XS–3XL | Material: Polyester | Length: Floor
Azazie Annabelle Gown
We adore this sleek dress from Azazie. It features a sexy slit for optimum movement and comfort, allowing you to glide effortlessly down the aisle and show your moves on the dance floor. The mesh fabric moves like a dream, and the modern silhouette will steal the show at a chic-city wedding.
Price at time of publish: $89
Size Range: A0–A32 | Material: Mesh | Length: Floor
Best Mini Dress
PinkBlush Floral Applique Maternity Flounce Dress
How adorable is this floral appliqué mini dress? It's perfect for spring and summer weddings in warm-weather locals, as well as a courthouse ceremony. 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.
Price at time of publish: $75
Size Range: S–L | Material: Polyester | Length: Above the knee
Seraphine Maternity Wedding Dress with Detachable Lace
This convertible maternity gown is versatility at its finest! The detachable lace overlay of this wedding dress adds a softness that’s ideal for the vintage-inspired bride while also working for springtime events, garden weddings, and more formal indoor affairs. Style your hair in soft curls and finish the look with pearl earrings for your walk down the aisle, then take it off for a chic reception look.
Price at time of publish: $709
Size Range: 2–12 | Material: Polyester | Length: Floor
Tiffany Rose Eleanor Gown
The dainty cap sleeves on this gorgeous dress add an element of artistry that feels unique and thoughtfully considered. The tailored bodice and shallow V-neckline are dramatic and modern, and the draping skirt offers glamour and luxuriousness. Complete your bridal look with a pair of complementing sparkly earrings or a simple veil.
Price at time of publish: $730
Size Range: 0–9 | Material: Polyester, rayon, nylon | Length: Floor
Seraphine Ivory Lace & Silk Maternity Gown
Interested in a short-sleeve design? Check out this lovely maternity bridal gown from Seraphine. Made of ultra-fine chiffon silk and fully lined with a floor-length skirt that starts above the belly button with a sash at the empire waistline, it'll drape beautifully above your bump while the lacey sleeves grace your shoulders.
Price at time of publish: $559
Size Range: 2–16 | Material: Silk chiffon, lace | Length: Floor
Azazie Rhea A-Line Pleated Stretch Satin Floor-Length Dress
We also like this off-the-shoulder number from Azazie. The Rhea Dress has a sweetheart neckline and subtle pleating details at the bodice, which is held by additional shoulder straps that connect to the back with fabric-wrapped buttons. Made of a stretchy satin fabric and featuring an empire waist, it's sure to fit and flatter your growing belly.
Price at time of publish: $109
Size Range: A0–A30 | Material: Stretch satin | Length: Floor
Meet the Expert
Tiffany London is the founder and creative director of Tiffany Rose Maternity, a British brand specializing in maternity occasion dresses and bridalwear.
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," says London. "The secret is in the tailoring to ensure that your wedding dress will work beautifully at any stage of pregnancy."
"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," London adds. "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."
Some of the most bump-friendly options we found include the PinkBlush Long Sleeve Maternity Gown and the Azazie Annabelle Gown.
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, such as the Seraphine Ivory Lace & Silk Maternity Gown, especially if you're hosting a spring or summer ceremony. As for the silhouette, loose-fitting cuts like the Birdy Grey Kaia Dress 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.
As with the PinkBlush White Crochet Overlay Maternity Maxi Dress, 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 like the PinkBlush Long Sleeve Maternity Gown 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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