Here's When to Order Your Bridesmaid Dress If You're Pregnant

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When you're a bridesmaid, you have a lot of things to do, and a lot to worry about. But one of the main things on your plate is making sure you order the bridesmaid dress in time for the wedding. So, if you're pregnant, you might find yourself wondering what to do and when to order your dress. The main thing to consider is timing. Bridesmaid dresses are usually ordered around five to six months before the wedding.

But if you're pregnant, by five to six months you may have already had your baby, and if you haven't, your size will be drastically different. Speak with the dress company and see when the latest possible time is that you can order your dress. Try to order it a few months before the wedding, and order it a few sizes up. That way, once it comes, in you can alter it. Try to do alterations as close to the wedding as possible.

If you're able to select your own style, see if you can select a bridesmaid dress that isn't too form-fitting or tight. If the fabric is flowy and has room, it will be easier to order a size that will work best, and a bridesmaid dress with an empire waist will be more flattering.

If you're a new mom by the time the wedding rolls around, an empire waist and flowing fabric will still do the trick! You can take the dress you ordered and alter it to fit your size. Alterations can be done with two weeks to go, so don't stress too much.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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