Finding out you will be pregnant on your wedding day can come with it’s challenges. In this post Alana tells me about her experience of being a pregnant bride and I’ll share some of the tips I’ve picked up from the brides with bumps I’ve photographed recently.
Like a good bride, I started planning my wedding soon after getting engaged. The venue was booked, the invites went out, and the dress was bought. The wedding machine was ticking along, crossing off the items from the to-do list one by one until the big day in July. No last minute panics for us, we thought. Then in February I found out I was pregnant.
I bought my original 1950’s dress from a designer on Easy. I took a completely blasé attitude toward the whole thing until two weeks before the big day, when I took the dress to the tailor. “I can’t make this fit you,” he said. “I’d have to sew a panel into the sides and that would ruin the beautiful lace.”
I went home and spent the rest of the afternoon frantically googling different combinations of “empire waist white dress.” The end result was a floor-length boho Alice Temperley dress, with a ruffly v-neck and an elastic waist. It was very different to my original dress, but it fit.
The Wedding Day
On my wedding day, after I exited the church with my new husband, burst into tears and couldn’t stop crying (hormones). I had two guilty sips of bubbly during the toast and snuck out two bottles of wine, to be hoarded away until the baby arrived. I left my party at 10 pm because I could no longer stay awake.
One year later, I put on the original dress and celebrated our first wedding anniversary with afternoon tea. I have absolutely no regrets.
Alana’s Advice to Pregnant Brides
Buy an empire waist dress. You won’t be able to predict how big or wide your bump is going to be by the wedding day, and tailors can only do so much magic. Get a dress that will give you some room. Be comfortable.
Lots of designer brands (like Alice Temperley) do white dresses that aren’t meant to be wedding dresses but do very nicely. You may find a wider selection of styles this way.
It’s your day. If you get tired and want to leave early, you have pretty much the best excuse. Your guests can party on without you. Ours did.
Seriously, take it easy on your honeymoon. I ended up climbing mountains and steep staircases anyway. I should have lounged by the pool more.
Get an amazing photographer so you can show your kid the wedding photos years later to prove he or she was there to celebrate too.
To see Alana’s and Alex’s full wedding please take a peek over at Rock N Roll Bride
Here are my top tips for planning a wedding when you’re expecting – all gleaned from recent brides with bumps
- Keep the pace slow… you will be shattered later in the day
- Think about the food as you may have to adjust your dish
- Get creative with the non-alcoholic drinks!
- Keep snacks near by, I was constantly hungry
- Do as much as you can to keep calm, hormones can get the better of you
- Maybe get a mock wedding ring as my fingers swelled up massive
- There are so many options for flat wedding shoes, make comfort your priority
- Get your photographer to announce your pregnancy during the group shot, we love our photo of that!
- Think hard about your honeymoon, we went on a city break and it was quite hard work if I was to be honest
- Don’t forget to keep hydrated.
I’d love to hear your experience of being a pregnant bride – please do share your advice and stories in the comment section below
Venue: Asylum Chapel
Dress: Alison Temperley
Groom’s Attire: Caruso