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Q: I just found out that two of my five bridesmaids are pregnant! While I am very excited for them, I am a little worried about what kind of bridesmaid dresses I can now choose for my girls. My wedding is not for several more months, so they will both be quite far along. What are my options to accommodate my friends’ baby bumps but allow the whole bridal party to be cute and cohesive?
A: We see this all the time. This is a “problem” that brides can actually have a lot of fun with, so don’t fret! Something that works great in this scenario and also happens to be extremely in vogue right now is for the bride to specify a designer, gown length, fabric and color but allow her bridesmaids to select their own individual style of dress. Several designers make empire-waisted gowns that are flattering and beautiful on pregnant ‘maids, such as these:
|These Jim Hjelm styles work great for pregnant bridesmaids|
|These pleated Watters gowns can work for your entire wedding party;|
they are flattering on all figures, even those sporting a bump.
We always suggest ordering extra length, as well. Dresses are made for ladies that are 5’8”5’9” and a baby bump will cause the dress to ride up in the front. The additional cost is worth it to keep your gown the proper length and matching the rest of the bridesmaids. Here is a great example of how this can all come together! We not only planned this wedding but also styled/dress the wedding party.
|These 'maids are wearing dresses by Jim Hjelm Occasions and Alvina Valenta; image courtesy of Joseph Mark.|