Guidelines for the Pregnant or Post-Pregnant Bridesmaid

You’ve just announced your engagement and chosen your bridesmaids, when one of your bridesmaids says she has news of her own to share—she’s expecting!

While fitting a pregnant or post-pregnant bridesmaid can be tricky, it’s not impossible. You can still make sure her dress is in line with what the rest of the bridal party will be wearing while ensuring that she will feel comfortable and pretty.

Tips For the Pregnant Bridesmaid

Depending on how far into her pregnancy a bridesmaid is, there are many dress options. Typically, the bride makes the decision when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, but a pregnant bridesmaid should discuss her needs and wishes with the bride, so she can be both comfortable and stylish for the wedding.

Pregnant Bridesmaid

A woman’s body goes through many changes when she is expecting a baby, and these new body measurements should be considered when selecting a dress, as well as how they will change leading up to the wedding. Generally, bridesmaid dresses are ordered five to six months prior to the wedding. Because a pregnant woman’s body can change rather drastically during this time frame, it’s a good idea to wait until as close to the wedding date as possible for your final dress alterations.

Usually, if a bridesmaid is up to four months pregnant, a standard dress can be ordered in a larger size to match the rest of the bridal party. If a bridesmaid is further along in her pregnancy, the best alternative and most flattering style is a dress with an empire waist. If your bridesmaid will be more than six months pregnant, there are many maternity styles available to choose from that allow for more room in the belly.

For the Post-Pregnant Bridesmaid

Post-pregnancy offers similar challenges in that a woman’s body is going through many changes including weight loss and an increase in bust size if she is breastfeeding. The rate at which a woman loses her pregnancy weight varies greatly for each woman. If your bridesmaid will have just delivered at the time of your wedding, she can expect to be the same size that she was at five months pregnant, so the tips recommended for this stage for pregnant bridesmaids can apply.

There are two options that are recommended: (1) estimate and order the dress a couple of sizes larger than what your bridesmaid is wearing and have it altered if closer to the date it is needed, or (2) wait and order the dress as a single order at a later date than the rest of the bridal party. With the second option, however, it is important to keep in mind that many bridal stores may not offer the group discount since it’s a separate, single order, and there may be additional rush fees depending on the time of order. You should ask what the latest date is that you can do a separate order if you chose to go this route and what any additional costs may be before making a decision.

If the wedding will be a few months after your bridesmaid’s due date, she may be tempted to order in her pre-pregnancy size, but it’s better for her to order a size or two above to be safe.

It’s much easier to take dresses in than to let them out.

Hot Trends in Bridesmaid Dresses

What’s Hot in Bridesmaid Dresses?

Forget taffeta, bubblegum pink, and poufy sleeves – those styles of bridesmaid dresses are a thing of the past. Current trends in bridesmaid dresses are chic and flattering for all body types.

You’ve selected special women to be your attendants so you should choose dresses that make them feel special. Here are a few of the latest bridesmaid dress trends that are hot right now:

  • Bold and vibrant colors – No more “blush and bashful” pinks or pea greens – when it comes to selecting a color for your bridesmaid’s gowns, think bold and vivid hues like plum, fuchsia, coral, or even bright yellow.
  • Short and Sassy — Rethink tea-length and longer dresses and go for shorter styles, in above-the-knee flattering lengths.
  • One-shoulder dresses – The latest trend is asymmetrical details like one-shoulder long or short dresses.
  • Mismatched gowns– Who says all your bridesmaids have to look exactly the same? Your bridesmaids will appreciate picking out dresses that flatter their body types. You can choose one color in different styles or chose varying shades of one color.

    Hot Trends for Bridesmaids Dresses

    Bride Kayla Olsen looks stunning in her wedding gown from Nitsa’s and her mismatched bridesmaids dresses really complete the look!
    Photo by: Audrey Snow of Audrey Snow Photography

  • Lace – Lace dresses or details add a touch of romance and interest to a monochromatic gown.
  • Pretty backs – Just like trends in wedding gowns, designers are focusing more on the back view in bridesmaid dresses. Details like keyhole, illusion, and gorgeous ruffled backs are all hitting the bridesmaid dress scene.
  • Two-tone – Black and white two-toned looks are modern and an interesting twist on monochromatic styles. And a classic look that your girls might actually wear again!

Choosing your bridesmaids’ dresses is a notoriously hard task but by incorporating some of these ideas, you can select a dress that will make your attendants look fresh and modern. Your bridesmaids will thank you!