We regularly get calls from our wonderful customers - sometimes in a small panic – as one of their bridesmaids has just announced their pregnancy or they are unexpectedly, going to be expecting themselves on their big day. Whilst babies are obvious fabulous news, we understand that it can be tricky when trying to find the perfect maternity wedding dress, or the best maternity bridesmaids dress for your best girls. Fear not, this happens ALL OF THE TIME and the good news is that you can rock one of our dresses just as easily whether bump or sans bump. As (we like to think) experts in this field here are a few tips on finding the ideal style for you…
Bridal: The Joni
Going to have a bump on your wedding day? Not many bridal shops cater for the fabulous news of a baby, but don't worry, we've got you. Our Joni bridal dress is the perfect maternity dress. The wrap style means there is more fabric to softly glide over your bump, and the side tie can be styled how ever you feel comfortable. Depending on the size of your bump, you may want to size up, but most of the time your usual dress size will fit perfectly.
Want to come for a trying-on session? Book a Bridal appointment here and visit us in our East London showroom.
Bridesmaids: The Florence
As bloody obvious as it sounds, when looking for a maternity dress to fit your pregnant bridesmaid, look for something loose fitting at the waist – our Florence wrap style dress is a fantastic option as it can be tightened or loosened as much as necessary, just like our Joni Bridal dress above. Depending on your due date and increased bust we would usually recommend ordering 1 -2 sizes up from your normal size. Plus, a wrap dress is perfect for easy access breastfeeding, as is our Seville dress with its shoulder ties.
Bridesmaids: The Mykonos
Another style that works really well is empire line as the waist seam sits just under the bust and above the bump. Try our Mykonos dress for a modern take on the traditional empire line dress with cold shoulders sleeves and waist darts that allow for extra room below the bust.
Bridesmaids: The Vienna
Another great style is our Vienna. On the hanger, it doesn't look like it would work over a bump, but trust us, it really does. The wait tie can sit just under the bust, and can be pulled in if you had to size up depending on the size of your bump. Want to try for size and fit? Book a trying-on appointment here.
Also if you are worried about your bump raising the hem of your dress at the front, we can make any of our dresses in a longer length (there is an extra charge for this service) – that way you can have it altered to be slightly longer on the front when on the hanger, but perfectly even all the way round when worn over your bump.
But don’t just take our word for it, we asked the ever stylish Founder of chic beachwear brand Pampelone, Holly Scarsella (www.pampelone.com) how she found wearing our Oyster Florence dress for her sisters big day when she was 8 months pregnant.
'Being a bridesmaid is such an honour, especially for your sister, but finding out that it will be two days before your due date at 9 months pregnant filled me with apprehension. I was so nervous about how I'd feel but that changed as soon as I tried on my Rewritten dress. I felt a million dollars - the cut suited a 9 month pregnant woman perfectly.'
Holly Scarsella, Founder of Pampelone Clothing
If in doubt and there is more you want to know, just drop us an email - we are a pretty flexible bunch and would love to help as much as we can.