Post # 1
My BFF is pregnant and due to give birth a few weeks before my wedding. I am very excited for her and we both still want her to be a part of my wedding, but I have no idea how we should shop for a dress for her (in terms of fit, being that she is pregnant now and will have just given birth a few weeks before the wedding). Also, I am trying to prepare myself for the possibility that she won’t feel up to being in the wedding a few weeks after giving birth (I would be disappointed, but I would understand). I would love any thoughts/suggestions/advice on (1) how to shop for a dress for her and (2) how likely it is that she would be able to still be able to be in the wedding a few weeks after giving birth.
Post # 3
My sis is due a few weeks before my wedding and she is one of my BM’s also, we went shopping when she was like 4 1/2 months and got her that size dress because this is the size she thinks she will be after, this is her 3rd baby so I trust her! She is due 4/2/12 and my wedding is 4/28/12.
Post # 4
1) Most stores with bridesmaid dresses will have tips on how/when to purchase dresses. You can tell them when she is due in relation to when your wedding is, and they’ll recommend sizes and times for ordering. Different places will do it different ways.
2) is something only your friend can answer. You need to talk to her and tell her that with this news of her pregnancy, you’ll understand if she wants to focus on the coming baby instead of the wedding, and that you would love to have her included in a way where she won’t be expected to do much.
Post # 5
Unfortunately we mortals, unlike movie stars and models, do not immediately regain our pre-pregnancy figure.
I would look for a dress that had an empire waist and didn’t fit too close to the body. I’m not suggesting a tent, just something a little more relaxed in structure .
Post # 6
@MrsPom: Thanks! That’s helpful. 🙂
@whitwhit: (1) Good advice. I do believe that if we go to a good store with experienced associates, they would be really helpful in figuring this out. (2) She has told me that she still wants to participate (and I definitely still want her to participate), but this is her first child (so I just feel that she has no idea how she will feel after giving birth, although she’s having a really easy pregnancy so far). I guess I’m just wondering how likely it is that she’ll feel up to participating a few weeks after giving birth (based on other moms’ experiences, and, of course, knowing that every pregnancy and birthing experience is different).
@julies1949: LOL. 😉 And I was thinking along similar lines (that a flowy dress with an empire waist would be both flattering and comfortable).