(Closed) Are these appropriate maternity dresses for a formal wedding? (Pictures)

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I don’t think either of them are really formal, but with the right jewelry the 2nd one should be OK.

Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I agree with PP, you could make #2 work.  Typically formal means long dresses but can also included cocktail dresses which I think #2 would qualify as.

Post # 5
2556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Agre with PP that they aren’t really all that formal, but given that you’ll be 7.5 months pregnant, I probably wouldn’t expect you to don a floor length, heavy gown.  I personally like the first one better, especially with the right jewelry to glitz it up.

Post # 6
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I vote for number 2! They’re both cute, but colorblocking makes #1 seem more casual

Post # 7
2640 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

Not exactly “formal”, but it depends on your area- I went to an after 5 saturday evening wedding last summer, and I know that to mean that it will be formal. So I showed up in a floor length dress. Practically everyone was in cocktail attire, and i actually felt overdressed. So it depends on your social circle and the practices in your area. 

You’ll be given extra leeway since you’ll be pregnant, but I do think #2 looks more formal than #1. 

Post # 8
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think either are very formal. If you’re talking black tie formal I’d go with a floor length gown. 

Post # 9
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

To be totally honest you are going to be given a lot of fashion leeway for being 7.5 mo pregnant ๐Ÿ™‚ but I think #2 would be better for the event – #1  has kind of a tank-top cut that makes it look much more casual. 

Post # 10
923 posts
Busy bee

#2 for sure, #1 looks very casual.


Post # 11
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@moniquaa:  I like number 2. But if it is a formal event you should go with a long dress…with a high waiste……since you cant wear killer heals it will be difficult to dress up

Post # 12
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think PG women generally get a pass when it comes to attire, especially when they’re super far along. II’m not saying you can show up in sweats, but if it wasn’t a long silk form-fitting gown like everyone else, it wouldn’t be frowned upon. I think No. 2 can be dressed up with some nice jewelry and cute shoes so I would go with that one.

Honestly, I think the couple will be happy you even made an effort and worn something cute and dressy. I had a super PG woman show up at my formal wedding in short-sleeve cotton maxi dress.

Post # 13
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would go with a longer dress.  But I do love #2!

Post # 14
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I agree that nobody will think twice because you’re pregnant, but I think number 2 is less casual than the first!

Post # 15
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ahh, Pink Blush Maternity!! ๐Ÿ™‚  I love that site.  I recently ordered the first one (with the pink bottom instead of green).

However, sorry OP, I’m with the majority when I say I don’t think they’re really “formal” dresses.  When I hear formal wedding attire, I think long or black dresses.  They have the 2nd one in a black; would you like that option?  I feel like the black lace would dress it up a bit.

But definitely love them both!  Just depends on how formal your event really is. 

Edit to add: I will be wearing the first one to a wedding this summer.  I don’t think it’s too much white — like 3/4 of the dress is a solid color, so I think it’s perfectly acceptable.  There will be NO confusion who the bride is between you two.  ๐Ÿ™‚




Post # 16
495 posts
Helper bee

I was thinking, “Wow, that stinks that she has to buy new formalwear for a single night that she’ll probably never wear again.” I googled “maternity formalwear” and came up with a site that looks pretty legit for maternity dress rentals.

This one is my favorite, but they have 10-40 dresses in each size, so you can probably find one that fits your style better: http://www.shop.bellybumpboutique.com/Large_c5.htm

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