Post # 1
This morning I just found out I that I am about six weeks pregnant. I have been on the pill since August and have never missed a pill or took one at an off time so this is a big, big shock. I am still happy about the news regardless. We planned on having kids eventually after our wedding which is August 18, 2012 so this just happened a bit sooner than we intended on. That, however, is the problem.
I have my perfect dress, hoop, and shoes all purchased already, but now I’m at a loss on what to do because my due date is September 15th and I will be huge by the time the wedding rolls around. My dress has not been altered yet, it is a sample size 12 (I am about a 2) so, for the moment it is huge on me. I hate the thought of getting another dress. Any advice?
Post # 3
First things first: CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so very exciting for you and your fiance!
As for the dress: I think with this style, it will be VERY difficult to accomodate a pregnancy ar 8mo along. I promise you that as your pregnancy progresses, the dress will be the least of your worries, and preparing for the little one will be the top of the list!
That being said, I totally understand how frustrating this must be, but you could do one of two things I think:
1. Keep the dress and move up the date (not sure if this is possible?)
2. Find a dress with a flowy bottom and have the wedding as scheduled, and perhaps try to sell your dress to recoop costs toward a new one! That way you can save a bit, and maybe still use the same shoes with a new dress.
I apologize if that is not helpful but still, very exciting news!
Post # 3
congratulations! I have been pregnant and the only thing I can think of to do to that dress is to somehow cut out the middle section and make it into an empire waist dress and raise it up to just under the chest if they could do that but on second thought that skirt is not long enough. And I can’t see a 7-8 month pregnant belly fitting into that middle section there on that dress unfortunately. If I were you I would try to wait it out till you have the belly and find a dress that looks best on you at that point to feel your best on the day. and i wish you the best of luck with your dress, wedding, and your new baby!
Post # 4
first and foremost congrats!!! that is so exciting. you have a lovely dress and since its 10 times too big for you already it gives you room for your baby belly 🙂 it might be worth looking into some sort of alterations. i can’t tell from the pictures but does it have a corset back? that may help.
My aunt was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in my sisters wedding when she was about 8 months pregnant and granted it was 12 years ago but our bridesmaids dresses were similar in shape..bustier type top with a full skirt…and she pulled it off. She ended up buying the dress a lot bigger in size and then had the alterations done once she grew a little more. I wish i had pics but alas it was not the digital age then so none of her wedding pictures are on a computer 🙁
I would suggest taking it to a seamstress and see what they say…sooner rather than later so that if you do have to look for a new dress you have time to do so.
Post # 5
Maybe you can take bridal portraits in the original dress before you start to show with your hair and makeup done so that you can still have memories of your perfect wedding look? Just thinking out loud!
Post # 6
First off, Congratulations!!
Second, If not much has been booked/planned yet I would either move the wedding up or back…
Otherwise I would find a new dress, although that dress you have is gorgeous, there is no way that will fit when you are 8 months pregnant, nor will that dress be comfortable even if it did fit. Selling your dress and getting a new one (in a more flexible cut and fabric) would be best. sorry!!
Post # 7
@dashwoodgirl: That’s a nice idea!
Do you think closer to the wedding you might be open to getting a white/bridally maternity gown? I remember seeing a beautiful white lace sundress at A Pea In The Pod this last summer – I’m not expecting, but I was in dress-shopping mode so anytime I saw a white dress I stopped to look.
Post # 8
I am currently 9 months pregnant and can tell you that more than likely that dress will not work for a baby belly. The sad part is, you will not even know what kind of dress will fit your bump until pretty close to the day. You do not have to go with a flowy, empire waist if you do not want that, but that particular top on your dress will most likely not fit to the bump as you would like. Also, the belly raises the hem quite a bit. Congrats and good luck!
Post # 9
CONGRATS!! If you are interested we have a Sept baby board and a FB page (it is a secret page so no one on your page knows it exists)
I don’t know how well this dress will work for your 8 month baby belly. I would talk to your seamstress and see what they think. they would be able to do for the dress, to maybe make it work.
One idea might be, maybe do some “wedding pictures” in that dress before you start showing too much and then finding another dress to wear for the actual wedding day? I think that would be a neat idea.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
If you’re a size 2… and the dress is a 12… then why won’t it fit? I think it would fit a belly.
Post # 11
@eagle: it might “fit” but it wouldn’t be the right shape and the bodice doesn’t look too forgiving so I can’t imagine it would sit right over a round belly, and like others mentioned it would probably raise the hem up quite a bit as well… Besides looking like it would be very uncomfortable (tight and stiff) when you have an 8 month belly.
Post # 12
@dashwoodgirl: These were my thoughts, as well.
and of course congratulations to you and your FI!!
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
@o0olibelulao0o: Eeek I guess you’re right.
I had a friend who got married at 5 months and she had an empire waisted dress, very simple. I could only notice her bump in a few photos (i didn’t go to the wedding).
Its really really hard to tell, because you may not have a huge bump. If you look at Hilary Duff, she doesn’t have a huge stick-out bump. It’s more rounded and makes her look thick thru her middle.
I think depending on how your bump progresses, the dress MAY be able to be re-worked to fit you, since there is such a huge amount of fabric to work with.
But… I think it could backfire.
Maybe you can get a maternity dress as a backup, and start looking for a tailor/seamstress who does amazing things.
Post # 14
Echoing PPs, I don’t think it’s gonna work when you’re mega-preggers. Not just because of the belly, but the boobs, too. That’s a low cut neckline (gorgeous with your current frame), and with PG-boobs, you’re going to be popping out all over. Ditto everyone else; either switch the date or switch the dress. It’s completely lovely, so I’m sure it will sell if the store won’t let you exchange it for something else.
Post # 15
Thank you for the suggestions everyone. I agree that the dress will not work that far into the pregnancy and look right or be comfortable at that point even with it being so much bigger before alterations. I guess we will have to weigh the options of pushing the wedding date up or finding another dress. If it comes down to the latter, I do like the idea of getting some of the wedding photos done before I start to show. That was a great suggestion.