Post # 1
Any advice for having pregnant bridesmaids and what I can do as a bride to make the job easy for them? How do you order a dress for a bridesmaid that may not know what her size will be? Would it be nicer to give them the color and length and let them pick any fabric that’s cozy or flowy, or is designating a satin or cotton dress going to be ok?
I have 6 bridesmaids, 4 of them will be married, 3 for over a few years, and I could be looking at 3-4 mamas-to-be standing up with me! I’m super excited, I love these ladies and I love babies, so I’m more than happy to accommodate any of them! I just would like to know what others have done for their maids (or would have liked to have done for them while they were pregnant bridesmaids).
Post # 3
Bump for the morning bees.
Post # 4
you can’t go wrong with an empire waist. if she’ll be far along in her pregnancy, it might be a good idea to order a long dress and then have it shortened — that way there’s a ton of extra fabric to ensure it’s long enough with her belly. most bm lines also have maternity lines.
how far along will they be?
Post # 5
@kitzy: That’s the thing, I could be seeing a range from “Just had a bundle within the last 2/3 months” and “Aaaaany day now.” I know some are actively trying, some are NTNT, and one’s getting married this July so there may be a honeymoon baby bump. I was already planning to let them choose their own style and just designate length/color/fabric, but now I’m wondering if letting them choose any fabric is easier for letting out gowns, etc. And would knee length be comfortable for mamas-to-be in North Dakota March, or should I even open up length so they can chose long dresses (and super comfy shoes then)?
Post # 6
Good morning! I had 2 pregnant BMs in my wedding. Both are my SILs. One of them was 5.5 months pregnant and the other was only a couple months pregnant and we didnt even know she was at that point! My SIL who was 5.5 months pregnant just ordered her Bridesmaid or Best Man dress a size up and had alterations done. She didnt care about what fabric it was. I made sure that she had plenty to drink and she even had a water bottle waiting up at the altar for her just in case. My programs were paddle fans so she was using that through the whole ceremony. Be flexible on the shoes they wear. I specified a color but my SIL who was 5.5 months pregnant said she coudlnt find a lower, comfortable pair of nice shoes in the right color so her color was a little off. I didnt care because I wanted her to feel her best. Other than that – just remember to be accommodating if necessary!
Post # 7
i didn’t realize this is all hypothetical. wait until you’re much closer to your wedding to worry about this! that way you’ll have a better idea of who is actually pregnant and who might become pregnant.
Post # 9
I’ve been a pregnant bridesmaid with two of my pregnancies. For one wedding, I was 6 months pregnant and the other I was 3 mos. pregnant. With the first wedding, I was early in my pregnancy and we ordered my dress bigger. With the 2nd wedding, I didn’t know I was pregnant when we bought our dresses! But, it was ok as I barely had a bump.
Post # 10
Has anyone been asked/told they will be a bridesmaid … but only if they are less than 4 months pregnant (little bumps only allowed in the wedding pictures)? I’m not sure how to respond to that one.
Post # 11
@iRun2004: What? Ouch, I think I’d be offended if there was a limit on my ‘pregnant-ness’ for photos.
@kitzy: I know it’s way ahead, but I just didn’t want to fall in love with particular dresses and then have to switch them up or pick fabrics that would make the gals uncomfortable. I’m just a super-planner, and I want to be super-accommodating. 🙂 Plus we’ve been having these TTC/NTNT convos, and more than one of them have mentioned that they’re concerned about how pregnant they’ll be. Haha, I don’t care, I love babies! 🙂
Post # 12
Pregnant bride wore mermaid style http://vimeo.com/20148252
Post # 13
One of my bridesmaids will be 7 months at my wedding and still wants to stand up with me in the July heat! We are getting her a different dress but in the same colour and length. We are also able to order her an extra yard of fabric for $20, so we can add panels to the sides of her dress.
Post # 14
I was in a wedding as a bridesmaid about three years ago; there were six of us, and two of the girls were pregnant. To keep a sense of uniformity, she gave us a fabric and a color from David’s and told us we could pick any cut of dress. They actually had maternity bridesmaid dresses that were empire waist and really cheap! Even if they don’t offer those anymore, pregnant girls could still get an empire waist dress with room to go and alter it at the last minute.
Post # 15
Both my BMs have been trying to get pregnant so I waited until now 4 months before to get the dresses. (I think my Maid/Matron of Honor may be pregnant but she wont confirm because it hasent been 3 months, even though it is quite apparent)
I also thought I couldnt go wrong with any empire waist dress… but apparently this can be too tight dpending on how high the waist is/ and what fabric the dress is made of.. you may be better going with a strecthy fabric.
I bought empire waist dresses for my BMs but my MOH/Sister said it will not fit her by the day of teh wedding b/c it is snug (and not stretchy() on the upper part of the stomache. We tried on at least 20 dresses (most of them empire waist) but she said only the ones which were made of a stretchy material would fit/ be a safe bet…. My Maid/Matron of Honor also requested a long dress (to cover swollen feet) but I nixed that…
Post # 16
I had 6 bridesmaids and 2 were pregnant. My girls all wore a black dress of their choice which ranged from Black White to JCPenney’s. One pregnant bridesmaid got her dress at Lane Bryant and I can’t remember where the other pregnant bridesmaid got her dress but everyone also wore whatever black shoes they wanted. I would have been fine if they wanted to wear flats but they wore heels during the ceremony and changed into flats at the reception.