When Maternity Meets Matrimony

Be stylish and daring, but most of all be comfortable with these trendy new gowns for moms-to-be. You want to look and feel as special on the outside as you do on the inside at the wedding.

Maternity Wedding Attire Tips

1. Buy your wedding dress as close to the wedding day as possible because your body is changing and there are limits to how much you can alter a dress.

2. Pick comfortable, flat shoes; if you must wear heels, pick low heels and bring a change of shoes just in case they become uncomfortable during the event. Remember your feet swell, especially when you’re pregnant.

3. Pick a dress style that accentuates the features you want to show off; if you have great legs, knee length styles are ideal or if you love your new found cleavage, opt for a tasteful low-cut neckline.

4. Pick styles that accommodate your ever-changing figure. The empire and baby doll silhouettes are styles that will grow with you and work well with most pregnant shapes.

5. A siren dress, a dress cut that follows the curves of the body, is all about proper proportions. The neckline and kick out need to balance your baby bump when you walk down the aisle. Remember this style is generally best suited to tall and thin or hourglass shaped women like Heidi Klum.

6. Picking a dropped waist style makes the torso appear longer, rather than wider. If it’s a voluminous style, it can conceal your tummy. This style works best for women with slim legs.

7. Fabrics should be comfortable; silk satins create an elegant feel, chiffon or organza layers achieve a romantic and ethereal appearance. Details like ruffles, open back or an asymmetrical neckline add interest and can help remove the focus from the stomach. Grecian style folds or gathers that drape over the stomach area in an asymmetrical pattern will draw the eye away from your midriff.

8. White for a bride used to represent purity. The colour a bride chooses to wear on her wedding day now reflects her personal taste. The only rule to remember when it comes to colour: light colours advance an area and darker colours recede.

9. Pick undergarments that support your new body shape and complement your wedding dress. You don’t want to see panty lines around your stomach or bra straps that are wider than the gown straps. Make sure to try on undergarments with your gown just before the wedding to make sure they still fit properly.

10. To conceal large arms, consider dress styles with sleeves or wear a bolero jacket or wrap. If you have a large chest a halter neckline will provide more support than a strapless style.

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