Shopping for maternity wedding dresses online is no longer the gamble it might once have been. While some pregnant brides might be wary of ordering the dress for their big day unseen, from an online store, there’s little to worry about today.
Specialist maternity designers like Tiffany Rose, top drawer maternity stores including Isabella Oliver and Crave Maternity and online wedding giants including House of Brides and TJ Formals, all now cater to the needs of the maternity bride.
Buying online in fact is a better choice for many pregnant brides, because many traditional wedding stores only carry a limited number of maternity wedding dresses (or maternity bridesmaid dresses) – if they have any at all! Pregnant brides aren’t really their typical customer!
So what does a pregnant bride need to think about when ordering her maternity wedding dress online?
Some of the aspects will be the same as those you need to take into consideration when ordering off the rack, however, the pregnant bride-to-be has a few more things to think about too.
It’s not unusual for a bride to worry whether a wedding dress selected from an online store will fit her properly, but there’s little to worry about:
- Quality online wedding dress stores provide comprehensive size guides, helping brides to choose the size they need with complete confidence.
- FAQs advise whether the designer’s dresses run small or are generously cut, or whether a pregnant bride should simply order her pre-pregnancy size for the best fit
- Some stores even ask the bride-to-be to send in her measurements, to help with getting that perfect fit
It’s also fair to say that most brides need some small, last-minute adjustments to their wedding dresses, to ensure the best fit. While traditional bridal stores offer this service in-house, it’s often still a chargeable service. So, the sensible pregnant bride-to-be is advised to seek out the services of a local, highly recommended dressmaker who can be on hand for any last-minute adjustments.
This said, while many brides hope to lose a few pounds in the run up to their big day, pregnant brides all know that they will have grown before their wedding day! If the bride is in between two dress sizes, she will need to buy the larger of the two, to err on the side of caution.
The style of the maternity wedding dress also needs to be considered carefully, so there is room for an expanding baby bump. And it’s often not just the belly that swells when a woman is pregnant – feet, boobs and upper arms usually get bigger too!
The final consideration is the fabric of the dress which needs to be chosen carefully. Pregnant women often feel much warmer than usual, thus a light, flowing, natural fabric is often best, especially for summer or warm climate weddings.
Today’s pregnant brides are lucky to have lots of choices!