Few Dress-Shopping Tips for Pregnant Brides

Are you a pregnant bride-to-be who is overwhelmed by the dress-shopping experience? You’re not alone. Our team gets a lot of questions from women about how to choose trendy maternity dresses for their big day.

Pregnancy can make your body change rapidly and it can be difficult to find formal clothes that fit right. The good news is that you don’t have to settle for an unflattering dress. We have tips on finding trendy maternity dresses in Toronto that don’t just look good but are actually comfortable, too.

1. Limit your choices to bump-friendly designs.

The key is to find dresses that can grow as your belly grows. Bump-friendly silhouettes include empire waists, corset bodices, and ruched or gathered waistlines. These are your best bets because their design by nature provides more room in the torso. You can’t go wrong with ball gown or A-line styles, too. All of these designs will make alterations much easier.

2. Choose the right fabrics.

We recommend crepe, chiffon, and Georgette—a combination of Crete and chiffon—to brides who ask us to recommend trendy maternity dresses for them. These kinds of fabrics generally hang better against a pregnant silhouette and can be altered to flatter and accommodate your growing bump. Stay away from stiff fabrics like satin, which tends to point and make tent-like shapes around the stomach.

3. Go for a dress with straps.

A corseted strapless bra is never a good idea for a pregnant bride because it puts a lot of pressure on the tummy, so strapless wedding dresses are not recommended. It’s always safer to go for a strapped maternity wedding dress, or a style that has a cap sleeves, long sleeves, or shoulders. The styles will let you wear a conventional supportive bra. They also allow you to choose stresses that are a size or two bigger on the bodice for alteration later.

4. Do alterations closer to the date of your wedding.

Alterations experts suggest pushing your fittings as close to your wedding date as possible to ensure that any alterations done on your dress don’t have to be redone. Keep in mind that your body rapidly changes as you approach your due date. This is why it’s important to put off any alterations until three weeks before the big day. It’s a good idea to book that week with your seamstress well in advance so you can be sure that you will be accommodated.

Here’s a final tip: Your feet will probably get bigger, too, so be sure to choose your wedding shoes carefully.

Would you like to buy trendy wedding dresses online? Then you come to the right place. Seven Women is Toronto’s favourite maternity dress shop. From stylish wedding downs all the way to casual clothes, pants, and nursing tops, we carry a wide range of modern and trendy apparel for the fashionable mom to be.