It can be tricky to find the perfect wedding dress when you have a baby bump and don’t have access to a designer or an expert tailor. But don’t worry—some of the best online maternity shops in Toronto carry beautiful wedding dresses and gowns to accommodate that bun in the oven. Here are some tips on narrowing down your choices to maternity wedding dresses that look great—and ultimately finding that perfect gown to wear on your big day.
Decide if you want to hide or flaunt your bump
Tradition still reins, as the princess-style continues to be the preferred bridal design for expecting brides. Pregnant brides who don’t want to draw attention to their growing tummy will look great in strapless empire waist wedding dresses with tulle or lace overlays. The empire waist will draw the eyes to the smallest part of the torso and the lacy fabric will take the focus off the belly. The look is ultimately glamorous.
But if you want to put your baby bump in full display, you have some styles to choose from. The key is to find a maternity wedding dress that allows easy movement and is soft, and most importantly comfortable. Don’t limit yourself to maternity dresses. If a two-piece set or a non-white dress is more your style, go for it. They’re just as chic—and you can wear them post-wedding.
What size is best depends
Whether you’re getting married tomorrow or in a couple of months, choosing the right size is best done with your retailer’s assistance. Keep in mind a maternity bridal dress will offer similar room for growth as a well-designed maternity dress. The right size will give you some flexibility for growth till your wedding day. However, if you want to buy your maternity wedding dress more than two months in advance, or you are between sizes, consider buying one size bigger. Remember, while a maternity dress is forgiving, it is still easier to alter a dress to make it smaller than to add fabric to make it bigger.
Find the right fabric
Fabric is everything when it comes to the comfort of a maternity wedding dress. Choose materials that won’t constrict your bump. Soft and ethereal lace and chiffon always work if you want a feminine softness and flowing effect. Stretch fabrics in jersey or crepe are also suitable because they contour the body while allowing for a comfortable fit.
Keep things simple
Your bump is an accessory all by itself, so don’t go overboard with an over-the-top gown or pile on lots of statement jewelry. Let your pregnant bride glow—don’t compete with it. Always make comfort a priority. When you feel your best, you will also look your best in your wedding dress, baby bump and all.