Ideally, we’d all like to get married before becoming pregnant. However, there are plenty of women out there who get engaged and then find themselves with a lovely baby bump in the build-up to their wedding. Some decide to postpone their wedding until after their due date, but others go ahead and get married while pregnant.
Now, being pregnant is already massively difficult. And, as it happens, planning a wedding is also incredibly tough and stressful. So, when you combine the two together, it can be a lethal concoction. But, you may be pleased to know that it is definitely possible to get married while pregnant, and not be consumed by loads of stress. There are plenty of little things you can do to ensure that it’s still the best day in your life, and not a memory you want to push to the back of your mind.
Speaking of which, here are some of my tips for any pregnant brides out there:
We all want to look our best on our wedding day, and everyone knows your dress will be an iconic part of that day. What you don’t want to do is pick a dress that’s not suitable for you in your current state. By this I mean it should fit properly and not be too tight, particularly around your stomach. There are loads of wedding dresses out there in all shapes and sizes, so you should have no problem finding one that fits. Obviously, the best thing to do is go to an actual wedding dress shop and get a fitting. Ideally, you should mention to them that you’re pregnant, and they may let you reserve the dress in a larger size, just in case. Then, closer to your wedding day, go back and get re-fitted in that larger dress. If it’s still a bit big, then they can take it in a little bit to make it look less like a fancy blanket and more like a dress. The bottom line is; don’t get a dress too small and too tight.
Any pregnant women on earth can tell you that your feet get super sore when you’re carrying a baby. After all, you’re now carrying some extra pounds of weight, which takes its toll on your poor little feet. So, the worst thing you can do is wear a pair of heels or other uncomfortable wedding shoes. I’m sorry ladies, but it’s time to put comfort over style! Get yourself a pair of comfy and supportive shoes – you’ll be surprised at how stylish they are these days. As a compromise, bring a pair of fancy flats just for the photos. Also, bring some trainers for the reception – you’ll need them!
A lot of women get married in the morning as it’s seen as quite traditional. You have the ceremony in the mid-to-late morning, and then there’s time for photos before sitting down for lunch at around 1pm. Now, what’s one of the biggest problems you face when pregnant? Morning sickness. Yep, it’s a horrible thing to face, and you don’t want to feel sick when you’re about to get married. So, consider having your wedding later in the day – perhaps late morning for the ceremony and then the reception later in the afternoon? This gives your body a chance to get through a bout of morning sickness if it occurs on that day. I’ll also throw in a pregnancy tip here to help cure morning sickness and nausea; make a ginger tea drink – it works wonders.
Let’s take things back to way before your big day, back when you’re about to plan everything. For many women, they find out they’re pregnant in the middle of planning a wedding. Others find out before they’ve started, either way, you can help yourself out by hiring a wedding planner. Let them deal with everything, all you have to do is tell them what you want your day to be like. You’re still in control of everything, you just don’t have to spend loads of time stressfully calling suppliers and businesses to try and book things, etc. A planner does all this for you, giving you time to relax and de-stress.
I hope all the pregnant brides out there have found this guide somewhat useful. There’s nothing wrong with getting married before having your baby – in fact, it creates some lovely wedding photos with your baby bump on show! Follow this advice and the whole process will be a lot less stressful.