How I Found the Perfect Maternity Bridesmaid Dress

Join me in the hunt for the perfect maternity bridesmaid dress for my pregnant BFF.
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By Martina Garvey, E-Commerce Editor
Updated February 18, 2024
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Wondering how to find all of your bridesmaids—including your pregnant bridesmaid—a wedding-worthy look? Don’t fret. You’re not the first bride-to-be with an expectant mom in your wedding party, and you certainly won’t be the last. Trust me, I speak from experience.

As a May 2024 bride, asking four of my closest friends to be my bridesmaids was a highlight of my wedding planning experience. And when it came time to find bridesmaid dresses I was beyond excited. I decided to go for a mix-and-match look for my bridal party, giving them the freedom to pick their own dress based on a color theme of my choosing. (Blue and white with the option to go floral, to be exact.) My newly-married bestie, Niamh, threw herself into dress shopping and soon ordered a stunning floral dress from Anne Louise Boutique. We planned a try-on party so I could give my seal of approval in person, but to my surprise she showed me a picture of it instead. “Great…but can you try it on for me?” I asked, rather perplexed. “That’s the thing,” she said with a smile, “I don’t think it’s going to fit me come May.” The penny finally dropped and we all squealed in delight as she pulled out a picture of her 12-week ultrasound. My bridesmaid was officially pregnant!

And so the maternity bridesmaid dress hunt began in earnest. Niamh will be days out from her due date at my wedding, so I didn’t just need to find a dress that looked good—I had to factor in her comfort as well. And while there are plenty of stunning maternity bridesmaid dresses on the market, even I, someone who knows the maternity world inside and out, found the search to be a challenge. Keep reading to find out what I learned during my hunt for the perfect maternity bridesmaid dress, and browse a few of my personal favorites to shop right now.

How I Chose the Best Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses

As an e-commerce editor for The Bump, I like to keep abreast of cool new brands in the maternity fashion world, and when it came to the perfect dress for my friend, I had a long list of requirements. Here are the steps I took to find a gown for my pregnant bridesmaid and how I sourced other options for every wedding style, theme and color scheme:

  • I leveraged my familiarity with leading brands, combed through countless options online and researched trending maternity bridesmaid dress styles for 2024 and beyond.

  • I considered several factors when sourcing stylish maternity bridesmaid dresses for this article, including color, fabric composition, style and fit.

  • I read user reviews from expectant moms to get a better understanding of how these dresses look and feel, and didn’t consider anything with less than an average four-star rating.

Editorial integrity is at the heart of everything we publish. Read about how The Bump develops and reviews all articles, including product reviews.

Top Three Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses

The dress I picked for my pregnant bridesmaid

Hill House Home The Rowena Dress
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Hill House Home|$228

After much deliberation—and online sleuthing—I ordered this little floral number for my pregnant bridesmaid. Now to be clear this isn’t technically a maternity dress, but many of the dresses on Hill House Home (including this one) are suitable for pregnancy. For starters, the empire-waist cut is extremely flattering and practical. It nips in just under the bustline and then flares out into a full skirt leaving plenty of room for a baby bump. Another perk of having a free-flowing skirt is that your movement won’t be restricted, so you can walk with ease rather than doing an awkward penguin shuffle up the aisle. Other features of note include a ruched back panel for added stretch and the viscose fabric, which is silky-soft and breathable. Aside from the stellar fit and fabric choice, this dress is downright beautiful. The washed out botanic print inspired by pressed flowers totally fits the theme of my summer wedding and the satin-effect material has a lovely sheen to it. Of course, I also asked my pregnant bridesmaid Niamh to weigh in on what she thought before clicking “add to cart.” She liked the minimalist design, as she’s not a fan of fussy dresses, and was also happy to see that it had thick adjustable straps to hold up her blossoming bosom. One thing to note is that we ordered one size up to ensure a comfortable fit, as it isn’t classified as “maternity”. It may not be for everyone, but this bump-friendly bridesmaid dress was a perfect fit for my wedding party.

Size range: XXS to XXL | Fabric: Viscose | Colorways: 2

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A close contender

Club L London Phantasy Blue Floral Maternity Cowl Neck Maxi Dress
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Club L London|$100

This next maternity bridesmaid dress was a close contender. I’ve been a fan of Club L London for a while and actually own some of their non-maternity pieces, so I can vouch for the quality. I loved the romantic porcelain print and the asymmetric neckline. But while I’m certain the jersey fabric would offer plenty of stretch, I felt that the bodycon silhouette may be too restrictive and the longer length may swamp Niamh’s petite frame. (As I mentioned she’ll be 8+ months pregnant by the time my wedding rolls around, so comfort is key.) While this gown wasn’t right for my pregnant bridesmaid, it would be perfect for someone in the first or second trimester.

Size range: US 4 to 12 | Fabric: 95% polyester/ 5% elastane | Colorways: 13

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Third runner-up

Bumpsuit The Bianca Dress
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I have four bridesmaids in total, and my initial plan was to have two wearing florals and two in solid blue dresses. But as the saying goes: The best laid plans often go awry. And as the other looks had already been chosen, I faced a mad dash to find a floral maternity bridesmaid dress fit for a queen (AKA my pregnant bestie). To take the pressure off, I considered a few plain options too. Prime among them was this light blue dress by Bumpsuit. It’s a brand both Niamh and I had heard of and she was keen to try, so I was delighted to see they offered a few maternity bridesmaid dress options. The dress is made from a double-lined jersey with four way stretch, designed to hug your shape and accentuate those new-found curves. The glowing reviews were an obvious plus, but ultimately we decided something with a strap would work better on the day.

Size range: XS to XL | Fabric: 97% polyester/3% spandex | Colorways: 4

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Best Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses by Color

Of course, my top three choices won’t resonate with every bride or mom-to-be. Each wedding style and color-scheme is different, and when it comes to maternity bridesmaid dresses the options are endless. Thankfully, as I pored over brands in my search, I discovered more than a dozen dresses in a wide range of gorgeous colors and styles. Below find a few favorites that didn’t match my wedding aesthetic, but may be a perfect fit for yours.

Romantic black maternity bridesmaid dress

Show Me Your Mumu Weddings June Maxi Dress in Black Chiffon
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Who says bridesmaids can’t wear black? In fact, more and more wedding parties are adopting dark attire. After all, it looks super sophisticated—plus, it’s sure to make the bride’s wedding gown pop in photos. This dress has delicate ruffle details, an empire waistline and a flowing, floor-length skirt make it a real style standout. While the smocked elastic back ensures all-day comfort. Like the silhouette but not into black? This maternity bridesmaid dress comes in a multitude of colors.

Size range: XXS to XXL | Fabric: Polyester chiffon | Colorways: 14

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Black chiffon maternity bridesmaid dress

Birdy Grey Grace Convertible Dress
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Birdy Grey|$99

Made with airy chiffon, this black maternity bridesmaid dress has a floor-sweeping skirt and a bodice with built-in boning for added support. This style can be ordered with or without a slit, according to your preference and is likely most suitable for mom’s in their first trimester or with smaller baby bumps. It’s available in a range of inclusive sizes, from XS to 3X—and did I mention that it has pockets too?

Size range: XS to 3X | Fabric: Polyester chiffon | Colorways: 46

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Champagne maternity bridesmaid dress

Tiffany Rose Francesca Gown
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On the flip side, many brides are now opting to dress their wedding party in pale shades like off-white or cream. This trend isn’t for everyone, but when pulled off right it does look absolutely stunning. Get in on the look with this champagne maternity bridesmaid dress by Tiffany Rose. It’s crafted from a soft stretch jersey with a subtle sheen that'll really pop in photos. Aside from the color, we adore the long flowing skirt, cap sleeves and flattering crossover bodice.

Size range: US 2 to 22 | Fabric: 92% acetate/8% elastane | Colorways: 8

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Ivory maternity bridesmaid dress

Sexy Mama Maternity Satin Cowl Neck Bridesmaid Dress
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If the bride-to-be does want her girls in true white, this satin maternity bridesmaid dress could work well. It has a beautiful cowl neck that highlights the decolletage and a floor-sweeping skirt. It’s made from a stretch material but as it's quite fitted it would work best for early pregnancy.

Size range: US 0 to 20 | Fabric: Satin | Colorways: 2

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Multiway maternity bridesmaid dress

FOSSIL Bridesmaid Dress
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Etsy|From $45

Green symbolizes growth and new beginnings, meaning it’s the perfect color to adorn your bridal party. And this infinity dress in sage green is a great option if you’d like all of your bridesmaids to wear the same dress. Made from a stretch jersey with plenty of give, this dress can be worn a number of different ways including as a halter, one-shoulder, V-neck or kimono-style. I’ve tried this type of convertible dress in the past, and although it takes a little finagling—and a lot of twisting fabric—to adapt, the versatility is amazing. This particular dress is available in two different lengths (midi and maxi) and comes in a wide range of colors. One thing to note is that the hem is unfinished so you may need to get the dress taken up by a seamstress.

Size range: Regular or plus-size | Fabric: Jersey | Colorways: 46

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Sage green maternity bridesmaid dress

Seraphine Sage Green Lace & Silk Chiffon Maxi Maternity & Nursing Occasion Dress
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Seraphine| $445

This beautiful sage green maternity bridesmaid dress combines soft silk and delicate lace—to great effect. The floral bodice and chiffon skirt add romantic touches, while an empire-waistline and secret nursing access keeps things practical for pregnant (and postpartum) bridesmaids. Offered in sizes 2 to 14, this floor sweeping gown offers both beauty and elegance for any expectant mother.

Size range: | Fabric: Silk, polyester, viscose | Colorways: 1

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Emerald green maternity bridesmaid dress

Club L London Amal Bottle Green Bardot Wrap Neckline Maternity Maxi Dress
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Club L London|$120

The darker shade of this maternity bridesmaid dress works well for fall or winter celebrations. Sexy yet comfortable, this gown is made from a double layer of premium stretch jersey that sculpts and supports pregnancy curves. And get a load of that wrap style bardot neckline—simply stunning.

Size range: US 4 to 12 | Fabric: 95% polyester, 5% elastane | Colorways: 2

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Dusty blue maternity bridesmaid dress

Azazie Verna Dress in Dusty Blue
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Dusty blue maternity bridesmaid dresses are stylish as ever. Case in point: This chiffon gown by Azazie. It has flirty flutter sleeves, a keyhole back and a flowy A-line skirt. Looking for something a little brighter? No worries—this dress comes in a whopping 72 color options and also can be customized for the perfect fit.

Size range: A0 to A30 | Fabric: Chiffon | Colorways: 72

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Cornflower blue maternity bridesmaid dress

Kennedy Blue Jazz Maternity Bridesmaid Dress in Cornflower
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Kennedy Blue|$129.99

Kennedy Blue is home to a small selection of maternity bridesmaid dresses. Our top pick? This cornflower blue chiffon gown that boasts a flowy A-line skirt (with pockets!) and a pleated one-shoulder bodice. It comes in a wide range of sizes for a comfortable fit. And, if you’re still unsure about the color, you can order a color swatch.

Size range: M0 to M24 | Fabric: Chiffon | Colorways: 61

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Blush maternity bridesmaid dress

JJ’s House A-line One Shoulder Floor-Length Chiffon Maternity Bridesmaid Dress With Ruffle
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JJ’s House|$109

Blush is a lovely, soft shade of pink. This romantic hue is always a popular choice, especially for spring and summer weddings. There are tons of maternity bridesmaid dresses in blush and rose available, but this is for sure one of my favorites. As pink is such a classic bridal party color it's good to mix things up with a modern silhouette. And this gown certainly does just that thanks to an asymmetric one-shoulder neckline and a thigh-high slit for a touch of sass.

Size range: US 0 to 26 | Fabric: Chiffon | Colorways: 52

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Sequin bodice maternity bridesmaid dress

Maya Maternity Bridesmaid Maxi Dress in Muted Blush
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Is a trendy mismatched bridal party the goal? You’ll love the Maya range, available at ASOS. The collection has tons of maternity options, including this stunning blush dress with sequin embellishments, which also comes in a few different colors and cuts.

Size range: US 4 to 12 | Fabric: Polyester tulle | Colorways: 3

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Burgundy maternity bridesmaid dress

PinkBlush Burgundy Lace Mesh Overlay Plus Maternity Maxi Dress
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Burgundy is a rich shade of red, which pairs beautifully with gold accessories and leafy green bouquets. It also happens to be one of the most popular bridesmaid dress color choices for fall and winter. And I certainly think brides should consider this pick by PinkBlush. The double-lined gown has an intricate lace overlay, scalloped sleeves and a deep V-neckline. It also comes in tons of colors and is available in regular and plus-sizes.

Size range: 1X to 3X | Fabric: Polyester | Colorways: 8

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Gold velvet maternity bridesmaid dress

Dessy Group Off-the-Shoulder Flounce Sleeve Velvet Maternity Dress in Topaz
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Dessy Group|$257

Sumptuous shades of gold are perfect for a winter wedding, so lean into the festive vibes with this gorgeous gown by Dessy Group. It’s made from luxurious velvet that’ll keep your pregnant bridesmaid cozy, boasts a glamorous basque neckline and has off-the-shoulder cap sleeves.

Size range: 00 to 30W | Fabric: Polyester velvet | Colorways: 12

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Gold wrap maternity bridesmaid dress

Show Me Your Mumu Samantha Ruffle Wrap Dress
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A wrap dress is a universally flattering style. This bump-friendly bridesmaid dress has an elasticated waist and sash tie for added security. The glistening gold satin fabric is simply stunning, and the high-low hem keeps things fun and flirty. Better yet, this style has inclusive sizing options (XXS to 3X) and comes in a few different colors, including a subtle champagne hue.

Size range: XXS to 3X | Fabric: Polyester satin | Colorways: 11

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Delicate floral maternity bridesmaid dress

Dessy Group Draped Cold Shoulder Chiffon Maternity Dress
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Dessy Group|$231

If, like me, you’re a fan of florals this dress is a great option. It comes in seven floral prints as well as a variety of plain hues. And the empire-waist and cold-shoulder detail give this gown a refined regency feel that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Bridgerton.

Size range: 00 to 30W | Fabric: Chiffon | Colorways: 77

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Bold floral maternity bridesmaid dress

Hope & Ivy Maternity kimono sleeve satin maxi dress in mauve
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For a fresh take on florals, try this stunning satin maternity bridesmaid dress out for size. It features a twist front bodice that sits high on the chest, flattering kimono sleeves and a bold, oversized rose print. Blooming gorgeous!

Size range: US 2 to 12 | Fabric: Polyester | Colorways: 1

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Where to Buy Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses Online

When it comes to finding maternity bridesmaid dresses, there are plenty of stores to choose from, but there are a few special places bridal parties turn to time and time again. Keep scrolling to discover five of my favorite brands that cater to pregnant bridesmaids.

  • The Dessy Group: For an endless variety of cuts and colors, it’s hard to beat The Dessy Group. In addition to carrying go-to brands like Alfred Sung, After Six and Dessy’s own signature collection, the store has a dedicated line of maternity bridesmaid dresses. Better yet, many of the styles come in dozens of shades to accommodate any wedding color palette. And FYI, everything sold by The Dessy Group comes in plus sizes up to size 30.

  • Seraphine: This fashion line, favored by royalty and celebrities, is known for its stunning collection of formal maternity dresses, including pregnant bridesmaid dresses. While the brand tends to be pricey, the quality and refined details are hard to beat. With floor-length gowns and adorable lace midi dresses, this store has something to suit every style and occasion. Oh, and did I mention that this brand was voted the overall best maternity fashion brand in the Best of The Bump Awards?

  • Show Me Your Mumu This size-inclusive brand has tons of pregnancy-friendly bridesmaid dresses. Each dress comes in a range of pretty pastel shades, patterns and jewel tones. These styles leave a little extra room for a baby bump, but your bridesmaid may need to size up for a comfortable fit.

  • ASOS: This fashion retailer may not be dedicated to wedding wear, but it actually has a vast assortment of bridesmaid dresses—including maternity bridesmaid dresses. The site is our number one source for inexpensive, trendy options, with some timeless styles thrown in too. (It’s also got an inclusive array of tall, petite and plus-size attire for the rest of your bridal party.)

  • Nordstrom: Of course, department stores are also great places to find a selection of maternity bridesmaid dresses. Nordstrom stocks plenty of well-known pregnancy brands, including formal wear specialists Tiffany Rose and Kimi and Kai.

Things to Consider When Shopping for a Maternity Bridesmaid Dress

Timing is key when it comes to selecting a maternity bridesmaid dress. A boutique is a great option for those seeking some extra style guidance from bridal experts, but keep in mind that it can sometimes take two to three months for a dress to arrive. With my own wedding in May, we had to have a decision made by February at the latest. If you’re shopping online, the lead time may be shorter, but you’ll still need to factor in alterations, which can take two to six weeks. And while tailoring definitely has its place, don’t assume a regular dress can be altered to fit a pregnant body.

In terms of style, look for pregnancy-friendly silhouettes—like an empire-waist gown or a sheath dress—that’ll look beautiful and still accommodate a growing baby bump. (After all, that bump will be bigger by the time the wedding takes place!) Pregnancy skin can be prone to irritation, so consider opting for soft and flowy fabrics (think: jersey, chiffon and silk) that won’t rub or chafe.

Consider how the maternity style will work with the other outfits in your bridal party. To keep things cohesive you can opt for coordinated rather than matching dresses. Simply select a color palette or preferred style, and allow your bridesmaids to choose their own dresses (pending your approval, of course). That way, your pregnant BFF can select a dress that makes her look and feel great, and still works within the wedding theme. Remember that people view color subjectively, for example my take on dusty blue may appear gray to others. To get around this particular niggle in the planning process, I created a mood board for my bridesmaids with pictures of dress styles I liked as well as color swatches.

When ordering a dress, sizing up may be advised, especially if you’re using a pregnancy-friendly gown rather than a dedicated maternity dress like Niamh and I did. If you’re shopping in-store, ask the retail experts for advice. Alternatively, if you’re browsing online, stick to the maternity section and read the site’s size guidelines before making a purchase.

About the writer:

Martina Garvey is a 2024 bride and editor at The Bump, where she writes and edits e-commerce content covering pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. Over an eight-year career in educational publishing and digital media, Martina has developed a keen eye for detail and robust reporting skills. As a staff member on The Bump for over three years, she leverages an in-depth knowledge of must-have baby gear, maternity fashion and postpartum essentials alongside a passion for the latest trends to create informative content parents can trust.

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