Chic Maternity Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Type of Affair
June 24, 2021
If you’re anything like us, getting a wedding invite sends a thrill of excitement down your spine. But when you’re pregnant, finding the perfect maternity wedding guest ensemble can be more than a little challenging. You want to look cute (of course), but these days comfort is key. Plus, the thought of dipping into countless stores to try on countless dresses can leave any woman feeling exhausted. Don’t sweat it. Here, you’ll find a handy guide on what to wear to every type of event—and a few picks from our favorite maternity fashion brands.
Ready to start your search? Keep scrolling to discover the best places to browse for occasion wear while pregnant (plus, shop 25 of the best maternity wedding guest dresses available right now.) From floor-sweeping gowns to curve-hugging cocktail dresses and laid-back maxis, these dresses will fit and flatter you and your bump! Want to keep your options open? Head over to our wedding-savvy sister site, The Knot, for even more maternity wedding guest dress ideas.
In this article:
What to wear to a wedding when pregnant
Where to shop for maternity wedding guest dresses
Formal maternity wedding guest dresses for black-tie events
Cocktail maternity wedding guest dresses for swanky receptions
Casual maternity wedding guest dresses for laid-back ceremonies
When it comes to maternity wedding guest outfits, there’s a lot to consider. From choosing the right size and accessories to avoiding fashion faux pas, it can all feel a little bit stressful—to say the least. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are some handy tips and tricks to keep in mind when shopping for cute maternity dresses for weddings.
• Check the dress code: Always check the invite to see what the dress code is before you make a purchase. If it’s a black-tie event, you’ll need a formal dress; for more laid-back affairs, you can opt for something contemporary and casual.
• Consider the season and the location: Once again, check the invite to see where the ceremony and reception will take place. If it’s a summer beach wedding, choose airy, natural fabrics that’ll keep you cool. Alternatively, if you’re attending an outdoor wedding in winter, be sure to wrap up appropriately.
• Look for a pregnancy-friendly fabric and silhouette: The style you choose will always come down to personal preference. That being said, there are two classic (and universally flattering) pregnancy dress styles that we love. An empire waist gown (a dress that’s cinched under your bust) is a failsafe option that provides ample room for your bump. A sheath dress (a fitted style with a nipped-in waist) is another wonderful choice for moms-to-be that want to show off their curves. When it comes to fabric, look for breathable material that has a little bit of stretch to ensure a comfortable fit (think: cotton, jersey or chiffon).
• Check the size guidelines: If you’re shopping in a store, ask for advice from the in-house experts as you may need to go up a dress size to accommodate your growing baby bump. Alternatively, if you’re shopping online, read the brand’s size guidelines and reach out to customer service if you have any questions.
• Consider budget: Opting for a maternity wedding guest dress you may only wear once? You will probably want to rein in your budget. However, if you’re going for a style that can be worn during and after pregnancy, you can more readily rationalize the splurge.
Searching for dreamy maternity dresses to wear to a wedding? Get ready to celebrate as there are tons of gorgeous options available online. Here are four of our favorite places to rent or buy stylish, party-ready pregnancy apparel.
• HATCH Collection: HATCH Collection is always a top choice when it comes to finding high-quality maternity attire. We adore their stunning collection of maxi and midi dresses made from sumptuous fabrics in jewel tones. The best part? Many of the brand’s frocks are post-bump friendly, meaning you get serious cost per wear.
• Seraphine: Fashion-conscious mamas will definitely become familiar with Seraphine. This brand, loved by celebrities and royals alike, covers all the bases with a selection of formal, cocktail and casual maternity wedding guest dresses up for grabs.
• PinkBlush Maternity: PinkBlush Maternity is the place to shop for trendy maternity wear at affordable prices. We’re big fans of the brand’s lace maxi dresses that come in tons of vibrant colors. Better yet, this brand has a wonderful range of plus-size maternity dresses for wedding guests too.
• Rent the Runway: Of course, some women are hesitant to invest a lot of money in a maternity wedding guest outfit they may only wear once. If you find yourself in that quandary, you’ll be happy to know that Rent The Runway has a section devoted to designer maternity wear. With an unlimited subscription, you can browse endless options for formal maternity dresses, cocktail dresses and more by trimester, and select four items to start with and get unlimited swaps throughout the month.
It’s hard enough to pick out the perfect everyday outfit when expecting, but finding pregnancy wedding guest dresses fit for a formal event can really put the pressure on. Luckily, any of these gorgeous gowns will have you looking like the belle of the ball.
Kimi and Kai Elizabeth lace maternity maxi dress
Cut a striking figure in this form-flattering gown—a perfect choice for a fancy affair. With a sleek, floor-length skirt that has dramatic lace inserts, it’s a standout among maternity wedding guest dresses. Plus, the contoured waistband is a lovely touch that’ll highlight your growing bump.
Buy it: $86, Nordstrom.com
Seraphine scarlet silk & lace maternity evening gown
With its vibrant red hue and lace shoulder detail, this striking floor-length gown is the perfect choice when shopping for maternity wedding guest dresses fit for a black-tie affair. Even better, the 100 percent silk material will feel divine on your sensitive skin, and the empire waist and stretch back panel will keep you feeling confident and comfortable while you twirl your way around the dance floor.
Buy it: $419, Seraphine.com
PinkBlush Maternity green chiffon long sleeve pleated plus maternity maxi dress
When it comes to maternity dresses for special occasions, this plus-size formal gown from PinkBlush Maternity is a pretty and practical pick. The forest green color lends some festive flair, while the wrap-style V-neckline can comfortably accommodate your ever-growing bustline.
Buy it: $68, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Tiffany Rose Lucia gown in imperial blue
This beautiful blue lace gown is just begging to be taken out on the town. Thanks to its lace bodice, scalloped sleeves and sultry low-cut back, it’s one of the most elegant formal maternity dresses around.
Buy it: $445, TiffanyRose.com
ASOS DESIGN maternity maxi dress with linear yoke embellishment
ASOS has a small selection of maternity evening gowns that would work perfectly for black-tie events. Take a peek at this pretty pink number. The beaded embellishments on the top half give this flowing chiffon, empire waist dress the ultimate wow factor.
Buy it: $93, ASOS.com
Motherhood Maternity off-the-shoulder maxi dress
Available in pink and blue, this stunning maternity wedding guest dress is beyond chic. The off-the-shoulder, sheath style gown is perfect for pregnant moms that like to accentuate their curves. Plus, the spandex-blend fabric is super stretchy to ensure a comfortable fit.
Buy it: $70, Macys.com
Seraphine blush silk & eyelash lace maternity gown
Channel your inner goddess with this ethereal evening gown—one of our favorite formal maternity dresses. The flowy silk skirt, lace bodice and jeweled belt have a slimming effect, and will have you turning heads during any stage of your pregnancy.
Buy it: $419, Seraphine.com
Birdy Grey Grace convertible dress curve in navy
Okay, so technically this next pick is a maternity bridesmaid dress, but the neutral navy color and elegant empire silhouette qualifies it as an awesome guest option too. We love the fact that this dress can be worn multiple ways—strapless, halter, Grecian style and more! One point to note is that this dress is most suitable for early pregnancy, so if you’re in the third trimester, it may not be the one for you. Available in sizes 1X to 3X.
Buy it: $99, BirdyGrey.com
It may not be for a black-tie affair, but your look should still be a knockout. These maternity cocktail dresses for weddings will do the trick. Our favorite maternity styles in this category include a timeless LBD and a 90s-inspired shift dress.
Ingrid & Isabel shoulder ruffle maternity sheath
The best maternity cocktail dresses are sexy and flattering, and this fun LBD from Ingrid & Isabel definitely delivers (pardon the pun). The ruching and stretchy jersey ensure a great fit for your growing bump while keeping things snug in all the right places. And that flirty shoulder ruffle adds just the right amount of flair.
Buy it: $98, IngridandIsabel.com
Rent it: $30 for 4 days, RenttheRunway.com
HATCH Collection the harlow dress
This slinky, silky dress is just the thing for a semi-formal wedding reception. It’s made of a soft fabric that floats over your curves and is loose enough to last to the very end of your pregnancy. It’s one of those maternity wedding guest dresses that looks effortlessly chic—and we’re all about outfits that require minimal planning.
Buy it: $298, HATCHCollection.com
PinkBlush Maternity light pink solid off shoulder maternity fitted dress
Check out this spring and summer-ready style by PinkBlush Maternity. The sweetheart neckline adds a feminine touch, while the soft, stretch fabric keeps things comfortable. The subdued petal hue is sweet for expectant moms, but if pink isn’t your thing, the dress also comes in six other colors.
Buy it: $68, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Stowaway Collection Cara maternity maxi dress
This is one of those maternity wedding guest dresses that you can wear to any wedding, whether it’s being held at an upscale indoor venue or a breezy outdoor garden. The stretchy fabric helps show off your curves without constricting your movement—because even pregnant mamas have been known to get down on the dance floor.
Buy it: $98, Nordstrom.com
Isabella Oliver alanya maternity dress
Consider this black maternity cocktail dress—it exudes effortless glamour. We adore the modern cold-shoulder design and the sophisticated knee-length skirt that’ll look fantastic as you spin across the dance floor.
Buy it: $149, IsabellaOliver.com
Tiffany Rose Imogen shift dress
Maternity wedding guest dresses don’t have to be floor-length to be formal. For upscale receptions, this sexy shift dress from Tiffany Rose is a fabulous choice. The black and nude lace gives it a polished evening-appropriate look, and, best of all, it’s stretchy for unbeatable comfort.
Buy it: $255, TiffanyRose.com
Show Me Your Mumu Samantha ruffle wrap dress
This wrap-style maternity wedding guest dress is bound to be a show-shopper. The sleeveless cut and V-neckline in the front and back give it a feminine touch, but, better yet, the loose, flowy fit means you can freely enjoy the cocktail hors d’oeuvres. (Only fair, since the cocktails themselves are off the menu.)
Buy it: $198, ShowMeYourMumu.com
Bump It Maternity black animal print belted midi dress
Searching for plus-size maternity wedding guest dresses? Yours Clothing has a few great options, like this black animal-print midi dress. We like the oversized kitschy bow under the bust that draws the eye to your waist.
Buy it: $55, YoursClothing.com
Tiffany Rose Aria dress
Sometimes less is more when it comes to maternity wedding guest dresses, and this navy, knee-length number from Tiffany Rose is no exception. It keeps things classy with a subtle bardot neckline, cap sleeves and a wide darted skirt to make room for your growing bump. Pair it with some sparkly accessories and strappy sandals, and you have one gorgeous maternity wedding guest outfit.
Buy it: $495, TiffanyRose.com
Attending a wedding with a casual dress code? The good news is that there are countless cute dress styles available online. We’ve selected the best of the bunch, including a maxi maternity dress for summer wedding guests and a bunch of floral frocks you can wear all year round.
Angel Maternity print maternity wrap dress
We’re obsessed with this monochromatic mini from Angel Maternity. The bold floral print feels fresh and modern, making this wrap-style dress just the ticket for an outdoor wedding in spring or summer.
Buy it: $70, Nordstrom.com
Universal Standard long sleeve v-neck geneva dress mom
Maternity wedding guest outfits don’t have to be all glitz and glamour. Case in point: This low-key midi dress in berry red. Made from soft Peruvian cotton, it has a simple silhouette that’s perfect for a growing bump. Pair it with a cute pair of pumps and some statement jewelry for a casual yet sophisticated look. Available in sizes 4XS to 3XL.
Buy it: $130, UniversalStandard.com
The Nines by HATCH flutter short sleeve chiffon maternity dress
This floral maternity dress is just the thing for a casual wedding. The bright blue hue is appropriately festive, and those flutter sleeves are simply dreamy. Even better? The smart design features an elasticated back panel and a loose-fitting skirt—so it’s great for any stage of pregnancy.
Buy it: $40, Target.com
Rachel Pally linen mae dress
What would you say if we told you there are fabulous maternity wedding guest dresses you can wear even after baby arrives? Whether you’re sporting a bump or not, this linen dress made by Rachel Pally is a stylish choice for laid-back affairs. The puff sleeves, oversized cut and tiered skirt are right on trend. Dress it up with heels and a clutch or down with your favorite sandals.
Buy it: $268, RachelPally.com
PinkBlush Maternity blue floral cold shoulder maternity plus dress
Still looking for your ideal plus-size maternity dress for a wedding? Take a look at this cute style from PinkBlush Maternity. The tropical print and cold-shoulder detail would look great at a destination wedding.
Buy it: $58, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Ingrid & Isabel smocked empire maxi dress in coral
Our list of chic wedding guest outfits wouldn’t be complete without a few maternity maxi dresses for wedding guests. You can dress them up or down, depending on your event, and feel easy-breezy throughout the whole affair. We especially love this maxi dress from Ingrid & Isabel, which has a smocked empire waist for added comfort and an interlocking lacing detail on the shoulders for a unique look.
Buy it: $128, IngridandIsabel.com
Rent it: $30 for 4 days, RenttheRunway.com
Nom Maternity Ana dress
Another one of our favorite maternity dresses for wedding guests is this sweet number featuring a whimsical floral print offset by black shoulder straps tied with a bow. The A-line skirt keeps things easy-breezy, and the empire waist will see you through all nine months. Oh, and did we mention that this dress has pockets? (Swoon!)
Buy it: $148, Zappos.com
Seraphine red front tie maternity dress
How about this pretty polka-dot dress from Seraphine? With fun details like gathered sleeves and flared hems, it’s the perfect dress for pregnant party-goers. Plus, the button-down front means that this dress is perfect for nursing moms too.
Buy it: $79, Seraphine.com
Jessica Simpson faux wrap kimono sleeve maternity dress
Why not opt for a vintage-inspired look at your next event? This maternity dress gives us serious retro vibes thanks to the bell sleeves and floral paisley print. And with a price tag under $50, this outfit won’t break your wedding season budget.
Buy it: $80, Motherhood.com
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