Chic Maternity Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Type of Affair
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 27 of the best maternity wedding guest dresses available right now.) From floor-sweeping gowns to figure-hugging cocktail dresses and laid-back maxis, these dresses will fit and flatter you and your bump!
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 full-length 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 (think: cotton and linen) 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—like cotton, jersey or chiffon—that has a little bit of stretch to ensure a comfortable fit.
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 options for formal maternity dresses, cocktail dresses and more by trimester. 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. Typically, a black-tie dress code calls for sophisticated attire in dark colors like black and navy or muted neutral tones. Opt for a full-length dress made from good quality materials, such as velvet, chiffon or silk. Still stumped? Luckily, any of these gorgeous gowns will have you looking like the belle of the ball.
PinkBlush 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: $89, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Seraphine Navy Blue Silk & Lace Maternity Evening Gown
With its sophisticated blue 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. The empire waist and stretch back panel will keep you feeling confident and comfortable while you twirl your way around the dance floor. Even better, the 100 percent silk material will feel divine on your sensitive skin.
Buy it: $434, Seraphine.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 full-length skirt keeps things classy, while the minimalist cut makes it feel modern. Plus the stretchy fabric helps show off your curves without constricting movement—because even pregnant mamas have been known to get down on the dance floor.
Buy it: $92, Nordstrom.com
Tiffany Rose Rosa Gown in Vintage Blush
Cut a striking figure in this form-flattering gown—a perfect choice for a fancy affair. With a flowing, floor-length skirt and a nude lace crossover bodice, it’s a standout among maternity wedding guest dresses. Plus, the pink sash is a lovely touch that’ll accentuate your waist and highlight your growing bump.
Buy it: $385, TiffanyRose.com
Ingrid & Isabel Column Maternity Dress
This stunning maternity wedding guest dress is beyond chic. The black column dress offers a modern take on black-tie for moms that prefer a minimalist look. Plus, the spandex-blend fabric is super stretchy to ensure a comfortable fit.
Buy it: $94, Nordstrom.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
Kimi and Kai Edrei Maternity Mermaid Gown
Available in berry pink and black, this mermaid-style gown is a real showstopper. The elegant frock has a V-neckline and subtle ruching, making it perfect for pregnant moms that like to accentuate their curves.
Buy it: $88, Nordstrom.com
Jenny Yoo Ariana Maternity Dress
Shine like a star in this gorgeous golden gown from Jenny Yoo. It has a fully lined bodice with a flattering square neckline and a long bias-cut skirt. It’s also available in forest green and petal pink.
Buy it: $290, JennyYoo.com
Club L London Meet You Soon Brown Maternity Halterneck Dress
This beautiful bronze gown is just begging to be taken out on the town. It’s made from a slinky stretch jersey and has an elegant halter neck that’ll show off your shoulders.
Buy it: $120, ClubLLondon.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: $434, Seraphine.com
Weddings with a cocktail dress code are a little more relaxed than super-formal parties. You could go for a shorter style, a midi dress or even a knockout jumpsuit. Need a little shopping inspiration? These maternity cocktail dresses for weddings will do the trick. Our favorite frocks in this category include a timeless LBD and a cool cape dress.
PinkBlush 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: $76, PinkBlushMaternity.com
HATCH Collection the Harlow Dress
This 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. And the mineral green shade and cowl neckline is oh-so-elegant. 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
Ingrid+Isabel 3/4 Sleeve Flounce Hem Lace Dress
Maternity wedding guest dresses don’t have to be floor-length to be formal. For upscale receptions, this flounce-hem dress is a fabulous choice. The plum-colored lace gives it a polished evening-appropriate look, and, best of all, it’s stretchy for unbeatable comfort.
Buy it: Ingrid+Isabel 3/4 Sleeve Flounce Hem Lace Dress, $98, IngridandIsabel.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
ASOS DESIGN Maternity Batwing Sweetheart Midi Dress in Light Tan
ASOS has a wide selection of pregnancy dresses to wear to a wedding. Take a peek at this pretty peach number. The bat-wing sleeves add an extra layer of interest to this statement dress.
Buy it: $70, ASOS.com
Isabella Oliver Alanya Maternity Dress
Consider this black maternity cocktail dress—it exudes effortless glamor. 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: Isabella Oliver Alanya Maternity Dress, $149, IsabellaOliver.com
Queen Bee Maternity Wrap Dress in Blue
Brighten up the party in this fun blue frock. The wrap-style dress is flattering for all body types, and the vibrant hue and silky fabric will photograph beautifully. Add your favorite accessories for a pulled-together wedding outfit to beat the band.
Buy it: $113, ASOS.com
Sexy Mama Maternity Classic Flare Maternity Dress
The best maternity cocktail dresses are sexy and flattering, and this fit-and-flare dress definitely delivers (pardon the pun). The stretchy fabric ensures a great fit for your growing bump while keeping things snug in all the right places. Red not your color? No worries—this dress comes in a myriad of shades.
Buy it: $72, SexyMamaMaternity.com
Emilia George Maternity Karolina Dress
Sometimes less is more when it comes to maternity wedding guest dresses, and this number from Emilia George is no exception. It keeps things classy with a high-low hem and a one-shoulder neckline. Better yet, the structured bodice has concealed zippers for easy nursing access once baby’s on the scene. Pair it with some sparkly accessories and strappy sandals, and you have one gorgeous outfit.
Buy it: $399, NeimanMarcus.com
Club L London Hey Mama Powder Blue Maternity Cape Sleeve Dress
Club L London is home to plenty of wow-worthy pregnancy dresses for weddings. Our top pick? This powder blue dress with dramatic statement cape sleeves. The on-trend silhouette is balanced out by a demure high neckline and mid-length hem, making it totally wedding-appropriate.
Buy it: $96, ClubLLondon.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.
H&M MAMA Calf-length Jersey Dress
Maternity wedding guest outfits don’t have to be glitzy. Case in point: This low-key midi dress from H&M. Made from a soft cotton jersey, 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.
Buy it: $30, HM.com
ASOS DESIGN Maternity Nursing Pleated Tie Wrap Around Midi Dress in Chevron Texture in Dusky Blue
This dusky blue dress is just the thing for a casual wedding. The chevron pattern is appropriately festive, and those blouson sleeves are simply dreamy. Even better? The floaty chiffon fabric and loose-fitting skirt make it a good option for any stage of pregnancy.
Buy it: $65, ASOS.com
BUMP IT UP MATERNITY Curve Red Ditsy Print Tiered Dress
Searching for plus-size maternity wedding guest dresses? Yours Clothing has a few great options, like this red floral-print midi dress. Available in sizes 10 to 28.
Buy it: $51, YoursClothing.com
Rachel Pally Mid-Length Caftan 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 caftan made by Rachel Pally is a stylish choice for laid-back affairs. Pair it with your favorite sandals or dress it up with heels and a clutch.
Buy it: $246, RachelPally.com
Bump Biddy Maternity Plus Jhene Ruched Dress
We’re obsessed with this bright green midi-dress. The zesty lime color feels fresh and modern, while the sweetheart neckline and three-quarter length sleeves keep things classic.
Buy it: $60, BumpBiddy.com
Sexy Mama Maternity Double Ruffle Off the Shoulder Cream Floral Maternity Dress
Some people may think wearing white to a wedding is a serious fashion faux pas—but times are changing, and this cream dress with a bold floral print is simply too good to miss. It’s made from a super-soft fabric and boasts a pretty bardot neckline that’ll show off your decolletage.
Buy it: $66, SexyMamaMaternity.com
Kindred Bravely Madeline Smocked Puff Sleeve Maternity/Nursing Dress
Still looking for your ideal plus-size maternity dress for a wedding? Take a look at this cute style by Kindred Bravely. We adore the bright raspberry color, stretchy smocked bodice and romantic puff sleeves. Plus, the shorter length and cotton material make this perfect for a destination wedding.
Buy it: $60, Nordstrom.com
The Nines by HATCH Elbow Sleeve Tonal Maternity Dress Striped
Another one of our favorite maternity dresses for wedding guests is this sweet number from The Nines by HATCH. The springtime hue and soft seersucker fabric make it a great pick for warmer weather. 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