Stylish Maternity Wedding Dresses for Every Type of Bride
March 22, 2021
Congratulations, bride-to-be—and mom-to-be too! If you’re getting hitched with a baby on the way, then you’re going to need a bump-friendly wedding dress. Granted, sourcing a maternity wedding dress can be a little tricky, since you’ll have to consider your changing shape when selecting your gown. Not sure where to start your search? We’ve done the research and curated a list of the most stylish wedding dresses for pregnant brides. Whether you’re looking for something long and elegant or short and casual, we’ll help you find the right style for you.
Read on to discover our best advice for choosing a maternity wedding dress. Then, check out our favorite options on the market right now. There’s something for every style and season.
If you’re shopping for a wedding dress while pregnant, there’s a lot to consider. From choosing the right size to finding bump-flattering styles, it can all feel a little overwhelming. The good news is that we’re here to help. Here are our top tips for choosing a maternity wedding dress.
First and foremost, call your local bridal salon and tell them that you’re expecting. That way, the stylist can select some maternity wedding dress styles ahead of time. It’s also a good idea to book your initial bridal consultation early. Some styles may need to be ordered in advance and could take a few weeks to arrive. A consultation is a great way to assess your options.
Secondly, look out for pregnancy-friendly silhouettes and fabrics. An empire waist gown (a dress that’s cinched under your bust) is a classic pregnancy wedding dress style that provides ample room for your baby bump. On the other hand, if you want a form-fitting dress that accentuates your bump, a mermaid or sheath dress is also a great choice. While you’re shopping around, consider comfortable fabrics like lightweight tulle and stretch jersey. But of course, you aren’t restricted to any one style or material—or to traditional bridal designs. Many maternity dresses, including maternity bridesmaid dresses, work as wedding dresses. Look beyond the label and you’re sure to find something beautiful for your wedding day. It’s all about wearing what you really, truly love.
When it comes to ordering your dress, you may need to size up. If you’re shopping in-store, ask the in-house experts for sizing advice about the specific gown that you’ve chosen. If you’re shopping online, read the site’s size guidelines and don’t hesitate to reach out to customer service with questions. If your dress is too large in the run-up to the wedding, it can be taken in during alterations.
That leads us to our final tip: Get in touch with a local tailor at least a few months before your wedding to start making any necessary alterations. Many bridal salons offer an in-house alteration service, but if yours doesn’t, ask for a recommendation. The cost of alterations can add up, so remember to take them into account when setting your wedding dress budget. Book your final fitting as close to your wedding date as possible to accommodate any last-minute adjustments.
Searching for fashion-forward maternity wedding dresses? Your first port of call for expert advice and style tips should always be your local bridal salon—but your options don’t end there. Online shopping can provide pregnant brides-to-be with a wider selection. Here are our top three online stores to shop for stylish maternity wedding dresses.
• Tiffany Rose: This UK-based brand has a wonderful selection of maternity wedding dresses. The collection boasts gorgeous gowns and short styles made from luxe lace and premium jersey material—a winning combination for pregnant brides. Simply select your country to see US prices and sizes.
• Seraphine: Loved by celebrities and royals alike, Seraphine creates maternity dresses that are perfect for your wedding day. From tailored midi dresses to ethereal Grecian maternity wedding gowns, this site appeals to all kinds of brides.
• The Dessy Group: Technically, this site specializes in maternity bridesmaid dresses, but sometimes you have to think a little outside of the box when it comes to maternity bridal attire. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed with this brand’s offerings. The site has a curated selection of full-length ivory and white maternity dresses.
On the hunt for your dream wedding dress online? Whether you’re looking for a boho beach dress, a casual elopement outfit or a floor-sweeping gown for a formal affair, we’ve got outfits to suit every type of bride. See our favorite maternity wedding dresses below.
This fully-lined satin maternity wedding dress is the definition of understated elegance. The modern knot-front bodice and V-neckline accentuate the empire waist—ideal for accommodating a baby bump. And those flutter sleeves? The perfect boho touch.
Buy it: Show Me Your Mumu Rome Twist Gown in Ivory Luxe Satin, $198, ShowMeYourMumu.com
Want to show off those shoulders, bride-to-be? This cold-shoulder beauty will help you do just that. The A-line dress, available in ivory and white, is made from flowing chiffon. We adore this truly elegant maternity bridal gown.
Buy it: Dessy Collection Draped Cold-Shoulder Chiffon Maternity Dress in Ivory, starting from $231, Dessy.com
Can’t get enough of those dreamy maternity wedding dresses? Here’s another! Courtesy of Seraphine, this long and flowing maternity wedding dress is made from soft, sheer gray tulle. As you sweep up the aisle, the delicate floral embellishments will sparkle as they catch the light.
Buy it: Seraphine Mist Grey Grecian Maternity Gown, $295, Seraphine.com
On the hunt for a plus-size lace maternity wedding dress? Consider the Eden gown by Tiffany Rose. This stretch-fit number, made from lined jersey, boasts ivory floral lace and pretty scalloped sleeves. You can customize the piece with your choice of satin sash.
Buy it: Tiffany Rose Eden Gown Plus in Ivory Dream, $460, TiffanyRose.com
This maternity wedding dress is proof that you can indeed look beyond traditional stores for your wedding dress. How beautiful is this maternity wedding dress? The fitted bodice is accented with crochet lace, while the chiffon skirt flows outward for gorgeous movement while dancing. Bonus: This dress comes in eight hand-dyed shades.
Buy it: J and L Designs Boutique Karina Lace Maternity Wedding Dress, $174, Etsy.com
Planning a laid-back affair? This casual maternity wedding dress may be the one for you. This lace overlay dress is simply gorgeous. We love the sexy V-neckline that’s offset by the pretty scalloped sleeves and hem. This dress is available in sizes small to 3X. All that for under $100? A bargain.
Buy it: PinkBlush Maternity White Lace Mesh Overlay Plus Maternity Maxi Dress, $95, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Pietro Brunelli’s sheath dress is a blank palette, save for those ruffled rosette sleeves, which are just so romantic. (Not here for a white maternity wedding dress? This dress comes in navy, black and pink too.)
Buy it: Pietro Brunelli Salisburgo Maternity Dress in White, $168, APeainthePod.com
Another stunning piece by Seraphine (one of Kate Middleton’s favorite brands) is this ivory pleated dress. Designed to highlight your pregnancy figure, this long-sleeve maternity wedding dress has a clever peplum belt that accents the cinched empire waist. Meanwhile, the pleated skirt skims over your baby bump beautifully. Talk about a sophisticated wedding ceremony look.
Buy it: Seraphine Ivory Pleated Midi Maternity Dress, $265, Seraphine.com
Oh, hey there, bump! This short lace maternity wedding dress is made for the bride who wants to show off her baby bump. But while the fit may be body-conscious, the floral lace and satin sash add a sweet touch.
Buy it: Tiffany Rose Suzie Dress in Ivory White, $255, TiffanyRose.com
This caftan-style maxi dress is casual but still totally bride-worthy, all thanks to its gathered waist and V-neckline. Made from a jersey-spandex mix, the relaxed-fit dress leaves plenty of room for your baby bump. We think this sleeveless maternity wedding dress is just the thing for a summertime beach wedding. Pro tip: Rachel Pally has a whole range of maternity-friendly dresses that laid-back brides will love.
Buy it: Rachel Pally Long Sleeveless Caftan in White, $229, RachelPally.com
This next pick is from Birdy Grey, a brand that specializes in bridesmaid dresses. Some styles—like the Kaia dress—also look great as wedding dresses for pregnant brides. This maternity-friendly dress is suitable for brides in their first or second trimester. Made from free-flowing champagne chiffon (a trendy alternative to classic white), this dress has elastic in the back for added comfort on your wedding day. The best part? This gown has hidden pockets!
Buy it: Birdy Grey Kaia Dress Curve in Champagne, $99, BirdyGrey.com
Another lacy option, Sexy Mama Maternity’s mermaid maternity wedding dress combines a figure-hugging lace bodice with a statement tulle train. Better yet, Sexy Mama Maternity is a mom-run brand that makes all bridal attire to order. The brand also has an alteration service and offers the first round of alterations free of charge.
Buy it: Sexy Mama Maternity Lace Mermaid Wedding Gown with Tulle Bottom, starting from $356, SexyMamaMaternity.com
Here’s an outfit for the always-trendy, non-traditional bride: a white maternity jumpsuit. This wrap-front, slim-fit jumpsuit is made by Parisian brand Envie de Fraise. Très chic.
Buy it: Envie de Fraise Penelope Maternity Jumpsuit, $120, EnviedeFraise.com
A strapless chiffon column dress with a beaded sweetheart neckline? As far as maternity wedding dresses go, it doesn’t get more classic than that. If you’re wearing it in the cooler months, you can top it off with a shawl.
Buy it: David’s Bridal Collection Maternity Beaded Chiffon Wedding Dress, $499, DavidsBridal.com
Searching for budget-friendly maternity wedding dresses that still have the wow-factor? If you want to look like a boss on your wedding day, it doesn’t get any fiercer than an asymmetric one-shoulder dress with oversized ruffles. And at only $77, this wedding dress is a steal.
Buy it: Bump Biddy Maternity Plus Blanche Ruffled Dress in Ivory, $77, BumpBiddy.com
Show off your style in this short maternity wedding dress by David’s Bridal. The tea-length chiffon dress is a classic style that never goes out of fashion. The delicate crystal embellishments on the waist and shoulder straps add some extra sparkle to this elegant dress.
Buy it: David’s Bridal Collection Tea-Length Chiffon V-Neck Maternity Wedding Dress, $299, DavidsBridal.com
Check out this flexible maternity wedding dress, perfect for both the mom-to-be and the mom who just gave birth. The bow tie neckline makes it easy to nurse, while also keeping things formal for a special occasion. Plus, it has a discreet stretch panel at the back to ensure a comfortable fit.
Buy it: Seraphine Ivory Maternity & Nursing Dress with Neckline Tie, $419, Seraphine.com
Show off your shape—and your bump—in this tailored knee-length dress with three-quarter sleeves. This modern plus-size maternity wedding dress is just the ticket for a city wedding or low-key civil ceremony.
Buy it: Tiffany Rose Sienna Dress Plus in Ivory, $205, TiffanyRose.com
Although it’s technically a bridesmaid dress, this little number would also make a beautiful maternity bridal gown. Boasting a lace bodice and floor-sweeping skirt, this A-line dress is simply lovely. For pregnant brides looking for something a little different, the blush pink shade is sure to make a statement. Oh, and this dress is available in 16 sizes and over 30 other colors.
Buy it: Azazie Andrea Maternity Dress in Rose Petal, $79, Azazie.com
This short lace maternity wedding dress with a belted empire waist and scoop neckline would be a lovely choice for a garden wedding (not to mention a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner).
Buy it: Seraphine Ivory Lace Top Pleated Maternity Dress, $249, Seraphine.com
Long and lovely while still being easy to wear, this lattice-shoulder maternity maxi dress is a light and airy choice. We could easily imagine an expectant bride wearing it while strolling along the sand at her beach wedding.
Buy it: Ingrid & Isabel Smocked Empire Waist Maternity Maxi Dress in Ivory, $128, IngridandIsabel.com
If you’re working with a larger budget, the bridal line by Tina Mak is well worth a look. This dreamy designer maternity wedding gown is made from 100 percent silk chiffon. We’re big fans of the delicate tiered ruffle detail, which is right on trend for 2021. Just a heads up: The floral Alexis sash is sold separately.
Buy it: Tina Mak Heidi Gown, $1,150, Shop.TinaMakWeddings.com
Is there anything more flattering than an off-the-shoulder dress? We say no, which is why the last pick on our list of the best maternity wedding dresses is this off-the-shoulder mermaid-style dress. This casual style also boasts long sleeves and a ruffle trim. And the best part? It’s under $100.
Buy it: PinkBlush Maternity Ivory Off Shoulder Ruffle Maternity Plus Photoshoot Gown/Dress, $78, PinkBlushMaternity.com