Would you say that you’ll feel the most beautiful you’ve ever been on your wedding day? Well, most women say they feel extra beautiful while they are pregnant. So what happens when you combine the two? The social morals of today’s society should lead you to feel comfortable with a pregnant wedding. People get married much later in life than when their parents and grandparents did. The structure of families these days is taking on new and progressive forms. So don’t be ashamed to show off that baby bump on your big day!
The tradition of a white dress on your wedding day actually came from the Victorian era and wasn’t meant as a symbol of moral virtue. That’s a relatively new idea, so if you’d like to follow tradition and go with white, we say “You go girl!” If your other concern is finding a dress to fit your new physique, to that we also say do not stress. A quick search online proves that many well-known and respected wedding dress outlets carry maternity dresses. Or, if you have a local dress shop you want to approach, just tell them your situation. They’ll know how to accent your best features and take focus away from the bump – if that’s what you prefer. Most are capable of making in-house alterations and can help guide you along the way.
Another concern could be facing family and friends that have a traditional idea of what marriage should be based on faith or religion. We would approach this issue much like any other problem that arises in the planning process. Have a heart-to-heart with any individual who takes issue with your situation. The most mature thing is to tackle the topic as adults, sharing feelings and working through the problem. Tell them it’s important to you for them to be supportive and to be present at the wedding. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate love and life regardless of the shape it takes. If the person is still creating problems for you, you may have to let it be. Don’t push the issue so that it estranges you from loved ones, but don’t let it ruin your big day. If you’re having a church wedding, approach the topic with your officiant – don’t let it be a surprise.
Plan your wedding like anything else you would during your pregnancy. Hold the event in the second trimester, when you’re over the nausea but not too far along that you fatigue more easily. Be sure to plan the menu accordingly, recalling what kinds of foods you can consume and enjoy eating. Consider getting a mock wedding ring – your finger could swell causing your real ring to not go on so easily. Dress comfortably. Consider the time of year and the fact that your body may be naturally warmer while pregnant. And skip the high heels – You’re going to want to be on your feet so the more comfortable the better.
Just remember it’s your special day. Don’t let things stress you too much, which is the advice we’d give you pregnant or not. Consider it an amazing time that the little sprout inside you gets to share in. Baby will get to look back at photos and movies at how beautiful mommy was while carrying.