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Blossoming Bridesmaids

May 12th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Did you catch our exciting news on Thursday?  The Brides Up North team has grown!  The lovely Rachel joins our editorial team, and you’ll be hearing a lot more from her every week on these pretty pages. Opening the blogging for another beautiful week, it’s our Rach, on blossoming bridesmaids…

twobird Classic Gowns long in Coral, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk 

The Classic Gown by twobirds bridesmaid 

Rachel says: You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid which is a great honour – you’re excited and flattered though you can’t help feeling ever so slightly anxious as you wait to find out what dresses the bride will pick for you and your fellow maids. Will it be a flattering colour, fit, style? Or are you going to be thrust into the limelight feeling massively uncomfortable while the entire experience is captured on camera? Even if you weren’t keen on the dress choice you’d have to grin and bear it right? It’s ultimately the bride’s decision, it’s her big day and you don’t want to add to her pre-wedding stress now do you?

I feel there may be one exception to this underlying rule though – a bridesmaid with a baby bump.  I have great admiration for these ladies – especially those who will be approaching their due date when the big day arrives.

Alfred Sung style M423, www.dessy.com

Alfred Sung style M423

Not only does a pregnant bridesmaid have to worry about what she will look like and how she feel at the point the wedding arrives, but also who are the other bridesmaids and how will she compare on the day with a hefty bump, enhanced breasts and the strong possibility of a sweaty, I mean glowing, appearance?

I feel mutual respect is key in such as situation – it is ultimately the bride’s decision, but she should take the feelings of her pregnant bridesmaid into account when selecting the bridesmaids’ attire so that all maids feel equally comfortable and attractive.

Dessy Collection style 2904, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2904

Dessy Collection style 2909, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2909

Dessy Collection style 2913, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2913

One option for pregnant maids is to buy a regular bridesmaid dress several sizes too big and get it altered by a seamstress nearer the time. This can work out fine though it is rather difficult for a bride to predict what stage her fluctuating weight gain will be at on the big day or in which areas she is going to expand. Therefore, in order to avoid numerous costly alterations and the dress being chopped and changed within an inch of its life, brides should consider what styles and fabrics of dresses will be most flattering and forgiving on their pregnant maids.

twobirds - High-lo Gown with sash, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk

twobirds – High-lo Gown (above and below, with and without sash)

twobirds - High-lo Gown without sash, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk

Another option is to choose a maternity specific dress in the same colour and fabric as the other maids’ dresses, or alternatively, choose a maternity-friendly dress for all your maids that the pregnant bridesmaid can buy simply buy in a slightly larger size for that little extra space.

Designers including Dessy and Alfred Sung have maternity specific dresses as well as designs more suitable for pregnant maids such as pretty A-line dresses and floor-length, flowing frocks. Meanwhile, twobirds is a great example of a designer with maternity-friendly options that will look equally attractive on pregnant and non-pregnant maids. Its Classic Gown (top image) has an empire waistline below the breasts which provides some support while its straps can be tied in 15 different ways for various looks and further support for those that need it. The loose jersey-blend material skims over bumps beautifully for an overall flattering appearance. The designer’s latest Hi-Lo Gown (above) is another maternity friendly option. It’s a strapless dress but with a built in bra in the same comfortable material as the Classic Gown which can be worn with a sash, to cinch the waist, or without a sash for a fabulous floaty feel.

Watters Bridesmaids Juniper style 3535, www.watters.com

Watters Bridesmaids Juniper style 3535

Watters Bridesmaids Max style 5537, www.watters.com

Watters Bridesmaids Max style 5537

Wtoo bridesmaid style 919, www.wtoo.com

Wtoo bridesmaid style 919

Now there’s just the question of suitable shoes to consider!

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Rachel Parry
Regular guest blogger Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as features writer in May 2014. Senior Reporter at The Sheffield Star (a serious journalist then!) Rachel draws on her background as features, bridal & lifestyle editor for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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