Finding your dream wedding dress can be quite the mission, but if you’re on the hunt for the perfect bridal gown while pregnant, chances are you’re having a somewhat trickier time of it. While going down the bespoke route is of course one option—see our expert guide to commissioning a wedding dress—it may not suit all budgets. You could also check out some of the floatier options in core wedding dress collections (look for A-line shapes, empire waists and light fabrics like tulle or chiffon), which may skim nicely over your bump. But if you’ve already scoped out bridal boutiques with disappointing results, fear not—the search doesn’t end there. To help you find just what you’re looking for, we’ve used our sartorial sleuthing skills to discover the best places to shop for your dream maternity wedding dress—whatever your style, theme or trimester.
Etsy is a gold mine if you’re looking for something that’s a little more unique, especially if you’re leaning towards boho bridal styles. Sellers often offer customisations and tailoring for your specific measurements, too, while you’ll find that prices are fairly kind to the wallet. Right now, we’re obsessed with with this Bliss Maternity Gown from Design By C Boutique, currently £78. As sellers may be based internationally, check you have plenty of time before the wedding for shipping.
Bridal designer Tina Mak specialises in maternity wedding dresses, and though the collection may be small, it’s the place to head for fashion-forward touches like the (optional) black accent on this strapless silk chiffon Jean gown, £980. Based in the U.S., Tina Mak ships internationally.
Don’t be put off; Two Birds Bridesmaid may specialise in bridesmaid dresses, but the brand’s signature styles can be wrapped in endless ways to accommodate a growing bump and also come in cream or white. We’re fans of the Lace Ball Gown, £350.
Perhaps not the first place you’d think of when wedding dress shopping, fashion label Little Mistress does a super-affordable, trend-led maternity collection with several bridal-esque styles each season. The sequin bodice on this £65 high-neck maxi has caught our eye, and to make things even easier, you can shop via ASOS.
Another bridesmaid focused label, U.S.-based Dessy (you’ll find several UK stockists on its website) still has great options for brides who aren’t looking for traditional gowns. This strapless metallic gown is a perfect example, though it’s a tough choice between the silver and rose-gold versions. ■
See a style that catches your eye? Now’s the time to grab it.
This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.