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Wedding booked for June - just found out I'm pregnant - dress woes

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learningaswego Tue 29-Jan-13 05:45:01

Completely thrilled with the news but am now freaking out about the wedding part.

Ordered and paid for my dress Sat - been trying to get hold of the bridal shop to cancel order (as this isn't a dress that I'm going to be able to have let out enough) but think I'm going to have to go in and talk to the management, which I'm going to find really embarrassing as I only look about 12 (rather than 24)... but alas life goes on. Before I sort it out with the shop really need to decide on these 3 options:

1) Bring the wedding forward to March (partner takes professional exams in April that are very important to career). I'd prefer this but partner is reluctant as we had planned June for a reason...lalalala. I know this sounds really vain - and it completely is - but I'd just like to feel pretty on the day and in the pictures.

2) Keep date set in June.. have to find a "maternity wedding dress" sad

3) Postpone...

I don't suppose anyone knows typical bump sizes for 23 weeks? (That could help me in pursuit of a dress that might fit in June..

Thanks anyone who made it to the end. This post is purely based on vanity and wanting to look good on my wedding day... but it doesn't mean I'm not grateful to be pregnant. Anyone in the same boat out there?!

Thumbwitch Thu 31-Jan-13 02:15:46

Ah learning, so pleased you're going to carry on as before! And that the dressmaker is being so helpful, that's fantastic.

Now all you have to do is link to the dress you've ordered to satisfy our nosiness grin

3rdtimelucky73 Wed 30-Jan-13 14:55:16

I'm going to agree with the other posters and say go ahead!

I got married four weeks ago, at 21 weeks.

It was a small quiet wedding which was totally our choice and a really lovely day. I bought the dress about a month before, and luckily the style that suits my boobs/curves was also flattering with the bump (just a size up)! I did also have a true 'maternity dress' on standby, but I knew ages before hand I wouldn't need it.

I think it does depend whether you want to be married before baby comes too (as well as the sort of wedding you desire - I would have married him in a bin liner!) - we had wanted to get married anyway, and the realisation of organising it with a baby, meant for us, it was now or 5 years in the future, so we grabbed the chance.

learningaswego Wed 30-Jan-13 12:40:24

Thanks everyone I think you have given me a much needed reality check!! During my last pregnancy I was as sick as a dog til 4 months so bringing it forward (as well as being a blind panic for everyone, especially poor boyfriend) would have been a nightmare! I love the links you have sent me, I am suddenly feeling a lot more confident and much less worried about looking frumpy - rrreow you're friend is gorgeous.

I spoke to the dressmaker yesterday who was actually really lovely about it and is convinced I can still have the dress I had planned on but she'll just order a bigger size and take it in everywhere but bump (if its even there).

Ladies, you have saved me from going crazy... this week anyway

(Now to decide on church or civil, yay!!!)

SaggyOldPregnantCatpuss Tue 29-Jan-13 23:04:44

Maybe something like this?

Trishstar Tue 29-Jan-13 21:29:58

Like other posters have said it depends if you want to be married before baby arrived?

We do and are getting married when I will be 34 weeks.

For us we are more concerned with the people closest to us sharing the day. The fact I won't be a slim bride makes no difference. But then again I'm not a girly girl so I doubt it would have bothered me if I wasn't pregnant getting married, I certainly wouldn't have been one of those that would have dieted to fit into a dress wink

Just my opinion xx

owlface Tue 29-Jan-13 21:17:36

I got married at 30 weeks and wore a Tiffany Rose dress. In some photos you can't tell I'm pregnant! I wanted to get married before the baby was born. I didn't compromise on anything and had exactly the day I wanted, it was a lovely day. Go for it!

Rockchick1984 Tue 29-Jan-13 16:31:28

I got married at 3.5 months pregnant, and wore a normal wedding dress despite having a reasonable bloat all over and an early bump you can't tell now looking back at the photos - just be aware that your measurements can change a lot within a matter of days so I went for a corset style that I could fasten as tightly as I'd wanted!

Personally I'd do it earlier rather than later, but that's just because I'm not keen on maternity wedding dresses smile I didn't really get much sickness so that wasn't a problem for me.

Inertia Tue 29-Jan-13 16:11:30

Oh definitely go for 23 weeks rather than a few weeks in. I was permanently green for the first 16 weeks ; much better to feel well and have a bit of bump in a beautifully fitted dress than squeeze into a regular dress and feel ill. And it'll give your DP something to look forward to once his exams are over, rather than spending the whole wedding worrying about his exams.

You will still look beautiful!

GoldPlatedNineDoors Tue 29-Jan-13 16:07:59

Some of these are beautiful!

rainand Tue 29-Jan-13 16:02:22

I'm 23 weeks and have a bump, but not a huge one. I'd much rather get married now than in the 1st trimester, as I felt awfully sick. The ideal time for me would have been been around 18-20 weeks, but of course everyone is different.

How about you have it in May as soon as his exams are over? That way you may not even need a maternity dress and the sickness should be over then too (assuming you do get sickness).

All the best with it, sounds very exciting! smile

Ivvu6 Tue 29-Jan-13 15:58:32

Hi, I got married when I was 19 weeks pregnant and you could barely tell. I was size 6 before and by the wedding day my size had gone up just a little(now I have but on 3 stone lol)You dont have to get maternity dress if you get one with corset. Then you can pull it up as tight as you want and if it gets uncomfortable you can loosen it through out the day.

HorraceTheOtter Tue 29-Jan-13 14:48:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Beatrixpotty Tue 29-Jan-13 14:33:44

I got married at 28 weeks in the summer and found a lovely white maternity maxi dress from Isabella Oliver which when worn with a veil looked bridal enough.Wore heels down the aisle and then had a pair of jewelled flip flops to wear later as feet got tired.
I would go for sticking to your wedding date,getting married whilst pregnant was great and probably made me more relaxed about the day itself as you've got other things to think about.Also meant that wedding present vouchers were used for baby stuff which was really helpful!

foofooyeah Tue 29-Jan-13 13:40:05

My niece got married at about the same stage as you are, she looked beautiful, she had a lovely dress - and the pictures all looked great, you cant see the bump from the front. Hers was already booked when she found out she was pregnant

rrreow Tue 29-Jan-13 13:29:39


A friend of mine got married at around 23 weeks and she looked gorgeous, very flattering dress. I think she got it off the internet. Here is a picture:

Also I'd say around 23 weeks would be nice to get married (especially in June) as you'll still feel good with reasonable energy levels. In March you might still feel quite rough/tired depending on whether you're getting any morning sickness.

redandyellowandpinkandgreen Tue 29-Jan-13 13:01:43


I got married about the same stage of pregnancy and a local dressmaker made my dress and altered it as we went on. It was a bit of a rush job though and I didn't care too much about the dress so I'm not that much help! I had a small bump, you could see I was pregnant definitely. It was a lovely day though and I worried that if we postponed we'd never get round to it.

LuckyOwl28 Tue 29-Jan-13 12:07:33

If it means you won't lose out financially and haven't gone to great lengths to send out invites etc then I would be tempted to postpone. It may be overwhelming to have your 'big day' during pregnancy as you'll have so many other things on your mind. If you're likely to look back at wedding pictures and regret not having your dream dress then maybe you should wait until baby's here?

Then again you may find an equally fabulous dress and it may make it extra special looking back at those photos thinking the baby was part of your big day too!

Good luck deciding xx

AlisonL1981 Tue 29-Jan-13 11:16:57

I'm currently 26 weeks and still wearing pre pregnancy jeans (although they are the under the bump kind). Depending on the style of the dress you may be ok!

talulahbeige Tue 29-Jan-13 10:56:42

Not a major deciding factor but my niece loves being able to look at her parents wedding pics and point out her mum's bump and say she was there

StuckOnARollercoaster Tue 29-Jan-13 10:40:35

Another one voting for keeping the date - I'm 21 weeks and life is so much better than in the first trimester - less sickness, more energy and although I now have a small bump - its a clear pregnancy bump rather than a general 'got a bit more weight around the middle'.

Have a think about the style of dress because comfort is becoming more important to me now - especially if you'll wear it all day. I can understand why people naturally gravitate to the empire style that is in the link above. Its a nice dress - but just not my style at all and I'd want to look around for other options. My favourite dress at the moment is a kind of 'crepe' material that drapes around the bump but is still loose enough to not feel tight and constricting.

Hopefully your dress shop will let you choose another option within their shop so you don't lose any money and can guide you on the fitting. I'm guessing your alterations will have to be fairly last minute because bumps progress at their own pace - I think I'm fairly big for this stage on a 1st pregnancy, but I've read of others on here at the same stage that are even bigger!

Good luck!

Thumbwitch Tue 29-Jan-13 10:23:46

I like that dress, Horrace. smile

MrsPennyapple Tue 29-Jan-13 10:22:58

Was on my phone earlier, which is a pain to type on, so didn't post as much as I wanted to.

I was going to say that I was pg last year, and we originally planned the wedding for after the baby would be born, specifically because I didn't want to have the maternity dress etc. Unfortunately I mc'd. Then I fell pg again, and after thinking about it realised that I'd far rather get married with a bump than with a bf-ing baby. This may not be a factor for you if you don't plan on bf, you might not have even thought about that at this stage, but if you are, it is worth thinking about, with regard to both the timing of the wedding and the style of dress you go for.

Re: a 23 week bump, it varies quite a lot. I didn't find out I was pg with DD until I was 19 weeks. I went from no bump whatsoever to a proper 5 month bump in the space of a week. People at work were saying "THAT wasn't there on Monday!" about my bump. It was a very nice neat bump, but in that week I went from normal trousers fitting fine to NONE of my clothes fitting me.

HorraceTheOtter Tue 29-Jan-13 10:12:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Thumbwitch Tue 29-Jan-13 10:08:54

I got married when I was 17w pg and tbh, no one would have known if I hadn't told them. I did have to have a couple of panels put into the side of my bodice and the waist let out a touch, but apart from that, honestly you couldn't tell.

You won't necessarily need a "maternity" wedding dress at that point (unless you balloon massively); you just need to find a style that doesn't come in tight across your belly.

Good luck; and believe me, you will still look pretty on your wedding day smile

mylittlemonkey Tue 29-Jan-13 10:04:49

Agree with other posts, personally it would be important to me to be married before having baby but it depends how you feel about that.if you are happy to get married after baby then postpone and then you can relax during your pregnancy and then plan your wedding after.

23 weeks is probably the best point in pg to get married as you will more than likely be over the sickness and feeling tired and unwell and have a lovely bump. Thee are some beautiful maternity wedding dresses as others have suggested and you could get top up photos done as well as full shots. At that stage you would still look as beautiful.

I would definately not want my wedding a month before any process all exams and you would probably find your OH very stressed and not have very much time to help with anything to do with the wedding and I think that's would spoil it for both of you.

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