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Sad - pregnant and fat but need to buy a wedding dress. Don't know where to start

(23 Posts)
Thingiebob Thu 11-Jun-09 15:55:17

I'm getting married in exactly four weeks today and I need to get a wedding dress - I will be 14 weeks pregnant and I am already a size 16 so dreading what size I will be on the day!

I also have a small budget of about 150 quid and afterwards we will be going to an Indian restaurant with family so not sure that a big white dress is a good idea. I'm not that keen on white anyway because I think it will make me look even bigger. I'm happy with a pretty patterned dress but so far have found nothing that suits me. I'm quite fair so dark colours aren't great.

I would really appreciate some help or perhaps some ideas of shops that sell nice dresses.


LittleMissNorty Thu 11-Jun-09 15:58:56

I got my wedding dress in Monsoon for £100....just a full length summery evening dress really, but it was lovely. And I was larger than you when I got married.

Congratulations and good luck x

bohemianbint Thu 11-Jun-09 16:02:08

Congratulations! I was 7m pregnant and also went for an Indian meal afterwards. I got an empire line dress from Monsoon and the bump fitted under it nicely as it was a full skirt. Not officially maternity but did the job well.

How about something like this?

bohemianbint Thu 11-Jun-09 16:02:41

x-post Norty, great minds!

katster37 Thu 11-Jun-09 16:04:30

Aaaw, Thingiebob you'll have a great day. Indian restaurant with family sounds like a lovely wedding and you won't be any fatter than you are now. Not sure if you would like it, but found this on monsoon website, not actually bridal but thought it looked quite different and special. Think they go up to size 18. Good luck and congrats on your pregnancy / forthcoming wedding!

LittleMissNorty Thu 11-Jun-09 16:06:21

well there you go - we all think Monsoon is the place to start grin

ArrietyClock Thu 11-Jun-09 16:24:09

Will second/third/fourth Monsoon. Love their dresses but rarely have an excuse to wear them. (Once to be precise - my own wedding!). Also there are a fair number with an uneven hem line (if you see what I mean)so if your bump increases in size more than you anticipate, the fact that the front hem of the dress might lift slightly, won't show. The ones with floaty hems would probably also work well. Or perhaps I'm talking rubbish.... (no style on a daily basis, but scrubbed up OK when I got married)

lynniep Thu 11-Jun-09 16:25:02

just for the record, I agree with the other posters - I would have gone for a Monsoon dress had I not found mine on ebay (50 quid including veil and tiara - bargainous!) I was very lucky and it fit perfectly (although I had to change out of it after we'd eaten cos the seams were straining!)

I love empire lines - and obviously these work out well if you have a bit of a bump. Monsoon usually have a lovely stock of empire-style long dresses - both wedding-white and just pretty frocks for smart occassions.

Try M&S bridal too.

LittleMissNorty Thu 11-Jun-09 16:34:01

Ahhh this is beautiful although a bit above your budget

LittleMissNorty Thu 11-Jun-09 16:36:15

and this one

I could spend a fortune in this shop, but alas I am another one who has only ever had the one occasion to buy a lovely dress!

Thingiebob Thu 11-Jun-09 17:32:53

I do like Monsoon but not sure if they do my size - I'm looking for an 18 empire line dress in a pale colour.
Thank you all for your replies!

LittleMissNorty Thu 11-Jun-09 17:33:34

Yes they go upto 18. Good luck with your search

bohemianbint Thu 11-Jun-09 17:34:05

They do - and the sizes are generous.

Thingiebob Thu 11-Jun-09 17:39:29

Oh great! On the website the sizes seem quite small but I will go instore as I really like the patchwork wedding gown.

Tillyscoutsmum Thu 11-Jun-09 17:54:57

Debenhams might be worth a look as well

black & white


Coast pretty

Hawkmoth Thu 11-Jun-09 19:06:31


Agree with Monsoon.

Hawkmoth Thu 11-Jun-09 19:09:03

Ok, I'm now crying looking at the Monsoon website!

Wallis do some lovely dresses. I find them to be generous fit as well (I'm 16/18). I know this because they taunt me with emails every week and I'm 31 weeks with more arse than bump.

Thingiebob Thu 11-Jun-09 19:18:24

Ooh didn't think about Wallis!
I'm a bit shit at purchasing clothes at the best of times, so this wedding outfit thing is getting me down a bit.

Baisey Thu 11-Jun-09 19:31:02

Well I was going to say monsoon, but I think someone has beaten me to it!

Baisey Thu 11-Jun-09 19:31:43

Wow excuse my manners congratulations on the pregnancy and the wedding btw!!

Thingiebob Thu 11-Jun-09 20:40:08

Ah thank you very much! I'm relatively new here, well, when it comes to posting anyway.
You are all so supportive and lovely.

blinder Fri 12-Jun-09 18:47:39

Best wishes for your wedding Thingiebob! I have never been to Monsoon but your posters have really converted me. My fave is the pretty pink one that bohemian suggested first.

Have a glorious day. At 14 weeks you will probably have a bit more energy so it's perfect timing! x

tribpot Fri 12-Jun-09 18:52:49

I think all the suggested dresses are fab, and sooo pregnancy-friendly as well. Good luck for your big day!

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