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So, your bestie asked you to be a bridesmaid in her wedding and you can’t wait! But there’s just one hitch: you’re pregnant and need to find bridesmaid dresses that are bump friendly! The good news is, you came here to find the best maternity bridesmaid dresses and we’ll help you choose the right one. :)
I’ve been a bridesmaid, a bride, a Maid of Honor, and a pregnant bridesmaid trying to flatter her baby bump in a dress. Therefore, I know exactly how it feels to try on a dress now that you know will look entirely different in a few months’ time.
In this blog post, I’ll help you prepare for the cute baby bump that’s arriving soon in a maternity-friendly bridesmaid dress that will look stunning on you. In addition, these are some of the best maternity bridesmaid dresses that suit all shapes, so everyone will fit perfectly into the bridal party.
Buying a Bridesmaid Dress While Pregnant
First, let’s talk about what to look for in a maternity dress. Is it easy buying a bridesmaid dress while pregnant? It can be, as long as you use these suggestions to guide you.
► Empire Waist Silhouette
When shopping for a bridesmaid dress while pregnant, look for a silhouette that flows away from your body, so think empire waist and flowy chiffon. A strapless dress can be tough to wear as you grow, so sleeveless dresses with wide straps are usually the most comfortable to wear if you’re expecting a baby.
► Skirt That Hides Belly Area
You want a dress that will hide your belly if you’re not far along yet; moreover, you will want to wear a dress that offers adequate support and flattering ruching to show off your cute bump as you move further along in your pregnancy trimester.
► Long Length
When it comes to length, long maternity bridesmaid dresses tend to be more comfortable than short styles, allowing more room in the waist area for you to move around. A longer-length skirt will flow away from your waistline and hide your belly a bit more.
Now that we have the basics, let’s talk about exactly what kind of bridesmaid dresses to wear when you’re expecting. And hey, congrats! :) It’s an exciting time.
Best Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses
Here are the most popular maternity dresses for bridesmaids to wear in any trimester of their pregnancy.
1. Off-the-Shoulder Maternity Dress in Satin, $109
What a gorgeous dress for pregnant bridesmaids to wear! It has a stylish neckline with an off-the-shoulder style, support for your bump, and a nice long skirt in soft, elegant satin material. By Azazie.
• Get your dress here.
2. Empire Pleated Waist Dress, $99
Ooh, stylish! I adore this dress in sage, as well as the other colors. It’s made of a comfortable fabric that is soft and silky on your skin. It looks like a very relaxing dress to wear that will support your baby bump and look extremely flattering at the same time. By Azazie.
• Browse the collection here.
3. Sleeveless Tie-Front Empire Waist, $49.99
Available in burgundy, this elegant sleeveless dress is comfortable for pregnant bridesmaids to wear and features a flattering empire waist. By EverPretty.
4. Drop Shoulder Bump Friendly Bridesmaid Dress with Ruching, $62.99
This bridesmaid dress is perfect for maternity in any month and ideal for a formal wedding. Made of soft flowing fabric, this long maxi skirt offers coverage and style while moving with your body. There is adequate support for your bump, along with ruching to feel ultra-flattering on your figure. The drop shoulder offers a fashionable accent to the neckline, which has straps for added support. By Ever-Pretty.
• As you might be expecting, there are plenty of colors in this dress available here. Check them out!
5. Spaghetti Strap A-Line Dress, $59.99
Currently on sale! This comfortable A-line dress will flatter your tummy area and support your cute baby bump. Get it here.
• More colors here.
6. Satin Maternity Gown with Short Sleeves, $99
This beautiful maternity dress is perfect for expecting bridesmaids and comes in a wide array of colors, including fall’s number one shade: terracotta! See it below along with a few other hand-picked hues. By Azazie.
• See more colors in this dress here.
7. Strappy Floor-Length Bump Friendly Gown, $89
Shown in dusty rose, this floor-length bridesmaid dress will accommodate your growing belly and show off your bump beautifully. Available here from Azazie.
• Shop here.
8. Burnt Orange Strappy Dress with Chiffon and Lace, $54.99
A stunning fall bridesmaid dress with a burnt orange color, soft flowy chiffon fabric, a lace bodice, and a strappy neckline to keep you cool and comfortable. Get it here.
• See more options here.
9. V-Neck Maxi Dress with Georgette Fabric, $89
While this dress isn’t necessarily labeled as a maternity bridesmaid dress, it sure works perfectly early in the trimester and even through the half-way point. It has a long v-neckline and flowy skirt made of Georgette fabric and cuts away from the waistline. This is one of the bridesmaid dresses that are bump friendly and also flattering on all body shapes, so you could dress all in the same style and it should work perfectly. Available in many different colors here.
10. Long Sleeve A-Line Dress with Lace, $62.99
When you’re looking for bump-friendly bridesmaid dresses with long sleeves, it can be tough to find the perfect maternity dress to wear. But we found one we think you’ll love: this A-line dress with long lace sleeves and a high neck collar. There is adequate support for your bump and is suitable to wear during any trimester of your pregnancy. Buy here.
• See more colors and styles here.
11. Terracotta Maternity Dress with Long-Sleeves, $59.99
This popular dress has an off-the-shoulder style and elegant long sleeves. Available in terracotta. By EverPretty.
• See more styles here.
12. Multi-Wear Maternity Bridesmaid Dress with Soft Fabric, $49.99
For bridesmaids who want to change up their look in an instant, and for bump-friendly bridesmaid dresses, this infinity style is perfect. This is one of the maternity bridesmaid dresses that tie different ways to change up your style in an instant. Not only does it boast an awesome price tag (it’s on sale at the moment, so hurry if you want to snag one), but it also comes in a variety of colors to suit any wedding style. The empire waist flows away from your midsection, making it a bump-friendly dress for bridesmaids of all shapes and sizes.
And since this bump-friendly dress can tie different ways, you’re free to switch up your look in any style that is the most comfortable. Go from a sleeveless to a halter top, to a one-shoulder, etc. to get a look that is the most comfortable as you’re expecting. I wish they had these maternity bridesmaid dresses that are convertible when I was a bridal party attendant!
• See this dress option on Amazon.
13. Casual Wrap Maternity Dress with Short Sleeves, $37.39
This adorable dress is also available in many colors here. It is one of the best maternity bridesmaid dresses that suit all shapes. It offers a little coverage on the shoulders, if that’s the style you are looking for, and a v-neckline that is stylish, yet doesn’t have too wide of a plunge. It is made in a comfortable soft stretchy fabric that moves with your body and offers support in the midsection for your cute bump. This is the type of maternity dress that is made for any size bump, so you’ll know it will fit like a glove whether you’re 3 months, 6 months, or approaching your baby’s due date. Get it here.
• View other colors in this dress style here.
14. Off-the-Shoulder Side Slit Ruffle Dress, $52.99
With plenty of bump friendly support, this stylish outfit doesn’t look like most bridesmaid maternity dresses at all! It has an off-the-shoulder neckline, a leg slit, and a long skirt that flows with your body. Since the fabric flows away from your waistline, you’ll feel extremely flattered yet still show off your adorable baby bump. This style is perfect for bridesmaids who want maternity dresses that are modern and stylish, rather than feel heavy and frumpy. Get it here.
• See more colors here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnant Bridesmaids
Now that you know the best maternity bridesmaid dress styles, let’s talk about some frequently asked questions about being a pregnant bridesmaid. I’ve been there, so I 100% get it! These are questions I asked myself as a pregnant bridesmaid.
Can a pregnant lady be a bridesmaid?
Can’t I just wear a larger size dress instead of maternity?
The difference between sizing up on your dress and wearing a bridesmaid dress that is bump friendly is a big one! You’re not looking to simply hide your belly, but flatter your new bump with ample support. When you put on a dress that’s larger than you are, and you’re pregnant, it makes you feel extremely unflattering. But when you wear a dress designed to be worn with a baby bump, you’ll notice how the ruching on your waistline accentuates your pregnant belly rather than just trying to hide or camouflage it.
Plus, you don’t want the other parts of the dress to be too large: you’ll have straps falling down, a skirt that could make you trip, and you may not feel as confident as if you wear a bridesmaid dress that is designed for pregnancy.
If you’re going to be newly pregnant at the time of the wedding and unsure how much weight you will gain, it is recommended by experts to go no higher than one size up from your normal size. However, depending on how many months along you’ll be, you may want to consider a maternity dress instead.
Is it rude to be a pregnant bridesmaid?
No, it is not rude to be a pregnant bridesmaid, as long as you keep it in perspective.
It is the bride’s day, so avoid making the spotlight on your energy level, how hungry you are, how tired you are, how big you think you look, complain, etc. It can be tough to not voice these concerns, but typically that’s the number one gripe of pregnant bridesmaids and why some suggest it’s not a good idea to be a pregnant bridesmaid.
No one wants to steal the spotlight from the bride!
But other than that, if you are supportive of the bride and can fulfill your role while pregnant — if it’s early in your pregnancy, it will likely be just as fun as usual! — then go for it! Just make sure you keep the attention on the bride as it’s her day, after all.
Keep the attention on the bride and away from yourself, and being an expectant bridesmaid isn’t rude at all.
Many times, people wonder if they’ll ruin the wedding photos as a pregnant bridesmaid. I think that’s one negative way of thinking about it. Put it in perspective: you’re expecting a baby and that’s wonderful! In terms of how you’ll look, that’s worrying a bit too much about vanity. The bride will get plenty of photos of herself and her bridesmaids, and you’re not going to ruin any photos by having your big belly on display, so don’t worry about it.
If you have concerns, voice them with the bride. It is always best to have open communication, particularly if you’re nervous about being a pregnant bridesmaid at the wedding.
Should you accept being a bridesmaid if you’re expecting a baby?
This one is tricky, only because it is going to depend on how you’ll feel and not necessarily how you’ll look on the wedding day. If you just found out you’re having a baby, and a friend, sister, cousin, etc. asks you to be a bridesmaid, figure out just how pregnant you’ll be on the wedding day.
Will you be just a few months along? Six months along? Closer to the due date?
It is important to remember you’ll be quite exhausted as you near the due date, and you may even go into labor earlier than expected. With that in mind, use your maternity timeline to determine if you can accept the role. It’s not necessarily whether you can do it, but if you should do it. You wouldn’t want to be in labor during the wedding day, nor would you want to make the bride nervous about being on your feet all day when you’re almost 40 weeks along.
If you find out you’re pregnant after already agreeing to be a bridesmaid, that means you’ll likely not be showing much on the wedding date (if at all, as some don’t show much until further down the line). If this is the case, you should mention it to the bride and perhaps she can find maternity bridesmaid dresses that suit all shapes. An empire waist or flowy skirt will be flattering for all in the wedding party and can accommodate your growing baby bump extremely well.
When to get your bridesmaid dress altered when pregnant?
This is a great question: when should you make any adjustments or alterations to your dress? One month ahead of the wedding is ample time to see where you’ll need any adjustments, if necessary, and get a visual of how you’ll look on the wedding day. You may wish to get them done closer to the date, and that’s fine, as long as your tailor can accommodate the request on their schedule.
Start with maternity shapewear.
As a rule of thumb, one of the most important things to wear BEFORE you put on any maternity bridesmaid dresses — especially on the wedding day and at your dress fittings — is proper shapewear. Whether it’s hot and humid in the summertime or the temps are chilly in the fall and winter months, you may get uncomfortable. Due to sweat and heat, moving around all day, and being on your feet, a solid pair of shapewear is going to add to your comfort level tremendously. Maternity shapewear under your bridesmaid dress will support your baby bump, give you that extra layer you need for a smooth foundation without lines, and allow you to move around without feeling sweaty. It will also make the area of your thighs more comfortable without any rubbing.
I recommend this style with shorts is the best one to get. You’ll love it so much for under the bridesmaid dress, you’ll likely wear it all the time whenever you put on a dress or skirt. It’s so comfortable! I had one myself when I was wearing maternity clothing. You can see other styles here.
Now that you know everything about maternity bridesmaid dresses and pregnant bridesmaids, I’m curious: which style of dress do you like from this list? How far along will you be when the wedding occurs? It’s an exciting time for everyone involved and you’ll have so much fun. Savor this moment… it does by too fast! :)