Exquisite maternity gowns for every shape and budget
11 MAY 2009
An expectant bride can make the most of her figure with a dress that combines skilful tailoring and forgiving material
Being able to see your ankles seems like a distant memory and you're in the midst of frantic preparations for your new arrival. On top of this you're about to get married, a momentous event requiring a sumptuous gown that will make your groom fall in love with you all over again...
Finding the fairytale creation when your figure is blossoming with the promise of a new life can be a little daunting, though.
Fortunately for the expectant bride there's never been a better time to be looking for her dream dress. A number of specialist retailers have cottoned on to the gap in the market, meaning it's easier - and less strain on the purse - for a mum-to-be to look her radiant best than ever before.
From the fabulously feminine to the exotic and glamorous, there are lots of options available these days.
Things to bear in mind…
The dress needs to be longer in front so it doesn't pull over your bump
A normal dress in a larger size will not complement the natural shape of the body and will look loose and unflattering
Pregnant brides typically start looking for an outfit three months before their big day, so they should be searching for more flexibility than other ladies contemplating a walk up the aisle
The average expectant mum gains one and a half inches each month of her pregnancy so an experienced designer should be able to estimate how big you'll be by the ceremony
A skilfully tailored design in a forgiving material will flatter your figure even if the little darling exceeds growth forecasts
Dresses typically cost between £175 and £1,200
Some retailers can do the whole transaction over the internet