25 Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses for Celebrating in Style
If you're a pregnant bridesmaid—or have at least one on your big-day roster—you may think maternity bridesmaid dress shopping will be tough. After all, a pregnant woman's body is rapidly changing, and there isn't a huge selection of formalwear that accommodates a baby bump. But, maternity bridesmaid shopping can be fun, if you know a few important tips and where to look. Here's everything you should know to make this potentially bumpy endeavor a stylish success, plus our favorite maternity bridesmaid dresses in a range of styles and colors.
In this article:
- How do you buy a maternity bridesmaid dress?
- What to Look for in a Maternity Bridesmaid Dress
- Our Favorite Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses to Buy Right Now
How do you buy a maternity bridesmaid dress?
When buying a maternity bridesmaid dress, timing is important. Generally, ordering bridesmaid dresses can take about two to three months, and alterations can take two to six weeks. That can amount to almost an entire nine months—a timeline that might not work for an expecting mom. So, create a plan that works a little better for your situation. You may shop a little closer to the date or order from a retailer that doesn't need as long of a lead time, for example.
No matter how far in advance you shop, there's no doubt your body will change by the time the wedding rolls around. So it's a good idea to go to a boutique or retail store experienced in helping pregnant bridesmaids choose a style and fit. And when in doubt, size up. It's much easier for a seamstress or seamster to take in a dress to make it smaller than it is to let out a dress and make it bigger. Order a dress in a size or two larger than your usual size.
After you choose a style, schedule several fittings. The final alterations should be done the week of the wedding, if you can, to ensure the best possible fit on the big day.
What to Look for in a Maternity Bridesmaid Dress
When you're pregnant, a bridesmaid dress should fit well and flatter, but also be comfortable enough to wear throughout the day. Look for:
- Coordinating colors and style: A pregnant bridesmaid mismatch silhouettes in the same shade. and bridal party, but she doesn't have to! If finding a perfectly matching maternity dress is tough, consider choosing a lighter or darker shade of the same color. Or,
- Comfort: Pregnant women can be a little more sensitive to scratchy fabrics and uncomfortable details like sequins. It might be a good idea to avoid those and go a bit simpler, stretchier and softer.
- Ability to wear a bra: Some pregnant women find that they don't have enough support without wearing a bra, and if that sounds like you, consider a maternity bridesmaid dress with sleeves or straps that'll allow you to wear a maternity bra underneath.
- Room to grow: Whatever your style, the dress should accommodate your growing bump. Just how much room you'll need will depend on how far along you'll be on the wedding day. Pregnant bridesmaids in their first or early second trimester may be able to get away with a maternity-friendly bridesmaid dress in a flowy fabric that skims the midsection. But, if they're in their second half of pregnancy, it's usually best to shop in the maternity section.
Overall, a pregnant bridesmaid should feel confident and happy in her dress—and able to dance at the reception, if she likes!
Our Favorite Maternity Bridesmaid Dresses to Buy Right Now
Ready to shop for a maternity bridesmaid dress? We'll help you find the right fit for you and your celebration. Check out some of the most stylish options on the market right now.
Show Me Your Mumu Hacienda Maxi Dress
Made of flowy, lightweight fabric and stretchy elastic, this maxi dress is perfect for the bridesmaid who's a free spirit.
PinkBlush Maternity Lace Mesh Overlay Plus Maternity Maxi Dress
A pretty lace mesh overlay and scalloped trim are dazzling details on this stunning maxi.
Birdy Grey Maria Convertible Dress in Cabernet
This burgundy maternity bridesmaid dress (available in other colors too) has convertible straps, so it can be worn three different ways.
Dessy Strapless Crepe Maternity Dress with Trumpet Skirt
TFNC Maternity Bridesmaid Plunge Front Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress in Pink
This fashionable and functional blush bridesmaid dress boasts a pleated bodice and flutter sleeves.
Tiffany Rose Maternity Willow Dress in Burgundy
We're loving the vivid jewel tone of this maternity bridesmaid dress with sleeves. It can be dressed down for a more casual affair, or dressed up with dramatic accessories.
Show Me Your Mumu June Maxi Dress in Sage I Do Floral
Floral bridesmaid dresses look great together or mismatched with solid-hued gowns. This one features an empire waist and the cutest ruffled straps.
TFNC Maternity Wrap Front Pleated Midi Dress in Gold
A gold maternity bridesmaid dress is a lovely way to shine as part of the wedding party.
HATCH The Fete Gown
This stunning silky party dress says, "I'm ready for the reception!"
Isabella Oliver Brunswick Maternity Dress
HATCH The Riviera Dress
This caftan-style gown is surprisingly elegant (and even more comfortable).
BHLDN Lena Flutter Sleeve Jersey Dress
Okay, so it's not made for pregnancy, but this gown's blouson bodice can accommodate a small baby bump. So chic!
Anyutas Couture Maternity Fitted Mermaid Dress
It may be a fairly cheap bridesmaid dress for maternity, but it's available in a wide range of colors (35!) and sizes, and looks great on just about everyone.
Envie de Fraise Romia Tank Maternity Dress
This casual, vivid bridesmaid dress works perfectly for pregnancy or postpartum—and it's nursing-friendly. Did we mention that the price is nice too?
Amsale Bizzy Maternity Dress
Made of silk-chiffon with a sweetheart neckline and dramatic draped sleeves, this gown is tres luxe.
Show Me Your Mumu Samantha Ruffle Wrap Dress
A high-low skirt in chic satin? What could be more on trend? And you can't beat an elastic waistline.
Birdy Grey Ryan Dress in Emerald
For a winter wedding, a long maternity bridesmaid dress in rich hue, like this emerald one, is a winning pick.
Dessy Sleeveless Shirred Skirt Maternity Dress
PinkBlush Maternity Mesh Neckline Ruched Bust Plus Maternity Evening Gown
Sheer mesh adds a modern touch to this classic bridesmaid dress.
PinkBlush Maternity Royal Blue Chiffon Long Sleeve Pleated Plus Maternity Maxi Dress
TFNC Maternity Bridesmaid Cowl Neck Cami Strap Maxi Dress with Train in Sage
The cool cowl neckline seriously elevates this pastel maternity bridesmaid dress.
David's Bridal Lace and Mesh Maternity Bridesmaid Dress
HATCH The Ricky Slip Dress
Isabella Oliver Belmont Maternity Maxi
Tiffany Rose Isabella Long Sleeve Glitter Maternity Gown
This formal maternity dress has a surplice neckline, empire waist and glittery fabric that'll shimmer on the dance floor.
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