The 21st century is a modern era, and many people are more acceptable of certain practices than they would have been years ago. This is particularly true when it comes to marriage. As the times change with the modern world, many women are completely comfortable being a pregnant bride.
Reasons to Have A Wedding During Pregnancy
Many people do not understand why there is a need to rush into marriage before the baby arrives. After all, since times have changed, the world is not judging if you were to wait until after the wedding to tie the knot. However, for some tying the knot during pregnancy is the best time. They can take a honeymoon/babymoon before the child arrives. Others are motivated to seal the deal before the child arrives. They want their child to enter into a home with a father and mother who are married because they believe in old school traditions. Some women simply like the idea of not having to stress about fitting into a traditional wedding dress because they are pregnant.
Regardless of the reasoning, very few people will judge the couple for choosing to take the next step during pregnancy. In fact, many will be happy to celebrate the occasion. The only downside might be that they will get fewer gifts for the wedding and baby because the events fall so closely together.
- Unlike typical brides, a pregnant bride has a time limit to plan the wedding. This makes the process more stressful depending on the size of the wedding. Hopefully, these suggestions can help alleviate the stress involved with the pregnant bride wedding planning process:
- Choose the right date. It is important to select the right time to get married. Unlike a regular couple that chooses to get married in the spring because that is when the weather is the nicest, a pregnant bride should choose to get married when she will be feeling the best. Typically, this is around the middle of the 2nd trimester. This is also a great time because she will still feel beautiful in her pregnant bride wedding dress. Her stomach will have begun to pop, but she will not be retaining as much water in her face. Also, it still leaves enough time for a honeymoon and time to prepare for the baby's arrival.
- Select a pregnant bride wedding dress. There are many different companies that produce maternity wedding gowns, including David's Bridal and Tiffany Rose. Usually, if you purchase a size larger than you normally wear, it will accommodate your growing figure and your bump. This also provides extra room for alterations. Although it can be costly to alter a dress, this is the best way to ensure that it looks right on your wedding day. Also, with the right dress, you will look as great as the women in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpvapcDDLD4
- Find a Venue. Next, every wedding needs to be held at a venue. Unfortunately, most venues fill up quickly and are often booked out a year or two in advance. This can make it more difficult for you since you are on a time constraint. However, you can always have the wedding in someone's backyard or at a church. Also, if you are having trouble reserving your favorite location, consider booking a weekday instead of a weekend.
- Determine the menu. The menu for your wedding is especially important since you are pregnant. Unlike most weddings where the bride and groom skip the meal, it is completely acceptable for a pregnant bride to enjoy all of the food at the wedding. In fact, if you do not eat at the wedding, you might get sick, tired, or a combination of the two. Therefore, choose food that you will enjoy. Also, consider having a caterer take care of the preparation and serving. This will free up time for you to go to your doctor's appointments, shop for the baby, get the nursery ready, and plan the rest of the wedding.
- Decide how many people you want to invite. It is important to know how many people will be at the wedding. For example, the amount of food you prepare will depend on the size of the party. Also, the size of the venue depends on the amount of people coming. Typically, the best way to get a good head count is to ask people to RSVP when you send out invitations.
- Decorate for the big day. Finally, decorations are one of the best ways to make a wedding look special. Most people decorate with flowers; however, there are several ways to make a wedding pretty and personal. Use the venue as a guide to help you determine the style of decor needed. Also, try to choose seasonally appropriate decorations.
Day of the Wedding
When the day of the wedding arrives, you might be having second thoughts about getting married in your new figure. After all, not every woman grows up envisioning herself walking down the aisle in a pregnant bride wedding dress. However, it is important to remember that pregnancy is a beautiful thing. Therefore, try to emphasize the beauty that pregnancy brings out in you on your special day.
In particular, make an effort to enhance the features that really shine in pregnant women - the breasts and skin. Get a new bra and dust some shimmery makeup on your cleavage. Then, apply a sparkling lotion on your skin so that it looks soft and beautiful. Finally, make sure to use makeup to emphasize your pregnant glow. Invest in a new blush and a bright shade of lipstick that will pop your features in the pictures. This will help you feel confident as you walk down the aisle.
Finally, keep water on hand throughout the wedding day so that you can stay hydrated. This is extremely important for your health and your baby's health. Also, you can always sit down during the wedding day while talking to guests instead of standing. People will understand that your physical ability is limited because you are carrying a baby.
Good luck with the pregnant bride wedding planning, and the baby. You have a lot to celebrate!