Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dresses For Pregnant and Expecting Brides

Pregnant Brides - Photo By - Adrian Dreßler

While the social awkwardness of being a pregnant bride is dampened in 2013, finding a dress that will fit, instead of does fit, is an awkward experience of its own. How are you supposed to know how much weight you will gain? While some women stay thin with a big baby bump, others blossom from head to toe.

Learning About The Empire Waist Dress

As a preggo bride your best, and safest bet, is to choose an empire waist dress. Here’s a link to a curated list of empire wedding dresses to get you acquainted with your new best friend. The empire waist is designed to flatter any woman that has a wider middle section, raising the waistline high above the actual waist and sometimes right up under the breasts. This has the effect of flattering the breasts and lengthening the body.

Estimating Your Dress Size in Advance

Number one tip is to look at your mother and grandmother. How many sizes did they increase? Is your diet similar? Most expecting mothers will gain 2 – 4 sizes during pregnancy and a few will gain more than 4. The most important thing to pay attention to when considering an empire waist dress is not the size of you from the waist down, but from the breasts up! If you tend to gain a lot of weight in your arms, face and breasts when you put on pounds, you will need to choose a dress that has “room to grow” with you.

If you want a complete tailored look, the better option is to pick the style of dress you want and wait till one month before the wedding to purchase the dress. Then schedule a fitting 1 week before your wedding and have the tailor sew it a little wide (in-case you have swelling in the arms or breasts). It is easier to pin in day-of than alter to make more room.

Picking The Right Length

Length is a style preference but it can also be helpful to consider the season you are getting married in and the look you want to achieve. Short empire waist dresses can look ultra-cute with billowing layers of ruffles and pleats while silky-smooth, longer dresses ,played up with a bit of with embroidery, can look positively regal.

Either way you choose, remember that you will want to be comfortable most of all so pick pair of shoes that will go the distance with you. For more inspiration check out this Google Images page for preggo wedding dresses.

Wedding Inspiration: Hot Trends for Spring 2013

Wedding Inspiration | Photo by- Francesca PalazziWith wedding season just around corner, the latest spring wedding trends offer inspiration for every couple. This season the focus on customization continues to gain popularity as more couples look to put a unique spin on their ceremony and reception. As you create the wedding of your dreams, here’s three spring trends to help you personalize the details:

The New Venue

Couples are thinking outside the box when it comes to the location of their ceremony and party. For your wedding, consider booking a space that comes with its own beauty, like a favorite art gallery or museum. If you plan to have an outdoor wedding, think about using a family farm or childhood summer camp where you can play up the natural beauty and surroundings. Your choice of a unique venue location can show off personal style or tell about the special attachment you and your partner have to a space.

Have Fun with Food

Think whimsical and fun when planning the menu, especially for desserts and snacks. Many couples are now offering their favorite sweets like s’mores or a bar with different candies that make for fun, DIY food. Make this trend your own with a selection of your favorite sweet treats (for some delicious inspiration, look through these Foodgawker wedding food photos).

On the savory side, gourmet food trucks are another popular trend that can show off personal flavor. Bring in a late night truck for tacos or BBQ to keep guests full and the party going. And if you want to personalize a sit-down dinner menu, think back to childhood meals or the dishes eaten on a first date and let those memories inspire your food choices.

The Wedding Game

Great music and space to dance are still classic elements for having a fun reception but the new trend for wedding entertainment is all about the games. Bocce ball, croquet, and corn hole let your guests team up and have some wedding competition. These games are perfect for outdoor venues with plenty of space, and indoor receptions can work well with a small arcade or area for card games. If you want to personalize the games, try custom designing the game pieces with your initials or the wedding date.

To get more wedding inspiration, visit these special pages on Pinterest and Etsy that showcase the latest trends and help you personalize all the details of your celebration. Staying true to your personal taste never goes out of style, so always make any trend your own by customizing it the way you like best!

Budget Cuts? Get Smart With an Online Cash Wedding Registry

Online Cash Wedding Registry | Photo Credit:Nicolas KarimWhile we can all appreciate those wedding gifts that stand the test of time- crystal stemware, fine china, or a bottle of wine to be opened on a 20th anniversary, with the recent initiation of Congress’ sequester, many couples will be grateful for the immediate relief that an online cash wedding registry can bring. The $1.2 trillion budget cuts will most notably affect American families via health care, education programs, law enforcement, funding for non-profit organizations, disaster relief, and unemployment benefits.

When Money is the Best Gift You Can Give

Planning a wedding can undoubtedly be stressful at times and, unfortunately, many couples will  feel the inevitable brunt of the sequester whilst in the middle of an engagement. Alternative wedding registries allow us to give something to our loved ones on their wedding day, that they may not feel comfortable asking for; money.

Making Money Gifts Personal

Of course, many of us have struggled with the impersonal nature of giving money as a gift and, traditionally, it’s not something that we associate with “I put a lot of thought into this because you mean the world to me.” However, unusual circumstances often call for creativity. At the end of the day, when the contribution you make to an online cash or custom wedding registry is put towards a down-payment on a house, a dream honeymoon or next month’s rent,  you are saying, “I love you and wish to support your dreams in any way I can.”

How to Avoid Getting 20 Toasters For Your Wedding

Ideally, the bride and groom will be upfront about their wishes. No one wants to end up with a table full of toasters and picture frames! The best online gift registry is a completed one, so if you are part of a wedding party, making a concerted effort to ensure that fellow guests understand the benefits that an online cash wedding registry will bring to the couple could mean the difference between post-wedding bliss or post-wedding garage sales!

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