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Planning a wedding as a mum-to-be

06 Oct 2017

Expert advice if you are planning your wedding while pregnant

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Planning a wedding can be stressful for many reasons, and doing so while pregnant can undoubtedly prove testing. However, it can also mean an extra special journey as a bride- and mum-to-be, allowing you to share some very magical moments with your new addition before their arrival. He/she can even share your wedding day with you, whether they are there in person or not; an experience that some newlyweds who had children after their big day wish they had. 

When Hollywood actress Julia Stiles shared an Instagram snap of her, her husband (Preston J Cook) and bump on her wedding day, she showed the world that a pregnant bride can be just as stylish as those who aren't expecting. 

 
 
 
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Image: The Verona dress by Tiffany Rose

Tiffany London, founder and creative director of Tiffany Rose Maternity, says: "You can still wear your dream dress whether you are pregnant or not. Choose a dress designed for pregnancy and don’t up-size just because you’re pregnant - choose your pre-pregnancy dress size."

Tiffany also suggests to:

  • Try on a variety of different styles that you wouldn’t normally consider; figure-hugging maternity bridal styles should not be ruled out, as these can be incredibly flattering when made well with the right fabrics.
  • Keep in mind that if you’re buying a dress well ahead of the big day, your bust will most likely grow (as well as your bump), so make sure the dress offers a little extra room for growth to avoid any last minute panics.

Commenting on the dress design process, Tiffany says: "When selecting fabrics, we choose ones that offer a little stretch for comfort so that our customers don’t feel restricted. We hand-pick the finest fabrics including lace and chiffon that can be cleverly gathered and draped for flattering and comfortable detail. 

"My favourite fabric to work with is lace, which is both flattering and forgiving, which means that you are able to wear something beautifully fitted around your curves and look and feel your best. Ultimately, I want every bride that we dress to feel confident and amazing on their big day.”

Take a look at the Tiffany Rose maternity collection here and for brides who will be breast-feeding on their wedding day, read all about the Tiffany Rose nursing wedding dress

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Yet the dress is just one part of an entire wedding which requires meticulous planning and attention to detail. De-stressing is key for any brides-to-be and more so, for those with child. 

Will Williams, founder of Beeja Meditation, says: "Being pregnant can certainly add some stress when getting married - especially when you are at the mercy of pregnancy hormones. When you’re feeling stressed out it’s no fun for you or your baby, but meditation can make a huge difference. Check out a few of the meditation centres in your area or look up some breathing exercises online, and set aside 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and clear your mind. You’ll be amazed at how much calmer you’ll feel."

Complementing a healthy mindset is a balanced diet which offers all the nutrition a pregnant woman needs to maintain optimum health and wellbeing while wedding planning. Emma Clarke, MA (Human Nutrition), nutritionist for calorie counting app Nutracheck, says: "When you’re pregnant, you’re using up more nutrients than ever. To fuel you and the baby, instead of reaching for a quick sugar or caffeine hit, focus on eating foods with natural energy boosting benefits and nutrients to keep your energy levels high."

Emma recommends:

  • Turkey - a great source of B vitamin (niacin), which helps the body produce new cells, and keeps skin rejuvenated.
  • Sweet potatoes - rich in vitamin B6, which helps the body produce selenium, promoting a calming effect.
  • Broccoli - packed with nutrients that are necessary for a healthy pregnancy, such as calcium and folate; it's also rich in fibre and disease-fighting antioxidants. 
  • Bananas - rich in potassium, they offer quick energy to fight off pregnancy fatigue and they're easy on your stomach if you're nauseated.
  • Brazil nuts - just four nuts give you your daily selenium dose, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
  • And don’t forget... water – swap your fizzy drinks or endless cups of tea for water for a healthier way to keep hydrated. Keeping thirst at bay can help with any nausea that pregnancy can bring.
  • For a sweet treat, a square or two of dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and will give you a boost.

Due to the dreaded fluid retention associated with pregnancy, you may also find that your hands and feet start to swell. Swollen fingers can mean that your engagement ring no longer fits and you might not be able to wear it on your wedding day. However, there are various ways you can still keep the sentiment close at hand as expert Andrew Brown, founder of WP Diamonds - a leading purchaser of diamonds, fine jewellery and luxury watches, advises:

  • Wear it close to your heart - attach your engagement ring to a favourite necklace.
  • Out with the old, in with the new - see this as an opportunity to reinvent your old jewellery and purchase something new and special that reminds you of your partner and the special pregnancy time.
  • It's time to reevaluate - buying matching engagement watches is a new trend that will remind you of your loved one throughout the day.
  • Reflect your engagement with something subtle - earrings are something you see every time you look in the mirror. These will remind you of your engagement at least five times a day.
  • Change the tradition - men-gagement rings are on the rise, so why not get him a special ring while yours is out of action?

Whatever your pregnancy throws at you, it should never hinder your progress with wedding planning. Read all about how this bride coped with a surprise pregnancy while planning a wedding and how she managed to piece together her special day in just three months... proving that pregnancy doesn't hold you back. 

Did you plan your wedding while pregnant or are you currently doing so? We want to hear from you; email sarah.george@archant.co.uk

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