a bride with a bump

A Bride with a Bump


There’s a major baby boom going on in Hollywood. Dressing your bump has never been more chic or full of better options. Here’s a look at some insight for a Bride with a Bump…

So you’re knocked up? You’ve got a lot to celebrate! While these life events are huge on their own, you’re navigating both at the same time which can be tricky…but definitely doable. Before you walk (or adorably waddle) down the aisle, consider these wedding planning tips and hosting a wedding during pregnancy:

Time it right. If possible, try to get hitched in your second trimester. Your morning sickness should be gone by then (or at least eased up enough so you can face the buffet without barfing). Plus, if you get married mid-pregnancy rather than at the end, you’ll feel more like a bride than the state puff marshmallow man. One more timing tip: If pregnancy fatigue hits you hardest at night, shoot for a daytime event (which is likely less expensive too).


Dress the part. Even if you’re not showing when you hit the bridal shop, let the consultant know how far along you’ll be when you tie the knot. She’ll advise you on which size will be best for your belly-to-be. While you can wear almost any style you want, baby bumps look especially elegant in an empire-waist silhouette, which is snug at the bustline and roomier in the belly. Also, be sure to wear practical shoes. Being on your feet all day is a trigger for swollen feet, now add in water retention…a recipe for disaster!


Stress less. From choosing the right caterer to picking fabulous flowers to perfecting your seating chart, wedding planning can be pretty nerve-racking. But stress and pregnancy isn’t a great combo, so consider toning down the party to something you can handle more easily. Or hire a wedding planner or ask a willing friend to take on some of the tougher tasks.


Also, while pregnant brides aren’t that unusual anymore (hello, did anyone see Bethenny Frankel dedicate a whole reality show to getting married while pregnant!), some people on your guest list may be offended that you’re expecting before the wedding. If they can’t get on board, then it’ll truly be their loss to miss out on your big day.

Here’s to double blessings – a wonderful wedding and a healthy baby to boot!



gothic wedding

Gothic Wedding

Ever consider a Gothic Wedding?

It might be the time of year but there’s something fascinating about a bride who is daring enough to use Gothic themes in her wedding. It’s not traditional, it might scare some of your guests but it they’re dare devils like you then they should get into the theme. What better time of year than October to do blood red elegance?
Our favorite main piece is probably the thousands of Gothic wedding dresses you can pick from. They can be as expensive as “traditional” dresses but we’ve found some deals where they seem slightly less pricey. They can be simple to ornate for example this stunning red A-line.

Other styles can be darker for your more Victorian rocker side.

The possibilities of a Gothic themed wedding are spectacular. You have permission to use dark colors that most people would think are too dramatic. There really isn’t anything too dramatic or “wrong” in this theme. We love brides who think outside the box! Your Gothic wedding doesn’t have to death and skeletons like most people associate with the word. Gothic can simply refer to “romanticism” and you can wear white, like this stunning gown.

Whatever colors you choose it’s all about the romance and elegance even with a Gothic theme. But, feel free to go wild with black roses, cloaks, crimson accents and all the wonderful darkness that’s out there to play with!

Lizzie Post

7 Wedding Tips From Lizzie Post

wedding eLizzie Post, the granddaughter of the famed etiquette queen, Emily Post, was recently featured on Style me Pretty with a few choice tips for brides and grooms on the rules of wedded bliss.  While so many of those old rules have been thrown out the window and modern couples are encouraged to be themselves and use their big day as an expression of their couple’s style, being gracious and polite absolutely NEVER goes out of style. We like the idea of keeping some of these key tips in mind and always embodying the utmost in manners especially during such an important time in your life.  Here is the roundup of our favorite money-saving and money savvy tips for the ultra modern bride! Enjoy!


1. It’s not polite to ask for cash, so subtly hint. Parents and the bridal party can spread the word too.

2. No. 1 rule of budgeting: start with the wedding guest list. An intimate gathering is a chic way to stay on budget.

3. It’s OKto reward yourself! When making those big vendor payments, try and choose a credit card instead of a check and earn cash back.

4. Tactfully negotiate with vendors through prioritization. An experienced vendor can stretch the budget if he/she knows what matters most to you.

5. Wedding Vendors are integral to your day, so always be kind, thank them for their help and services, and make prompt payments. Set up mobile alerts to ensure you don’t forget outstanding invoices.

6. Locally source your wedding. It’s eco-friendly and budget-friendly, while ensuring that your meal, wine and flowers are as fresh as possible.

7. With the average cost of a new wedding gown between $1,000-1,800, it’s perfectly acceptable and sensible to rent, borrow or purchase a pre-owned wedding dress.


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