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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!

 

 

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Succulent Bouquet.  Succulents are literally popping up all over Pinterest.  Whether in terrariums, garden accent walls, or wedding centerpieces, we’re loving them!  They add a great sense of the outdoors, while being fairly low-maintenance.  They also add a touch of spunk to a space, perfect for the couple who wants to infuse a hint of personality into their florals.  But they’re not just for tables and outdoor spaces; they’re beautiful in wedding bouquets too!  Cluster several together for a big statement, or mix them in with other florals for a subtler look.  This bouquet is a perfect example of how succulents can be mixed into other florals for a fabulous overall look.

Statement Brooch.  We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again.  We love all things J.Crew, this look included.  But this look caught our eye even before we realized the look was J.Crew.  Brooches are no strangers to our Pinterest page, and they’re certainly not strangers among brides.  But the simplicity of this look and the placement of this brooch, well, it left us speechless.  No sash, no large floral, just a simple piece of bling, perfectly placed at the waistline.  Can’t afford the J.Crew price?  No worries, just about any brooch with do.  Scour thrift stores, flea markets, or your grandmother’s closet for a great statement piece.

 

Dress Display.  You know those people who say you only use your wedding dress once?  Well, this pin challenges their theory just a little bit.  This couple decided to showcase the beautiful dresses of the important women in their lives, sharing not only the dresses, but also special photos from their loved ones’ big day.  It’s a different idea for sure; proof there are always new and creative ideas in wedding world!

Jen Fariello Photography