If you're going to be pregnant on your big day, congratulations! Starting your life as newlyweds while expecting is incredibly exciting, and you'll no doubt want to find the perfect maternity wedding dress to celebrate in.
In the not-too distant past, 'maternity wedding dress' pretty much translated to 'sack'. Not any more. Admittedly, not all wedding dress designers have maternity-specific dresses, so if you're hitting up the bridal boutiques, it's worth checking before your appointment that your chosen shops carry designs to suit your growing bump.
If you don't find what you're looking for in a bridal boutique, don't panic - simply look at buying your wedding dress online and you'll be spoilt for choice. From high-end to budget-friendly brands, designers have cottoned on to the fact that as both a bride-to-be and a mum-to-be, you still want to look sensational when you take to the aisle.
You can find gorgeous maternity wedding dresses to suit all kinds of aesthetic, from glam to boho, from minimalist cool to vintage-inspired elegance.
We've picked out our favourite maternity wedding dresses and spoken to the experts to get their maternity fashion insights and top tips.
The Best Maternity Wedding Dresses for 2022
1. Alaska – £299, Tiffany Rose
The Alaska maternity wedding dress from Tiffany Rose is perfect for a summer wedding, thanks to the light, easy-wearing silk-chiffon skirt.
The dress is tailored with a stretch finish, so you don’t need to worry about accommodating a growing bump!
2. Dolly Daze – £55, Club L London
Planning a summer wedding? We think this adorable babydoll style dress is a great pick. We love the ruffled statement straps and frill hem and think it would look amazing paired with some laidback flats or sandals.
3. Lace Maternity Gown – £117.12, Skaira Maternity
With a blush base and tulle overlay with white floral details, this dress is the ideal choice for brides looking for something a little bit different. The base fabric will hug your bump beautifully while the tulle overlay will give a soft and romantic feel to the look.
4. Eden – £269, Tiffany Rose
We adore the Eden dress from Tiffany Rose. Shimmering jersey fabric makes for a chic, figure-skimming silhouette, and the stretch lace overlay on the gown adds a note of prettiness.
You can add a sash to amp up the elegance, with options including plain satin or vintage-inspired embellishment.
5. Romia Tank – £34.99, Envie de Fraise
Envie de Fraise are a great brand to know for everyday maternity wear - and they also have some wedding-worthy designs that won't break the bank. The Romia Tank dress is all about understated chic, with a flatter-all wrap neckline.
It's been designed to be suitable for breastfeeding, so you can also wear it post-pregnancy.
6. Mum To Be – £75, Club L London
Lovers of simple styling will fall head over heels for this minimalist gown. We love the plunge neckline and subtle balloon sleeves along with the full length skirt.
This is a great choice for brides and mums-to-be who want their bump to take centre stage.
7. Sparkle Mama – £120, Club L London
Add some serious glamour and sparkle to your look with this sparkle dress from Club L London.
We love the thigh split and on-trend square neckline.
8. Mia – £225, Tiffany Rose
Add some glitz and glam to your bridal look with the Mia wedding dress from Tiffany Rose, featuring an embellished bodice of sequins and lace.
It's a dress that's as practical as it is pretty, made from soft-fitting jersey fabric for a comfortable fit.
9. Worth The Wait – £65, Club L London
10. Laeticia Maternity Jumpsuit – £43.99, Envie de Fraise
Prefer a jumpsuit to a dress? Your wish is our command! This Laeticia maternity jumpsuit is super-slick, and would look incredibly stylish at a city wedding.
11. Pretty Perfect – £50, Club L London
A fishtail silhouette like this one will show off your blossoming bump perfectly and make for an unforgettable look.
The mesh neckline and sleeves add a high fashion feel that we're totally here for.
12. Vintage Style Maternity Dress – £64.44, Costyle Designs
While finding a genuine vintage gown to fit your bump may prove a little tricky, vintage-loving brides can still rock old style glamour with a gown like this one. We love the high neckline and flowing A-line skirt.
13. Sienna – £119, Tiffany Rose
We think this maternity wedding dress from Tiffany Rose has serious Meghan Markle vibes, with its simple fabric and clean lines.
The gently tailored fit means it will fit your new shape beautifully.
14. Pink Maternity Slip Dress – £49, Lily & Ribbon
Who says you have to wear white? This pink slip dress is effortlessly chic, and would look gorgeous at a spring or summer wedding.
Worried about getting the wrong kind of chills? Add a bridal cover-up for the evening.
15. Ivory Maternity Wedding Dress – £299, Seraphine
This stylish wedding dress from Seraphine is the modern way to do pretty.
The flowing silhouette is elevated by just a couple of judiciously thought-through details: a touch of lace at the shoulders and back and a bow at the neckline.
16. Amelia – £199, Tiffany Rose
The Amelia dress from Tiffany Rose is absolutely stunning! Available in both full length and mid length so you can pick a style to suit you.
We particularly appreciate that this dress is all about embracing your bump. Even though it's form-fitting, however, the soft ivory jersey is light weight and super comfortable so you won’t need to worry about feeling too hot on the day.
17. Hope & Ivy Leila Gown – £140, ASOS
We love the boho vibes of this maternity wedding dress from Hope & Ivy. The floaty chiffon fabric and embroidered florals, make for a dreamy and romantic combination.
18. Hope & Ivy Embroidered Maxi Dress – £150, ASOS
Another romantic pick from Hope & Ivy, this ivory gown features soft woven fabric and beaded floral detailing, creating a look that's both romantic and glamorous.
The Chloe dress is so sophisticated, with its three quarter length lace sleeves and elegant scalloped neckline.
It’s the perfect wedding dress for brides who want to feel refined on the big day, while really embracing their bump.
20. Maggie Boho Lace Maternity Dress – £139.20, Design by C Maternity at Etsy
Embrace your inner boho goddess with this sensational lace maternity dress.
It's available in a whole host of different colours, so don't feel you're limited to a white dress - have fun with your look.
21. Hope & Ivy Lilbeth Dress – £130, ASOS
Wedding dresses don't just have to be white or ivory, you know. We love this cream maxi dress with embroidered pink flowers and think it would be a great fit for a bohemian bride.
22. Christina Maternity Dress – £38.99, Envie de Fraise
The Christina dress features a beautifully fluid silhouette, with side slits for ease of movement (and to provide some subtle sexiness).
What makes it really stand out from other bridal maxis is that patterned waistband - so chic.
23. Gwen Baby Blue Maternity Dress with Slip – £191.25, Design by C Maternity at Etsy
Add a dash of colour to your bridal look with this pretty-as-a-picture maternity dress.
The blue tulle skirt will look incredible in the wedding photos!
24. Nicola Lace Gown – £225, Tiffany Rose
Pink Blush take a cool and contemporary approach to maternity wear - like this chic dress. That chevron mesh just feels so fresh.
They're based in the US but do ship internationally - before you buy, check out what custom duties you'll be liable for, as you'll need to factor those into your budget.
26. Elizabeth Gown – £325, Tiffany Rose
Soft, flowing chiffon and a lace cap-sleeve bodice give this Tiffany Rose gown a gorgeously romantic feel.
Plus, the empire waistline is giving major Bridgerton wedding dress vibes.
27. Aria Gown – £349, Tiffany Rose
This gown is giving major screen siren vibes with its off-the-shoulder neckline and sparkling waist detail.
Classic and timeless, this dress will never go out of fashion
28. Maternity Wedding Dress with Dots – £306.84 Approx., Mamarella
Polka dots are a chic alternative to the classic wedding florals, and they look particularly lovely on this maternity wedding dress.
There's a removable sash, so you can choose whether or not to add extra emphasis to the empire-line waist.
29. Penelope Maternity Jumpsuit – £68.99, Envie de Fraise
We're head over heels for this maternity jumpsuit, which would be just the thing for a chic city wedding.
We'd style it with gold accessories and a pair of pale blue shoes (as your something blue) for a winning bridal look.
30. Lace Sleeved Mesh Maternity Maxi Dress – £48, Mamalicious
Looking for a traditional wedding dress? This Mamalicious design is classically elegant, with a fluid skirt against a pretty lace bodice.
31. Verona – £249, Tiffany Rose
The Verona gown has a delicate eyelash lace overlay and is lined with a soft ivory jersey - so as well as looking gorgeous, you'll feel comfortable and cool all day long.
You'll also be in great company as this is the same dress worn by Hollywood actress Julia Stiles on her wedding day!
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Everything You Need to Know About Maternity Wedding Dresses
We asked wedding planner, Ann Beggs, and maternity wedding dress designer, Tiffany London, to answer all of your maternity wedding dress FAQs.
When an Expectant Bride Visits a Boutique, What Information Should She Share?
"The first thing is how pregnant she’s going to be at the time of the wedding as this affects the styles the boutique consultant will consider," says Ann Beggs, wedding planner and owner of Ann Nicholas. "The boutique may also ask if this is the bride’s first pregnancy: if the bride already has children, chances are her waistline will expand much quicker than if she was having her first baby."
Do Most Brides Want to Hide or Show off Their Bump?
"We prefer to work with the bump rather than disguise it," says Tiffany London, owner and founder of Tiffany Rose. "The majority of our customers are around six to eight months pregnant on their wedding day, so their biggest concern is wearing something that is flattering.
"Often, pregnant brides opt for an empire waist which can be very flattering as it accentuates the slimmest part of the body – it doesn’t show off or disguise the bump."
What Fabrics Suit Pregnant Brides and Why?
"If the design is done well and the fabric is good quality, any type of fabric can be used," says Tiffany. "It’s best to avoid anything overly stiff - look for floating silks, soft satin jerseys and elegant lace fabrics, all of which are breathable and tailored to enhance growing curves."
Ann agrees that comfort is key: "Soft fabrics like chiffon and tulle for heavily pregnant brides as they are more comfortable and flow over the bump. For earlier stages of pregnancy, lace or lace appliqué is good, as the pattern distracts from the bump."
Can a Seamstress Make a Wedding Dress a Maternity Dress?
"You can convert many zip back gowns to lace-ups, let out side seams, or take a waisted ballgown and shorten the bodice to create an empire-line dress," Says Ann.
Can Any Trend Be Incorporated into Maternity Bridal?
"A good designer knows how to adapt a trend and tailor it accordingly so it works on all levels for pregnant brides," says Tiffany. "They will select the right fabric for weight and drape, and focus on the fit and on the areas of the body that can expand during pregnancy."
Are Maternity Dresses More Expensive Than Other Bridal Fashion?
"Maternity gowns tend to be of a similar price point to your average bridal gown," says Ann.
What Fashion Advice Would You Give to a Pregnant Bride?
"Don’t compromise on your style: you can still wear your dream dress whether you are pregnant or not," says Tiffany. "Also, choose a dress designed for pregnancy."
"Stay true to your own sense of style and don’t assume that because you’re pregnant you have to have an empire-line gown – but definitely have a lace-up back, not a zip," says Ann.
If you also have some weddings to attend as a guest, check out some of our favourite maternity wedding guest dresses.