As you may or may not have seen on social media, I was a bridesmaid at my Uncle & new Aunty’s wedding at the weekend. It was so lovely to get glammed up and spend the day celebrating as a family and I was honoured to have been invited to be such a big part of their special day. This weekend I also reached 30 weeks pregnant, a massive milestone that I have been
counting down to for ages, just 10 weeks to go! Being SO pregnant though, has it’s challenges when you need to be on top form and look fabulous all day long, and so here are my top tips on making it through the day with ease.
C H O O S E A D R E S S T H A T C A N G R O W A S Y O U R B U M P D O E S | Chances are, you’ll be choosing your bridesmaids dresses fairly early on in the wedding planning process. In fact we didn’t even know I was pregnant when we headed to try on every dress on the shop and pose for the bride to be. Luckily as it turned out, we’d chosen a beautiful maxi style dress which could be easily altered and expanded around my growing bump with a little help from a very talented seamstress. If you already know you are pregnant, ask the bridal shop their advice on the best style for you and the rest of the bridal party.
H A V E A B A C K U P D R E S S | With the rate my tummy grew in the last month or so, it was touch and go as to whether I would fit into the dress on the big day. Trust me, even though it had only been two weeks since the last fitting, we had a little trouble doing up the zip! And so, while it would have meant I wouldn’t have fit in with the other bridesmaids, I made sure I had a back up dress which I knew would fit and be comfortable on the day just in case. While my bridesmaid dress did fit nicely (phew!) for the ceremony etc, by desert my tummy had expanded so much that I got quite uncomfortable and decided to change into my back up dress for the rest of the day. As I said before, comfort is key and if your bride is anything like ours, she will just want you to be able to enjoy the day ratehr than struggle being uncomfortable.
C O M F Y S H O E S | Carrying on the comfort is key theme, an extra pair of flat and comfy shoes are essential for every pregnant bridesmaid. I bought some sandals from New Look which I changed into in the evening so I could dance without achey feet!
T A K E S N A C K S | Weddings can be long! We left for the venue to get ready at 8.30am and the wedding breakfast wasn’t until around 3pm and that’s a long time to go without food when you’re growing a human! Especially as I tend to get a bit faint if I don’t eat little and often. I packed some mini croissants and a bunch of bananas and kept them in my bag in the dressing room to keep me going and I think it’s safe to say I wasn’t the only person grateful for them! My sister gladly tucked in throughout the day too.
I T ‘ S O K A Y T O L E A V E E A R L Y | We ended up going home just after 10pm and while at first I was worried it might offend the newly wedded couple, was actually absolutely the right thing adn honestly, there was so much champagne flowing I am not sure too many people noticed! I was exhausted and having been on the go all day long I literally fell into bed and was asleep within 10 minutes of being back at the house. I still go to enjoy the day without over doing it.
I really loved being a bridesmaid and having a bump made it even more of a magical experience.