The Empire waist is the best friend of the pregnant bride. It’s forgiving to an expanding belly and shows off a newly lush bustline. An A-line silhouette is also a good bet, though it tends to favour those in the first four to five months of pregnancy.
Stay away from extremely fitted styles, as your shape can change drastically in a few weeks. Fluid fabrics or those with some stretch to them are better bets than stiff, heavy materials. You’re likely to feel warmer than usual when pregnant, so avoid long sleeves, heavy satin, and anything else that can make you too hot.
Whether or not you need a maternity gown will depend on how far along you are by the wedding date. Several designers offer maternity sizes, and most bridesmaids’ manufacturers make maternity styles. Order one in ivory and wear it as a wedding dress. Wait as long as possible to buy the dress and push alternations to the last few weeks so that it will fit on your wedding day.