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Great expectations: what every pregnant bride needs to know

A few weeks along or in the home stretch, planning a wedding with baby on board can leave you feeling in a constant toss up of what you want... and what makes sense. From the dress to the “I do, when you make use of our five must-know hints... you can expect great things.

Play up your bump

The number one mistake an expectant mom can make is trying to squeeze the here and now into the dream dress of yesterday. While it can be hard to say goodbye to that fitted Vera Wang mermaid sheath (oh, we shall miss you!), it’s all about coexisting with your dreams. Empire waistlines are one of the many silhouettes that look stunning on pregnant tummies and give a natural air of elegance and soft sophistication. Add a boho headband and a vintage brooch bouquet and you’ll be on trend, timeless and stunningly show stopping... easy peasy.

Flats are your friend

Those crystal Jimmy Choos call your name from the far end of Macy’s. They beckon. You splurge. Then, you waddle down the aisle like a penguin on Tuesday. It’s hard to be graceful and elegant in four-inch heels when your center of balance is already off. This is when compromise comes in. Decide what elements of your dream heel speak to your inner fashionista. Then look for those same elements in a shoe sans teetering heels. (But as a treat to yourself, buy the heels anyway. You can save them for date night after baby or take them along for the honeymoon!)

Go faux on your ring finger

At some point in your pregnancy your fingers are going to swell - and that’s especially true for brides who are at their most pregnant in the summer months. Instead of sizing and resizing your Tiffany eternity band (which can greatly reduce the strength of the metal), opt instead for a faux band to tide you over. Sterling silver bands seamlessly mimic platinum... no one will ever know the difference.

Know some churches might not be open to housing your wedding

Though most churches would never dream of turning down a bride, some priests may not be comfortable with performing a marriage where the bride is expecting. While it is upsetting, it’s best to not dwell. For every priest who won’t come near your wedding, there will be 50 who will be more than happy to tie the knot for you... besides, it’s better to find out now and be married by someone who is honored to perform your ceremony than someone who scoffs at you from a distance.

Take advantage of timeless poses

Mother Nature has given you a photo-op you don’t want to miss out on. Have your photographer play up your bump in ways you’ll always want to remember. This expectant bride did just that and look how elegantly share-worthy the film turned out. #Adorable

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