Easy Ways to Include and Celebrate Your Pregnant Bridesmaids
July 28, 2017
While a pregnant bridesmaid may require some additional logistics, making sure your gal pal is happy and comfortable throughout your wedding planning process should be a top priority.
Finding a dress that any old bridesmaid loves can be challenging enough. But with a growing bump, bridesmaid dresses can prove to be quite the quest. "One of the biggest changes we've seen is that expecting bridesmaids aren't hiding their bump," said Elizabeth Samet, VP of Branding at Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity. An easy way to take the ease out of dress-stress is to let your bridesmaid pick their own gowns. Just approve a color and set a few guidelines—pattern, length, fabric—and let them do the rest. This swoon-worthy strappy-back dress would certainly do the trick for any mama-to-be.

Bachelorette Party
While most bachelorette parties involve champagne and the like, make sure yours has some non-alcohol related events so your pregnant 'maid can enjoy the party too. Think spa treatments, a beach weekend, or a scavenger hunt in a fun city. She'll be thrilled to be included in something where she won't feel like the odd man out. Stocking up on alcohol for the group? Make sure your MOH knows to grab some sparkling apple juice for faux toasting—this goes for the morning of the wedding too. And another major no-no, don't ask her to be the designated driver.
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Coordinating Dates
While this is a super exciting time for you, make sure you remember how incredible this is for her too. Take into consideration any important dates for her so you don't overlap. For example, her gender-reveal party, bridal shower, or even due date. You won't want any hard feelings if she has to miss one of your important events and vice-versa.

Moral Support
At the end of the day, you asked her to be a bridesmaid, which makes her one of your closest confidants and friends. "One of my bridesmaids was pregnant during our wedding festivities, and I always wanted to make sure she felt included," said Liz Adams of Sequins & Stripes. "Whether it was planning a mocktail that matched our signature cocktail or monogramming her robe with "mama to be," being pregnant is a journey in itself so I wanted to make sure our wedding was a fun escape!"

Other sweet ideas: check in with mani/pedis for the two of you—she'll love the pampering and one-on-one time. Or send a sweet card letting her know you're thinking about her and are so glad she's a part of your day. For any mama-to-be, the little things certainly matter.

Style Me Pretty Contributor - Briana Charlotte is a freelance writer residing in Brooklyn, New York. When she isn't writing about all things bridal, she can be found on the dance floor at a wedding or bachelorette party.