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A Stylish Mama's Guide to Maternity Dresses as a Wedding Guest

by Joy O'Renick | Updated December 2023 | News

What to Wear as a Pregnant Wedding Guest

Hey there, fabulous mamas-to-be! Wedding season is upon us, and as a guest with a beautiful baby bump, you might be wondering how to rock that maternity wedding guest look. Fear not! We've got your back (and bump) covered with the best styles and features for the perfect maternity wedding guest dresses, guaranteed to stun anywhere from a beach in Malibu to a castle courtyard in Ireland.

Embrace Comfort without Compromising Style

First things first, let's talk about comfort. Your baby bump is the star of the show, and you want a dress that lets it shine while keeping you at ease all day long. Opt for styles that give your belly room to breathe, or fabrics with stretch that hug your curves without feeling restrictive. If you're a Petite mama-to-be, spend the time to find a petite maternity dress that is actually designed to flatter shorter wearers. Pro tip: don't be afraid to flaunt your bump – after all, it's the cutest accessory you've got. 


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Into the Blue Maternity & Nursing Dress | Sarah TENCEL Maternity & Nursing Dress 

Empire Waist: Your Bump's Best Friend

One style that never fails to flatter expecting mamas is the empire waist. This classic silhouette cinches just above your baby bump, accentuating your narrowest point and creating a stunning, flowing look. Empire waist dresses allow plenty of room for your growing belly, ensuring you can dance the night away in comfort. Plus, they look effortlessly chic and timeless.

Wrap Dresses: A Chic and Versatile Choice

Wrap dresses are an easy option for pregnant wedding guests. Their adjustable fit means you can tailor the dress to your growing belly, making them a solid investment for both early and late-stage pregnancy. Wrap dresses offer a hint of cleavage and create a flattering V-neckline, elongating your frame.


  Black maternity sweater dress. A perfect maternity wedding guest dress in luxe knit. Black and white striped with three quarter sleeves and amazingly comfortable stretch for baby bump.

Madeline TENCEL Maternity & Nursing Dress | Louie Striped Maternity Dress 

Opt for Chic Black Maternity Dresses

Who says you can't wear black to a wedding? Summer, fall, winter, or spring, black dresses exude sophistication and elegance, and they are a foolproof option for mamas-to-be on important occasions. Opt for breathable fabrics like TENCEL or lightweight cotton to keep you cool and fresh on a warmer day. Cozy up in a chic maternity sweater dress for a cool-weather event.  Accessorize with a stylish belt or eye-catching jewelry to add a stunning splash of color to your ensemble.

Invest in Quality Fabrics for Flattering Silhouettes

When you shop for maternity wedding guest dresses, prioritize luxury quality fabrics that flatter your growing belly and keep you comfortable. Fabrics like TENCEL, Italian stretch blends, and high-quality organic cotton drape beautifully and "blur" imperfections, making bloating and sweating as invisible as possible. The last thing you want is a dress made from thin material that shows off every bulge, bead of perspiration, and mocktail droplet that plagues you during an important event. 

Accessorize to Elevate Your Look

Accessories are your secret weapons for transforming any outfit. A chic belt placed just above your baby bump can accentuate your waist and add a polished touch to your dress. And let's not forget about footwear – prioritize comfort with stylish block heels or elegant flats to keep you dancing and mingling comfortably all night long.

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Boardroom Maternity & Nursing Dress | Into the Blue Maternity & Nursing Dress 

Consider Built-in Nursing Access

For an added bonus, look for maternity wedding guest dresses with built-in nursing access. These nursing dresses are designed to accommodate breastfeeding, making them versatile enough to wear even after the baby arrives. Investing in dresses that cater to your postpartum needs ensures that you get the most out of your stylish ensemble long after the wedding day.

As a radiant mama-to-be, finding the perfect maternity wedding guest dress is all about embracing your bump, feeling comfortable, and looking utterly fabulous. From the elegance of an empire waist to the versatility of wrap dresses and the charm of chic black ensembles, there's a perfect dress out there for every pregnant wedding guest. Invest in quality fabrics that flatter your shape, and consider dresses with built-in nursing access for added versatility.

Remember, confidence is the best accessory you can wear, so don't shy away from flaunting your growing bump with pride. Celebrate love, celebrate life, and celebrate the joy of being a glowing mama at that beautiful wedding!

Now, go forth and rock that maternity wedding guest look, you gorgeous mamas! Cheers to celebrating love, life, and your fabulous self!


About the Author:

Joy O’Renick is bio mama to two beautiful toddler boys, and adopted mama to an amazing 24-year-old son. She, her husband Miles, and their youngest sons live on a mini farm in Oregon where they grow food, play in the woods, and host board game nights. Joy is a longtime teacher and educational leader, as well as a businesswoman.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Education and is a frequent contributing writer for

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