There were a few things that had to change for me, and only some felt like a sacrifice.
Being a pregnant bride is sometimes planned, sometimes not. For me, I was desperate to be a pregnant bride for two reasons. The first was that I loved the idea of showing my future child my wedding photos and being able to say, “And there you are in Mummy’s tummy”, and the second was that I knew that if I was pregnant, my Italian parents would be so desperate for me to get married that I’d get away with the small, affordable wedding of my dreams.
After I’d carefully explained to Mum for the millionth time that no, I didn’t want to hide my pregnancy in a puffy wedding dress but actually wanted to accentuate it, being a pregnant bride became a lot of fun.
There were just a few incredibly important things I had to do differently, and only some felt like a sacrifice.
1. The cake.
I’m Italian, so we traditionally have a Layered Italian Continental cake. It is FULL of alcohol. Cakes have to be alcohol-free.
2. The cake tasting.
Never stand in front of a pregnant bride and her cake tasting session. I couldn’t have the cake I wanted, so I had to try every, single, other cake possible. I just had to.
3. The dress.
I really wanted a wedding dress that showed off my bump, but there were other issues. It had to be secure and comfortable. And it couldn't be too long because I had to week, a lot. And you will need extra fittings, especially one that is just before the ceremony. Stress makes you swell.
4. The bra.
Pregnant boobs are pretty big, but they sometimes randomly deflate. Mine deflated on my wedding day but I had thought I didn't need a bra for my dress. Mistake. There is a shot of us cutting the cake where one of them is falling out.
5. The walk down the aisle.
Pregnant women don't want to walk very far so my walk down the aisle was short. And choose a reception area that is close to where you get married. The less you have to travel the better.
6. The flowers.
So many smells upset a pregnant bride's nose. I was so sensitive to smells that I really needed to choose flowers that hardly smelled at all.
7. The groom's deodorant.
My husband wears Rexona Sport and has done since the day I met him, except he's had to stop during the nine-months of each of my pregnancies because the smell made me incredibly sick to my stomach. He didn't wear any deodorant or aftershave on our wedding day.
8. The shoes.
Low heels! I would have worn thongs if I'd thought I could have gotten away with it. I was well beyond the 20-week mark so I was very swollen. I had to settle for low heeled shoes that were like sandals with little heels.