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The black tie wedding

So, if the dress code is black tie, you will need something quite formal. Being a summer wedding and hopefully a warm day, you will need something easy to move around in, and something light and breathable.
You can't go wrong with a full-length dress, and it will give your legs the coverage they will need if swollen. A gorgeous pair of drop-down earrings and a fancy clutch will take you anywhere.
If you simply don’t suit a full-length gown, try a shorter length one, and add a gorgeous headpiece; this will certainly be dressy enough for a black tie event.
Being pregnant, you can get away with anything and can never be over-dressed.
Don’t be shy ask around to find out who is wearing what. You might find hats are a big thing at this certain wedding, therefore wearing a stunning headpiece will take the eye away from the bump.
My most favourite fabric to wear while pregnant is, of course, lace - no zips - and it will stretch with you throughout the day. After all, one needs plenty of stretch in a dress while eating for two. Having a zip at the back of a dress can cause so much frustration, especially if the wedding is a few weeks away. The bump is only growing, and so are our bosoms, meaning you might just get stuck in this dress; so if you do decide to go with this style of dress, make sure there is plenty of room for expansion, and buy it closer to the time.
Tip: Why not hire a gorgeous maternity dress and head-piece for this occasion, as you will get to wear the designer dress for a fraction of the price? Shop at www.stylemama.ie.
A wedding abroad
If you’re lucky enough to be heading off to a wedding somewhere sunny, then all you need is a nice dress that is again lightweight and comfortable to wear. Most couples who arrange a wedding abroad are very relaxed, so generally the venue will be too.
Sandals are a must for your tootsies, and can look very pretty with most knee-length dresses. Try staying clear from black, and go with a pop of colour instead. Headpieces are less popular, as they are harder to pack, and of course the extra weight will do no favours in the heat.
A full-length dress is also an option, but do make sure it is super-lightweight and doesn't crease too much when travelling.
Tip: Pop some Argan oil into your luggage bag for your hair, and also some Mama Mio lucky leg cream; these two products will work wonders for you while away. Also, drink plenty of water so you don’t dehydrate.
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What can i say! amazing maternity wear, fabulous occasion dresses & hats. Why would you buy an exspensive dress while pregnant? when your continuing to grow each month, such a clever idea to hire these designer dresses (at a affordable price).

Stylemama was perfect for me as i had soooo many events to attend and pregges on twins! Thank you Gill for your expert advice, I will continue to reccomend my clients to you xx

By Nikki Kavanagh, Weddings by Nikki Kavangh