The story of Belinda’s custom made wedding dress for a pregnant bride

"...a hand crafted dress for a beautiful bride & mother to be..."

Custom made wedding dresses for a pregnant bride

The day I met Belinda to talk about getting a wedding dress designed, she was concerned about her changing body shape due to her pregnancy. She wanted to understand how we would manage finishing her wedding dress being custom made if her body shape was constantly changing. Her questions and concerns were quite varied and based on her past shopping experiences.



Will my dress fit nice on the day?  



What if I grow too big and my dress doesn’t fit? 



How close to the wedding date can you finish my dress?



I’m worried it won’t fit right. 



Can I leave my dress with you until the last couple of days in case you need to alter it to fit my changing body?



These were some of her worries.  I said to Belinda when you chose to get a wedding dress custom made with me, as a designer, the most important thing is to understand your concerns, worries and emotions before I start creating for you. 


I believe my best work can only be achieved when I am connected to you and understand your emotions.



So we began with designing ideas, looking at fabrics and Belinda fell in love with an exquisite piece of lace. The rest was history in terms of creating the wedding dress of her dreams that was ready to suit being worn while pregnant.



I designed the wedding dress with the lace being the main fabric to feature. I had to consider the cause and effect of how this beautiful lace was going to react to the style we were creating. 



With Belinda’s baby bump on it’s way, we focused on using the lace on the top part of her gown, emphasising her shoulders and bust line. The rest of her wedding dress fell softly over her baby bump so she felt free and comfortable to move around on her special day without the weight and restriction of a heavy bridal gown. 



We catered for all her questions and concerns throughout the fitting process, making her experience a wonderful and memorable one that she can share with her baby one day.


A great review for a wedding dress made for a pregnant bride

“ I wanted to thank you for the amazing work you did on my dress. I absolutely loved it! Thanks again for everything – it really was an amazing day and I got so many wonderful comments on my dress even though I was pregnant.

Thank you for being such a pleasure to work with – this was the least stressful experience ever!”


Getting a wedding dress designed in Sydney

In a world where wedding aisles are becoming more like conveyor belts, churning out brides in conveyor belt gowns, your heart will probably rebel. Surely you crave a dress that is as unique as your own fingerprint, a creation that carries your essence down the aisle?


It’s not just a gown; it’s the armour for your love story, the silk and satin banner under which you’ll walk into the next chapter of your life.



The pain of the ordinary is a tight clasp around the dreams of brides who yearn for something more, something that can’t be picked off a rack.



Feel the agitation, the inner turmoil when faced with racks upon racks of dresses that, while beautiful, whisper someone else’s name. The cookie-cutter shapes, the déjà vu designs, they brush against your skin but never touch your soul.



Where is the gown that speaks of your laughter, that dances with your spirit, that fits not just your curves but your quirks?



The frustration builds with every try-on, with every settling sigh in the face of compromise. The solution is a siren call to all brides who dare to dream—work with a wedding dress designer.



So imagine the thrill of discussing A-line silhouettes, fitted bodices that flare from the waist, gowns that suit not just a body type but your body type. Picture yourself consulting with a designer on the drama of a Princess Wedding Dress, the snug bodice, the extravagant full skirt, each vertical panel a testament to your regal bearing.



Think of the allure of a Mermaid Wedding Dress, sculpted to your form, flaring where you dictate, a celebration of your every curve. Envisage the simple elegance of a Sheath Wedding Dress, its sleek line a canvas for your personal story to be written in beads, lace, or the whisper of chiffon. Feel the soft embrace of an Empire Waist Wedding Dress, the fabric flowing down from just below the bust, a tribute to your own empire of love and partnership.



With a wedding dress designer, there are no limits, only possibilities.



A Ball Gown for the queen of the night, a Tea-Length for the sprite in daylight, a High-Low hem for the bride who walks the line between tradition and modernity. Your designer is your collaborator, your ally, your magician, pulling out from their hat not rabbits, but capes, capelets, illusion necklines, off-the-shoulder bodices—each detail a stitch in the tapestry of your “I do.”



The process is intimate, a courtship of ideas and inspirations. Your designer listens, sketches, and crafts. From the strapless wonders to the corseted marvels, from the boning that outlines strength to the lace overlay that speaks of delicate mornings spent in love’s embrace.



Sequins that catch the light of your smile, appliqués that mirror the complexity of your thoughts, ruching that tells of the roads travelled to get to this very moment.



The bodice of your gown could feature the intricate boning of a corset, hugging your form with the assurance of a lover’s embrace.



Sleeves or no sleeves? Cap for the whimsical, long for the elegant, bell for the bohemian, illusion for the mysterious.


The back design—shall it be an open declaration of boldness, a keyhole whisper of secrets, or an illusion back of dreams half-told?



The silhouette itself is a story—will it be the timeless ball gown, the fluid A-line, the daring mermaid, or the unassuming sheath?



Consider the skirt details—the train that follows you, picking up the memories you make along the way, the layers that speak of the depth of your emotions, the slit that hints at the adventures to come.



The fabric—will it be the regal Mikado, the ethereal tulle, or the sleek satin charmeuse?



Embellishments are the exclamation points of your gown—beading, sequins, pearls, the final flourishes of your heart’s desires.



A wedding dress designer ensures that the waistline of your gown—be it a natural waist, dropped for drama, basque for the bold, or empire for the dreamer—is exactly where you want it. The closure, a detail often overlooked, is a decision to be savoured—buttons for the classic, a zipper for the practical, corset lacing for the romantic.



And the colour, oh the colour—will you be the traditional bride in white, the modern maven in blush, the unconventional enchantress with blue accents? The choice is yours and yours alone.



The benefits?

They’re as clear as the sparkle in your eye. Your gown will be a one-off, never to be worn by another. The fit will be like a second skin, crafted for you, and only you. The quality is unsurpassed, the attention to detail relentless. The experience—collaborative, exhilarating, unforgettable.



So, choose the path less worn. Work with a wedding dress designer, and let the dress of your dreams be as limitless as your love story. Let it be a Catherine Colubriale creation, your once upon a time, your happily ever after, your everything in between.

A few common questions

If you do some research online the most common style of dress that is recommended for a pregnant bride is what some call an ’empire waist gown’ (a dress that’s cinched under your bust).


This is a fairly classic pregnancy wedding dress style that provides ample room to accomodate for a growing baby bump.


Some brides decide they want to accentuate their baby bump with a more form fitting dress. This can be done with a mermaid or sheath dress design.


No matter what information you find on the internet, Catherine can work with you to craft something that suits the style you have in mind, your body shape & the timing of your pregnancy. Catherine’s intuition works in harmony with her design skills to create a dress that is beautiful, yet functional so that you can enjoy your wedding day.

Technically speaking any dress can be adjusted to suit a change in body shape. The more important question is related to the style of dress, how much your body has changed & the timing available. These variables will always be unknown so there is no black or white answer as every situation will vary based on the individual, style, silhouette and how much of the dress needs to be changed. 

For our brides we take these things into consideration during our consultations & design meetings.

Hopefully, the photos can explain just how amazing a couture wedding gown can look on a bride. Every little detail is created to suit the individual to create a completely unique wedding gown that won’t exist anywhere else in the world.

A custom made piece of clothing is designed so that it is the same size and shape as your body. It can emphasise all of your elegant features perfectly. In this example it was also created with a skirt that could be detached.

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Catherine Colubriale
Catherine Colubriale

Australian wedding dress designer

About Catherine

Catherine is a courtier with over 30 years experience designing bridal gowns, wedding dresses & bridal wear. Catherine has worked for global icons like Elizabeth Ardern & Mary Kay.

You can visit Catherine’s bridal shop in Paddington Sydney.

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