Truly some of the most joyous words ever spoken, and heard! Unless, of course, it is coming from one of your bridesmaids 5 months before your wedding. Or worse, your Wedding Planner!
Yet these are the very words I found myself speaking to couple upon couple just a few months back when I confirmed that I am lucky enough to be carrying a Baby-to-Be!
And now, on my little boy's 3rd birthday, I am thrilled to share this news with you!
But back to my brides! I consider my brides to be friends, and as friends I know that they were truly happy for me. One even did a baby dance and rubbed my barely there at the time belly! But I know and completely sympathize with the 101 questions and concerns that come along with working with an expectant Mommy. Things like " When is she due?" and "Is she going to be able to be on her feet the whole time?" and, of course, the fear of the ever-present Mommy Brain which sets in, making one too tired and too preoccupied to think of anything but sleep and onsies!
The truth is this...Yes, I may move a wee bit slower, and I may have a moment of tiredness or two, but overall, I feel fantastic! In fact, most days I feel better than I have when I'm not pregnant! I have great hair days, my nails are manicure strong, and I don't feel nearly as guilty indulging in an extra piece of cake, or a cookie, or whatever else happens to make its way across my path!
But most of all I feel grateful, but not for the reason you may thing. Yes, I feel grateful for my burgeoning little one. But mostly I feel grateful to have the opportunity to do something that have nothing to do with my pregnancy! It's a wonderful, exciting, amazing time, but all of the Mommy-To-Be stuff gets exhausting after a while. Having the chance to immerse myself in thoughts of flowers and music and menus is a delight! Even planning for a specialty cocktail and perusing a wine list is especially thrilling, serving as a reminders of what life shall hold after The Little comes into its own! Oh, and did I mention how excited I am to hear about your dress!?!?!? Just the idea of someone who can naturally see their own feet slipping into anything boned, with a corset, and without the slightest hint of elastic makes me giddy!
Alas, wedding planning while pregnant is not all food tastings and belly laughs. There is one topic that consumes me, plaguing my every thought and eliciting my fears when it comes to your wedding. And that is...
What the hell am I going to wear?!?!?
I know, I know. It's so shallow and seemingly unimportant. But the truth is that being visibly pregnant is an eye-catching time, one sure to garner quite a bit of attention. And on your wedding day, all of the focus and all of the attention should be on you! And so dressing my bump is more of a concern than ever, as I need to be appropriate for your venue and style, practical enough to do my job, and subdued enough to ensure that I allow you and your beautiful moment to shine.
My solution? The Hatch Collection Soirée Dress! Brought to you (well, me) but the genius mind behind Two Birds Bridesmaids, Hatch offers a beautiful, quality pieces that can be dressed up or down, allowing me to be functional, comfortable and stylish all at the same time!
But what of other guests that may be in the family way? Like your college bestie that's serving as maid of honor, or your hot tamale sister / cousin / frienemy that wants to look gorgeous but still be respectful of your day?
Today there is truly something for everybody...And every body that's out there! For the sake of staying chic I have assembled a collection of black dresses, but they come in every color imaginable!
So fear not your pregnant wedding planner, bridesmaid, sister-in-law, and more! We are happier than you know to be included in your wedding, and it makes an already special time in our lives even more special when we are able to share in these moment with you.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, LA Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend.
An internationally acclaimed speaker, Andrea appears and speaks at events for the Engage! Luxury Wedding Summit, NACE, The Knot, the Wedding MBA, and more. Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013, 2015, 2016), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love!
Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.