If you are a pregnant bride, you will have to make many decisions on how to integrate your pregnancy into your wedding. For example, you will have to decide whether you would like to minimize or emphasize your pregnancy and how you will handle a ceremony and reception while pregnant. If you do decide to emphasize your pregnancy as part of your wedding, allowing your friends and family to celebrate both your union and your unborn child at the same time, then you should start by including your pregnancy in your invitations. Below are some tips to keep in mind as you do so.
Decide If You Want to Include Your Pregnancy In the Announcement
While many couples want to include their pregnancy in their wedding invitation in order to make sure guests know and to add to the celebration, others want to keep the special day focused on the wedding and not the pregnancy. If you decide to include artwork or phrasing that references your pregnancy, then you should be prepared for at least some of the celebration to be focused on your baby and, potentially, some of the gifts you receive to be for the baby.
Have a Keepsake that Represents Your Actual Wedding
Your invitations are a great tool for expressing yourself and your relationship. Some people choose more humorous invitations while others opt for formal, traditional invitations. If you want to use your wedding invitation to announce your baby, or include your baby on your wedding invitation, make sure that you carefully consider artwork representing pregnant brides or a well-phrased quote that includes your unborn child. There are several different styles of pregnancy-friendly wedding invitations, and it is important to take the time to find one that represents you and your fiance.
Make Sure You Are Past Your First Trimester
The majority of miscarriages happen within the first 13 weeks of the pregnancy. Before you commit to a wedding invitation that may be for an event several months in the future, you may want to wait and make sure that your pregnancy is proceeding and that you are at a low risk for miscarriage. For this reason, you may want to wait until after the first trimester to send out your wedding invitations if you are including a reference to your pregnancy.
Whether or not you want to reference your pregnancy on your wedding invitations is a personal decision between you and your fiance. However, there can be many benefits to doing so, including a memorable keepsake for your future child.