In the back of your mind you know he is going to propose any day. Maybe he is waiting for a special event, maybe he is waiting for a certain holiday or maybe he is still picking out the ring. You have merged your lives already and perhaps bought a home or moved in together. It is all happening, and it’s all good. Then, unexpectedly you get the news that you are not only going to be husband and wife, you will also be ‘Mom & Dad”. SURPRISE! Now, what? Basically you have two choices, get married ASAP or wait until after the baby is born to tie the knot. Either option has a multitude of pros and cons.
Option #1) Get married right away –
Pro – You can have a smaller, more intimate gathering with just your closest friends and family. This way you don’t have to worry about who to invite and who to cut from the list, the list is your nearest and dearest only.
Con– Most couples begin planning their wedding well in advance and can still experience difficulty getting vendors and booking a reception venue. Booking even a small venue at short notice can be tricky. Be willing to compromise and consider a Sunday or Friday event.
Pro- You can find a beautiful gown now that designers have recognized that a lot more women are getting married while they are expecting and not hiding it from anyone.
Con – You may not be feeling your best and trying on clothes is the last thing you want to do. (This goes away in the 4th month and euphoria kicks in)
Pro – If you plan quickly, you can get married before most people even know you are pregnant and avoid answering a lot of pesky questions.
Con– Who cares what other people think? This is your life, not theirs!
Option #2) Wait until after the baby is born.
Pro – Your child can be a part of the ceremony and weddings are about family, after all.
Con – Children can be unpredictable, even tiny ones.
Pro – You will have plenty of time to plan your dream wedding and spare no expense.
Con – Babies are expensive and your priorities change after giving birth , you may not want to spend a lot of money on a wedding.
Pro -You can wear that strapless mermaid dress after you’ve lost the baby weight.
Con – You can’t predict how your body will change and how you will feel about those changes, especially if you are breastfeeding.
For some women, getting pregnant before they are married is a source of shame and embarrassment, even in 2012. For some, it is a statement of fact and nothing to hide. Speaking from experience, I had no reservations about being 6 months pregnant at our (casual) wedding, I have no shame that one of the great loves of my life was born 3 months after his father and I tied the knot, I don’t think my son cares or even wonders if this is normal or not. This is our family – there is no normal. How you handle the news is a personal decision and one that should not be made without a great deal of thought and consideration but, don’t wait too long or you won’t have a choice. If you are pregnant with twins, may the force be with you – you will need it!
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago