I've got a "small" problem, perhaps you can help. I'm invited to a big wedding in June in Berlin. This will be a very elegant affair with the reception being held at the famous historic Hotel Adlon (where the guests are staying as well), after a formal church ceremony. I've just been told that I will need two dresses, one for church and one for the black tie reception in the evening. For church I will also need a hat (this is Europe after all) and my shoulders and upper arms will need to be covered.The wedding guests will be coming from all over Europe and the Middle East (expats primarily). These will be a mix of business and personal relations, so I will really need to look the part.Here's the kicker: By then, I will be six and half months pregnant.I've already done a thorough scan of the sources I know over here for maternity clothes and what I have found (or not) so far worries me. The 'evening wear' I've seen are either black and/or made of jersey fabric. Also, empire-waisted gowns and kaftans were other options I considered, but they don't appear to be so available right now. I will however be flying home to the Bay Area for one last visit before the wedding (and before the baby) and hope to be able to tackle some of the items on this list while I'm there. Oh, and I look terrible in red or purple, but most other colors (green, blue, brown, grey) are fine. Budget is around $800 for the whole deal.
How fun! What a wonderful time you'll have in Berlin. And what a great chance to be really fancy. It wasn't too hard to find nice maternity dresses. And easy, lovely silver accessories add polish.
Dress - A blue maternity dress with satin trim and long sleeves for $62. Probably a good idea to buy a couple different versions and sizes to your parent's home and ship back the ones you don't pick.
Belt - It seems like a silver belt would be a good match to cover the elastic empire waist. This is an inexpensive version from Old Navy.
Pumps - A pair low heeled silver pumps. This $22 pair from Target just happened to be my favorite choice.
Hat - I like a fun fascinator instead of a complete hat. This version from Etsy is $50.
Clutch - A versatile silver basic for the whole day.
Dress - Such a pretty gray gown with gathered flowers on the bodice. On sale for $299. There's a Pea in the Pod store in San Francisco if you need to return it.
Headband - Silver beaded headbands adds to the Greek-goddess effect for $35.
Shoes - The same pumps work with this dress, but you'll probably want a pair of basic silver flats for comfort.