As summer is approaching, wedding details are being put together and brides are gearing up for the big day to marry the man they want to spend their life with. Whilst the dress takes centre stage, bridal lingerie is a really important part of the day. Not only because of the first night you spend with your new husband, but because you could have a £2000 dress that could be ruined by the lingerie you wish to wear underneath it. You don’t have to spend a fortune on lingerie so here are some ideas for the big day.
Backless dresses appear to be very Vogue this wedding season, and if you are a bride who doesn’t have a bra sewn into her dress, this would probably be the hardest dress to find bridal lingerie for. Stick on bras aren’t often pretty but Fashion Forms can solve your backless bride problems. Their Lace Backless Strapless Bridal Body is the simplest solution with its stick on cups and side support. A friend of mine who has spent months looking for something like this, was thrilled when I linked it to her. I asked her to confirm if it has poppers at the bottom (Easy toilet access is very important) and she said that it does. For only £32 it is probably just a useful solution to have in your lingerie collection.
Strapless bras are one of the most commonly needed bras for brides. As you know the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless is my favourite, and the lace covered ones are acceptable bridal lingerie. But there are other strapless bras on the market and some which are more “bridal”. This Gorgeous by Debenhams bra caters to DD-H cups and 30-40 band size. It’s smooth cups will be suitable for all material types that make up the dress, as well as having some beautiful lace detailing and at only £24 it won’t take a huge chunk of your budget.
Going up the market a bit, Gossards have a lovely bridal range and their Retrolution Bridal Multiway Bra can be perfect for all dresses except plunge and backless. It has a wide waist band and three hooks at the back for extra support and to keep your bra in tact throughout the day. It goes up to an E cup and comes in at only £42. You can add on a thong and a waist cincher to complete the look.
Basques tend to be a bridal lingerie trend whatever the season. This Opera Basque by Chantelle has beautiful lace detailing and the cups are smooth, meaning it will not affect the dress around the bust. It comes in at £104 on sale (Originally £130) and goes up to a DD cup. Pour Moi? Amour Basque in Almond is a cheaper alternative at £35 and it goes up to an F cup. The reviews for it are great and it’s slightly pink so you can feel peachy under your dress. Both of these have removable straps if your dress is strapless.
Lots of lingerie retailers would recommend that you buy your lingerie before you try on dresses. I personally would not recommend this unless you are planning on spending more on your lingerie than on your dress. Take a standard white multiway bra and a stick on bra to your first dress fittings. Lots of brides want to loose weight before the big day and therefore your lingerie might not fit you. Buy your lingerie just before you have your dress altered (If you are) and take it to that fitting. If it isn’t right then make note of why it isn’t right and look for alternative options. You do not want to limit yourself to a dress style because you have already brought the lingerie for it.
Check list for your bridal lingerie:
- Are any parts of the lingerie showing that shouldn’t be?
- Is it comfortable?
- Do I feel like a million dollars in this?
Congratulations to any future brides that might be reading this, I wish you a life time of happiness!