Most bridal boutiques suggest having a bridal lingerie fitting before your wedding to ensure the perfect fit under your dress. I suggest addressing this as soon as possible after you’ve bought your wedding dress. Many brides underestimate how big a task finding the perfect wedding lingerie will be. As a result they leave it until the last few weeks and end up settling for something that’s not quite right.
You should feel as confident and special as you can on your wedding day, and your bridal lingerie is one of the unsung heroes of your big day. It plays a big part in your final look, not to mention that the right bra can improve your shape and posture.
I find that most brides choose practical bridal lingerie for the day and switch to a sexier and ultra-luxurious set for the wedding night. Sensible does not have to mean ugly though.
Bridal Lingerie to Suit Your Dress Style
A corset, Basque or bustier is still a popular choice for brides wearing a wedding dress without a built in corset. They offer great support and cinch in the waist (a well fitted corset can reduce the waist by up to 2″ – 4″) and help in getting the hourglass shape many brides crave.
For brides who are not seeking that much ‘sculpting’ but still want good support, there are plenty of bras and bodies available for every cup-size and neckline.
Sweetheart style wedding gowns can be problematic and I always suggest a plunge bra in this case to showcase a deep décolleté.
Meanwhile, a strapless or off the shoulder gown will benefit from a moulded bra with removable straps.
Always consider the fabric of your gown when selecting bridal lingerie. Embroidery and lace may be romantic for the wedding night, but they will not sit well under silk and satin gowns.
Wedding Night Lingerie
For the evening (or even the honeymoon) an ornate underwear set is a popular choice with most brides when you can shed the more sensible styles of the day, whether that’s corsets or control knickers!
Risqué styles like the Andress half cup bra displays cleavage to maximum effect, and looks best when paired with the matching webbed tanga for a modern bridal lingerie set.
A more romantic underwear option for traditional brides is a silk slip or baby doll.
As a finishing touch don’t forget your garter and stockings or hold ups. You may even want to buy a spare pair in case of dreaded ladders.
Guest post by Natalie Dawson of Petits Bisous
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