There's much more to bridal lingerie than something blue and a frilly bridal garter! If you want the wedding dress which you spent weeks choosing to look as beautiful as it can, you'll need to find bridal lingerie that works underneath it.
Whether you're all for comfort and practical shapewear or you're dreaming of something that's all about aesthetics, you need to know that the set you choose won't let you down. No one wants unsightly bra straps peeping out the side of their wedding gown in pictures, but it's still important that you feel supported and stylish.
To help you choose the best bridal underwear you possibly can, we've answered all of your FAQs and curated a beautiful edit of all the best underwear for to-be-weds. From fabulous nightwear and lace bras to suspender belts and thongs that'll ensure that you avoid the dreaded VPL, here's the best of bridal lingerie. If you're looking for plus size wedding lingerie, we've got you right here!
The Best Bridal Underwear
1. Emerson Ivory Bra & Thong – Bra £14, Thong £7, Bluebella
If you’re on the hunt for wedding night lingerie that is seductive yet playful, the Emerson Ivory Bra by Bluebella could not be a better choice. The lace bra is open-cup, where soft elasticated strapping creates a directional caged effect and the lace nipple coverings add a touch of femininity.
The Emerson bra looks fabulous paired with the Emerson Ivory Thong which features lace panels on the front and back. This set is so luxurious.
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2. Tom Padded Bra – £82, Rigby & Peller
Rigby & Peller are among the best lingerie stylists in London, and their Tom Padded Bra reminds us why we fell in love with the brand in the first place.
With multi-way straps, this is the perfect t-shirt bra to be worn under a whole range of dress styles – even a halterneck wedding dress! We love the scalloped detailing to the straps.
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3. Nova Stretch Lace Suspender Belt – £24, Bluebella
Looking to spice things up on the wedding night? A suspender belt worn with some stockings is a guaranteed way to set hearts racing.
4. Saga Lace Half-Cup Bra – Bra £82, Simone Perele
Inspired by the Parisian label’s archive silhouettes, this half-cup bra from Simone Perele is perfect for your wedding night and honeymoon.
Suspended by adjustable shoulder straps, the haute couture silhouette provides modest coverage with a natural lift. The star of the show here has got to be the cut-out detail at the front which is a sensual finishing touch.
5. Suit Your Fancy Stretch Jersey Thong Body – £132, Spanx
If you’ve opted for a slinky wedding dress, a bodysuit will help to give you a smooth silhouette that enhances your natural figure.
This jersey thong body from Spanx is made from soft champagne beige that won’t show through white fabric and features a plunge bra and VPL-free design allowing it to sit under just about any gown.
6. Wish Stretch Tulle & Lace Underwired Bra & Tanga Briefs – Bra £82, Briefs £48, Simone Perele
The Parisian label is all about comfort so that you’ll feel as good as you look in ultra-soft stretch tulle. Plus, you can buy a matching suspender belt if you feel like going all out.
7. Firm Control Shaping Briefs – £34, Boux Avenue
Close-fitting wedding gowns look amazing, but they can show up every detail – even the ones you’d kind of prefer to hide! If you’re feeling a clingy dress but want the smoothest silhouette possible, opt for some control briefs.
These briefs from Boux Avenue are made from contouring fabric and feature a pretty pattern that ensures they look as good uncovered as they do covered up!
8. Silk & Lace Underwired Plunge Bra & High Leg Knickers – Bra £28, Knickers £14, Marks & Spencer
This silk set with metallic lace details gives us major bridal vibes and is sure to get you feeling like a newlywed before you’ve even slipped into your dress.
9. Superboost Lace Deep V Bralette – £41, Gossard
Looking for something to work with a plunging neckline? Look no further than this stunning lace bralette from Gossard.
Designed to lift and enhance, this little beauty will ensure your girls are looking their best while providing a touch of vintage style to your lingerie look.
10. Millie Lace Bralette & Boyshort – Bralette £11.25, Boyshort £6, Figleaves
If you’re not a fan of underwiring and fancy something a little more comfortable, we’d recommend this pretty white lace bralette from Figleaves.
Soft, stretch lace gives just the right amount of support, without digging in or constraining you. Plus, the boyshorts are super cute and comfy too.
11. Primadonna Every Woman Bra – £82, Rigby & Peller
These gorgeous seamless padded bras come in a range of shades to suit all skin tones. The smooth cups will sit perfectly underneath delicate fabrics and the adjustable straps ensure that whatever your dress style, you won’t get pesky straps peeping through.
Team this bra with a brief from the Primadonna range, also available in a range of shades, for a matching set. You can choose from a thong, hotpants or full briefs allowing you to customise the set for your comfort.
12. Marie Jo Pearl Padded Strapless Bra – £102, Rigby & Peller
Strapless doesn’t need to mean plain and boring, just check out this gorgeous lace bra from Rigby & Peller. We adore the subtle and delicate scalloped edging and we’re huge fans of the pearl detailing on the adjustable straps.
The straps can be worn in the normal way, halter-style or removed completely, giving you plenty of options.
13. Fashion Forms Lace Backless Bridal Body – £32, ASOS
This bridal bodysuit from ASOS will feel amazing as well as look gorgeous, all while giving you a subtle boost thanks to the padded cups and underwire support.
It features an open back and comes with removable straps, so it's suitable to go under almost any dress.
14. Ultimate Strapless Lace Bra – £43, Wonderbra
If you’re rocking a plunge gown and want to show off your assets at their very best, a Wonderbra is the way to go.
This strapless bra features moulded cups and underwired support that acts as a pair of built-in hands to lift you up, plus silicone dots to make sure there’s absolutely no slipping.
15. Rachel Longline Bra & Briefs – Bra £46, Briefs £19, Boux Avenue
Your wedding night lingerie doesn't have to be plain white, this pretty set with pink bows from Boux Avenue is a gorgeous choice.
The longline bra with eyelash lash is a little different than your ordinary set and can be paired with full briefs to complete the look. You can also get the matching suspender belt for an even sexier style.
16. Fiercely Sexy Balcony Bra & Briefs – Bra £34, Briefs £16, Ann Summers
As the name suggests, this white set from Ann Summers is seriously sexy - making it the perfect pick for your wedding lingerie.
17. Revolution Front Fastening Underwire Bralette – £32, Pour Moi
If you're looking for a set that's both flattering, stylish and practical, Pour Moi has you covered with their new Revolution collection.
Sexy yet highly comfortable, the front fastening underwired bralette will make getting dressed on the morning of your wedding super simple and taking it off after the big day even easier...
18. Lorna Demi Cup Plunge Underwired Bra – £85, Agent Provocateur
Fancy splashing out a little for the big day? Agent Provocateur is renowned for their playful takes on classic lingerie basics and we're swooning over the Lorna bra.
The simple scalloped edges have a 60s-inspired feel and the French seam detailing is exquisite.
19. Foiled Sprigs Embroidered Unlined Bra – £60, Savage X Fenty
Bringing a cool edge to your underwear, Rhianna's lingerie brand Savage X Fenty provides pieces that you won't have seen anywhere before.
This embroidered bra is seriously wedding appropriate, is available in a diverse range of sizes and will look chic from pre-ceremony preparations until you make it to the honeymoon suite.
20. Gabi Fresh Leslie Bra & Briefs – Bra £42, Briefs £25, Playful Promises
London-based brand Playful Promises champions inclusivity, and with over 70 bra sizes to pick from you're bound to find the perfect fit.
The Best Bridal Nightwear
21. Silk Slip with Lace Details – £69, Intimissi
This silk slip has got ‘wedding night’ written all over it thanks to the classic pink shade and pretty lace edging. Its warm hue will lift and complement all skin tones.
Sitting just below the bum and with a low back, it’s as sexy as it is classy.
22. Gigi Galloon Lace Chemise – £31.50, Figleaves
How stunning is this lace chemise from Figleaves? The delicate lace and scalloped edging make it the perfect thing to slip into on your wedding night.
The delicate straps and V crossover back are seriously sexy, so you might want to pack this for your honeymoon too!
23. Lace Perfection Stretch Mesh Chemise – £60, Wacoal
Pretty in pink, we’re a little bit in love with this candy-coloured lace dream of a chemise. Delicate lace and floral details make it perfect for the wedding night and beyond.
Plus, the adjustable straps and stretch material make it as comfortable as it is beautiful and the lightweight sheer fabric makes it a great choice for balmy honeymoon nights.
24. Figleaves Curve Adore Lace Mink Chemise – £38, Eberjey
The Adore Lace Chemise by Eberjey has lace detailing on the bodice with a relaxed fit silk body.
We know it's not white, or even ivory, but we think it's elegant enough to be wedding night perfection. Browse more plus size bridal lingerie options here.
25. Eyelash Lace Trim Cami & Short Set – £13.50, Boohoo
Boohoo rules the bargain bridal accessory roost, and this eyelash lace trim cami and short set affirms our love for them.
In pretty pale pink, it would be perfect on your honeymoon and wedding night – and it’s only £13.50!
26. Izzy Satin Teddy – £30, Boux Avenue
A lace-trimmed satin teddy will be as comfortable as it is pretty and the Izzy teddy from Boux Avenue was even spotted being worn on Love Island.
It'll be as ideal for your first night together as newlyweds as it will be lounging around on the sofa in months to come.
27. Chemise – £30, Freya Fancies
This timeless chemise from Freya Fancies has a double-layered cup to provide support and is made from soft and comfortable fabric, so you can wear it as underwear or nightwear!
The gentle shaping at the bust will be really flattering and the pretty lace and bow add a special touch.
Does Bridal Underwear Have to be White?
Not at all! There’s no reason why your bridal lingerie has to be white. Most to-be-weds aim to match the colour of their dress, whether that’s white, ivory or a pastel shade. If that doesn’t suit, you might wish to choose lingerie in a secondary colour, like the colour of your flowers or bridesmaid dresses.
Just remember, you’ve got to consider the material of your wedding dress. If anything darker than white or nude would be visible through the fabric, steer clear of such shades. Bright white can also be visible through some fabrics, so opt for ivory if you’d rather avoid practical but less glamorous nude.
What Kind of Bra Do You Wear with a Wedding Dress?
The choices are endless, and the type of bra you wear underneath your wedding dress will depend on your shape, wedding dress style and preference.
If your dress has a low or keyhole neckline, a plunge bra will stay out of sight and out of mind. If your dress is backless, you’ll need an adhesive bra (the most invisible of them all!) or a convertible bra (which can also cater for sleeveless, one-shoulder, crisscross or halterneck dresses). Strapless bras are great for strapless dresses, while bustiers are perfect if you’re wanting to cinch your waist and boost your bust at the same time. Oh, and don’t forget – if you feel comfortable not wearing a bra at all then that is fine, too!
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Do You Wear Shapewear Under Your Wedding Dress?
Before you go ahead with purchasing shapewear, you should consider how comfortable and practical it will be on the big day. Shapewear can be slightly restrictive and might make sitting down or going to the toilet a bit of a nightmare.
That said, if you’ve got your heart set on a slinky satin gown then shapewear could be the perfect solution to create a smooth, sexy silhouette. It can make you feel secure under your dress – just remember to change into something sexier later on! This leads us to our next point…
Do I Just Need One Set of Underwear for my Wedding Day?
Some brides, if wearing something practical and comfortable during the day, decide to change into something different for their wedding night. Doing so will allow you to choose a special set without worrying about ruffles being seen or lace straps popping out of your dress.
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Do I Buy My Wedding Dress or Bridal Underwear First?
You should definitely buy your wedding dress before your bridal lingerie as you cannot guarantee the style you’ll need before the dress has been chosen. When you go wedding dress shopping, you should wear a nude bra and nude thong, as they’ll work with most styles.
Once you’ve purchased your wedding dress, buy your lingerie ready to take to your fittings. That’ll enable you to see exactly how everything looks when worn together. Oh, and don’t worry if your dress has a particularly tricky neckline – most dressmakers will be able to look at sewing your lingerie into your dress!
Now that you’ve chosen your bridal lingerie, you and your crew will need dressing gowns or pyjamas to get ready in! They'll make your first pics enticingly Instagrammable. Click here for our round-up of the best robes for every budget.