The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Lingerie

We talk to lingerie experts who explain how picking the right underwear can be just as important as picking the right dress!


There’s more to bridal lingerie than something blue and a frilly garter. From bras to bustiers, shapewear to stockings, if you want to look your absolute best then what goes under the dress is just as important as the gown itself.

We asked two lingerie experts for their tips on finding the perfect wedding lingerie and things to keep in mind when choosing it. Every bride should read our ultimate guide to what to wear under a wedding dress!

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How Important is Bridal Underwear?

Wearing the perfect wedding underwear won’t just make you feel amazing, it could also affect the way your dress looks too. ‘It is so important to pick the right underwear,’ says Trudi Moss at Bello Chica Lingerie. ‘No visible panty lines or bra straps should be showing. It’s all about the details because every bride wants to look perfect for her big day.’

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Do I Buy the Lingerie or the Dress First?

‘A new bride should be buying her gown first as you cannot guarantee what you will walk down the aisle in until you have tried different shapes and styles,’ says Trudi. ‘So the lingerie should be purchased afterwards when you know whether to be looking for bra sets, corsets or basques.’ Take a choice of bras, including strapless versions, along to try until you’ve chosen your wedding dress, this could help you decide what kind of lingerie you’ll need to buy.

Bello Chica bridal lingerie

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Will I Need My Wedding Lingerie for the Fittings?

Definitely bring your lingerie to the fittings, say the experts. ‘Unless your dress has a fitted corset or basque in which case you will only need the pants’ explains Gemma Hughes, from Queen Anne’s Lace. Dress fitters can also look at sewing your lingerie into the dress, especially for tricky necklines, so you don't have to worry about flashing your bra as you say your vows!

Queen Anne's Lace bridal lingerie

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Will I Need a Bra Fitting?

Absolutely, agree the experts. ‘When you buy your gown it’s not like shopping on the high street,’ says Trudi. ‘All the designers have different measurement guides so one may not be the same as another. The same can be said for the lingerie, so check your measurements before purchase. Bello Chica Lingerie has an online guide to measuring yourself for bra and cup sizes.’ Don’t forget that if you do lose weight before the ceremony, you may need to get remeasured.

Ann Summers lingerie

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Do I Really Need a Bra?

It depends on your size and the dress you’re wearing. For example, a fitted boned bodice will give more support. ‘Many ladies prefer not to wear a bra but don’t realise that, with a larger bust, the lingerie should be providing the support and not the dress,’ Trudi points out. ‘If you decide not to wear a bra you can always treat yourself to a gorgeous pair of stockings and some sexy undies.’

Bello Chica Gracya bridal lingerie

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Should I Always Go for White?

‘Not at all,’ says Gemma. ‘Most brides aim to match their dress’s colour if it’s white or ivory but others choose to match their second colour they've chosen, for example for the bridesmaids dresses or reception décor.’ Depending on the material of your dress, a bright white could actually be quite visible so cream shades are more suitable if you’d rather avoid practical but less glamorous nude.

Ann Summers lingerie for your wedding day

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What Bras Work Best with a Wedding Dress?

There are so many choices! From plunge styles to retro long-line bras, you can find something to work with the style and material of every dress. ‘Finding the perfect bra depends on the size and shape of the woman, the dress and of course their preferences,’ says Trudi. ‘For a backless dress you’ll want to look for a backless corset or basque or maybe a multiway or strapless bra. One of the most popular designs would be a balcony bra, as most have detachable straps and are very comfortable.

‘My favourites are from the Bello Chica Gracya collections, most have matching briefs, thongs and suspender belts. There is a lot to be said for paying that little bit more for quality and knowing it will do the job it is designed to do.’

Bello Chica bridal lingerie for your wedding day

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Is Shapewear a Good Idea?

If you’ve got your heart set on a slinky satin gown then shapewear could be the perfect solution for a smooth silhouette. For a full-skirted dress it’s unlikely to make as much difference. Also, don’t forget to think about how comfortable and practical it will be on the day. ‘Comfortable shapewear can make you feel sexy and secure under your dress,’ says Gemma. Although it may not be a bride’s ideal choice of lingerie, don’t forget you can always change into something sexier later on! Which leads us on to our next point…

Do I just need one set of underwear for my wedding day?

It’s easy to become too focused on what’s going under your wedding dress for the day and forget that you can always change into something different later on! ‘It may be an idea to wear your practical underwear or shapewear during the day and then change into something a bit sexier for your wedding night!’ says Gemma. If you’re limited by practicality when choosing your daytime bridal lingerie, have a sexy pair of lingerie at the ready for later on!

Queen Anne's Lace bridal lingerie for your wedding day

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What do brides tend to forget?

Bring a back up! On your wedding day it may be a good idea to have a spare pair of stockings or hold-ups on stand by, or buy a couple of pairs in case you ladder the first ones. And finally, Gemma reminds us that there is more to consider than just the wedding day lingerie! ‘Don't just focus on the wedding day,’ she says. ‘You should also consider lingerie for your honeymoon to get your marriage off to the most romantic start!’

Queen Annes Lace bridal underwear

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If you want to see more wedding underwear then head to our bridalwear pages. For the honeymoon, you need our ultimate guide to honeymoon lingerie!


Happy lingerie hunting!


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