It’s finally spring, which means it’s the start of the wedding season, and if you’re planning a wedding this summer, chances are you still need to buy your lingerie.
There’s no great secret to finding the perfect underwear to go with your gorgeous gown, but it is something you should spend a bit of time on. In fact, it’s best to start thinking about your lingerie when you’re choosing your wedding dress – and certainly before you make the purchase. You don’t want to end up with a beautiful dress but you can’t find a bra to wear with it. Or that the bra you want to wear doesn’t work.
If your dress is strapless, has a low back or has any other feature that requires specialist lingerie, give yourself time to find a bra that will give you the support you need without being visible. And while it’s usually not practical to take your wedding dress with you to bra fittings, familiarise yourself with where it sits or wear a top with a similar fit to ensure you choose a style that will work.
Remember, the most important thing about the lingerie you wear for your wedding is that it does the job discreetly and comfortably. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful, but you don’t want to be distracted on your big day by a bra that’s digging in or knickers that won’t stay in place. If your dress demands smooth, invisible underwear for the ceremony, you can always treat yourself to something a little more fancy and romantic for the wedding night.
So, with that in mind, and to help you with your search for the perfect wedding lingerie, here are some of the latest bridal collections. We’ve provided links to buy online but all these collections will also be available via independent retailers. Visit the brands’ websites for stockist details.
Cleavage boosting bridal options
Many brides are looking for a bit of a boost on their wedding day, and luckily there’s plenty of choice in the bridal push up department.
Left: Gossard has two bridal collections this season – Femme Fatale in ivory (pictured) and a bridal version of its sexy, vintage styled Retrolution range. Both will give you a great cleavage and come in lots of different options to suit your dress, from a slip, waist cincher, deep plunge staylo bra and thong in Retrolution, to a strapless bra and suspender in Femme Fatale. Bras are sized up to an E cup and prices start at £42 for a bra.
Buy from Gossard.com, where the brand is also offering discounts on multiple purchases.
Centre: Ultimo‘s new bridal range has just hit shops and includes six styles made from satin and eyelash lace with pale blue ribbon detailing. There’s a multiway bra, a basque, a thong, French knickers, a suspender belt and a garter, and the bra and basque include removable gel pads so can choose your level of cleavage. Bras go up to a DD while the matching coordinates come in sizes 8-18. Prices from £40 for the bra and £18 for the thong.
Buy from Debenhams or Ultimo.co.uk.
Right: Last but not least, Wonderbra‘s Ultimate Strapless bra in ivory lace is perfect for weddings. This popular strapless style has a reputation for staying put and offers a nice, smooth finish under clothes. Plus it is available up to a G cup and costs just £36. Team it with the matching thong for £11.50.
Buy from Figleaves.com.
If you’ve always wanted to wear a basque but it’s never been the right occasion, you won’t get a better opportunity than your own wedding. Just remember, if you’ve not worn one before, try it on first and make sure it’s comfortable before the big day.
Left: This gorgeous Opera basque from Chantelle might stretch your budget a little at £130 but it’s worth every penny for how it will make you look and feel. The smooth cups are simple and practical while the floral lace of the body is elegant and sexy. The straps are also removable if you need a strapless look and you have a choice of shorty or tanga brief. Sized up to an E cup.
Buy from Figleaves.com.
Centre: If you’re looking for a more affordable option, try this pretty basque from Passionata. It’s full of detail, fabulous for smoothing for your torso and just £65, which is a bit of a bargain. B-D cups only, however.
Buy from Zalando.co.uk.
Right: Lepel‘s Bouquet bridal range is another very affordable option that still looks fantastic. The Bouquet basque is made from satin with embroidered mesh panels and the lightly padded, underwired cups have detachable straps. It’s pretty and flattering and a steal at just £30 (sizes A-E). The collection also includes a brief, garter, multiway bra and suspender belt.
Buy from The Bra Closet.
Your wedding day is when you might feel most in need of a helping hand in the shaping department, and there are now more brands than ever making delicate and beautiful bridal shapewear.
Left: Triumph has really focused on transforming shapewear in the last few years and the brand’s Beauty Sensation shapewear collection is ideal for brides. It provides smoothing and light shaping control so you won’t feel uncomfortably constricted and all the pieces in the collection are pretty enough that you’ll still feel gorgeous. The dress costs £65 and goes up to a size 18.
Buy from Figleaves.com or Triumph.
Centre: Re-imagined French shapewear brand Scandale is definitely one to check out for bridal shapewear. Scandale’s garments are elegant and beautiful and not at all like shapewear. The brand’s Harmonie range offers key styles such as shaping briefs, a skirt and a dress in pretty pearl and is really rather lovely. Prices start at £35.
Buy from Figleaves.com or The Bra Closet.
Right: Body Wrap was one of the first brands to bring out shapewear specifically designed for weddings, and the collection covers all the key styles including a bodysuit, a slip, high-waisted briefs and thong and a thigh slimmer. Designed to offer firm control, the range is made from soft, comfy fabric with a lace print and is super practical. It’s sized from 10-16 and prices start at £35.
Buy from the Magic Knicker Shop.
Fuller bust collections
Those looking for DD plus bridal lingerie, don’t panic! There are plenty of options for you that can give you the support you need without compromising on looks.
Left: Serenity is the new bridal collection from Masquerade that has a real luxe feel. Made from Italian satin with delicate embroidery, this is an indulgent and versatile collection offering a basque, a plunge bra, a strapless bra, brief, thong and suspender belt. The basque has removable straps and is available from 28-38 D-H, as is the strapless bra. The plunge bra goes up to a G cup. Prices from £56 for a bra.
Buy from Charlie Girl Lingerie.
Centre: Fauve‘s Rosa collection in ivory is a beautiful choice for your wedding day, made from delicate and luxurious French lace and Italian fabric. From the smooth, seamless cups to the flattering cut of the barely-there thong and short, you get both practicality and elegance. There’s a plunge bra, strapless bra and basque, and three styles of bottoms and suspender belt. Bras cost from £60 and are sized up to a GG cup.
Buy from Leia Lingerie.
Right: For bridal lingerie designed for curvier figures, look no further than Elomi‘s Maria range. This romantically styled satin and lace collection offers a basque, strapless bra, brief and thong all cut to flatter fuller figures and the size range goes from 32-48 and up to a HH cup. Coordinates go up to 4XL. Prices start at £40 for the strapless bra.
Buy from Figleaves.com.
A little bit of luxury
If you want to push the boat out (and why not, it is your big day?), here are some utterly exquisite collections to choose from.
Left: Agent Provocateur‘s bridal collection is everything you would expect from the brand, and more. There are some daring little sheer pieces, plenty of frills and ruffles and suspenders galore. Alongside the more adventurous options – more suited to the wedding night than the day – there are several lines that you could wear as you walk down the aisle. Try the Iyla or Love ranges. Prices from £55 to £110.
Buy from Agent Provocateur.
Centre: Lise Charmel‘s Romantique Desir range is about as gorgeous as it gets. The extensive collection offers all you need for your wedding day, night and more with a strapless and padded bra, several styles of knicker, a basque, waspie, the cutest nightdress, a robe and even a bolero jacket. Plus the brand offers romantic accessories such as eye masks, headbands and lace necklaces. Prices range from £57 to over £150. Sizes only go up to a D but for larger cups try Eprise by Lise Charmel.
Buy from Mio Destino.
Right: The Sweetness of Love collection from Lucile was inspired by a royal bridal trousseau and definitely looks the part. Utterly feminine and very romantic, this small delicate collection may be more appropriate for your wedding night or honeymoon than the ceremony itself, but we had to include it. Sizes go up to a D cup and prices range from £80 to £499.
Buy from Lucile.