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Planning a wedding can be a stressful affair, but it’s also very fun! Not least because you get to shop for a whole new outfit, probably the fanciest one you’ll ever wear. I don’t just mean the dress. There are also shoes to think about, and the jewellery, and the part that’s not visible – lingerie.

For many brides thinking about what to wear underneath it all, their thoughts instantly turn to something ultra-beautiful or ultra-sexy. It’s your big day after all, and you want each and every thing to be the best of the best. In some ways, getting hitched is the perfect excuse to splurge on a really luxurious, designer lingerie set that’s unlike anything you normally wear.

But, it may not be what works best with your dress. Or something that’s still comfortable after you’ve been wearing it 12 hours. In fact, the best option may even be to go braless!

So how should you shop for bridal lingerie?

I’d recommend sorting out the dress first. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with a strapless, backless or body-skimming silk style that requires special considerations when it comes to lingerie.

Though, don’t leave your lingerie shopping to the last minute either. Corsets, other shapewear, and even bras can all change how a garment on top of them fits. You’ll want to leave time for potential alterations after you’ve tried the lingerie and dress on together.

And again, maybe you won’t even need to buy a bra. Many wedding dresses come with built-in cup molding. Once you’ve picked ‘the one’ and tried it on, you’ll be able to determine if it supports your bust on its own.

Related: 7 Questions To Ask Before Buying Bridal Lingerie

What style of bridal lingerie should I buy?

Option 1: Something fancy

If pretty lingerie’s what makes you happy, by all means go all out! But do be certain it’s something you can wear for some time. Just like shoes, some lingerie needs a little breaking in. You don’t want to discover two hours into a very long day that your bra wires are rubbing or your basque is digging in.

Or, horror of all horrors, your tie-side knickers are undoing themselves and slipping down! (Yes, it happened to me once. No, I wasn’t walking up the aisle). If you’re at all worried about your choice of lingerie, do a ‘test run’ wear before the wedding for peace of mind.

Option 2: Change it up

Dead set on something that just doesn’t work well with your dress? You can always change your lingerie between the reception and wedding night.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for brides to change their whole outfit too. Why not swap your gown for a glitzy cocktail dress for the final hours of the party, complete with covert change of intimates underneath?

Option 3: Keep things simple

For the day itself, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable. You’re about to make some of the best memories of your life, and you don’t need distractions! If a simple, seamless bra is what you find the most comfy, and what makes the dress on top look most fabulous, who needs to know what you’re wearing beneath?

Remember, you’ve got the whole honeymoon to dress for yet. Plenty of brides to pick out a range of beautiful lingerie sets, slips or robes to reveal one by one while away. Why not save the fancy stuff for when you can truly relax and enjoy it?

So no, you don’t need to wear fancy lingerie for your wedding day.

Maybe your wedding is the perfect place to wear a garter belt and stockings for the first time, or maybe it’s really not. Luxurious, uniquely-styled bridal lingerie is an option to consider, but don’t feel pressured into it. You should do what’s right for you.

If you’ve been married, what style of wedding lingerie did you choose? And did your chosen dress impact your choice of intimates at all?

Related: Does Bridal Lingerie Have To Be White?

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

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Happy bra shopping!

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Elissa Low Back Bustier P5017 in Pearl White (perfect for low back and strapless wedding dresses!)
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Estelle Puleston

Estelle Puleston is the founder of, a blog dedicated to her love of lingerie. She works full-time as a copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie and swimwear industry, and when she’s not doing that, she’s probably sewing or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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