One Night Only: Bridal Lingerie

Your choice of sensual or provocative lingerie should make you look and feel amazing and could make your wedding night go with even more of a bang – says our Features Editor, Kate Thompson.

Under your wedding dress


Your body shape and choice of dress will dictate what kind of lingerie you should wear. A strapless dress will need a strapless bra, corset or basque and is perhaps not the ideal choice for the more buxom among us as there is less support without straps. For smaller busted brides the strapless dress and bra is ideal and an exquisite strapless bridal corset or basque can make you look and feel very feminine and sexy. Those with ample bosom can create an hourglass shape by wearing a corset-style Victorian, the ideal shape to show off those curves!

Hoops and underskirts

Hoops and underskirts were very fashionable over a hundred years ago and for this reason many brides still wear them to give a fuller-skirted vintage look to a dress. A hoop can make sitting and going to the powder room a little more difficult so it’s worth taking this into consideration before you set your heart on a hoop. Wearing layer upon layer of underskirt can give an amazing look to a dress but those heavy layers can be hot in midsummer so you may find you don’t need stockings under a heavy layered skirt is the weather is particularly warm.

Stockings, suspenders and garters

Stockings and suspender belts have a classic sexy look and feel about them and are so much more comfortable – not to mention attractive – than tights. Hold ups are great on slim legs but beware if you have heavy thighs as you might find they don’t stay up so well and the last thing you want on your wedding day is falling hosiery! And of course that essential wedding item the garter is the perfect finishing touch to your bridal lingerie. Many bride’s ‘something blue’ takes the form of a baby blue satin trimmed garter, the significance of this colour being that it represents constancy and loyalty and is also an old biblical symbol of purity.

Sexy surprises for your wedding night

If you want to leave the ‘virginal bride’ look to your wedding day and turn into a vixen for on your wedding night then there are plenty of exciting ways to thrill him! He could unbutton the back of your bridal gown to reveal to a lacey basque and thong or you could change from your white or ivory bridal day lingerie into something black or even red for your wedding night as a surprise. French knickers and camisoles or teddies are pretty and sexy while basques and corsets give that vintage sexy style a la Dita Von Tees… Ask your groom what his favourite look is and you may be surprised.

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