How to Choose Your Bridal Lingerie

Congratulations, honey. The question has been popped, you’ve probably booked the venue and are making your way down your wedding list. You may have already starting hunting for that perfect wedding dress - but have you thought about what goes underneath? We can’t help you with the cake, but we can sure as hell guarantee you have an unforgettable wedding night.

What is bridal lingerie

Bridal lingerie is a totally different purchase to your normal lingerie drawer must haves - it’s about so much more than just white lingerie. It’s about how it fits, and most importantly, how it makes you feel. Do you choose a bra or a basque? A garter or suspenders? Simply sexy or statement erotic? Don’t worry Mrs, we’re here to help.

How important is wedding lingerie?


From visible panty lines to hitching up your stockings, worrying about your bridal lingerie is the last thing you need. This is your big day, so everything should be perfect.

Aside from the practical reasons, we all know how good a gorgeous piece of lingerie can make us feel. It can give you a much-needed boost of confidence or transform you into a sexy seductress they won't be able to resist. So, on a day that’s all about you, why shouldn’t you feel the best about yourself?

Which comes first: the lingerie? Or the dress?

No doubt a question that crops up quite often and one that is incredibly easy to answer: the dress always comes first. Don’t base your wedding dress around your bridal underwear. Your wedding underwear should be chosen to suit the dress of your dreams. Will you need a corset or a bra? A basque or a slip? If anything, having the dress in mind beforehand will actually help you to narrow down your choices of lingerie. If you’re having dress fittings or alterations, be sure to take your lingerie along to make sure it all looks good together.

“You don’t want your gorgeous dress to fit like a glove, only to have ill-fitting lingerie underneath.”

What underwear to wear under your wedding dress

So, you've said yes to the dress now it’s time to choose the perfect bridal and wedding night lingerie. Here’s our recommendations on which lingerie to wear depending on the style of your wedding gown:

Low Cut

When dressing for your big day; it is important to choose a style that is not only beautiful but also practical under your dress. For low cut gowns, opt for a plunge bra or body. With classic cuts, material and detail are important to make a statement with your style.

Figure hugging

If you’ve got your heart set on a slinky satin gown that clings to your shape, then you’re also going to want that smooth silhouette. This means bridal shapewear for during the day, which is not only comfortable and practical, but it can also make you feel more secure by knowing that there will be no seams or lines showing. It may not be the sexy bridal lingerie you had in mind, but there’s always the wedding night for something more risqué…


If your dress is backless, then you might find yourself more limited in the styles. But then again, there are some gorgeous backless corsets, basques or backless bras out there.


Lace bridal lingerie can provide a delicate, vintage feel or, if you have a sweetheart neckline, pick a padded cup that will boost your assets and provide added oomph on your big day.

Elegant and erotic

Be a cheeky bride and go for crotchless lingerie or add in a bit of personality and glamour to your bridal knickers, with a bejewelled slogan. Choose a seamless thong or string for under a fitted gown or head for the high-waisted options in order to smooth and sculpt your figure and be truly seamless.

Whatever style you go for it’s so important to have a well-fitted bra, particularly on your wedding day! Do your gorgeous gown justice and have a look at our Bra Fitting Guide or pay a visit to one of our Ann Summers stores for the expert treatment to find your most flawless fit.

White bridal lingerie isn’t your only option

It’s easy to see why most brides will aim to match their underwear to their dress colour - no one wants to have anything showing through. But white lingerie isn’t your only choice; it all depends on the material of your dress. Bright white bridal underwear may well become visible through some fabrics, so cream or ivory could be the better choice. Of course, there’s always nude lingerie - it’s less glamorous but is incredibly practical.

When you go to your next dress fitting, take some options with you. We’re not saying splurge on wedding lingerie that you’re not going to use but take along different options - that way you’ll be able to see if anything shows through.

What to wear on your wedding night

After a day of bubbles and beautiful memories, you get to reveal another luxe look lying beneath your gown. Make your wedding night even more memorable with bridal nightwear including lace bodies, floaty babydolls, or sexy corsets and seduce in style.

Whatever your taste, consummate your marriage and start your happily ever after wearing a lingerie style you feel absolutely incredible in. So, whether it’s a white chemise or a black erotic look – make it a night you’ll both never forget.

Don’t forget the finishing touches

No bridal lingerie set is complete without the final pieces. A pair of white lace-top stockings or holdups, and a beautiful suspender belt are perfect finishing touches, and a naughty extra for your new husband or wife later. Plus, it’ll have you feeling like a secret, sexual goddess all day long.

Feel like sticking with tradition? Pull on a garter; the simple lace and satin band signifies sensuality, so it’s a must-have for your wedding look. If you love tradition but feel a little naughty, show off your rebellious streak and go for a black garter.

Ready to say ‘I do’ to your dream set of wedding lingerie?