He’s placed the ring on your finger, you’ve set a date and even picked a venue but one of the most important jobs is left to do, choose the perfect dress. However, as you’re trying on all those stunning gowns that make you feel like the most special woman in the world, and tactfully avoiding the meringues, don’t forget about what will be worn underneath.
Your bridal lingerie has several very important roles to play during the day and, of course, later on into the night. Firstly, it needs to make you feel beautiful so that it gives you all the confidence you need as you walk down the aisle. It also has to be comfortable, because there’s nothing worse than fiddling and fussing about your undergarments when all eyes are on you. But lastly, and maybe most importantly, it’s the first thing your new husband will see when the dress is removed and you want to make sure, after all those hours of dancing, eating, drinking and endless hugs, that it is still going to knock him dead.
The Erin Wishing Bridal Range by Stella McCartney in ivory stretch silk and lace features, a bra, thong, suspender belt and garter and creates a perfectly smooth base for sheer or lightweight dresses. The bra can worn either with or without the straps and gives great support so, even in a strapless dress, you can feel comfortable all day long.
For something less structured, the Love Me range by Shell Belle Couture is not only beautifully delicate but still offers a good amount of support. Each piece features an abundance of vintage ivory Leavers lace, whilst the bra creates a great shape with its moulded cups, the skirted brief has a cute spotted silk rear and cotton gusset. Wear them under a wide strap or high neck dress that offers its own structure so the undergarments don’t have to work as hard.
A corset is still a popular choice for many brides but you should always choose the one you want before having your dress fitted. A corset will always reduce the size of your waist and push your breasts upwards so wearing it during your fittings will save heartache later when your dress seems too big. Vollers offer a range of bridal corsets but the Cherish White Satin Corset is one of the simplest. This is ideal for wearing under your dress as you won’t have to worry about detailing showing through the fabric.
To create a completely smooth torso, why not choose a body. The Dotty L’Amour Body by Mimi Holliday in ice white features pretty polka dot mesh to create those flawless lines and soft pink silk cups for a small amount of support. With its wide shoulder straps, bra style closure and form fitting structure it gently moulds your frame in all the right places which is ideal for bias cut and close-fitting dresses.
And don’t forget about the finishing touches. The traditional garter is a must if you opt for stockings or hold-ups but it doesn’t have to be old fashioned. This stunning J’taime Bridal Garter by Florrie Mitton is beautifully modern with its rows of looped ivory lace, trailing pearl trim and oversized pink bow. It even comes presented in its own box to allow it to be treasured for years to come and even be handed down to the next bride in the family.
Lastly, why not opt for something a little bit cheeky for the perfect wedding night surprise? These ivory silk Just Married Silk Knickers by Ell & Cee are not only beautifully soft but also create a sense of playfulness that can be unveiled during a quiet moment during the day or left for the big reveal once you retire to the honeymoon suite.
Whatever you choose make sure you wear it for your final fitting so that you know that it works with your dress, not against it.