Considering which type and style of lingerie to buy for your wedding day can be yet another stressful choice to make when you’re already going crazy trying to plan all the other details. Your wedding is the most special day in your life so it’s no surprise you want to feel and look your very best, especially on that all important wedding night! If you do not feel comfortable and confident that you look great on your wedding day then this can lead to you becoming unhappy, insecure and anxious – nothing any bride should have to put up with on her special day.
Buying the right bridal lingerie can often be a difficult task due to the fact that there is such a wide variety of styles and fabrics to choose from. Purchasing great lingerie to suit your individual tastes and needs is essential if you want to both look and feel fantastic on the day. Your wedding day is not like any other normal day where you can put on any bra in your lingerie drawer – it is important that you choose the correct type of lingerie which will help to enhance both your dress and your body shape, to make you feel even more fabulous and glamorous whether you’re in the honeymoon suite with your new husband, or standing at the alter in front of friends and family.
Lingerie can have a remarkable effect on how your dress will appear. For example, a perfect fitting and supportive bra and knickers can lift your bust and smooth and lumps and bumps, giving you a great figure to show off that expensive gown to best effect. By choosing the perfect underwear for your body and for your choice of dress, you can be sure you’ll have nothing but happy memories when you look at those wedding photos years from now and see how amazing and joyful you looked.
So, whilst this single lady can’t offer any tips on table decorations or wedding cake choices, here’s my guide to getting it right in the underwear department…
1. Choose lingerie that you feel comfortable in
The first tip for buying bridal lingerie is to choose a style that you are happy and comfortable in. The underwear which you select for beneath your wedding dress should be a reflection, albeit a somewhat more dressed up version, of your own unique and individual style. Do not simply look for bridal lingerie which you think your husband to be will like best, especially if you try it on and do not feel comfortable or if you feel it does not suit your silhouette. Of course you will want to choose lingerie which he will like too but take your time choosing and you’re sure to find something that the both of you will love.
Your wedding day means you will be surrounded by cameras and so it is vital that you feel happy and relaxed. Do not feel like you have to wear the most luxurious and expensive style of underwear because its your wedding day, a simple and natural style of lingerie is very suitable and if this is what you prefer then be sure to wear what works best for you. Corsets for example are popular but very restrictive, so ask yourself, is having a perfect hourglass shape really worth a whole day of discomfort? Perhaps you could even buy two sets – something simple and figure-enhancing for the day, and then a sexier set to change into before you leave the venue!
2. Try on lingerie with your wedding dress before purchasing it
This next tip is vital because if you do not try your selected lingerie on beneath your dress this can cause problems. For example, if you decide to opt for a gorgeous corset which you feel comfortable in, but on the morning of your wedding discover the top of the corset is higher than the top of your wedding dress and keeps showing, it can lead to a major panic.
It is essential that before your wedding day you try on lingerie with your wedding dress so that you can see if it is enhances the appearance of your dress and your figure. If your dress does not sit correctly with your bridal lingerie then you can recognise this and choose a different style of lingerie which will compliment your dress better whilst still looking great. Got your heart set on a particular set that just doesn’t match the dress? Don’t return it to the shop – save it for the honeymoon!
3. Give yourself enough time to buy your bridal lingerie
It is important that you do not purchase bridal lingerie at the last minute as this can often mean that no thought has gone in to whether or not you feel comfortable in it, if it helps to enhance your body shape or if it will help to improve how your wedding dress fits your silhouette. By giving yourself plenty of time to buy the lingerie perfect for you this will also mean that if it needs to be altered or customised you will have plenty of time for this. To save yourself from stress buy your bridal lingerie ahead of time.
If you’re dieting for the big day, perhaps consider buying the same item in two sizes. This way it won’t end up too big, but if you don’t reach your target weight you won’t have the stress of trying to squeeze into a too-small garment that’s going to leave you so restricted you can’t eat any of your own wedding cake!
I’d love to hear any other tips you may have on buying bridal lingerie!
All images courtesy of Esty Lingerie.
Michelle Star writes for Esty Lingerie, an online luxury lingerie boutique. For wedding lingerie that is truly special and unique, choose a bridal garter or lingerie set from one of their independent designer brands.