A Complete Guide to the Best Undergarments for Your Wedding Dress

A Complete Guide to the Best Undergarments for Your Wedding Dress

February 22, 2021

If you got engaged over the holiday season, you’ve probably begun the first steps in the wedding dress shopping process: researching your favorite designers as well as figuring out the boutiques you want to shop from. That being said, there is another crucial step that needs to be on your radar as you begin thinking about your wedding day look: choosing the best undergarments for your bridal style! 

 

Below—we take a deep dive into all of the bras, underwear and shapewear that you need to know about: 

 

LET'S TALK BRAS.

Choosing the right bra to wear under your wedding dress is essential to making sure that your bridal style looks perfect for your big day. You might not even need a bra for your gown depending on the construction of your gown. 

 

For the open back lovers: 

Obviously, you need to choose a bra that works with the type of wedding dress that you’ve said “yes” to. If you’ve decided on a gown that features a gorgeous open back design, then a strapless, adhesive bra is your best bet for providing extra support while keeping you looking pristine in your wedding dress. 

Bride wearing an open back wedding dress

Benecia | #220272

 

Strapless gowns for the win: 

Maybe you opted for an ultra-romantic strapless bridal style—if that’s the case, go for a classic strapless bra that will provide you support all night long. Concerned that your strapless bra won’t give your wedding day look enough structure? Check out long-line bra options on your search for the perfect lingerie. Long-line bras are attached to a corset-like bodice that will accentuate your natural curves and smooth out any lines so there’s no chance for wrinkles. This type of bra has been a long-standing fav amongst our brides who opt for strapless wedding dresses!

Bride wearing a strapless mermaid wedding dress

Solana | #220261

 

The perfect bra shape for your plunging V-neckline: 

For those donning a gown with a plunging V-neckline, a plunging bra is your best bet. While this type of bra doesn’t look like it adds much support, there is usually extra padding along the sides in order to ensure that everything stays in position. 

 

Pro-tip: ask your seamstress to sew your desired bra into your dress so that you can have built-in support ready to go on your special day. 

Bride wearing plunging V-neckline wedding dress

Alizia | #220278

 

LET'S TALK UNDERWEAR/SHAPEWEAR.

 

Choosing the right kind of underwear is key to making your wedding dress look impeccable. 

 

It's a breeze with a ball gown style: 

For the brides-to-be who have picked a more voluminous style, you can be a little more bold with your wedding lingerie as you won’t have to worry about creases. Basically, you have the luxury to wear whatever kind of undergarment you want! 

Bride wearing beaded ball gown wedding dress

Clemente | #MTL22008

 

Seamless options for fit and flare gowns: 

If you opted for a more fitted gown with less structure that hangs along the natural curvature of the body, consider opting for a seamless nude-colored thong that will lie without creases underneath your gown. You can also find high-tech lace that will achieve the same effect if you’re wanting a sexier wedding day lingerie option. 

Bride wearing a fit and flare wedding dress

Camarosa | #220269

 

Mermaid wedding dresses = shapewear: 

Finally, if you’re the kind of bride-to-be who chose a sexy mermaid wedding dress that accentuates every line on your body, then you need to check out different styles of shapewear to don underneath your gown! The one thing to be aware of when shopping for shapewear is how it fits on your body. Does it cut you off at the waist creating lines where there shouldn’t be? Then that shapewear either isn’t made well or is too small. High-waisted thongs usually solve this issue but if you’re wanting more coverage, a fuller slip is always an option!

Bride wearing beaded lace mermaid wedding dress

Avalon | #220262

 

BONUS POINTS.

A little bonus section for our favorite alternative lingerie options.

 

Dreamy satin slips

Honestly, we can’t think of anything that’s more romantic than a delicate slip. Lightweight satin slips are the perfect undergarment for brides-to-be who are wearing a seamless fit and flare wedding dress or relaxed sheath gown. Satin slips can smooth out any wrinkles and ensure that your wedding day look stays in place as you dance the night away with the ones you love most. Plus, if you have an illusion lace overlay, a satin slip in a slightly different color is the perfect way to add subtle dimension to your bridal style. 

 

Built-in corsets 

We’re obsessed with this kind shapewear because it’s already built into your gown! Wedding dresses that feature corsets evoke a one-of-a-kind vintage-inspired feel as well as provide a breathtaking fit that flatters any body shape. This type of subtle shapewear is especially gorgeous when paired with A-line or ball gown wedding dresses.