Wedding season is upon us and for a vast majority of ladies out there, what's the first thing that comes to mind?
At Knicker Locker we fully appreciate the excitement of making your way down to the wedding dress shop and that amazing TA DAA feeling when you finally find your dream dress. However, nowadays there are so many styles to choose from and we get so carried away we forget - what goes underneath such a gown?
Because we want to help make you feel your absolute best on your big day, we have come up with some top tips and suggestions to help you get it right and reduce any potential bridezilla moments or malfunctions! Let's start from the beginning...
FIRST THINGS FIRST!
Once you have decided on your dream wedding dress, there are a few questions you need to ask:
Questions for the dress fitter
- Will I need seamless underwear?
- Will I need a strapless bra?
- If it's low back or backless - can I use sew in cups?
- Will a basque work?
Any finishing touches?
- Do I want a garter?
- Do I want stockings or hold ups?
- If yes to stockings - can I wear a suspender belt?
Once you have established from the wedding dress fitter what will work and what will not, it's time to go shopping! But first, make sure you know your bra size - the last thing you want on your big day is to be feeling uncomfortable. Our handy bra fitting guide will help you figure out what size you should be trying, find the link here >
Wearing a garter is supposedly one of the oldest wedding traditions still going, dated all the way back to the 14th Century! It was thought that owning a bit of the brides dress would bring you luck, but due to brides being relentlessly chased and not wanting their dresses to be ruined, the garter was created- a special piece of clothing that could be taken off and given to one lucky guest! If the tradition of the garter is something you'd still like to uphold just remember, the garter should sit just above the knee - just enough so it doesn't fall down and just enough that you don't flash your guests during it's removal!
The Mae Garter by Fantasie
WHAT LINGERIE SUITS YOUR GOWN STYLE?
To make sure you look your absolute best on your wedding day, what goes under the dress is just as important as the gown itself. Your wedding lingerie can alter the way your dress looks and feels so we want you to get it spot on!
Sheath (column) gowns are usually made of organza or chiffon, making them slightly sheer and gorgeously floaty.
AVOID: Bulges and lines
TRY: Seamless lingerie and slips for a clean silhouette
Faithfully Yours Strapless Bra - B'Temptd
The smooth moulded cups give a great shape and with the integrated padding adds a natural lift. This bra also comes with removable straps so it can worn as a cross-back, halter-neck, strapless or one shoulder, find it here>
Also known as the princess style, A Line dresses tend to be flattering to almost any figure!
AVOID: Shaping and support - the shape of the dress is already forgiving unless you feel you need it.
TRY: Comfort - with this style you pretty much have free range!
Mae Strapless Bra - Fantasie
The Mae strapless bra features firm support whilst at the same time, looking timelessly elegant. Straps are included to help create multiway styles for under any dress, find it here>
This gorgeous style has a curve hugging fit and is designed to show off your your shape.
AVOID: Much like the sheath, try to avoid lines, bulges and seams.
TRY: High waisted shaping lingerie.
Vision Control Brief - Wacoal
The Vision control brief has a lightweight gauge power net body with a high elastane content to help keep it's shape and give great control. There is also a lace inner panel at the front with minimal stretch for extra support on the tummy and flat seams all the way around to avoid the dreaded VPL. Find it here.
Another flattering style, nipped in in at the waist with plenty of pretty lace and fabric to make you feel like royalty!
AVOID: This style is pretty safe for most lingerie styles, so you can see what suits you.
TRY: Accentuating the waistline with a basque - a strapless bra will also help slim the torso whilst giving good support.
Sassy Strapless Bustier - Freya
The sassy bustier is made with a nude fabric and a delicate ivory lace overlay for a beautifully delicate style. The soft boning on the front panels, moulded cups and gripper elastic give excellent shape and support. Find it here>
Shop our full range of Bridal Lingerie here
Discover more Lingerie inspiration with our new Bridal Lingerie video on the
Knicker Locker YouTube channel >
Help! I'm quite short and curvy - anything that can help?
Try a bustier or longline bra with maximum support and shaping (check the sizing as some may be too long waisted). You could also consider high waisted shapewear, a bodysuit or long leg styles to help smooth out hips and thighs.
The Evolution high waist shaping pant
The shaping pant works under any outfit. It controls the curves on your hips, tummy and thighs whilst giving you support on the back as well as accentuating the waist and reducing fat rolls under the ribcage.
TOP TIPS TO AVOID DISASTERS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY
- Bring the lingerie you have chosen to wear to your gown fittings, bras and shapewear can really change the way a gown hangs on you.
- Take note of the colour - with so many different shades of white, you may be better off with an ivory or even a nude colour bra, again take it to your gown fitting to be doubly sure.
- If you're planning on wearing stocking or hosiery, buy extra - ladders and snags like to catch us out just when it matters the most! - Shop our full range of Hosiery here>
- We couldn't recommend this tip highly enough - Give your chosen lingerie at least a 1 day trial run, whether it be a basque, shapewear or strapless bra wear it for a full day before your wedding so you can see if any problems occur.
- If you're not getting ready at home, take a small separate bag with you to pack your lingerie in. This minimizes the risk of forgetting something or having to root around to the bottom of your suitcase.
THE WEDDING NIGHT
Now you've chosen the perfect dress, stressed out about the seating plan and taste tested so much cake you're now debating whether you actually ever want to see one ever again, it's time to think about the wedding night. Choosing your wedding nightwear no longer has to be as boring as picking up a white nighty, which is why we've picked out our top 3 wedding night show stoppers to turn up the heat on your first night as a married couple.
ARIA CHEMISE - LINGADORE
The Aria chemise is flattering for all body shapes, with delicate spaghetti straps and a simple yet effective A-Line cut. The black lace and high quality gold satin fabric make for feeling glamorous and sexy on your wedding night.
NOVA BABYDOLL SET - LINGADORE
The Nova babydoll set has been made with subtle ivory lace and luxurious satin fabric. When on, the babydoll falls just above the thighs for a graceful yet alluring look. The matching thong is is made with all over stretch lace for added comfort.
BIBI PLAYSUIT - LINGADORE
If you're feeling daring, the Bibi playsuit is a sexy twist on classic pyjamas, the deep V-neck black lace creates a devilishly seductive look and goes perfectly with the cocktail red satin.
Whatever your style or however you choose to style out your wedding night, we have plenty to choose from here at Knicker Locker to make you feel totally irresistible!
WEDDING DAY SURVIVAL KIT
- Paracetamol/allergy meds (non drowsy)
- Small brush
- Lip balm
- Blotting paper
- Fabric tape (trust us on this one!)
- Hair grips
- Compact mirror
- Safety pins (just in case!)
- Eyelash glue
- Comfy flats
- Champagne - because why not?!
Find more useful tips to help avoid any potential disasters here with our lingerie tricks for your wedding dress.
Looking for more inspiration? Take a peek at our handy Bridal 2017 Lookbook
Weddings in Surrey have some great FREE wedding planning tools to download to make your wedding planning breeze. Accessible on your smart phones, desktops or tablets - they are ready to hand whenever you need them!
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