What To Wear Under Your Wedding Dress


Tips on What To Wear Under Your Wedding Dress

Now that you have found the perfect wedding dress, the journey to finding the perfect undergarments begins. After all, the right undergarments can truly complete your bridal look. It’s essential that you give off the illusion that you are not wearing anything underneath because the last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is showing bra straps or panty lines. The ideal undergarment offers the perfect combination of support and comfort.

To help make the shopping process easier for you, we’ve picked out our favorite undergarment options for popular wedding gown necklines and styles to give you some ideas as to what to wear under your wedding dress.

When to Purchase Undergarments

When shopping for bridal lingerie, there’s one key point to keep in mind: Don't wait until your big day to try on your undergarments! You should purchase them a few months before so you can try them out and make sure they are comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time.

At the latest, we recommend buying them before your first alterations appointment to make sure they’re unnoticeable under your gown. This will also allow the seamstress to fit the gown over the undergarments you plan to wear.

Wedding Dress Undergarments for Different Dress Types

Overall, it is recommended to wear undergarments under your gown to avoid any possible fashion mishaps throughout your big day. There are some types of wedding dress styles that have a built-in-bra or where a bra may not be necessary altogether, however, a bride should wear whatever they are most comfortable in. Seamless underwear is typically always a good option.

During the wedding dress shopping process, when you choose a gown, it’s a good time to ask the stylist what type of undergarments would go best with your choice. They will have helpful advice. Some brides also choose to include their bridesmaids on their undergarment shopping adventure to get a second opinion and advice from friends or family.

The type of bra, bridal shapewear, or underwear you choose to wear will depend greatly on the silhouette and style of the gown you are wearing.

Mermaid Gowns

Mermaid bridal gowns are coveted for their classic, form-fitting silhouette that flatters both hourglass and slim figures alike. However, the mermaid shape can be difficult to work with when shopping for undergarments.

The key is to find an undergarment that will keep your bust lifted and your tummy tucked without showing any lines underneath the dress. For this reason, it’s wise to choose a bodysuit or some other type of shapewear to create a smooth, firm silhouette at the stomach.

You may want to consider a thong style option to avoid any chances of panty lines showing through since this type of gown hugs that area.

Strapless Wedding Dresses

Strapless bridal gowns, especially ball gowns with sweetheart necklines, are popular styles that require undergarments that lift the bust and flatter the shoulders. To accomplish this, we recommend a strapless pushup bra. The Wacoal Strapless Pushup Bra is a good option because it is comfortable, supportive and designed with just the right amount of padding to enhance your chest.

Woman wearing  a strapless wedding dress and a woman wearing a strapless bra that would work with this dress style

If you are a little more gifted in your bust area, we recommend using a bustier under your wedding dress to provide you with extra support. The Va Bien Ultra Lift Seamless Bustier is great because it offers support while also cinching in your waist so you won't have to worry about any belly bulge.

Backless Gowns

Looking to wear something sexy on your wedding day? An illusion back or backless style gown may be a great option for you. However, it can be tough to find the right undergarments for a low back or backless wedding dress.

Fortunately, modern innovations in design have brides everywhere breathing sighs of relief. A backless, adhesive bra like the Fashions Forms UltraLight NuBra offers support to lift your bust and prevent any unwanted sagging, all while not being seen from the back cutouts. Its seamless, barely-there design assures that it won’t show through your dress.

Bride wearing a backless A-line wedding gown and a woman wearing an adhesive bra that works with an open back dress design

Wedding Dresses with a Plunging Neckline

If your gown has a plunging neckline, but you are afraid of sacrificing support for style, there is a bra out there for you! We recommend something like The U-plunge Bra for wedding dresses with low-cut necklines and regular backs as it provides you with both lift and shape.

If your gown has an open back in addition to a plunging neckline, we suggest using the Fashions Forms U-Plunge Strapless Bra. This bra features a backless, low-cut design so that the only thing others notice on your wedding day is how gorgeous you look.

Bride wearing a ball gown with a plunging neckline and a woman wearing a U plunge bodysuit that would work with a plunging neckline gown

Halter Gowns

If you purchased a gown with a unique halter bodice, there are a variety of bra options to choose from. We recommend using a strapless or convertible bra that you feel fits well underneath your dress to offer comfortable support throughout the day. It is common for halter gowns to also have a low neckline, in which case we suggest using a low-cut strapless bra or bodysuit.

You can find this coverage and support from the Fashion Forms Backless Strapless Bodysuit and the Hansca's Ultra Deep U-Plunge V-Bra

Other Considerations

These  undergarments can be worn with other necklines and silhouettes as well, just be sure to test whatever you purchase out with your gown as soon as possible.

Another key consideration is to find undergarments that are comfortable and allow you to  move around easily, as you will be wearing them for a long period of time. As with your wedding dress, you should look for an undergarment that makes you feel sexy, confident and beautiful.

If you haven’t found your dream dress yet, browse our collections at Moonlight Bridal. Have fun shopping!

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