When it comes to the bridal gown, the rules are clear. White, white or white. If you’re feeling really avant-garde, you may even stretch to cream.
Bridal lingerie is another story. Here, you make the rules. After all, what Aunty Agnes can’t see won’t hurt her! This is your chance to stamp your personal sense of style on the traditional wedding ensemble and have some fun.
Delightful Wedding Lingerie
Luckily the biggest lingerie brands are way ahead of you. In recent years they’ve moved further and further away from the stuffy, old-fashioned hinterland bridal lingerie used to occupy. The ranges on offer now have style, sensuality and colour.
A Splash of Colour
Else’s Signature collection offer a selection of silk and lace bras in delicate green and blue pastel shades. Their silk culotte briefs are a must have; flattering, witty and elegant, a far cry from the French peasant stereotype their name engenders. Eau de Vivre’s Damaris turquoise shoulder bra is joyful and effortlessly stylish, while Sarah Lou Ouvert’s Lascivious open back brief is deliciously naughty.
Meanwhile Fauve’s Emanuelle range is made up of intricate Swiss embroidery in an art nouveau style. You can select from a demure bronze or a fun and fruity hot pink, though their elaborate, structured suspender belt is the highlight of the collection.
When it comes to garters you need not resort to tacky bows and messy frills. In this world Florrie Mitton is queen. Their glitterati bridal garter employs tulle in a sophisticated nude shade and is decorated with a floral brooch for extra femininity. The metallic thread used used to decorate the antique lace in their goddess garter is luxurious and just a little edgy.
A Naughty Edge
Agent Provocateur’s bridal range is as you’d expect: risqué, chic and well-edited. With stockings, blindfolds and tassles offered alongside the expected briefs, bras and garters, they have their mind firmly in the bedroom. However, their star attraction is undoubtedly the Matinee Kimono. It’s a spellbinding concoction of diaphanous white lace, perfect for a romantic breakfast-in-bed.
A Sensual Twist
For more bridal nightwear, look out for the Ell & Cee goddess jewel encrusted maxi. Sensual and romantic in chiffon, the creative pearl encrusted neckpiece creates a burst of glamour. Their snowflake bride playsuit uses a unique, loose silhouette to truly seductive effect. On the other hand, the Modern Courtesan’s bridal chemise in ivory satin is a contemporary take on traditional bridal wear. It is elegant in its simplicity and takes a refreshingly relaxed approach to bridal fashion.
Fox and Rose have an extensive range of bridal lingerie that is beautiful yet stands out from the crowd, perfect for the wedding night!