Bridal Undergarments: What To Wear Under Your Wedding Gown

One aspect of wearing your wedding dress that’s more important than some might think, is what undergarments you’ll use. A lot can go into making this choice, like the style of dress you’re wearing, the fabrics used and the way it fits on your body and more, but the ultimate goal will always be the same: feeling confident and beautiful in your dream dress on your wedding day.

Strapless wedding dress:

woman wearing white wedding gown with strapless bodice and pockets

If you’re planning on wearing a strapless wedding gown, the best choice is to opt for a strapless bra so that you can achieve the perfect strapless look you chose your gown for, without having to lose comfort and support on your wedding day. Strapless bras are a great choice in terms of undergarments for most wedding dresses, but they’re essential when it comes to wearing a strapless gown.

There are many stores that sell strapless bras, including TheIconic, Bras N Things, CityChic, Myer and more.

The right underwear paired with your wedding dress will ensure the highest confidence on your wedding day.

Wedding dresses with a plunging neckline:

v neck wedding gown with layered silk organza skirt and tie up back

If you’ve found your dream dress and it has a plunging neckline, it’s a good idea to choose a plunging bra to go with it. It’ll give you the perfect support without being visible when you wear your gown.

Another option, though more costly, is to have bra cups (or a plunging bra itself) sewn into your wedding gown for that extra level of support. However, this will definitely cost more as you’ll need to find a trusted seamstress to carry out these alterations to your gown. If you’re getting a custom gown though, you can definitely discuss this with your designer at your initial consult as an option!

For plunging bras, you can find these at brands like Target, Bendon, CityChic, Myer and more.

Open-back wedding dress:

low cut back white lace wedding dress with one shoulder

If you’re planning on wearing an open back wedding gown, it’s important to wear the right bra with your dress - a backless or stick-on-bra will be the perfect choice here, allowing you to have all the support you need without your bra being visible on your back while wearing your wedding dress, and the silicone cups give you a natural look and feel.

There are many places you can find backless/stick-on bras, from Myer to Bras N Things to CottonOn or TheIconic.

Fit & flare/mermaid wedding dress:

model standing in front of white wall in tulle and lace strapless wedding dress

Mermaid and fit and flare wedding dresses are the perfect choice if you want to flaunt your curves and have a figure hugging wedding dress. The best undergarments to pair with either of these choices are always going to be bridal shapewear, also commonly referred to as Spanx. Shapewear will give your silhouette a smooth, figure hugging look, which is perfect for any fit and flare or mermaid style wedding dresses.

There are two things to keep in mind if you’re wearing shape wear with your wedding gown. The first is to always opt for the seamless shapewear if possible to give an even smoother look to your gown on your body. Secondly, if you’re having alterations done such as hem length, please be sure to take the shapewear (and shoes you’ll wear on your special day!) to your alterations appointment and wear it under your gown, shapewear can affect the fit of your wedding dress, specifically the way the hem will fall and we wouldn’t want your hem to be one length pre-wedding and a whole other length on the big day.

There are many stores that have a variety of shapewear, such as the Spanx website, ASOS, David Jones, Bras N Things & more.

For all suggestions in this blog, we’ve chosen undergarments that are specifically easy to purchase/available in Australia, both online and physically in stores.

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