Contributed by Maya O' Brien, owner of Bridal Boudoir, Cork
We might think the job is done when our bridal gown has been chosen, but we keep forgetting what's going under our gowns.
Choosing the right foundation is just as important as picking your dress. Specialised lingerie is there to enhance and show off your best assets. The wrong underwear and support could end up in catastrophe and easily destroy the whole look on your big day.
The first thing to have in mind when going lingerie shopping is the best shape; cut and material of your dress; what type of neckline it has - strapless, racer, backless; what parts of your curves you want to enhance and what you need an extra hand with. Follow these steps to get your foundation right.
Even though we think we know our size, most of the time we are wrong. Depending on brand and style, measurements can vary. Whether you choose thick shape wear, corset, backless, it has to fit perfectly. VPL is the last thing you want to see in your wedding album.
Splash Out a Bit
Stretch the budget, it's a once off and generally price reflects quality. Therefore the higher the quality undergarments are usually the most expensive.
Remember Comfort and Practicality
It's a long day of sitting, eating and dancing. It's easy to forget about practicality and simple things like going to the restroom can prove problematic with the wrong underwear. If your dress is tight fitting and requires shapewear, then it might be a good idea to get a shape skirt.
A backless gown will need a stick-on bra or built-in cups. Stick-on gel cups are not a good option as they are too heavy.
Choose the Right Colour
Colour is important. Choosing ivory tends to be the first choice for brides but leave that for the wedding night. Ivory on ivory will shine through the layer of material and show up on photos. It's a more sensible to choose nude or blush.
We hope these tips help you to choose underwear that's as stylish as it is comfortable for your wedding day.