While shopping for that perfect wedding gown is a big part of planning for the big day, don't forget to pick up some special bridal lingerie to add a bit more romance to your wedding night. Once the excitement of the day is over, the excitement of the night can begin. You'll need bridal lingerie not only for the first night of the rest of your lives together, but also for the honeymoon.
Picking Spicy Bridal Lingerie Colors
Chrystal Bougon, owner of Curvy Girl Lingerie, says that her customers tend to prefer bold colors such as pinks, purples and blues. "I think that full figured women have been taught not to wear white because we think it makes us look bigger." She suggests ignoring this outdated rule. "I like to coach my customers to wear what you want to wear and ignore those old rules about fashion. When you are feeling confident, that shines through." Keeping this in mind, not all brides want to wear white - some enjoy spicing things up with racy colors. Choose what makes you feel good!
Spicy Wedding Day Lingerie
Even though wedding dresses are typically sweet instead of spicy, you might want to wear something sexy underneath for something fun that only you and your spouse know about. This is usually a sexy bra and panties or stockings and garters. You can probably save a corset for your wedding night as many dresses have support built right into the bodice.
Wedding Day Bras
You may find that you do not need a bra with your dress because it already has support built-in. Additionally, you may be able to ask your dress shop's tailor whether a bra can be sewn in. However, if you do choose to wear a bra, make sure it is one with straps and cups that are completely hidden beneath your dress.
- Leading Lady Lace Cup Underwire Full Figure Bra - This bra is sexy while still being functional and supportive. The bra has nude cups with either a black mesh or nude mesh overlay. The back has four clasps rather than two or three to help give full-figured women more support. Since this bra is textured, you would want to wear it under a dress made of thicker fabric so that the bra cannot be seen. Made of nylon, cotton and spandex, this bra is hand wash only. It's available in sizes 36D - 46C for about $35.
- Curvy Kate Princess Balconette Bra (pictured) - This sexy bra with plenty of lift is available from size 30D to size 44G (with many sizes going up to a size K cup), and if you are between cup sizes, it is recommended that you size up. Choose neutral colors unless your dress has thicker fabric to hide the darker shades. It is available in white, nude, hot pink, red, navy and black for around $70. The bra is made of polyamide and elastane and is hand wash only.
- Hips and Curves Jacqueline Lace Overlay Plunge Bra - This bra will keep you feeling sexy on your big day. It comes in either nude with a black lace overlay or hot pink with a purple lace overlay, and there is a teardrop rhinestone in the center for an extra touch of romance. This is a great choice for those who have decided against a traditional white dress and are opting for a brighter or darker color. Available in sizes from size 38C - 46DDD for about $40. Made of nylon and spandex, this bra is hand wash only.
Wedding Day Panties
Your wedding day panties will depend largely on your dress. If you wear a dress with lots of layers and texture, you can wear virtually any panty you want underneath without it being seen. If you wear a slim-fitting dress made of thin fabric, you will want seamless panties, a thong, or no panties at all and shapewear instead.
- Cacique Lace G-String - This panty is both incredibly sexy and incredibly feminine. The front provides lace coverage while the back is nearly non-existent. Available in either black or magenta nylon/spandex, make sure your dress is thick enough that the color doesn't show through. Machine washable in sizes 12-28 for just under $20.
- Valmont Embroidered Lace and Satin Hi-Cut Brief (pictured) - If you carry your weight on the bottom and have a small waist, these panties are a great option for your special day. The high rise ensures that they won't create any weird bulges and there are plenty of color options if you are wearing a thin dress. Available in sizes S-7X for under $15 in white, nude, light pink, light blue, red and black. Made of polyester, spandex and nylon, these panties are machine washable.
Wedding Day Stockings and Garter Belts
If you choose to wear stockings underneath your dress on your big day, you can pick from a wide assortment of styles including full-length pairs that offer some tummy control and thigh-highs that often require garters to hold them up.
- Plus Size Stretch Lace Garter Belt - This garter belt is wider than some others, so it may offer some slimming benefits and cut down on awkward bulges that smaller garter belts may cause. This item offers even more color options as it comes in purple, hot pink, and black so you can pick your poison. Wear an opaque slip under your dress if necessary so the color doesn't show through, and pair with white stockings to complete the look. In sizes 1X/2X and 3X/4X for about $22.
Wedding Day Garters
If you want to enjoy the customary removing of the garter at your wedding, you'll want a plus size garter that is roomy enough to fit around your leg comfortably throughout the day so that you're not distracted from what's important.
- Custom Sheer Organza Garter - You can make this custom garter exactly what you want, since you can pick the sheer fabric color, the ribbon color, and you can add charms. Just imagine how touched your spouse would be to see a charm hand-picked for him or her, like a golf bag or an Army charm? You can also add a flower or feathers - whatever your heart desires. Available up to size XXL starting at about $18.
- Buckle Wedding Garter - If the typical fluffy wedding garter isn't your style, consider this sexy option made of a stretch satin strap with a rhinestone faux buckle. You have a choice of 16 colors and the garter is available up to size 2X for about $30.
- Satin Zebra Garter Set - Nothing says spicy like animal print, so surprise your spouse with this black and white zebra stripe garter set. It comes with either red, turquoise or emerald trim on the sides, in regular or queen size, starting at around $27.
Wedding Night Lingerie
For your wedding night, you may want to continue with the day's theme and keep your lingerie sensuous rather than steamy, or you may want to have a complete change of pace and go for something racier.
- Wedding Belle Bridal Babydoll - If your style is sexy but still classically romantic, consider this babydoll. It is made of sultry see-through stretch lace so that you're covered just enough to tease. The skirt hits at mid-thigh for a more flattering length. In white from size 1X-4X for about $30, which includes a matching panty.
- Black Chiffon Delight Chemise Set - Is cunning seductress more your speed? Then take a look at this see-through black set. The V-neck chemise has a floral pattern and comes with a sheer jacket. It's made of lace and non-cling nylon and is available in sizes 1X-4X for about $35.
- Victorian Lace Bustier - For a more fitted style that enhances your curves, consider a bustier. This option is ideal for a full figured woman with an hourglass shape as the hook and eye closure doesn't offer much room for stretch. The molded cups will give a bit of eye-drawing lift while the ruffled hem provides some coverage for your hips. Available in sizes 1X/2X or 3X/4X in your choice of navy, teal, light pink, hot pink or red, all with black lace overlay. Composed of polyester and elastane, this item sells for around $30 and includes a matching thong.
- Ultimate Lace Plus Size Corset - Made of thick satin with lots of boning, this corset enhances a curvy hourglass shape. The lace-up back makes the corset suggestive without being too revealing. It includes removable garters and has an all-over lace overlay. Available in black or white in sizes 38-44 for about $70.
During your honeymoon, you might want to consider packing sexy bras and panties in addition to lingerie to tease and tantalize your partner while you enjoy activities together. Bougon also recommends packing smaller lingerie that won't take up much space in your suitcase, and avoiding silk and polyester, which might wrinkle while you travel.
- Leading Lady Scalloped Lace Underwire Full Figure Bra - Perfect for wearing under your clothes while you honeymoon, this sexy bra won't disappoint when you get back to your hotel room. It has a soft, scalloped lace edge and is partially see-through. Even though the bra is flirty, it offers sufficient support for full figured women. Available in black, white and nude in sizes 36DD-48DD for less than $40. Made of nylon/spandex. Hand wash only.
- Hips and Curves Stretch Lace Crotchless Boyshorts - There's nothing sexier than knowing your partner is wearing something daring underneath her clothes and being the only one who knows. Let your new spouse enjoy that feeling while you wear these panties, which fit the bill perfectly. The stretch waist sits perfectly on your hips, and the lace-up back adds some extra spiciness. Made of nylon spandex, these panties are hand wash only. Available in champagne or white from 1/2X - 5/6X for about $17.
- Hips and Curves Strappy Stretch Lace Panty - If you want something different from your typical options, this is the panty for you. It has a V cut in the back that is held up by sexy, tantalizing straps. It comes in black, blue, mint, pink, red, lilac, plum and white in sizes 1X - 6X for about $25. Hand wash this garment to be sure it doesn't catch on anything.
- White Stretch Lace Halter Diva Dress with Stockings - This cleavage-enhancing see-through stretch lace dress is perfect for when you get back to the hotel room. The attached garters and thigh high stockings are sure to set the mood for a romantic evening. Available in one size (queen) for about $25.
- Soft Lace Knit Chemise - Since it doesn't have molded cups or boning around the torso, this chemise is perfect for traveling. It has see-through lace panels in a rayon body and a seductive open back. Available in black, white, mint, coral and lilac in sizes 1X-3X for about $40, with a matching G-string.
Shopping for Others
If you're in charge of planning a bridal shower for the bride-to-be, you know that showering her with lingerie is often part of the fun of the party. Make sure that party attendees choose lingerie in keeping with the bride's style. If you know she's a more reserved type, consider peignoir sets (not all of them are floor-length) or camisole sets. If she's made it clear that she loves G-strings, however, then go all out in the revealing lingerie department. She'll feel a lot more comfortable opening gifts in front of everyone if you select presents that reflect her taste.
Make It Memorable
Your wedding day is an event that you'll always remember, whether it's glitzy and formal or more low-key. However, don't neglect the necessities for your wedding night and honeymoon. You want to start your new life off on the right foot, and what better way to do that than to show your new spouse how much romance means to you? You may find yourself still wearing the spicy lingerie that keeps those fires burning well into your marriage and not just during the honeymoon.