Guide to Choosing the Right Bridal Lingerie for the Wedding Night, Honeymoon, and Beyond!
Your family has left, your friends have departed, the bouquet has been thrown. What now?
Well, if we want to get traditional about it – your new husband (or wife) should scoop you up and carry you to the bridal suite to consummate your marriage.
Do you know anyone who did that on their wedding day? Yeah, me neither.
Like most wedding traditions, the type of lingerie that brides choose to wear (or not!) on their wedding night has evolved over the decades. The result? A fantastic selection of bridal lingerie for brides of all types and tastes.
From daring to demure, if you’re looking for the right bridal lingerie for your wedding night, the L&L bridal brigade has found some beauties we think you’ll want to wear well beyond the big night.
First, we’ll address some frequently asked questions. Then, it’s on to the main event! And stay tuned for our important self-love talk at the end. Even if you don’t think you need it, trust us – you need it.
Bridal Lingerie FAQ
Whatever the heck they feel like, we hope!
Again, back in the day, brides often went straight from the wedding to the boudoir… do not pass go, do not change out of your corsets and petticoats.
Now, the possibilities are wide open! Many choose to wear something special that makes them feel as beautiful out of the dress as they felt in it. Others opt for the comfiest jammies they own.
It’s your wedding – everyone else is just along for the ride, as far as we’re concerned.
Of course not! Lots of brides do it simply because it seems appropriate, but if you’re a more colorful kind of gal in the bedroom, dress to match your personality! As long as you’re rockin’ it, it works.
Wedding night lingerie should serve no other purpose than to make you feel beautiful.
If the undergarments you wore under your gown do that, awesome! But most women wear shapewear underneath their dresses, which is really more about function and less about making you feel like a sexy newlywed.
That’s why most brides opt to pack special lingerie to change into after they get back to the boudoir.
Sure! Lingerie showers are traditionally thrown to help the bride-to-be stock up on intimates for her wedding night and the honeymoon. While lingerie showers are still common, “honeymoon showers” are becoming more and more popular.
At a honeymoon shower, guests bring gifts that help set a romantic atmosphere on the wedding night. Examples of honeymoon shower gifts are things like champagne with personalized flutes, fragrances, and candles.
Not that we don’t love shopping for shapewear, but now’s not the time, ladies! We’ve got a super thorough guide dedicated to picking the best undergarments to wear under your wedding dress. Check it out – you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to cinch that waist, eliminate those panty lines, and push up those boobs. You’re welcome.
As for the non-shapewear-related, sexy lingerie side of things…read on.
So, What Lingerie Should I Wear On My Wedding Night?
Lingerie should be much more than something pretty to wear – it’s a total sensory experience. It should feel good against your skin, cling to all the best places, and make you feel like a goddess.
It should help create the mood you want to set in the bedroom, and perhaps most importantly, it should reflect your personality and style.
With that in mind, here are a few examples of stunning bridal lingerie we picked that are just perfect for your first night of wedded bliss. (And beyond!)
1. In Bloom Lace Thong Teddy
Sweet, but not too sweet – we love the combo of classic floral lace and modern lines on this lace teddy. We need to issue a word of warning: don’t wear it if you want to leave the bedroom anytime soon!
Comes in sizes XXS-0 to XXL-18
2. Plus Size Polka Dot Teddy Set
Who says the bride has to wear white on her wedding night? NO one, that’s who! This sophisticated set breaks the rules in all the right ways. Plunging neckline, lacy trim, a lacy little cover-up that plays peek-a-boo with your curves- what more could a girl want?
Comes in plus sizes 1X, 2X, and 3X
3. Dreamgirl Lace Teddy
Flirty frills at the leg line and a pretty satin bow make this a girl-next-door kinda teddy. The cheeky cut thong, open back, and crotchless feature makes it something a little naughtier.
Available in one size, fits 2-14
4. Savage Not Sorry Lace Teddy
Another sultry little number in black, the beautiful scalloped neckline and lace-trimmed high cut leg design would look so flattering on any body, size 0 to 20! Savage, indeed.
Comes in black caviar, teal green, and wildflower blue
Sizes XS to 3X
5. Open Back Teddy & Satin Robe Set
Pretty in pink, this satin and eyelash lace teddy is a beautiful way to show off on your wedding night. The matching robe is the perfect little cover-up until you want to show off that daring strappy, g-string backside!
Comes in pink and black, sizes S-XL
6. Babydoll Chemise & Thong
Soft peony pink is such a fresh color choice for this chemise! Strategically-placed detail and a matching g-string strike a perfect balance between what you can see and what you can’t.
Available in your choice of seven colors
Available in sizes S-XL
7. Corset Chemise w/ Ostrich Feather Trim
We LOVE the flouncy feathers, floral applique, and corset-structured bodice featured on this chemise! If you’re looking for a traditional wedding-night negligee, look no further. You’ve found it.
Available in sizes S-L
8. Plus Size Open Keyhole Babydoll
The gorgeous keyhole design and stretchy lace give the girls the perfect amount of exposure in this babydoll. It comes with the most perfect cheeky strappy bikini panties, too! Hands down, it’s one of our favorites.
9. Clarisse Unlined
by Adore Me
We love the lace-up back and sexy garters here, and that gorgeous floral lace will hug your curves in all the right places. If you’re looking for a big reaction, this bodysuit will get it!
Available in four colors, sizes XS to 4XL.
10. Fishnet Bodysuit
Me-yow! Chic, understated – this is the perfect bodysuit for lighting some candles and cracking open the champagne! If white lace and frills aren’t your style, this may be just the thing to get you in the mood.
Want to get even more dramatic? We think it would look absolutely divine worn under this ostrich feather black satin robe!
11. Open Back Mesh Bodysuit
You can’t beat red for a bit of flair, and we think this nude mesh bodysuit with red accents is perfect for the girl with moxie. The open-back design, plunging neckline, and ultra-sexy garters are sure to light up the room!
Comes in regular and plus sizes S-3X
12. Venasha Bodysuit
by Adore Me
This unique bodysuit takes wedding night flounce someplace entirely unique! Strategically placed ruffles and lace compliment your curves, and the sweet bow on the back wraps up the package perfectly.
Romantic Bridal Lingerie Sets
13. Strapless Bra and Garters 4-Piece Set
This beautiful lingerie set would be great for your wedding night or underneath your dress (if you can swing it without lines). The strapless, balconette bra and silky robe add a little something different, and the whole ensemble gives off a nice-girl-ready-to-get-naughty vibe. Gorgeous.
Comes in bra sizes 30-44 with cups from A-DD and panties XS-XL.
14. Eyelash Lace 3-Piece Set
Delicate lace details make this balconette, thong, and garter set so ultra-feminine! If you really want to surprise him, wear it underneath a breezy wrap dress after dinner one night on your honeymoon, and prepare to make memories!
Comes in sizes S-XL
15. Open Cup Bra & G-String Set
If you’re a fan of less-is-more, we think this strappy lace set is the perfect thing to set the mood on your wedding night! Wear it underneath a pretty robe like this, and he’ll be in for a delightful surprise.
Comes in one size, fits 2-14
16. Skarlett Blue Lace Balconette Bra & Thong
A simpler way to wear eyelash lace, this no-fuss bra and panty set will bring plenty of evenings of fun long after the honeymoon’s over!
Comes in bra sizes 30 to 38, A-DDD. Panty sizes S-L
Loungewear For The Morning After
17. Chemise and Kimono
Classic but definitely NOT dull, we love this slinky little chemise and kimono set. The palest blush lace detailing is so pretty, it’ll turn your morning coffee and croissant on the balcony into an event!
Available in sizes XS to XL
18. In Bloom Satin Chemise
A luxurious chemise like this is precisely what we have in mind when we think about slipping into something more comfortable! When you’ve had your mimosas and are ready for your mid-morning nap, this is what you’ll want to wear.
Available in sizes XXS-0 to XXL-18
19. Chantilly Cascade Slip
This pretty olive chantilly lace slip is the perfect thing to throw on over a bodysuit, a lacy pair of lacy panties, or nothing at all! It’s a super-sexy cover-up solution when it’s time to get ready for a romantic honeymoon dinner. Good luck getting out the door on time!
Available in sizes XS to 3X
20. Kate Spade Mrs. Cami PJ Set
All that bedroom activity deserves some beauty sleep! We love the cute mask with this camisole set; it’s the perfect way to let your new spouse know that, hey, you’re still there – you just need a time out.
Comes in sizes XS-XL
21. Peignoir and Robe Set
by Etsy: SecretLoveLingerie
For something a little dressier, you can’t beat a flowing negligee and luxurious robe! For post-romp lounging, this is our fave. Like the Rolls Royce of boudoir attire.
Comes in white, blush, and black in sizes XS-XL
A Love Letter To Our Girls Out There – Big, Small, And Everything In-Between
Honestly, I wish we didn’t even have to include a section like this, but I think we do.
Despite the encouraging progress we’re making, most women I know are still looking for tricks to hide their bodies to make them look more like what our society thinks is attractive. And despite my better judgment, I’m no exception to the trap.
I don’t know why it’s so hard to reprogram our self-talk and learn to love ourselves unconditionally right out of the gate, but it is. Psychologists and celebrities are working on that as we speak.
Here are a few things I do know:
1. YOU LOOK HOT, you sexy beast!
Sorry for the yelling, but making sure you feel like the siren of love that you are on your wedding night is important to me.
Take it from one who’s been around the self-conscious block too many times: you’re wasting your time and forfeiting too many nights of outstanding sex if you don’t love your body right now. As is.
To be clear, you don’t need your partner (or anyone else for that matter) to validate your own sexiness on your wedding night, but many of us still feel like we do. So that’s what I’m going to speak to now…
Even if you don’t love your body right now, as is, your new spouse does.
If I’d trusted mine from the beginning when he tried to tell me that a thousand times, we wouldn’t have left the bedroom for weeks. Also, we’d probably have LOTS more kids than we do now, but that’s a point for later on.
So at the risk of sounding waaay too 1950s for my own good, don’t question it when they tell you they really, really want to do naughty things to you. And don’t make yourself (or them) feel sad on a night that should be anything but because you don’t feel good about yourself. It just isn’t necessary.
Bask in the worship, sister. Because when you emerge in that lingerie, mark my words – they will worship you. You are sexy. Love is sexy. Period.
2. Dress for yourself.
Confidence. It’s nature’s most foolproof aphrodisiac. Wearing lingerie that makes you feel gorgeous is non-negotiable. If it doesn’t turn you on when you slip it on – keep looking.
A quick note: If your partner wants you to wear something “for them” that you really aren’t into, you should gently explain that it isn’t in your best interest (or theirs, for that matter). Also, maybe let them know that mentality probably isn’t conducive to living happily ever after. They should probably work on that.
But that’s just my ubiquitous opinion again.
3. Put your favorite assets forward!
Every woman knows her strengths – both outside and inside the bedroom. When picking out your bridal lingerie, I encourage you to play to those. After all, there’s nothing sexier than feeling as fierce as you look!
Lucky for us, there’s lingerie out there made for every woman.
Whether you want to accentuate your bust, backside, or all of the above, you’ll find something that’ll make you look amazing. If showing a ton of skin isn’t your style, but you want to keep that temptress vibe thing happening, there are so many options that’ll fit you like a glove.
From black and strappy to frilly white lace, don’t be afraid to dress to your strengths and personality. It’s all about showing off what you got in your own way.
We chose our lingerie for this list with all kinds of women in mind. But at the end of the day, underwear is just so personal. All we can (and should) do is show you what we liked and give you some inspo.
We encourage you to do a little exploring on your own! Get out there and experiment, be brave, and try some things you may not ordinarily take a chance on. You may even surprise yourself.
Or you may confirm what you’ve always suspected: you know exactly what you want. The goal is to find pieces you love and make you look like the goddess you are.
No matter what you decide to wear on your wedding night and/or those sizzling honeymoon evenings, have fun with it. The bedroom’s your playground, and if we’re being honest, it really is all about you – so a good time is inevitable!
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Laura resides in the fantastic city of Nashville, TN with her very, very patient husband, three well above average boys, a dog the size of a dinosaur, and a fleet of cats. When she’s not writing for work, she’s writing for fun. When she’s not doing that she enjoys reading, fine dining, copious amounts of wine, and philosophical conversations with her children. And some adults on occasion.
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