Dear Weddingbee…

This lingerie question will be answered by the fabulous Danae over at the knickersblog. For more information on bridal lingerie, please visit their new Bridal Lingerie Guide.


What type of bra should a bride wear? Are bustiers a must? Does it depend on your size, the dress, or something else?

Thanks in advance,



You’re right, the best bra for a bride depends on a few factors, including cup size, the type of dress, and of course the bride’s own taste. The biggest factor is, of course, the dress – if you’ve got a chic strapless gown, none of the typical bras are going to work for you! Here are a few examples:

If you’re wearing a pure strapless gown with a high back, then a plain strapless bra will work fine for you. If you want a beautiful strapless bra, I recommend the Charnos Jacquard set – it’s available in a wide range of sizes, and has a beautiful floral print all over it (as well as matching suspenders, etc.).


Smaller cup sizes can happily just wear a bra, but larger cup sizes may also want to consider a basque or corset for a strapless dress – the construction of the basque creates more support for the cups, meaning the bride can move more confidently and comfortably on her big day. Here’s a lovely one that’s not too expensive.


If you’re wearing a halterneck gown, pretty much the same rules apply as a typical strapless dress – sure, you could use that one strap around the back of your neck, but do you really want to be fighting that thing when you’re having your first dance?

If you’re wearing a strapless and backless gown, this is where things get a bit more interesting – to date, I’ve not found any backless, strapless bras available. I’m sure there’s a few out there somewhere, but i think they’re so rare because they just don’t provide the right support (it makes sense that the backless bit would accidentally pull down the strapless bit).

So if you need something that is both backless and strapless, a longline bra (which is basically a bustier) is probably your best bet. Panache does a fantastic longline bra for larger cup sizes, and Maidenform has a great version that’s available for A-D cup.

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Barring that, if you’ve really got your heart set on a backless, strapless bra, I would try this bra converter, which you can use to turn a strapless bra into backless and strapless.


Finally, if you’re wearing a gown with straps, you can pretty much do whatever you like! If you want some amazing lingerie with strapped bras, there are some stunning choices in Spoylt’s Eternity Collection.


The most important thing about choosing bridal lingerie is being sensible about what is going to keep you comfortable on your big day – be sure to choose something that really works with your dress, so that you won’t be constantly worrying about showing a bra strap or hitching up your bra. And don’t worry too much if you’re forced to wear less than amazing lingerie – there’s always time to change before the wedding night!

Hope that helps!



Mrs. Bee

New York
Wedding Date:
March 2005
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    Darlene, Guest @ 5:11 pm

    Thank you Wedding Bee and Danae ~

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