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Best Bridal Underwear Brands

Paula McGarry

Within the theme of your wedding, you will likely be poring over the details of your stationery, flower arrangements, table dressing and of course, your bridal look. What you shouldn't overlook amongst all of this planning is your wedding lingerie. Sure enough, your choice will be determined in part by the design of your dress, but we have set out to make it easier to narrow down your selection of designers based on some favourite bridal styles. You can always slip into these for your honeymoon or for the wedding night!

 

Beautiful - Mae’s Sunday

 Images from https://maessunday.com

Images from https://maessunday.com

Mae’s Sunday is not interested in stealing the show when it comes to your bridal lingerie. It’s a brand that doesn’t need to flirt with trends or fanciful designs. Instead, it is simple, sensual and timeless. The small collection is convenient for taking away complicated considerations. Less choice in this area doesn’t mean that you don’t have more to peruse. Mae's Sunday rival their underwear collection with a breath-taking range of robes, slips and bodysuits made of beautiful silks, lace and beading that stands out amongst more well-known underwear brands. 

The Founders of Mae’s Sunday have made it a mission to see that each piece is handcrafted and meticulously thought out meaning it will look good and function well. Exclusivity is key here; you will only find Mae's Sunday in a handful of places in Europe given that very few are ‘in the know’ about this beautiful brand. 

Price range: From $80 

Stockists: Direct online, see website for further details of other stockists 

 

 

Romantic - For Love & Lemons

 Images from https://forloveandlemons.com

Images from https://forloveandlemons.com

If you’re looking for feminine touches and a full range of styles then 'For Love & Lemons' is the right place to start. Their brand is focused on delivering underwear to women that makes them feel confident and enhances their individuality. For you, this means that the option to experiment with more unusual bridal lingerie is available at reasonable prices. 

Traditionally, the design focus has been on lace. Recent collections are making use of their iconic, delicate looks but adding some more structured, strappy options into the mix. What we like in particular is that you can complement your bridal lingerie with their range of romantic nightwear and swimwear options for your honeymoon. 

For Love & Lemons will work particularly well for you if you don’t want to limit the underwear to a one-time usage. Many of their bralette styles can be worn day-to-day making them very versatile. It also gives you an excuse to indulge in a few options. 

Price range: From $72 

Stockists: Direct online, Selfridges, Spotted on Celeb, Topshop 

 

Seductive - Agent Provocateur

 Images from https://www.agentprovocateur.com/gb_en

Images from https://www.agentprovocateur.com/gb_en

Of all the brands that endeavour to create luxuriously seductive lingerie, we think that Agent Provocateur strikes the perfect note. 

Classic and seasonal styles abound with Agent Provocateur, and the more extensive range ensures that there will be a shape and form guaranteed to work underneath your dress. They currently have 15 styles online with the added benefit of mix and match options to suit your dress and body shape. 

Agent Provocateur understands the indulgence of selecting bridal lingerie and will work with you through personal shopping appointments and private fittings to make sure you have added confidence on your wedding day. 

The wearable nature of this brand means that you won’t miss out on wearing your bridal choices again in the future. You can just as quickly wear this underwear again on any special occasion, a beautiful memory of your wedding day from the confines of your boudoir. 

Price range: £55-495

Stockists: Direct online, Selfridges, Net-a-Porter, Numerous boutiques worldwide 

 

Bountiful - Adina Reay

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Images from https://adinareay.com

Although not strictly a bridal lingerie brand, Adina Reay provides excellent options for brides with voluptuous figures. Adina Reay's bras cater to women with fuller breasts and still feature delicate detailing and exciting designs. What makes this brand even better is that they do not compromise on the beauty of each item as the cup size increases to GG and beyond. 

Each piece is made in the UK and combines luxury materials and invisible engineering to provide reliable support which gives you added confidence when you are walking down the aisle. Adina Reay make use of a mix and match style, allowing you to select the most suitable choices and their range of vibrant colour options makes for a good solution for your honeymoon too. 

Price range: £50-130 

Stockists: Direct online, Harvey Nichols

 

Magical - Luna Mae London

 Image from https://www.lunamaelondon.com

Image from https://www.lunamaelondon.com

If you are seeking perfection and have the budget available, Luna Mae provide fully bespoke options for wedding lingerie. To say it isn’t cheap is an understatement but the result is pure magic. We especially liked that they discreetly monogram each piece with your initial and that in addition to your underwear set, they can also make bespoke robes for you to wear the morning of your wedding and every morning after that if you so wish. 

Bespoke fittings are by appointment only in their London boutique, an experience that is set to be memorable far after your wedding day. However, if getting to London isn’t an option, they will work with you to create your bespoke lingerie by taking your measurements over the phone or email. The quality of the craftsmanship and the intricacy of the design make this option one that you will fall in love with over and over again.

Having access to fully customisable options is perfect for brides who have a fixed idea of what they want without having to compromise with boutique designers or high-street brands. It also benefits brides that have particular sizing requirements or complicated dress designs that require more creative thinking and hand-tailored tinkering. 

Price range: From £360 

Stockists: Direct only (London boutique) 

 

The key to choosing the right lingerie for your wedding and honeymoon is finding something that makes you feel confident. Take time to try on your favourite options a couple of times ahead of buying and remember that your final choice doesn't necessarily need to work underneath your dress. There will be time to change into your special bridal lingerie later in the evening. 

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Best wedding venues in the south east of England

Paula McGarry

Spring is a beautiful time of the year associated with new beginnings making it one of the best times to say 'I do.' One of the most memorable parts of your wedding will be the venue. It impacts how many people you can have come to your big day, the atmosphere and of course, the many photos you will have taken. Out of the hundreds of stunning wedding venues across the UK, we have made a selection from the South East of England that we think are some of the best around. 

 

Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire

Style: Blow the budget

Capacity: 150 people (ceremony), 300 people (reception) 

Average waiting list: up to 15 months 

http://aynhoepark.co.uk/

 Top left, top right, bottom right image courtesy of Aynehoe Park, bottom right image from Sanshine photogrpahy

Top left, top right, bottom right image courtesy of Aynehoe Park, bottom right image from Sanshine photogrpahy

Why we like it: This Oxfordshire property is truly unique. Interior details at this venue include unicorns and giraffes, baroque styled staircases and hidden cellars for the after-party. Aynhoe park has a list of over 150 recommended suppliers to make every single one of your wedding dreams come true. You have the option to hire the entire property, bedrooms and all, for the weekend and extras such as pre-wedding afternoon tea and butler service makes it a truly memorable event for everyone involved. 

 

Farbridge, Chichester

Capacity: 132 people (ceremony), 150 people (sit-down), 200 people (standing)

Average waiting list: 1 year 

Average cost of a wedding here: £25,000

Style: Rustic charm 

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Why we like it: Farbridge has a 'middle of nowhere' feel to it given its rich green surroundings and idle renovated barns. In reality, you can get there easily from London, Brighton and Southampton. The wealth of gardens make for a beautiful cocktail reception setting that is well suited to the sunny, brisk days of Spring. Farbridge have in-house caterers to take care of your food requirements but what impressed us what that, unlike most venues, they don't charge corkage if you want to serve your own choice of wines. 

 

Greenacres Woodland Chiltern

Capacity: Up to 120 people

Average waiting list: None 

Average cost of a wedding here: £20,000

Style: Stripped back woodlands 

 Top left image from Hannah Duffy Photography, other three images courtesy of Greenacres Woodland

Top left image from Hannah Duffy Photography, other three images courtesy of Greenacres Woodland

Why we like it: Greenacres Woodland are experts at woodland weddings. These venues offer an alternative to extravagant weddings with their stripped back, close to nature approach. Even when inside at these places, you still feel connected to your surroundings which are mostly a blank canvas for you to make of what you will. Fairly lights, handmade decorations and boho-chic accessorising work tremendously here. The focus, as it is always should be on your wedding day, is on you and your husband. 

 

Petersham Nurseries, Surrey

Capacity: Minimum of 80 people, maximum of 140 people

Average waiting list: 12-18 months 

Average cost of a wedding here: £25,000 

Style: Secret Garden 

 Images courtesy of Petersham Nurseries

Images courtesy of Petersham Nurseries

Why we like it: The way Petersham Nurseries is laid out makes for organic intimacy between you and your guests. Even larger parties will feel close and connected at this venue. Being tucked away inside glasshouses also makes for a romantic setting come whatever the weather in Spring. Petersham Nurseries strikes the perfect balance between grown-up and whimsical, a secluded and secret setting that only you and your guests are part of, for your day at least. 

 

Somerley House

Capacity: 120 people (sit-down), 200 people (marquee) 

Average waiting list: 8 months 

Average cost of a wedding here: £37,000

Style: Romantic Country Manor 

 Top left image and bottom middle image courtesy of Somerley House, top right and bottom right image from Kittywshaw photography, bottom left from Anna Morgan 

Top left image and bottom middle image courtesy of Somerley House, top right and bottom right image from Kittywshaw photography, bottom left from Anna Morgan 

Why we like it: Somerley House has been the subject of many photographers and TV series over the years owing to the sheer beauty of it. It is unique in that it is a privately owned family estate and therefore flexibility in customising your wedding is wide open. Brides and Grooms at Somerley House are spoilt for choice when it comes to atmosphere and ambience. Whether it is the walled garden in the warmer Spring months or the luxurious surroundings of the main hall, everything about this venue is picture-perfect. 

 

With so many stunning venues to consider, your ultimate decision should stem from the feeling each place gives you. Once you have booked a venue and have a date secured, you can now send out those all important invitations - head over to our invitations page for inspiration. 

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You're engaged - next steps

Paula McGarry

The moment you become engaged a hundred different emotions and thoughts rush through your mind. Your wedding will be one of the most significant events in your life, and this fact alone can be overwhelming. Before you start working on the planning and details, we have some practical considerations that are useful to every couple after the moment you said 'yes.' 

1. Spread the good news in the right way

 Images from via Piinterest and Beau Coup

Images from via Piinterest and Beau Coup

Although your engagement is personal to you, your family and close friends will want to share in the happiness with you. We recommend phoning your parents and close family first, followed by your inner circle of friends and finishing the announcement off with a social media post that will reach everyone else. 

The moment you tell other people you are engaged, you can expect to welcome questions about how it happened, when the wedding will be and what vibe you are opting to have on the day. For that reason, it might even make sense to contain some of the excitement and wait a couple of days before sharing your news with the masses so that you can enjoy your engagement as a couple without frequent phone notifications. 

2. Have your engagement ring insured

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Images via Pinterest

Every bride-to-be will treasure their engagement ring, but many women forget to protect it adequately. Speak to the company that provides your contents insurance and ask that they add the ring to your policy. It is worth confirming their conditions around loss or theft outside of the property too so you know they will cover you in all situations. 

You can also find jewellery specific insurance policies that might be better. If you opt to take out one of these options, ensure they will compensate you for loss, theft and damage caused by you or a third party jeweller. To further safety proof your beloved jewel, make sure that you have it valued by an appraiser with the appropriate credentials so your insurance company can not overrule the worth you have placed on it. 

3. Get your engagement ring sized

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Images via Pinterest

Your fiancee has put a lot of thought into your engagement ring, and there are plenty of things they would have considered before making a purchase. If they have caught you by surprise, there may be a chance the ring, however beautiful, doesn't fit perfectly. 

Take it to an expert re-sizing jeweller and have them size it correctly for you. Doing this will make sure this treasured possession stays where it should without causing discomfort or sliding off accidentally. Be mindful that this process can be quite tricky and it is essential to choose a jeweller based on their skill rather than their price. Engagement rings that are unusually thin, thick or contain delicate gems can be particularly sensitive to re-sizing, making the jeweller you choose an ever-important decision. 

Always make sure the jeweller has insurance to cover any damage they might inadvertently cause to your ring, especially if you do not have any yourself. It doesn't hurt to be fully prepared.  

4. Agree on a guest list size

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Images via Pinterest

The size of your wedding is a choice that can be determined by many different factors. You might feel pressured to invite everyone you work with, speak to and socialise with. Brides and grooms with large families often have the internal battle over who they ask and who they don't which can cause a lot of stress. 

By agreeing on a wedding size early-on, you will be able to be more honest about your guest-list and explain from the start who will and will not be invited. Doing this early on and will also prevent you from over-inviting only to find that your guest-list is pushing you so over budget that you have to compromise on other details. 

If opting for a small wedding and you and your partner are finding it difficult to cut down the guest list, think about who you will be friends with in 20 years time. Who will still be in your life?

5. Booking appointments to see venues

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Images via Pinterest

Now for the fun part. You might have been thinking about your wedding for a while, or you might have been to a few weddings and have a distinct idea of what you would like for your own. Either way, exploring different venues soon after your engagement is a good idea as many get booked up many months and years in advance. Try to co-ordinate seeing a few back to back so you can nail the visits in a day or two.

Have a list of questions ready for the venue. This will save lots of emails and phone calls back and forth. A face-to-face meeting can be really efficient. Don't forget this may be your only visit to the venue before you get married, so take some pictures (if you're allowed) and bring a note pad so you can jot down some ideas on decor and what you're working with. 

6. Send your save the date cards

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After you have booked a venue and a date, start rallying your guests by sending out a 'save the date' card. Doing this will prevent anyone making plans that would accidentally clash with your big day. Set the tone for your day with some of our beautiful designs and secure that date with your family and friends. You can browse through our save the date cards here

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