British lingerie designers have got it all figured out. Many of the same labels that, ahem, played such a key role in your courtship have designed special bridal collections to help keep the sparks flying during your honeymoon.
The UK boasts some of the most erotic and romantic designer brands in contemporary lingerie — and don’t for one second think they tone down the va-va-voom in their bridal offerings. In fact, viewed as a group, British designers are producing the most wildly sexy, original and amusing bridal lingerie on the planet today.
We’ve rounded up some of the most jaw-dropping, heart-stopping pieces designed to bring out that inner minx on your wedding day. But this is just a sample: you’ll find many more bridal ideas from leading UK designers by visiting online shops like Fox and Rose or Mio Destino (both of which will ship overseas)!
Agent Provocateur: Penelope Corset ($650)
Leave it to AP to produce some of the most titillating bridal wear. Case in point is their latest Penelope corset with its bust-boosting balconette cups and mesh and white scallop lace. Oh, and can we just take a moment to examine the back?! If those laces alone don’t beckon to be undone at the hands of your hubby, I don’t know what will.
Tallulah Love: Blue Birds Bra, Brief and Suspender ($68-128)
Catering to the ‘something blue’ adage, Tallulah Love has created a very regal Marie Antoinette-inspired ensemble. The balconette silk bra with limited edition blue birds print features delicate ribbon slot lace trim and vintage-inspired gold TL monogram. Style with soft curls for a modern take on this set fit for a queen.
Ayten Gasson: Abigail Collection ($70)
Ayten’s super-sweet silk bridal set (shown in the photo at the top of this post) offers a new twist on the “something old, something new, etc.” tradition. The Abigail knicker/garter/eye mask collection incorporates something old (Nottingham lace), something new (silk), something borrowed (design from an earlier AG collection) and something blue in the net trim. But make him figure it out. (For last-minute brides, check out Ayten’s sale on previous bridal collections. The Grace skirted knicker in the photo above is only $32!)
Fleur of England: Icing Silk Playsuit ($279)
Okay, so not everything has to be in-your-face raunchy to be considered sexy. Sometimes it’s the simpler pieces that exude understated sex appeal. From Fleur of England’s new Sweet Nothings range comes this very feminine stretch-silk playsuit with delicate eyelash French lace trim. This sophisticated nod to ’70s romanticism would look especially chic the morning after or on a romantic honeymoon.
Mimi Holliday: Rossetti Collection ($60-120)
Damaris Evans should get a thank-you note from every one of her customers who found themselves on the receiving end of a gushing marriage proposal! Now, the celebrated designer has added a super-frisky bridal range for her SS2011 Mimi Holliday line. The Rosetti range is constructed from porcelain white French lace and comes in a variety of knicker styles, boyshorts, two bras, a suspender and a sheer, low-cut bodysuit that is as sweet as it is naughty.
Ell & Cee: Snowflake Sparkle Playsuit ($125)
For those brides who love comfort but don’t want to sacrifice sex appeal, Ell & Cee’s Snowflake Sparkle Playsuit offers a flattering cut high on the leg and a daringly low front, all fabricated from comfortable silk chiffon. A delicate dusting of crystals on the side makes it ideal for the much-anticipated night of, or for a honeymoon getaway.
Gilda and Pearl: How to Marry a Millionaire Bra ($109)
This bestselling bra from Gilda and Pearl could give Patti Stanger of Milionaire Matchmaker a run for her money. And even if this beautiful oyster and cream, silk and lace bra doesn’t hook you a 7-digit partner, it will surely make you feel like a million bucks (and your hubby too).