18 Best Wedding Dress Bra Picks for Every Type of Gown

Consider your bridal bra questions covered (literally.)
Three wedding bra options for under the wedding outfit
Photos: Cosabella, Lane Bryant
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Jun 21, 2024
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Finding your dream wedding attire doesn't end with your dress; there's also your shoes, jewelry, hair accessories and, of course, your wedding dress bra. Believe it or not, finding the right wedding undergarments for your big day matters more than you might think. Why? For starters, choosing a wedding dress bra (and bridal underwear) that fits like a glove means you'll feel comfy and supported from the "I do's" to the dance floor. Not to mention, it can actually elevate the look of your wedding dress, while the wrong one could leave you with unwanted lines or even fabric exposure.

Feeling a bit lost on where to start? Don't sweat it! We're here to break down the bridal bra basics and share our top picks with you. And the best part? You can snag them online now, whether you're on the hunt for something strapless, backless or anything in between.

In this article:

The TL;DR on Choosing a Wedding Dress Bra

The last thing you want to deal with on your wedding day is the awkward slips or uncomfortable pinching that comes with choosing the wrong bra for your wedding dress. Let's tackle the ins and outs of finding the invisible support system that will have your back (and front!) during your 'I do's.

Do you need to wear a bra under your wedding dress?

"Bras are not necessary under a gown unless additional support is needed," says Beth Chapman, bridal stylist and founder of Beth Chapman Styling and Consulting. She points to two things that might determine whether a wedding dress bra is required. First of all, the size of your bust is an important factor. Chapman recommends adding a supportive bra if you have a D cup or larger. Additionally, the silhouette of your gown plays a role. A dress with many built-in structures, such as a ball gown with a corseted bodice, usually offers enough support. On the flip side, something with less structure (think a slip dress) is more likely to call for a bra.

Of course, whether or not you decide to wear a bra is ultimately up to you. Your comfort should be the top priority, so if you don't usually wear a bra and would rather skip it on your big day, that's fine, too.

What color bra should you wear with your wedding dress?

Tempted to reach for a white bra to match your wedding attire? You might want to think twice about that. "Generally, gowns are lined, and you would not see white through them, but nude is always the safer option," says Chapman. She recommends going with a bra that matches your skin tone as opposed to your wedding dress. However, if you find it difficult to score the perfect bra for your skin tone, you can go with something white or ivory instead. Double-check in various types of lighting that it's not visible through your dress.

Can you have a bra sewn into your wedding dress?

Buying separate bra cups for your wedding dress and having them sewn in by a tailor is an alternative option to consider. However, there are pros and cons to wedding dress bra inserts. As a pro, you won't have to worry about finding or wearing a separate undergarment.! But Chapman warns against sew-in bra cups. "Reason being, if the bra slides down, so will the gown," she says. "Instead, you can either place snaps or pieces of boning that can affix from the gown to the inside of the bra to ensure that the two move well together without the bra being sewn into the gown."

How do I know the best bra for my wedding dress?

When deciding what bra to wear with your wedding dress, consider your gown's silhouette and any other stylistic details that might affect your choice. For example, a wedding dress with a keyhole design might require a low-back bra if the keyhole is on the back or a plunge bra if the front of the dress has a low neckline. We've included more examples for the most popular dress styles below.

Best Backless and Low-Back Bras for a Wedding Dress

Whether you need a bra for a wedding dress with a sheer back or you're wearing a plunging open-back style, we've got you covered. One of these backless or low-back bra options will fit the bill.

Nubra Seamless Bra

Nubra seamless wedding bra
Photo: Nubra

A stick-on bra is your best option if you want something truly backless. This seamless bra from Nubra comes in seven different colorways, including three nude hues to complement an array of skin tones. It's also available in a wide range of cup sizes, which can be hard to find in an adhesive bra.

Size range: A-E

Price at time of publication: $48

Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Spanx wedding bodysuit
Photo: Spanx

If you have a fuller bust, a bra with a converted low-back strap or stick-on bra may not be supportive enough. Consider a more structured undergarment such as this low-back and plunge-front bodysuit if that's the case. Reviewers note that it's an excellent option that supports a range of dress styles that are low-cut in the front and back while also enhancing the silhouette. That makes it a win-win in our book.

Size range: XS-XL

Price at time of publication: $148

Victoria's Secret Bare Backless Strapless Bra

Victoria's Secret backless strapless wedding bra
Photo: Victoria's Secret

This Victoria's Secret bra is both backless and strapless, so it will easily stay with you (and in place) for your entire wedding day. Another bonus? It's nearly undetectable under clothes and is reusable, washable and wireless, so you can say goodbye to discomfort. We're impressed!

Size range: AA-DD

Best Strapless Bras for a Wedding Dress

Anyone who's ever shopped for a strapless bra for their wedding dress will tell you that finding one that stays up is a challenge. "The very last thing you need to be remembered for on your wedding day is hiking up your strapless bra at the altar, in photos or on the dance floor," says Heather Viskovic, director of merchandising for bras at Bare Necessities. Here are some options that will make wearing a strapless wedding bra easy-breezy.

SKIMS Fits Everybody Strapless Bra

SKIMS strapless wedding bra
Photo: SKIMS

We love SKIMS for their inclusive range of sizes and nude tones, and this classic wedding bra is no different. It's made from buttery soft fabric and provides the perfect lift for your bust. "It creates the smoothest shape under tight-fitting tops," says reviewer Brenda S. "There are no weird ripples or dents, and my skin doesn't bulge over the top." Oh, and did we mention that it has a hidden cushion underwire, too? Yup–no discomfort here!

Size range: 30A-46H

Price at time of publication: $54

Bare Necessities Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra

Bare Necessities strapless wedding bra
Photo: Bare Necessities

We love a good strapless bra for a wedding dress, especially if it's convertible. The detachable straps mean it can be worn in five versatile ways—traditional, crisscross, one-shoulder, halter, and, of course, strapless—so it can easily work for all of your wedding events, from your engagement photos to your honeymoon. Plus, the bra's neckline is reinforced with silicone gripper elastic, making sure everything stays firmly in place.

Size range: 30B-44I

Price at time of publication: $76

Cosabella Never Say Never Plungie Strapless Bra

Cosabella strapless wedding bra
Photo: Cosabella

Real talk: your wedding dress bra doesn't have to be boring. This strapless bra from Cosabella features their signature soft stretch scalloped Never Say Never lace for a flirty touch. And it's not just the aesthetics of the bra reviewers love, but its ability to stay up for long periods of time. "It is the first strapless bra that has stayed on," says Misty C. "And not just for a couple of hours, but the entire day."

We're sold.

Size range: 30A-36F

Best Push-Up Bras for a Wedding Dress

There's nothing wrong with wanting a little extra boost on your big day. If you're in the market for a push-up bra to wear under your wedding dress, consider one of these picks.

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy So Obsessed Smooth Push-Up Bra

Victoria's Secret push-up wedding bra
Photo: Victoria's Secret

Here's a bridal bra that'll make you feel like a total bombshell on your wedding day. This sexy push-up bra is designed with Memory Fit padding that adapts to your personal curves. Featuring medium lift, it can add up to one-and-a-half cup sizes to your bust. Plus, the plunge neckline and seamless fabric transition from cup to wing offer a smooth, invisible look under even the most fitted of gowns.

Size range: 32AA-38DD

Cosabella Soire Confidence Demi Bra

Cosabella wedding demi bra
Photo: Cosabella

If you're looking for a push-up style, a demi bra is an excellent option that will lift and shape to perfection. Exhibit A? This lightweight style from Cosabella, which is equipped with lightly padded cups, sheer stretch mesh and soft elastic trim for pure comfort. Plus, it's designed with seamless flat-lock seams that will easily lay flat under your wedding dress.

Size range: 32B-36D

SKIMS Wireless Form Push-Up Plunge Bra

SKIMS wireless push-up wedding bra
Photo: SKIMS

I don't think there is anything better than a wireless bra. This ultra-soft one from SKIMS is lightly lined, strapless, and supportive enough to give your girls some extra lift. There's a no-slip strip at the top to stop it from shifting out of place, and you don't have to worry about a rogue underwire putting a damper on your day. There are also 12 nude hues to choose from, so you can perfectly match the bra to your skin tone.

Size range: 30A-44H

Price at time of publication: $54

Best Plus-Size Bras for a Wedding Dress

When it comes to finding a plus-size bra for your wedding dress, you'll want something supportive, comfortable and flattering that also works seamlessly with your gown. Here are a few options that will check all the boxes.

Lane Bryant Comfort Bliss Lightly Lined Multi-Way Strapless Bra

Lane Bryant multi-way strapless wedding bra
Photo: Lane Bryant

Designed with curves in mind, this bra provides lightly lined cups for smooth shaping without adding extra volume. Its multi-way straps allow for various looks, from strapless to halter. Reviewers have called out its supportive fit that stays put all day, the soft fabric that feels extra luxe against the skin, and the added flexibility of the detachable straps, making it a no-brainer for wearing with your wedding dress.

Size range: 34B-54K

Honeylove CrossOver Bra

Honeylove crossover wedding bra
Photo: Honeylove

Structured? Check. Supportive? Check. Comfortable? Double check. The Honeylove CrossOver Bra is a best-seller, and for a good reason. It features a unique cross-front detail that provides extra lift and support, while the soft, stretch fabric ensures a seamless fit under any gown. According to the 9,000+ five-star reviews, this bra is a game-changer for its sculpting effect and stays comfortably in place, so you're set from your walk down the aisle to the last dance.

Size range: XS-3X; Custom sizing available

Spanx Low Profile Minimizer Bra

Spanx low profile minimizer wedding bra
Photo: Spanx

If you want to minimize your bust under a fitted wedding dress, don't sleep on Spanx's #1 best-selling bra. While designed to reduce bust projection, it certainly doesn't compromise comfort, which is essential for a long wedding day. "It minimizes the girls, which is a miracle," says Spanx reviewer Courtney P. "The underwire stays put, and there is no need for adjusting." And true to Spanx's reputation, she's just one of the hundreds of reviewers who note the durable construction and confidence this plus-size bra gives.

Size range: 32DD-42G

Price at time of publication: $72

Best Adhesive Bras for a Wedding Dress

"Sticky bras and tape options have come a long way," says Chapman. But there are a few things to remember before buying any adhesive bra. "The key is to research which would work best with your bust size and shape and the silhouette of your gown," she says. Below, we've compiled the best bridal adhesive bras available in a variety of skin tones.

NOOD 4-Pack Waterproof Adhesive Bras

NOOD 4-pack waterproof adhesive wedding bra
Photo: NOOD

This adhesive wedding dress bra from Nood is super impressive—and let us tell you why. First, it's made with sweatproof and waterproof sustainable hemp fabric (an ideal material for summer or outdoor weddings). Second, it offers a strapless, backless fit that lifts, shapes and supports busts of all different shapes and sizes. Finally, they offer four different nude shades to choose from. Need we say more?

Size range: 30B-50A

Price at time of publication: $48

Fashion Forms Women's Superlite Adhesive Strapless Backless Bra

Fashion Forms strapless adhesive wedding bra
Photo: Target

Prevent yourself from getting into a "sticky" situation on your wedding day with this affordable adhesive bra that you can pick-up on your next Target run. It's sweatproof, waterproof and binded in the middle to give you your ideal amount of cleavage. To get the most out of your bra, just avoid using skin care products, perfumes and powders in the area you'll be applying to ensure all-day stick power.

Size range: A-DD

Brassy Bra Breast Tape

Brassy Bra wedding breast tape
Photo: Bare Necessities

Breast tape has become a popular alternative to wearing a bra in recent years. It's not just for the red carpet anymore—you're perfectly entitled to tape your bust for your big day. BrassyBra breast tape comes in five different nude tones, has split tape for easy application and moves with you (so you don't have to worry about feeling restricted on the dance floor). The box includes three one-time-use sets, so you can test it before your wedding day. Plus, there are nipple covers included if you want that little bit of extra coverage.

Size range: A/B-DD/DDD

Best Bra Inserts for a Wedding Dress

Bra inserts are a total game-changer for those who don't want to wear a bra or just want to add a very subtle lift. Simple to use, they can easily be sewn into your wedding dress or inserted into your bra. Here are a few editor picks that will easily adapt to your bridal gown.

Nood Double Up Demi Push-Up Pads

Nood wedding demi push-up bra pads
Photo: Nood

For a subtle lift that feels just like you (only better), check out these push-up pads. Designed with demi shape in mind, they're particularly fitting for low and scoop-neck wedding dresses. Oh, and their standout feature? Double-sided adhesive that sticks securely in place, negating any need for sewing. Plus, the skin-friendly Waker Medical Grade Adhesive means they're comfortable enough to wear all day.

Size range: A/B-C/D

Price at time of publication: $49

Fashion Forms Women's Water Wear Push-Up Pads

Fashion Forms push-up wedding bra pads
Photo: Target

Ready to amp up your bridal bra without emptying your wallet? These budget-friendly gel-filled push-up pads are like magic, melding perfectly with your body for that custom-fit feel and adding just the right amount of lift where you want it. They're comfy, look natural, and you can pop them into any outfit if not sewn in – wedding dress today, honeymoon dinner outfit tomorrow.

Size range: A/B-C/D

SERMICLE Bra Pad Inserts Four Pack

SERMICLE wedding bra pad inserts
Photo: Amazon

Give yourself a boost at all of your wedding events. Sermicle hooks you up with not just one but four packs of bra pads for your wedding dress. These breathable inserts are all about boosting the girls at your own comfort level—whether you want a subtle lift or full va-va-voom. Plus, with available Prime shipping, they'll be at your doorstep in no time.

Size range: A/B-D/E

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