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Your Ultimate Bridal Gift & Shopping Guide Leading Up to Your Wedding – & Honeymoon!

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It’s wedding season! And with that means wedding shopping, wedding gifting, and everything in between. If you’re a bride-to-be, congratulations! I’ve curated the perfect list of beauty products, luxurious lingerie, and fashion pieces to add to your wedding shopping list. You know, for the looks we forget to prep for besides the wedding gown. These pieces are perfect for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and honeymoons! 

If you’re a bridesmaid or friend of the bride looking for giftable pieces for that bridal shower or bachelorette party, I also got you covered. Who doesn’t want to give her best friend some lovely beauty or fashion pieces for the bridal shower, or lingerie pieces for the bachelorette party? Stay tuned for my favorite picks!

So, without further ado, here are my favorite things to shop for leading up to your wedding – and honeymoon!


Gooseberry Intimates

I’m just going to skip straight to the honeymoon to start with because, well, lingerie is the best! Who doesn’t love a white silky slip? Or a sexy black lace one piece? 

One of my favorite newly-discovered lingerie brands is Gooseberry Intimates, and their silk pieces are absolutely stunning. For your wedding night, why not dress in a classic and timeless white silk slip? Their Manhattan Slip Dress in ivory is a perfect choice and feels amazing against your skin. Luxurious and soft it frames your body beautifully and is expertly made.

But maybe you like to be more daring? Spend your honeymoon in black lace or silk? I adore their Coquette Ruffle Bodysuit in black, as well as their Coquette Slip Dress (with a silk body!). The good news is whether you want your honeymoon lingerie to be in black silk or to match your white wedding dress – those pieces come in both black and white.

Thistle & Spire

Speaking of sexy and daring, who doesn’t love a unique lingerie set from Thistle & Spire? One of my all-time favorite lingerie brands, I keep coming back to Thistle & Spire because of how unique and well-made their pieces are. If you’re looking for a sturdy and stunning playsuit, I recommend their Sidney Playsuit – in their new Jade color! Showing up in this playsuit come honeymoon night? Your brand new husband’s eyes will surely widen and jaw drop. 

I do, however, have to mention their absolutely beautifully designed Fringe Benefits Slip – in ivory. It’s the perfect piece for a Vegas wedding honeymoon night, or simply a steamy night in any time or day well after wedding night. The fringe drapes wonderfully to frame your curves. And to top it all off? A delicate silk bow to tie the halter dress around your neck.

But if you’re more into bra and panty sets with detailed embroidery, I would also highly consider their Cirsi Bralette and Cirsi Bikini in either their Cordial color, or new Denim color. Their Kane V-wire Bra and Thong in Navy is also a classic set with plenty of jaw-dropping colors to choose from – including ivory! That wire bra fits especially well, looking both sexy and beautiful.


Bluebella, another classically beautiful and luxuriously well-made lingerie brand. Bluebella is yet another brand I love due to how well they fit and feel on your body. Don’t you just love it when you can feel the quality in a bra or sleep set? It looks good on, and feels good on. 

I absolutely adore their Nova Bra and Nova Thong in Ivory. Its design is so sexy – both an open-cup bra yet not – and has a touch of floral lace placed and designed perfectly to create “a fluid line on the cup, softening the silhouette and adding delicacy to the cage-effect strapping.” 

But perhaps you’d like to spend some of your sweet honeymoon days cozily lounged in soft satin, that is both classic yet still sexy? Who doesn’t? I love their satiny Claudia Shirt and Trouser in black – with light pink satin piping and a satin bow to add an extra delicate touch! I also get snuggled up in their Tarcon Eco Viscose Long Pajama Set White – with satin buttons! Perfect loungewear sets that are both timeless, sexy, and cozy.

Bare Necessities

Bare Necessities is the best site to shop for lingerie, panties, bras, and loungewear in varying styles from different brands. The site carries over 140 brands including their own label, Bare by Bare Necessities, which, according to the site, was “created in collaboration with you, the customer. [They] took your feedback and infused [it] into every design. In other words, Bare makes your favorite fits, only better.” So, how are the fits? I got the Smoothing Seamless T-Shirt and the Smoothing Seamless Brief from Bare and the material is very soft. I love how comfortable the Seamless T-shirt is and it’s become a go-to of mine whenever I need a cute look put together quickly. 

I especially love the undie selection the site has. Classy, sexy, floral, lacey, pearls, they have it all. If your wedding is themed and you want the lingerie to match, they’re bound to have something! For example, the Curvy Kate Fascinate Brazilian Bikini – a perfect balance of black and pink. Perhaps you want some sexy, darker colors under your princess pink wedding gown? Or if you’re sticking to the elegant and lacey white lingerie – to match your wedding gown – then I’m about to give you a list of ivory and white undie favorites. 

My favorite? Right now I’d have to say the Natori Feathers Hipster in Moonlight/Silver. The quality is amazing. It feels sexy, detailed and expensive as it hugs you. I mean, just take a look at the detail on this hipster panty! The Isabella Lace Boyshort is also so detailed and elegant. I would say this boyshort runs a little small so I’d order one size up. But it, too, hugs you perfectly once you find your perfect size. Next up? The Pin-Up Lace Tummy Control High-Waist Boyshort – few! Another boyshort that is so cute and cozy to me. The Reve Boyshort from Simone Perele is so dainty in Sakura Pink with a floral lace design. If you love tangas, I’d recommend the Mesh Together Tanga, which comes in a sheer animal print design. The Opening Act Cheeky Bikini is also a beautiful addition for your honeymoon, especially if you want more pink instead of white lingerie.

If you do indeed want more than just white panties for your honeymoon – you can’t wear white lingerie forever! Then here are my favorite undies from the site: The Eliza Tanga – red! The Peep Show Brazilian – one of my favorite ultimate sexy pieces. The Elementary High-Waist Brazilian – the back is so cute! And the Sweetheart Crotchless Boyshort takes the cake as one of my all-time favorites. Just see it and you’ll understand why. Such a sexy design!

If your wondering if their loungewear is just as good as their undie selection… well yeah, it is. In fact, I just wore my Satin PJ set the other day and I felt so luxurious, comfortable, and cozy! I paired the black PJ Harlow Jolie Satin Lounge Pant with the Anne Satin Sleep Cami in Lavender. They also have the two pieces in a beautiful Pearl color – perfect to lounge in during your honeymoon.

Adore Me

Looking for a gorgeous white corset to pair with your bridal garter? Adore Me’s bridal collection is the perfect place to look! In fact, their Alice corset is perfect if you’d like to wear something a little extra special than your classic bra – and it’s really affordable for how sexy it is. If this is for your wedding day – or night – I’d also recommend Adore Me’s Esperanza White Leg Garter. It has a sweet ruffled lace topped with a rhinestone for that extra detail. I’d also add to your wedding look the Married White Thigh High Stockings – the lace detail at the top perfectly matches your Alice corset!
Need something blue? I’d grab their Blue Reign set to wear on your honeymoon – a lace camisole and flowy shorts – or perhaps pair the lacey blue shorts in the set over your white lingerie. Last but not least, for a black lacey set for your honeymoon, I’d get the Newport Cami in Black – soft and flowy – and pair it with their Danielle Bikini – a crotchless black bikini with heart hardware and the sexiest strap detail.


Avec Les Filles

If you’re looking for something to wear for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or perhaps to wear to a wedding, I’d look at a piece from Avec Les Filles. This brand has beautiful dresses, sets, and blazers with an amazing quality. I have their Cropped Stretch Suit Vest and Tailored Pleat-Front Shorts in a beautiful cream-like color. I’d definitely wear this piece to a wedding as a guest, or perhaps a bridal shower. I think it’d look particularly stunning for a honeymoon trip to Europe – great for those hot Summer months while still looking classy, elegant, yet it can be worn comfortably casual as well.

If you’re looking for dresses, they also have some gorgeous dresses for either a casual Summer look, or a more formal look. Take your pick! 

Monica Vinader

Monica Vinader! I adore this jewelry brand – mainly because of their classy 18ct gold vermeil pieces. “What is gold vermeil?” You may ask? “Monica pioneered the gold vermeil technique to create affordable, beautiful 18ct gold jewelry. Gold, of at least 2.5 microns, is layered on top of sterling silver to create a finish five times thicker than average gold plating, and far more durable”

I have several pieces from the brand and the weight and shine to this jewelry screams luxurious and elegant. You can feel the quality with every shining piece. They offer classic gold pieces, or stunning new designs. Example? Their 18ct Gold Vermeil Power Cocktail Ring is sure to draw some eyes your way with it’s statement making pink quartz. At least, I got the pink quartz (my favorite!), but they also have a selection of Green Onyx, Lemon Quartz, and Kyanite. 

If you want something classic, yet personal (perhaps as a wedding gift?), then I suggest their Linear Chain Bracelet in 18ct Gold Vermeil. This is a beautiful gifting piece that can come with a complimentary engraving. This way, your spouse can be reminded of your love simply by reading the short and sweet note you left them on their new bracelet. The good news is it comes in more colors than just gold. You can choose from gold vermeil, rose gold vermeil, or sterling silver for any look. This gold bracelet is such a favorite and goes with any outfit. To pair beautifully with an elegant dress, or add a bit of interest to your casual daywear it’s a sure-favorite to add to your jewelry collection.

JJ’s House

If you’re wondering where on earth you can find some cute and fun Bridesmaids Robes, l’d check out JJ’s House – they have plenty of wedding-themed products! Especially if you want the really pretty ankle-length robes. The great news is you can personalize each robe to say whatever you want! The robe could say: “Bridesmaid” and then feature your bridesmaid’s name, “Maid of Honor”, or “Mother of the Bride” for example. How sweet would it be to get your mother a robe as well as your bridesmaids? And let’s not forget the bride! The Bride Robe also comes in a silky-like soft polyester material and you have your choice of color between white, pink, or black!

If you’re opting in for a cozier and snuggly honeymoon by the fire, I’d check out their loungewear as they have darling pajama sets. My favorites are the Cotton Women’s Loungewear Set – soft and such a cottagecore look in-person! Their Comfortable/Simple and Elegant Knitting Loungewear is also super soft and roomy for a relaxed night in. I think the robe from the Comfortable/Simple And Elegant Lace/Satin Loungewear is really cute for a casual relaxed day-in at the honeymoon hotel. The bralette and shorts are very roomy and casual though, rather than a tight fit. If you’re looking for a tight, supportive fit, an underwire bra would be your best bet.

If you’re looking for a cute pair of silky-like shorts to also wear on your honeymoon, I think the Bridal/Feminine Comfortable/Delicate/Dreamlike Polyester/Satin Panties are super cute and fit with that cottagecore, cute but sexy, theme. I have a pair in the coffee color and they’re so darling.



As we move on to beauty, I must commend Kiehls. I didn’t really have a shampoo and conditioner I was attached to, but now things have seemed to change. I started using Kiehls Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner and I have actually seen a difference in not only the feeling of my hair, but my natural color as well. My brunette hair is now a much stronger color that looks healthy and feels silky smooth. 

I’ve also noticed more hairs starting to grow near my hairline as well. This I feel may have to do with the brand’s Amino Acid Moisture-Restoring Dry Scalp Treatment. It feels right to also moisturize and, in a way, condition your scalp as well as your lengths – with a triple Amino Acid blend and Coconut Oil hair mask. For when the top of your head feels a bit dry in this Summer sunshine, I’d definitely grab a jar of their Moisture-Restoring Scalp Treatment. Who doesn’t want their hair to look healthy and strong come wedding day?

Charlotte Tilbury

Okay, a few things I must mention for Charlotte Tilbury. Okay… more than a few things. But mainly my favorites here from the beloved makeup brand. My new favorite blush is Charlotte’s Beauty Light Wand – I love their Pinkgasm and Pinkgasm Sunset colors. I’d wear the Pinkgasm color on your wedding day, and then the Pinkgasm Sunset color on your honeymoon to Hawaii! The application is so lovely. You’ll get a beautiful glow and rosy cheeks using their “easy magic cushion applicator” – which is “a soft cushion pad that dispenses product evenly onto cheekbones, making it super blendable and easy to use.” My favorite part of this blush besides the color is indeed the soft cushion pad application and the blending! It simply makes makeup fun!

Other notable makeup to wear on your beloved wedding day? Their new Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur is beautiful for a stunning wedding day if you love liquid lipstick. Or, their Easy Lip & Cheek Wand in their Sun-kissed color is super nice for when you’re on the go or reapplying in a hurry. Did I mention their Quick & Easy Makeup Set? I don’t even think I need to explain how helpful this set has been for me. I keep it in my purse or car for those days when I’m running late and didn’t get to apply makeup at home. When I do have a minute or two in the parking lot or during my break, I’ll apply my makeup with their refillable case that comes with “an eye, lip & cheek, and highlighter wand for a red carpet-ready look in minutes!”

To top it all off, I love either their Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray or their new Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist for an instant dewy, natural glow!


In the months leading up to your wedding day, you may be refining your skincare routine to make sure your skin looks the bestest and brightest it can be come wedding day. One recommendation I have? SkinCeuticals discoloration defense serum. I’ve noticed my skin has improved since using it only after a few weeks. Any small discolored spots have disappeared and my skin overall looks better.

I really love any SkinCeuticals serum, and if I had to switch to another, it’d probably be their C E Ferulic® with 15% L-ascorbic acid. One thing I also pair with my serums, is their Phyto Corrective Essence Mist. I spray the mist before or after, over my makeup, as well before I go out to reduce any redness and feel instantly hydrated. Ah, hydration – and plus, it’s in a really cute, green bottle. Bonus!

So there you have it! Some of my favorite gifts and shopping pieces to add to your bridal to-do list – shopping list? To-shop list? Oh, well. 

Whether you grab some of these stunning pieces for your wedding day or not, I’m sure you’ll have a beautiful wedding. Congratulations!

Michal Mitchell is freelance writer and graduate from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in English. Her passions include, writing poetry for her "10 Minute Poetry" column, fiction, screenplays and delving into a Chopin Étude every now and then. When she's not writing for Her Campus, she seeks solace in the ventures of her mind. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @jackycoocoo for poetry, celebrity interviews, fiction, articles, or to commission her for an article.