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A Brief History

Traditionally, a trousseau was defined as the collection of personal items that a young woman accumulated in anticipation of her future marriage. A trousseau was generally stored in a hope chest and included bridal accessories, jewelry, lingerie, clothing for the honeymoon, linens, and toiletries. Some trousseaus included family heirlooms and handmade items crafted by the bride-to-be or her female relatives. Often, a number of brand-new outfits were carefully selected and stored in the trousseau in preparation for the wedding, honeymoon, and first few weeks as newlyweds.


Today, most women do not prepare a trousseau with all of the original components. However, the concept of a bridal trousseau is still a wonderful tradition, and many brides do begin a collection of wedding and honeymoon lingerie. These pieces are sometimes purchased by the bride, but often are given as gifts at a bridal shower. Traditionally, the mother of the bride purchases her daughter’s wedding night ensemble.

Trousseau Checklist

Wedding Day Lingerie and Accessories


  • Corset/Bustier or Longline Bra

  • Shapewear

  • Stockings

  • Garter (one to keep and one to throw)

  • Hanky Panky "Bride" or "I Do" thong










Wedding Night Lingerie


  • Traditional long peignoir (gown and robe)

  • Modern short peignoir (gown and robe)

  • Other bridal lingerie

Bridal Loungewear


  • Robe or jog set for hair and makeup on wedding day

  • "Bride" top or tank for honeymoon

Honeymoon Lingerie


  • Sexy chemise or babydoll with matching panty

  • Camisole and bottom set

  • Bra and panty set

  • Dressing gown or robe


For the Groom


  • "Groom" or "Taken" boxers










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