Wedding Dress Necklines: How to Choose Yours

Brunette in a bun wearing a mermaid crepe bridal gown with statement bodice ruffles standing against a red background

When choosing the wedding dress of your dreams, it is of utmost importance to ensure everything is perfect, from the sizing, silhouette and most importantly, the neckline. Wedding dress necklines can play a significant role in your overall bridal aesthetic when walking down the aisle or dancing the night away at your reception.  

Browsing wedding dress necklines can be quite an overwhelming task, not knowing if it will match your overall wedding theme, your body type or if it will be a style you feel comfortable in.  

Below, we have listed some of the best bridal dress necklines to help you narrow down your wedding dress search to find a perfect style that best suits your needs.  

Sweetheart necklines for undeniable romance

A neckline that has been beloved among many brides of the past, as well as the present, is a sweetheart neckline which effortlessly exudes themes of romance and elegance. This sweetheart style of neckline is characterised by its curves that resemble a heart covering your bust and a graceful dip in the middle that puts the finishing touch on this timeless style.  

Blonde wearing a lace princess wedding gown with sweetheart neckline and delicate long sleeves, standing outside

The best thing about a dress with a sweetheart neck is that they are versatile and have depths that range from more modest and subtle necks to plunging and extravagant styles. Also, when choosing a wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, you aren’t limited when it comes to silhouettes due to this style being fully flexible on A-line, sheath, mermaid and more dress styles. For a match made in heaven, choose a princess wedding gown featuring a sensual sweetheart neck.  

Overall, this neckline is the perfect choice for any bride who desires an elegant look that will look stunning in photos, and everyone will remember forever.  

Square necklines for a sharp and straight look

A wedding dress with a square neckline is simply characterised by its straight horizontal style and typically extends from shoulder to shoulder. This sharp, straight neckline offers a clean and chic look that can elevate your overall bridal ensemble. If you are a bride with glamorous collarbones and well-defined shoulders and want these features to take centre stage on your special day, a square neckline wedding dress is the perfect choice for you.  

Adaptable to a range of wedding styles, including long sleeves, short sleeves, or various strap styles, a square neckline offers versatility, ensuring that every bride can find an elegant and timeless option that blends contemporary sophistication with classic allure. For a flattering choice that accentuates your figure, explore sheath wedding dresses featuring a square neckline, a style that has been celebrated for generations due to its enduring and sophisticated appeal. 

Bateau necklines for a subtle curve 

Often referred to as a boat neck style, a bateau neckline wedding dress is quite similar to the straight style previously mentioned, but instead of a straight cut, this neckline has a slight and subtle curve that dips. This neckline follows across your collarbones and flatteringly ends at the shoulders. This is a standout choice for brides who desire an extra touch of coverage on their wedding day but still want to highlight their neck area elegantly.  

Blonde in a crepe wedding dress with bateau neckline and ruffle-effect sleeves, standing against a blue background

Step gracefully down the aisle in an A-line wedding dress adorned with the ever-stylish bateau neckline. This timeless and sophisticated choice will enhance your bridal charm and captivate your guests with its enduring elegance. The wide, horizontal bateau neckline gracefully frames your collarbone and shoulders, evoking an aura of modesty and poise. Its balanced proportions lend a flattering touch, offering versatility in complementing various body types. 

High necklines for modest glamour 

High-neckline wedding dresses are defined by their high neckline that covers part of the neck area, providing more coverage than alternate bridal styles. This is a great choice for brides who desire an extra touch of modesty that takes inspiration from styles from the past.  

If you, however, prefer a different style of wedding dress, discover our variety of strapless wedding dresses and off-the-shoulder bridal gowns for more timeless styles. 

Asymmetrical necklines for contemporary brides

An elegant style seen on many bridal runways and in many contemporary weddings is gowns with an asymmetrical neckline. It can be revered as one of the most modern dress necklines seen in bridal fashion today due to its unique nature.  

An asymmetrical neckline wedding dress works to draw attention to one side of the body with its asymmetrical slant and looks breathtaking in wedding photos as it adds a daring fashion-forward charm to your aesthetic.   

V-necklines for added sensuality  

A popular style among brides is the V-neckline wedding dress, perfect for B and C cup busts and for mid-to-short brides as it adds height. A V-neck wedding dress is characterised due to the sensual plunge or and at a point where your décolletage begins. This style is completely versatile and can be customized to every bride's liking, no matter if you prefer a subtle plunge or if you desire a deep v-neckline wedding dress.  

Woman wearing a mermaid lace wedding dress with V-neck and two-tier chapel train, standing outside on a balcony

A plunging neckline wedding dress is also a great option if you have generous or protruding collarbones, highlighting these features while still drawing focus to your gown and entire bridal attire.  

Overall, when it comes to choosing between all the different types of wedding dress necklines, it is best to discover all your options and try on many styles to find what works best. Bring out your natural bridal glow in a wedding dress that perfectly and effortlessly complements your features.  


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