Publication date January 10, 2024
Find Your Fairytale Fit: 15 Dreamy Wedding Dress Necklines for the Modern Bride
Ever wished you could wear a fairytale to your wedding? Well, guess what? You can! It all starts with the neckline. Imagine you, gliding down the aisle, breathtakingly beautiful, every inch a princess (or a rockstar bride, if that's your vibe!). No, it's not magic (though it might feel like it). It's the power of the perfect neckline.
Choosing the perfect wedding dress neckline not only highlights your face but also impacts your entire wedding look. To help you decide which neckline to choose, keep in mind the venue, the season, any accessories, how you play wearing your hair, and what flatter your body type.
From the traditional sweetheart to the boho-meets-sophisticated bateau, in this blog, we’ve 15 of the most popular wedding dress necklines that will make you feel the most significant! But before that let’s understand how to pick the perfect wedding dress neckline.
How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Dress Neckline?
There are many factors you need to consider when choosing the perfect wedding dress neckline for you. First, you need to think about the overall silhouette of the gown and how it flatters your figure. Different types of necklines for wedding dresses can point out certain features while minimizing others.
You will also need to consider how comfortable the neckline is, as this will make all the difference on your big day. At last, your wedding dress neckline should be in line with your wedding or venue theme and personal style. By keeping all these important factors in mind while shopping, you’ll be sure to find the perfect bridal gown neckline for you.
Types of Wedding Dress Necklines
When it comes to wedding dresses, there are endless types of necklines. Here we have a few of them that we’re currently loving the most and have remained timeless throughout the years:
1. Sweetheart Neckline
The sweetheart neckline, resembling the top of a heart is one of the most trendy picks for brides nowadays. This strapless neckline, dips in the middle front to create a romantic heart shape. As the sweetheart necklines lead the curve and dip of your chest, it’s an amazing way to highlight your bust or create the illusion of a fuller chest. And if you don’t want as much attention to your chest, you can also choose a semi-sweetheart neckline as the dip doesn’t go as low and covers a bit more of your chest. Pair this wedding dress with stunning strapless wedding dress jewelry such as a short, dazzling necklace, and simple post earrings.
2. Cowl Neckline
The cowl neckline, first introduced in the 1920s, served as both a collar and hood. Today, not only in bridal shops, cowl necklines are making an appearance in everyday fashion. The fabric that is draped and folded above the bustline makes this neckline unique. Cowl neckline style is perfect for those brides who want all eyes to be on their face rather than their dress or other parts of their wedding day look. Because of this, you can keep your neck free from any wedding dress necklace and wear simple earrings.
3. Halter Neckline
This one is one of my favorite necklines, a halter neckline is the perfect option for brides who want to put the focus on their arms, shoulders, and back. This neckline style goes around your neck, leaving your shoulders and upper body free. Moreover, as per body fit, for instance, brides with a larger bust or those who want more chest support can find the halter top provides extra stability and comfort without sacrificing stunning looks. And because the halter style will cover more of your neck area, you don’t need to wear a necklace with the neckline. Instead, go for a pair of dangling earrings and a low bun updo hairstyle with a halter dress will further enhance your overall look.
4. Square Neckline
Choosing square necklines will create a dramatic and unique look while still highlighting the soft, romantic features of your curves. As the name suggests, a square neckline resembles the shape of a square. The top border of your wedding dress is a straight horizontal edge that meets straps on each side at a 90-degree angle. This neckline is best for brides who want to accentuate their busts. Pair the dress with a simple necklace or go necklace-free and let your décolletage take center stage.
5. High Neckline
A high-neckline dress is a timeless style, even Roman Holiday actress Audrey Hepburn opted for a high neckline in her wedding dress. If you want to cover up your decolletage and or bust, this neckline style can be a perfect option for you. It mostly cuts inward at the sides, creating the illusion of a longer neck and torso. This modern neckline pairs especially well with an updo and a plunging back for a bridal look that's equal parts modest and sexy.
6. Scoop Neckline
Source: Brides of Sydney
A wedding dress with scoop necklines is a classic option to choose from. The effortless, rounded neckline dips in the front, creating a scoop. This neckline option is great for brides who wish to accentuate their collarbone or show off a statement necklace. Also, a scoop neckline is flattering on all body types and offers added bust support with the straps that often tend to be a little wider.
7. V-Neck Neckline
A V-neck neckline wedding dress can be an elegant option for you. The style is characterized by the “V” shape of the dip in the middle front of the dress. This neckline can be modest as well as daring depending on the depth of the dip. Brides of all shapes and sizes find the v-neck neckline to be flattering as the design creates the illusion of an elongated torso while drawing the eyes down to the waist. You can pair this dress with a simple pendant necklace or a narrow necklace following the shape of the dip. And for a complete wedding look pair a of post or teardrop earrings.
8. Plunging Neckline
Plunging necklines are almost similar to v-cut necklines, with one difference, plunging neckline design features a deep plunge in the front, going past the bust and sometimes down to the navel. These two wedding dress necklines are newer than other designs. If you want a daringly sexy and confident look choosing a plunging neckline will not disappoint you. Thankfully, you also don’t have to worry about a wardrobe mishap as the deep V-cut is usually connected on each side by an illusion piece. This neckline is best paired with a pair of statement earrings or a lariat necklace.
9. Portrait Neckline
The portrait neckline, closely resembling an off-shoulder neckline design, features a wide opening extending to the edges of your shoulders, but not off the shoulders. This can be the best neckline for broad shoulders as it will offer so much free space from your neckline to your face and goes well with necklaces that rest near or just below your collarbone and a pair of dangling or drop earrings.
10. Jewel Neckline
This neckline features rounded and sits on the base of your neck and initially was designed to show off the necklaces and bring attention to your jewelry. Notable personalities such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Michelle Obama favor the modest look of a jewel neckline. So now you can guess why this wedding dress neckline is on this list. To complete this look, you can pair your dress with a necklace that sits near your collarbone, or forgo the necklace and choose a pair of drop earrings instead.
11. Queen Anne Neckline
Another impressive option, the Queen Anne neckline offers a vintage romantic charm wedding day look. As the name sounds, this neckline is named after Queen Anne of Britain, who supposedly made the fashion statement during her reign in the 1700s. Now you may be thinking that this style is old-fashioned, so let me remind you it’s been worn recently by Kate Middleton for her royal nuptials and has a classic, feminine, bridal feel. With a high collar in the back and a v-neck or sweetheart in the front, this neckline can be an elegant option for you. Queen Anne necklines look great when paired with dangly earrings and no necklace.
12. Illusion Neckline
When we’re talking about a fairytale bride look, an illusion neckline is the perfect option for you to create a dreamy and romantic look. Usually, this neckline features sheer fabric, such as tulle or lace, that extends from the top of the bodice to the neck creating an illusion of a strapless dress, but of course with a little more coverage and support. You can also ask your designer to use appliques to the tulle or lace to enhance the soft, dreaminess of the look. With most of the emphasis being on the dress, you don’t need to choose hefty jewelry pieces, instead choose simple, understated jewelry that will not take away from the neckline of the dress.
13. One-Shoulder Neckline
The one-side neckline wedding dress may seem not so new to you but even today this style will not fail to strongly showcase your strength and femininity. One side neckline is characterized by one strap across one shoulder only. As this neckline brings attention to your face, it’s great to accessorize with a pair of drop earrings.
14. Off-the-shoulder Neckline
Off-the-shoulder neckline is another one of the most popular neckline designs for modern brides. This neckline can give you an elegant and romantic look by accentuating your collarbone and shoulders while drawing attention to your beautiful face. Off-shoulder necklines offer draped sleeves over your upper arms and flatter all body types. You can pair your off-shoulder neckline with a short pendant necklace that allows your décolletage to remain the focal point of your look. Additionally, consider a bridal ponytail or a blunt bob Hairstyles for an off-shoulder dress.
15. Bateau/Boatneck Neckline
The last stop in our list of 15 classic wedding dress necklines, the bateau or boatneck neckline is the best neckline option when looking for a more royal wedding look. Bateau neckline offers more coverage than other necklines and extends from shoulder to shoulder, falling just under your collarbones. This neckline offers a luxurious look and that explains why so many royal brides including Meghan Markle have chosen the design for their trip down the aisle. In fact, you’d be surprised to know that the bateau also goes by the name Sabrina as the neckline was made famous by the dresses worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1954 film.
So, what will be a better inspiration for a bride looking for a timeless wedding dress than this? Especially if you have a willowy figure, this neckline will be a dream for you.
What Accessories to Choose for Your Wedding Dress Neckline
After you have found your fairy tail neckline for a dreamy wedding look, choosing the right and best bridal jewelry for your wedding dress neckline is the next crucial step. Your wedding look will be incomplete without pairing it with accessories to add a touch of timeless glamour.
Brides usually choose jewelry, veils, or headpieces that highlight the neckline of their chosen gown. You’ll find endless bridal jewelry ideas, however, you need to keep in mind it’s best to choose jewelry that flawlessly goes with your wedding dress.
For instance, if you’ve selected a high-neck dress, such as one with a scooped, cowl, or bateau neckline, you can either choose a headpiece or a delicate necklace that gracefully frames your face. A hair comb, barrette, or sparkly clips will be ideal for keeping any strands of hair away from the face while framing it with shine and glamour.
And when you choose to go with sweetheart necklines, pearls look fabulous when paired with strapless wedding gowns. If you’ve chosen a plunging neckline to flaunt your figure, a long necklace is a great accessory. This will help you draw attention to your stunning gown while adding an extra layer of sparkle and charm. Also, don’t forget to go for bride hairstyles that match your whole wedding look vibes.
After all, you need to remember one thing, no matter what neckline you choose for your wedding dress, the neckline is sure to be a defining feature of your look. So take your time to consider each option carefully, and find one that perfectly complements your figure and suits your style.