Wedding Dress Neckline Types

Wedding Dress Neckline Types

Wedding gowns come in all sorts of necklines, from squares and strapless to illusions and halters. Choosing a neckline for your wedding dress depends on the venue, the time of year, the overall vibe of your wedding, and any finishing touches (special jewelry, a great hairstyle, etc.). Go with what makes you feel like yourself!


Each neckline creates a different look - from boho and modern chic to classic bride and softly feminine, there are so many options! Let's see what wedding dress necklines are out there and how they differ so we can help you choose!


Sweetheart Necklines



Justin Alexander Sweetheart



Sweetheart necklines, which look like the top of a heart, are popular choices for brides. A strapless neckline with a dip in the middle creates a romantic heart shape. As sweetheart necklines follow the curve and dip of your chest, they will accentuate your bust. You can choose a semi-sweetheart neckline if you don't want your chest to be the center of attention. Because the dip isn't as deep, the neckline will cover more of your chest area. Your sweetheart neckline will be enhanced with a simple post earring and a short, dazzling necklace!


Square Necklines



Stella York



You can create a dramatic, unique look with square necklines that emphasize your curves' soft, romantic features. As its name suggests, a square neckline has a square shape. Your dress has a straight horizontal edge at the top that connects 90-degree straps on either side. Brides who want to highlight their busts should consider square necklines. Pair a simple, understated necklace with your décolletage for a striking look.


 Halter Necklines




Stella York



A halter neckline draws attention to the arms, shoulders, and back of the bride. When this style goes around your neck, you're left with exposed shoulders and upper body. For brides with a bigger bust or who want more chest support, the halter top provides extra stability and comfort. Since halter tops cover more of your neck, you don't need a necklace. Instead, try dangling or drop earrings!


 Illusion Necklines



Lillian West



With an illusion neckline, it's the perfect look for a fairytale bride. It's usually sheer fabric, like tulle or lace, that extends from the top of the bodice to the neckline, giving the illusion of a strapless dress. A gown can also be adorned with appliques to enhance its soft, dreamy look. Make sure the jewelry you choose doesn't interfere with the dress' neckline if you want to emphasize it!


Off-The-Shoulder Necklines



Lillian West



With this elegant, romantic neckline, you draw attention to your beautiful face while enhancing your collarbone and shoulders. Off-the-shoulder necklines feature draped sleeves that flatter all body types. If you pair your off-the-shoulder top with a short pendant necklace, your off-the-shoulder neckline will remain the focal point of your ensemble.


 Plunging Necklines



Stella York



There's something new about plunge necklines and deep V-cuts in bridal fashion. With this style, the neckline plunges deep in the front, past the bust and sometimes all the way to the navel. Brides who want a daringly sexy and confident look often choose plunging necklines to accentuate their décolletage and elongate their body. There's no need to worry about wardrobe mishaps with illusion pieces since they usually connect the V-cuts on both sides. The best accessories for plunging necklines are lariat necklaces and statement earrings!