Wedding Dress Neckline Types

There are so many different necklines in bridal gowns, from squares and strapless to illusions and halters. It's important to consider the venue, the time of year, the overall vibe of your wedding, and any important finishing touches (special jewelry, a great hairstyle, etc.) when deciding which neckline to go with for your wedding dress. Pick the neckline that makes you feel like yourself and your unique style!

Wedding dresses come with a variety of necklines, and each one creates a different look - from boho and modern chic to classic bride and softly feminine, the choices are endless! Let's see what wedding dress necklines are available and what makes them different so we can help you find the perfect one!



Square Necklines

Square necklines emphasize your curves' soft, romantic features while creating a dramatic, unique look. The shape of a square neckline is exactly what it sounds like. There is a straight horizontal edge at the top of your dress that joins 90-degree straps on either side. Square necklines are great for brides who want to highlight their busts. Let your décolletage take center stage by pairing it with a simple, understated necklace.



Sweetheart Necklines

Another popular choice for brides is the sweetheart neckline, which looks like the top of a heart. A romantic heart shape is created by the strapless neckline that dips in the middle-front. Using sweetheart necklines will accentuate your bust or create the illusion of a fuller chest since they follow the curve and dip of your chest. Choose a semi-sweetheart neckline if you don't want to draw attention to your chest as the dip isn't as deep and covers more of your chest. A simple post earring and a short, dazzling necklace will complement your sweetheart neckline!



Illusion Necklines

It's the perfect look for a fairytale bride with an illusion neckline. It is usually sheer fabric, such as tulle or lace, that extends from the top of the bodice to the neckline to create the illusion of a strapless dress, but with a little less coverage. To enhance the soft, dreamy appearance of the gown, tulle or lace can also be adorned with appliques. If you want to emphasize the dress' neckline, choose simple, understated jewelry that won't interfere with it!




Halter Necklines


Bridals who want to draw attention to their arms, shoulders, and back should opt for a halter neckline. You're left with exposed shoulders and upper body when this style goes around your neck. The halter top provides extra stability and comfort without sacrificing looks for brides with a larger bust or who want more chest support. This neckline doesn't require you to wear a necklace since halter tops cover more of your neck. Choose a pair of dangling or drop earrings instead!



Off-The-Shoulder Necklines

You get attention from this elegant, romantic neckline, which accentuates your collarbone and shoulders while bringing attention to your beautiful face. An off-the-shoulder neckline features draped sleeves over your upper arms and flatters any body type. Your off-the-shoulder neckline will remain the focal point of your look when you pair it with a short pendant necklace.



Plunging Necklines

In terms of bridal fashion, plunge necklines, or deep V-cut necklines, are relatively new. Necklines with this style feature deep plunges in the front, going past the bust and sometimes to the navel. In order to accentuate their décolletage and elongate their torso, brides who want a daringly sexy and confident look often opt for a plunging neckline. As an illusion piece usually connects the V-cuts on each side, you won't have to worry about wardrobe mishaps. Lariat necklaces or statement earrings are the best accessories for plunging necklines!