Choosing The Right Neckline For Your Wedding Gown

Finding the perfect gown for you wedding day can certainly feel a bit daunting. With myriad options for fabric, trim, cut and embellishments- it's easy to begin to feel overwhelmed. But, not to worry, we have a quick trick for narrowing down your options to make your final wedding gown selection.

Tip: Start with the neckline

Whether you're going for a modern look or a romantic bohemian vibe, begin by choosing the type of neckline that you would like to wear. This will steer you in the right direction to finding your gown.

Here is a helpful guide from Southern Bride and Groom that illustrates the various options for necklines. 

wedding gown necklines

Sweetheart

The sweetheart neckline is shaped like the top of a heart. It is an almost universally flattering style, as it elongates the neck and torso, and works on gowns both with and without sleeves or straps. A semi-sweetheart has a less-pronounced dip in the center than a traditional sweetheart neckline, which is perfect for a more conservative wedding day look.

Straight Across

A straight across neckline is a simple, strapless cut that flows across the chest. This neckline flatters many body types, but is especially nice on women with broader shoulders.

Square

The square neckline follows the same shape as the bottom half of a square. This neckline can be cut wider to show off more shoulder, or lower for a more modern, edgy look, and is often seen on gowns with straps or sleeves.

V-Neck

A v-neck gown is exactly as it sounds – the neckline dips down in the front in a v-shape, which works especially well with gowns that have sleeves of any type, and creates a universal slimming effect.

One-Shoulder

A one-shoulder gown is fairly self-explanatory – it features a single strap that cuts asymmetrically across the chest and secures over one shoulder. This modern neckline is perfect for showing off your shoulders, collarbone, and upper arms.

Scoop

The scoop neck is a u-shaped neckline that can be cut to varying depths to flatter brides of almost any shape. A scoop neckline falls lower than the similar jewel cut neckline, which is also rounded, but fits closer to the throat.

Queen Anne

The Queen Anne neckline is a regal cut featuring a high collar in the back, and a dipped neckline, usually a scoop or v-neck cut, in the front.

High-Neck

A high neck gown features a t-shirt or turtleneck neckline that secures in a collar-like fashion around the back of the neck. These gowns can be extremely edgy for the offbeat or high fashion bride.

Halter

A halter neckline typically features a low-cut back with straps that tie around the neck. Halter gowns are ideal for brides who want to show off their shoulders and upper back.

Off The Shoulder

An off the shoulder neckline is a romantic style that falls just below the shoulders and beautifully frames the face, neck, collarbone and shoulders.

Bateau

A bateau, or boat neck, is an elegant look that follows the curve of your collarbone all the way to the edges of your shoulders.

Illusion

Illusion necklines, which have seen a huge boost in popularity over the past several years, feature sheer fabric or lace along the top of the bodice that extends to fit near the neck. These necklines can be as detailed and unique as the bride.

Once you've found your dream gown, be sure to have it cleaned and preserved so that you can cherish it for years to come!