wedding dress necklines

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Necklines

While you may be thinking about which wedding dress silhouette you’ll say “I do” to, don’t forget about wedding dress necklines! Just like choosing a wedding dress silhouette, you’ll want to choose a neckline that is both flattering and comfortable. The key is trying different neckline styles until you find the one that makes you swoon! The neckline can completely change the vibe of any dress, adding romance, modernity or a fashion-forward touch. Keep reading to learn more about wedding dress necklines and to see a variety of stunning examples!

The Most Popular Wedding Dress Necklines 

From square and one-shoulder necklines to daring plunges and classic sweetheart styles, the neckline of a wedding dress is a detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you want to be on-trend, the most popular necklines right now, according to The Knot, are the straight neckline, asymmetrical neckline and mock neckline, but there are many more! Check out some of our favorite wedding dress necklines below.

Wedding Dress Necklines 

Plunging Neckline 

The plunging neckline is perhaps the most dramatic and is an excellent choice for the bride who isn’t afraid to take risks! This neckline dips low, elongating your figure and giving a slimming effect while also adding a touch of sexiness to any wedding dress silhouette. The plunging neckline offers variety, as well.  

Brides can opt for a gown with a V-neck plunge, sweetheart plunge or a more angled modern style. For more support and a better fit, we recommend a wedding dress with an illusion insert in the plunge, like Essense of Australia Style D3339. If you want to balance out the coverage, try a gown with long sleeves or opt for a regal ballgown with a plunging neckline for a mix of modern and traditional. 

Sweetheart Neckline 

The sweetheart neckline, perhaps the most classic and well-known bridal neckline, is named for its resemblance to a heart shape and is SO romantic! The sweetheart neckline features a feminine and subtle dip in the middle of the bodice and delicately rounds out to beautifully shape your bust. This neckline will always be a classic, flirty and flattering option for brides of all shapes and sizes and can be combined with sleeves or straps for more support. You can go for a subtle sweetheart or one with a more dramatic plunge, like Essense of Australia Style D3308.


Next up, we have another classic, the V-neckline! The V-neckline may be one of the most slimming and sexy wedding dress necklines of all and is a striking choice for the bride who loves a touch of red-carpet glamour. You can choose a subtle V-neckline, a wide V-neckline or a plunging neckline for some major drama!  

If you’re worried about modesty, many V-necklines have a slimmer cut accompanied by illusion tulle to ensure the bodice stays in place. This neckline shape draws the eye vertically for a figure-flattering effect and looks stunning on any bride! For the ultimate wow moment, opt for a gown with a low V-back to mirror the front neckline, like Martina Liana Style 1305. 

High Neckline 

The high neckline is currently trending in bridal fashion and is a beautiful choice for the bride who wants a sophisticated style. This neckline hits around the collarbone and can be traditional or modern, depending on the style and fabrication.  

A high neckline gown with a halter is sleek and chic, especially when paired with a column silhouette crepe gown, like Essense of Australia Style D3160. A low back balances the coverage for the bride who wants to add some drama to their look. 

Portrait Neckline 

A portrait neckline is a stunning choice for the elegant and romantic bride and features a soft scoop from one shoulder to the other to show off the decolletage. This style may be combined with sleeves or straps and can be made more modern with a notched neckline, like on Essense of Australia Style D3582, or with asymmetrical draping for a trendier look.

Illusion Neckline 

An illusion neckline is one of the most versatile wedding dress necklines! This style is an excellent choice for the bride who wants more coverage or support while still showing some skin. In addition, the sheer tulle can make a gown appear to be strapless or off-the-shoulder and can be embellished with crystals or lace for added opulence. Stella York Style 7325 is a beautiful example of an illusion halter neckline with a deep plunge and lace appliqués. 

Choosing a Neckline for Your Wedding Dress 

The key to choosing the right neckline for your wedding dress is keeping in mind what you feel best in, what is most flattering, the level of support you want and your desired level of modesty. It is best to try on a variety of necklines, which will help you narrow down your choices. If you love a gown but do not love the neckline, speak to a seamstress or your bridal consultant to see if any adjustments can be made in alterations or from the designer. Accessorizing with a bolero, bodysuit, wrap or shawl can also provide extra coverage.

To start your search for your Essense of Australia, Martina Liana, All Who Wander, or Stella York dress; you can find a store and book an appointment at a bridal salon closest to you. Want even more bridal fashion inspiration? View more gorgeous wedding gowns on our website. Happy shopping!