A Bride’s Guide to Bridal Gown Necklines

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Women have so many options to consider when it comes to bridal gowns. You’ll want to think about the type of fabric, the length of the dress, the neckline, whether or not you want beading, and lots of other design details that will make that one special dress stand out from the rest.

But don’t let yourself be stressed by the experience! With plenty of time to plan and the help of one of our consultants, you’ll have no problem picking the perfect bridal gown. We’re going to start a series of blog posts to help future brides learn about all the different design areas that each wedding gown features. We’ll kick off the series with today’s blog post, which is all about bridal gown necklines. Continue reading to learn more about necklines and which ones may look best on your body!


This type of neckline is also known as a boat neck. It features a wider opening that spans from neck to neck and may have either thin straps spread widely or can work well with longer sleeves, too. The bateau is most popular with brides who have a smaller cup size or petite figure.


Halter bridal gowns feature straps that wrap around the back of the neck. Some halter gowns also feature full lace detailing on the top, giving them a look almost like a sleeveless turtleneck. Traditionally, taller brides with beautiful, strong shoulders look incredible in bridal gowns a halter neckline.


The jewel neckline is also known as the t-shirt neckline. It is quite high and often runs from shoulder to shoulder, similar to a boat neckline but higher. This style is a popular choice when a bride wants a more modest style that doesn’t necessarily draw so much attention to her décolletage, though it can give brides with smaller cup sizes an attractive overall shape. The jewel or t-shirt neckline may be accompanied by a special back feature, such as a keyhole or intricate lace detailing.

Queen Anne

Queen Anne necklines draw attention to the neck area. They feature a high collar along the back of the neck and a cutout neckline in the front. Many Queen Anne styles also feature lace in their design.


Scoop necklines have a sweet charm to them, though lower cut versions can certainly make a bolder statement. Many dresses that feature a U-shaped, scoop neckline in the front also have a similar cut on the back. Fuller figured brides often look their best in a bridal gown with a scoop neckline.


This neckline usually features an oversized square shape that reaches from shoulder to shoulder and down quite low, near the underarm area. Brides with rounded faces may favor the square neckline, while women with broader set shoulders usually avoid this neckline.


Though there are many types of strapless gowns, the traditional version cuts straight across the chest. This is a popular pick for women who want to showcase a beautiful collarbone, defined shoulders, and tone arms.


The sweetheart neckline has become one of the most popular trends in bridal gowns in recent years. Its shape mimics the top half of a heart, hence the name. This is a popular pick for brides of all sizes, though women with larger breasts often choose this style because it is so flattering.


Just as the name implies, this type of bridal gown has a v-neckline that is flattering on many brides, particularly those who have an average cup size in the Bs or Cs. V-neck bridal gowns are usually slimming and can make a bride appear both taller and leaner.
These are just some of the many necklines available in bridal gowns today. We invite you to visit our Toronto bridal shop to look at the collections and dresses we have on display and meet with one of our consultants. We look forward to helping you find your dream wedding dress!

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