white, gathered, v-neck wedding dress

The right neckline can totally transform how you look.  We probably all have our favorite neckline for our face shape and body type.  These gorgeous wedding dresses we've collected feature universally flattering necklines, so that every bride can feel her best on the big day!


This neckline is a staple in most women's everyday wardrobes, so why not wear it at your wedding?  The secret to v-neck's popularity is how it elongates the silhouette with the illusion of an arrow pointing down. It will make round face shapes seem more oval and petite brides appear a bit taller.  You also want to balance it with the right amount of skin shown. It can be deep or shallow, but the more narrow you make the v, the less of an effect it will have.

elegant deep v neck wedding dress with long, sheer sleeves

When you combine a v-neck with a draped, wrap bodice, it is an hourglass gal's best friend. The wrapped detailing around the waist emphasizes its small proportion to your hips, without cutting you in half.

wedding dress wrap bodice with v neck and off-shoulder cap sleeves

If you feel like a standard v-neck is too casual or ordinary for this auspicious occasion, look for dresses with lace detailing on top of the neckline, creating a soft and pretty pattern.

layered lace boho wedding dress with v-neckline

Sweetheart Neckline with Overlay

A sweetheart neckline is not always going to be flattering for every bride. If it is strapless, it can sometimes make broad shoulders appear even broader. However, when layered with a sheer or lace fabric to create a v-neck, it is becoming on anyone.  Below, these two dresses both feature a traditional sweetheart neckline, but the overlay becomes the focal point of the dress.

sweetheart neckline wedding dress with lace overlay
gray wedding dress with sweetheart neckline and wide shoulder straps

If a sweetheart neckline works for you, but you don't want to go strapless for your ceremony, find a bodice overlay that you can take off for the reception (below).

simple wedding dress with lace topper

 Queen Anne

Queen Anne necklines are incredibly popular for wedding dresses. Even though you don't usually see this neckline outside of formal attire, it has a great shape and provides good coverage (especially for full-busted brides, Queen Anne necklines can often hide wider shapewear straps quite effectively).

Queen Anne neckline wedding dress with sheer overlay on skirt

You still get all of the flattering effects of the point in the sweetheart shape, but with the tucked in neckline sitting higher on the shoulders, the neckline is now effectively a scalloped v.

princess wedding dress with Queen Anne neckline
lace wedding dress with high Queen Anne neckline

Deep Necklines

J Crew copy

Whether in a deep v, halter, or sweetheart shape, bold brides wanting to take their necklines a bit lower will love how flattering this look is to their face shape.  Are your arms and shoulders your very favorite feature?  You will love a halter neck. If you prefer sleeves, a halter dress like the one below (left) is simply a deep v or cowl neck--both extremely flattering.

halter sheath wedding dress
grace loves lace copy

Remember that when in doubt, find a neckline that flatters you in daily life.  Some women love how they look in button-up shirts. This dress below gives that exact neckline in a way that doesn't require the bride to wear a tuxedo shirt on her wedding day (unless she wants to, because that is a whole other modern look that completely rocks).

modern wedding dress with high, open collar neckline

Credits:  Amanda Wakeley   |   Ivy & Aster   |   Pronovias   |   Yoana Baraschi   |   Sarah Seven   |   Kate McDonald   |   Marie LaPorte   |   Mon Cheri   |   Lillian West   |   Maggie Sottero   |   J. Crew   |   Romona Keveza   |   Grace Loves Lace   |   Jesus Peiro