Just like finding a wedding dress to fit your body type, you should also look for a neckline on the gown that will compliment your body type as well. Most brides don’t really think about finding a neckline to suit them, and just go with the most popular neckline today, which is the strapless neckline, even if it isn’t the most flattering neckline for them. I’ve seen too many brides choose a neckline that doesn’t compliment their upper bodies at all, sometimes to the point of looking ridiculous. Here is a list of what to look for in a wedding dress neckline that will make you look and feel like a beautiful bride.
Bateau – This is a higher neckline that softly follows the curve of the collarbone. It is high in both the front and back, opening wide at the sides and ending in shoulder seams. It enhances the chest area and is great for smaller chested brides, avoid if you have a larger bust since it could overwhelm.
Square – As the name implies, this neckline fits the shape of half of a full square. A square neckline works well for women that are already well-endowed without revealing very much cleavage. Good for most general body types.
Halter-Top -This neckline is great for tall and/or broad shouldered brides, not really for narrow shouldered brides or those with a large bust.
Jewel – this follows the curve of your neck, and works well for brides who want to enhance their chest area, and like the bateau neckline, stay away from it if you are already large busted.
V-Neck – The V-Neck is a great neckline for the hourglass body type, and full figured women, and the plunge of the V depends on the dress.
Scoop - The Scoop neckline dips down in a U shape on the bodice. It is great for a pear shaped body type, and most other body types as well.
Strapless – This neckline doesn’t require any definition. The strapless neckline is great if you are well endowed, or if you have great shoulders. Stay away from it if you are small chested.
Sweetheart – This neckline forms a type of heart shape at the bust line, and works well in accentuating cleavage and for the large busted.
Queen Anne – The Queen Anne sits high on the back of the neck and opens lower across the front of the neck. Works well for most body types and can help in elongating the figure or displaying a discreet amount of cleavage.
There are many types of necklines for wedding gowns, and I have covered the most popular. Try on as many necklines as you can and be honest with yourself about how you look. Choose a neckline that you are comfortable with, as you will be the center of attention on your wedding day.