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In order to find a gown that flatters your body type, you have to know which wedding dress neckline is right for you. From V-neck to bateau to Queen Anne to cowl, there are a lot of wedding dress necklines to choose from. While we highly recommend trying on dresses with different necklines to figure out which suits you best, it's important to know the terminology and definition behind each one. So, don't get confused between a strapless versus a sweetheart gown by checking out this handy wedding dress neckline guide. 

These are the most widely-seen wedding dress necklines.  

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V-Neck

This neckline dips into a v-shape in the front. Often a slimming style on many body types.

Dress by David's Bridal

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Square

Like its name indicates, this wedding dress neckline (mostly seen on gowns featuring straps or sleeves) creates a square shape across the upper chest.

Dress by Oleg Cassini

High Neck

A wedding dress neckline that's similar in appearance to a turtleneck. Its also a great option for brides looking for a modest neckline. 

Dress by Gracy Accad

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Bateau

Meghan Markle donned this popular wedding dress neckline when she married Prince Harry. Also known as a boatneck, this neckline features a wider opening at the neck

Dress by Caroline Castigliano 

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Illusion

A neckline that features sheer fabric or lace along the top part of the bodice. Similar to a strapless but with more coverage.

Dress by Morilee by Madeline Gardner

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One-Shoulder

This modern neckline (also known as asymmetrical) features just one shoulder strap.

Dress by Sareh Nouri

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Off-the-Shoulder

A very romantic style, this neckline shows off the collarbone by featuring material that hits the arms below the shoulders.

Dress by Morilee by Madeline Gardner

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Strapless

No straps here! A traditional strapless neckline goes straight across the chest. For another option, check out the sweetheart neckline.

Dress by Oleg Cassini

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Spaghetti Straps

A neckline featuring thin (yes, like spaghetti!) straps.

Dress by Kate McDonald

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Cowl

Pippa Middleton brought this wedding dress neckline back into the limelight when she wore it to her sister's Royal Wedding. This neckline features loose-fitting draping in the front. 

Dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

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Scoop

This neckline is rounded in the front, but falls lower than a jewel neckline.

Dress by David's Bridal

 

Queen Anne

This regal neckline features a higher collar in the back and a scoop or v-neck in the front.

Dress by Morilee by Madeline Gardner

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Halter

A halter usually ties around the neck in some form. This is a great pick for brides hoping to expose their shoulders. 

Dress by Amsale

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Jewel

Think of a crew neck t-shirt - this neckline style is basically the same thing. And contrary to popular belief, it doesn't have to be beaded.

Dress by Caroline Castigliano

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Sweetheart

A strapless neckline that dips in the front, creating an outline that resembles a the top of a heart shape.

Dress by Sottero and Midgley