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From strapless to bateau to Queen Anne to cowl, there are so many wedding gown 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. Here are the most widely-seen necklines with photo examples.

v neck wedding dresses anne barge

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

Gown by Anne Barge

square neckline wedding dress

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

Gown by Peter Langner

bhldn high neck wedding dress

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High Neck

A neckline that's similar in appearance to a turtleneck.

Gown by BHLDN

ines di santo wedding dress bateau

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Also known as a boatneck, this neckline features a wider opening at the neck.

Gown by Ines Di Santo


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

Gown by David's Bridal

one shoulder mira zwillinger wedding dress

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

Gown by Mira Zwillinger

eve of milady off the shoulder wedding dress

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

Gown by Eve of Milady

allure bridals strapless wedding dress

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

Gown by Allure Bridals

spaghetti straps wedding dress watters

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Spaghetti Straps

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

Gown by Watters

reem acra cowl neckline wedding dress

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Pippa Middleton's Royal Wedding gown is a prime example of the cowl neckline, which features loose-fitting draping in the front.

Gown by Reem Acra

scoop neckline wedding dress randy fenoli

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

Gown by Randy Fenoli

queen anne wedding dress neckline monique lhuillier

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Queen Anne

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

Gown by Monique Lhuillier

halter wedding dress theia

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A halter usually ties around the neck in some form. Those with fantastic shoulders might want to consider a halter neckline.

Gown by Theia

sachin and babi jewel neck wedding gown

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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.

Gown by Sachin & Babi


sweetheart wedding dress hayley paige

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

Gown by Blush by Hayley Paige