Wedding Dress Necklines 101

Wedding Dress Necklines 101

A prominent feature of your wedding dress, the neckline helps frame your face, give the gown structure, and add to the dress’s overall style. The neckline can completely change the look and feel of your dress, so it’s important you choose one that not only do you feel flatters you, but fits your personal style and your wedding day. Below, we’re giving a breakdown of some of the most popular necklines our brides love:

Plunging V-neck

Marlow by Alyssa Kristin



A modern take on the classic v-neck, the plunging v-neck gives the traditional look a sultry, dramatic twist with a much deeper v. Perfect for brides looking to add a bold touch to their wedding day, this gives you a daring look while still coming off as completely effortless. 


Sophia by Anna Kara



Perfect for brides who want something unique, the halter neck gives you an effortless, laid-back look that we especially love at beach weddings. High necked and sleeveless (and often open-backed, as well) this style is at once conservative and sexy. This neckline can be chic and simple, or (like this Anna Kara design) it can have added details to give it a more sultry, high-end look.

Square Neck

Rita by Anna Kara



For brides looking for a modern yet timeless look, we love the square neckline. Simple and open, this style looks amazing with every silhouette and gives you the perfect understated yet elegant feel. The square shape creates geometric structure, perfect for brides who love clean lines and bold details on a wedding dress. 


Decadence by Caroline Castigliano



A neckline that works with every bridal style, off-the-shoulder necklines add a classic bridal elegance to every design. From sleek, simple designs like this Caroline Castigliano gown to flowy, bohemian dresses, the off-the-shoulder neckline adds an ethereal touch unlike anything else, perfect for hopeless romantics. 

High Neck

Glory by Anne Barge Couture



Unlike the plunging v-neck, the high neckline creates drama by rising all the way to the base of the neck, keeping you completely covered. While this neckline may seem intimidating, we absolutely love it—the striking look gives a high-end feel unlike anything else, and makes illusion lace a bold statement. 


Edna by Badgley Mischka



A popular favorite among brides for years, the strapless neckline keeps you cool while looking extremely stylish. While most popular for weddings during warmer months, the strapless neckline works year-round, as the simple cut makes it easy to accessorize—if you’re a bride who loves statement jewelry, this neckline is perfect for you. 

Want to see some of these necklines on in person? Book an appointment with us at Madeleine’s Daughter and let our trained stylists help you find the perfect wedding dress for your big day. 

Please note: Specific styles shown in this blog are not guaranteed to be in our collection at your appointment, but we will have options with each neckline available for you to try on.