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Selecting your wedding dress is one of those to-do list items many brides dream about forever. And while trying on gorgeous gowns and spinning in front of a mirror is fun and all, when it comes time to actually shop for — and then select — a dress for your wedding, you might feel kinda stuck. That’s why it helps to have an idea of a few different styles you’re interested in before heading to the boutique. Whether you’re envisioning a trendy celebration or a classically romantic ceremony, there’s one type of wedding gown element that continues to stand out: the sweetheart neckline.
What is a Sweetheart Neckline?
The sweetheart neckline gets its name for resembling the curves at the top of a heart, and accentuates the décolletage while giving you a longer and leaner appearance. The romantic neckline is extremely flattering and a classic choice for brides.
Luckily, sweetheart necklines come in a variety of silhouettes, so whether you’re looking for a sleek sheath dress or a full, dramatic ballgown, you’ll be able to find a style with this elegant shape.
To help you jumpstart your search, we've rounded up 21 of our favorite sweetheart neckline wedding dresses you'll want to consider — or pull some inspo from — for your upcoming “I dos.”
For the Sexy Bride: For Love & Lemons X REVOLVE Bustier Gown
If you want a look that’s dripping in drama and style, For Love & Lemon’s Bustier Gown sizzles from every angle. Whether you wear it at your ceremony, reception, bachelorette party, or after-party, the asymmetrical tulle hem, and sheer bodice will keep the heads turning.
Best Mermaid Style: David's Bridal Collection Ruffled Organza Plus Size Mermaid Wedding Dress
Classic mermaids that you can accessorize however you’d like aren’t always the easiest to come by, but that’s why we adore this David’s Bridal favorite. Coming in a wide range of sizes, this sleek organza gown sweeps into a ruffled skirt that’s easy to embellish with your own style.
For a Summer Wedding: Tobi ADELYN STRAPLESS MAXI DRESS IN WHITE
Summer weddings call for lighter fabric and shorter trains, which is why Tobi’s strapless Adelyn is ideal for beating the heat. The sweetheart neckline, flared silhouette, and light lace makes it perfect for warmer venues or tropical locations.
Best Budget Art Deco: Lulus You Belong With Me White and Nude Lace Strapless Maxi Dress
While ‘20s style dresses are always crowd-pleasers, they’re not always the easiest on the bank. That’s why Lulus You Belong With Me gown — which boasts intricate threading and a darted bodice — is a fashionable favorite no matter your budget.
Chicest: ASOS EDITION Scarlet Embellished Lace Corset Wedding Dress With Satin Skirt
Fierce meets flirty in the embellished ASOS gown that combines playful lace and sleek satin for an elegant and on-trend look. Show off your shoes with the thigh-high slit and pair with a cathedral veil for some extra pizzaz.
For the Sophisticated Bride: Pnina Tornai Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Mermaid Wedding Dress
Effortlessly chic and oh-so-sultry, this Pnina Tornai’s gown is a shining, satin vision. The strapless, sweetheart neckline and crystal embroidered belt are further accentuated by the curve-hugging silhouette and dramatic, sweeping train.
For the Reception: Lulus All My Love For You White Lace Sleeveless Midi Dress
Whether you want to rock a midi for your ceremony or dream of changing into something shorter for your reception, Lulu’s lace All My Love For You gown has you covered. The romantic, crocheted trimmed dress is complete with a beige knit lining that’ll keep you feeling cool-yet-covered as the night goes on.
For a Winter Wedding: Adrianna Platinum Allover Lace Long Sleeve Slim Wedding Gown In Ivory Ivory
Cool weather means plenty of opportunities to wear long sleeves without getting overheated, which is why we’re enamored by this illusion lace gown from Adrianna Papell. The lace sleeves and high neck are expertly balanced by the sweetheart neckline and curve-hugging silhouette.
What seasons do sweetheart dresses work best in?
Since sweetheart necklines can be paired with most sleeve and silhouette styles, it looks great in all seasons, climates, venues, and themes.
Will a sweetheart neckline look good on me?
Sweetheart necklines look amazing on most people since it accentuates curves without overemphasizing them too much, and balances out the hips.
How should I style my sweetheart neckline wedding dress?
Since sweetheart necklines showcase a lot of your decolletage, this is a great choice if you want to “wow” with your accessories. Just be mindful of how embellished your gown is, since the flashier the dress, the more subtle you’ll probably want your accessories to be.