There's a reason sweetheart neckline wedding dresses are so popular: it's a cut that suits everyone.
Whether you want to flatter your cleavage or create the illusion of curves, it's the neckline to know about. The sweetheart neckline is, as the name suggests, shaped like the top of a heart. This style is often seen in fishtail or mermaid gowns. However, you'll find sweetheart neckline wedding dresses come in all different cuts, from dramatic ballgowns to A-line. They're also just as pretty with sleeves as they are strapless.
And while the sweetheart neckline is a classic bridal look, you'll find it on some contemporary-cool, fashion-inspired wedding dresses, too.
Get inspired with our edit of the best flatter-everyone sweetheart neckline wedding dresses.
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Strapless is a popular way to wear a sweetheart neckline and it’s easy to see why this style of dress is loved by brides. Not only does the neckline leave room to accessorise, it also flatters the bust to perfection and suits pretty much any dress shape.
1. Style 11061 - Justin Alexander
The classic sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt are given a contemporary makeover in this chic dress, thanks to the clean lines of the Mikado fabric and that sexy front slit. The box pleats add volume to the skirt while keeping the silhouette feeling fresh.
2. Wild Volant Column Dress - Viktor & Rolf Mariage
Viktor & Rolf elevate the sweetheart neckline to catwalk status, creating an oversized, sculptural shape for this column dress. There's a hint of fishtail to the skirt, and bows at the front and back create drama. A real original.
3. Daytime Dress - Pronovias
The name may be Daytime, but we reckon this Pronovias fishtail would work wonderfully well in the evening, too, thanks to that intricate, dazzling bodice with sweetheart neckline.
4. Philip Dress - Halfpenny London
Ideal for a minimalist bride, Halfpenny London's Philip dress is sleek and fluid, with a form-skimming silhouette and a beautifully cut sweetheart neckline.
5. Chloe Bodice - Elbeth Gillis
Elbeth Gillis's bridal separates allow your to build the right wedding look to suit your style. The sweetheart-neckline Chloe bodice is seen here with the Harper skirt, but you match it with another skirt in the collection for a different effect, whether you want volume or sleekness.
6. Laura Strapless Gown - Alex Perry at Net-a-Porter
Alex Perry's Laura gown is a real bridal classic, with a curve-enhancing sweetheart neckline, a perfectly shaped bodice and a skirt that skims the figure.
7. Style C598 - Allure Bridals
This Allure Bridals mermaid dress would be the basis of such a glamorous bridal look. Whether you add drama with beautiful jewellery and a red lip, or keep your accessories to a minimum, the stunning silhouette is made to wow.
8. Bustier Draped Maxi Dress - Shona Joy at Revolve
This glamorous draped gown comes in a range of colours, so you could always add a little colour to your bridal look with the pinkish Ballet version. (The colour shown here is Nude.) Whatever you choose, we love that curved neckline - wired for support - and elegant draping.
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9. Jess Dress - Alan Hannah
Alan Hannah designs are so romantic, like this silk Jess dress. It's a modern fairytale, with a princess silhouette that's kept fresh by the oversized bow detail.
10. Freya Dress - £POA, Alexandra Grecco
Who says you have to go long with your bridal look? This Alexandra Grecco mini feels so polished, crafted from metallic fil coupé fabric that has a delicate texture and a subtle shimmer. The front buttons are the perfect finishing touches.
11. Janessa – Blue by Enzoani
An illusion neckline allows a sweetheart bodice to peep through, yet the addition of extra embellishment and detailing takes things up a notch.
12. Belloy dress - St Patrick
Like the shape but want to feel a bit more covered-up than a sweetheart neckline allows? St Patrick's Belloy could be the answer. Technically, the neck finishes at collarbone level, with the sheer rose-embroidered lace leading into a pretty sweetheart neckline below, for subtle sexiness.
13. Style 253 - Jesus Peiro
An overlay can transform a sweetheart neckline, as this Jesus Peiro dress shows. The strapless bodice is just visible through the dotted lace, long-sleeve top - such a sophisticated look.
14. Amalia Dress - Jenny Packham
Illusion lace covers this satin Jenny Packham dress from cleavage to collarbones, making it an ideal compromise between sleeved and strapless. The embroidery on the bodice provides just the right amount of sparkle.
15. Natania Gown - Catherine Deane
The sweetheart neckline of this enchanting Catherine Deane wedding dress is covered in intricate lace, for a refined look. The striking ladder trim at the waist is picked up in the skirt, which makes the whole thing feel perfectly cohesive.
16. Open Back Bridal Lace Dress - Ivy & Oak
Ivy & Oak is all about simple designs that stand the test of time, like this wonderfully romantic dress. A sweetheart neckline is just about visible under a swathe of delicate lace, giving the look a pretty but pared-back allure.
Sleeves and Straps
If you feel like you can’t quite brave a strapless dress, then a sweetheart neckline with sleeves and straps is an easy way to still wear the look. From subtle spaghetti straps to pretty cap sleeves, the humble sweetheart neckline suits them all.
17. Bessy Dress - House of Mooshki
The combination of a guipure lace bodice with a mikado silk skirt in this Bessy dress is just heavenly. Wear with one of House of Mooshki's petticoats for extra va va voom.
18. Alcudia Dress - St Patrick
This mermaid wedding dress is just so pretty, with just the right amount of embellishment on the chiffon skirt and tulle-lace body, and a curve-flattering silhouette.
19. Eliza Lace Dress - French Connection
This French Connection wedding dress looks considerably more expensive than the price tag. Those straps go perfectly with the subtle sweetheart shape of the neckline.
20. Alistaire Lynette Dress - Maggie Sottero
The sparkling bodice of this Maggie Sottero dress is utterly bewitching. Even the spaghetti straps are beaded, for extra prettiness.
21. Aretha Dress - Galia Lahav
The sweetheart neckline of this Galia Lahav gown is given extra interest by the tailored, collar-style folds. We love the overall silver shimmer, with lilac undertones.
22. Emmy Belted Dress - L.K.Bennett
L.K. Bennett's cream Emmy dress has a demure, 1940s-inspired sweetheart neckline, a figure-skimming bodice and a flared skirt - a vintage-lovers' dream.
23. Puff Sleeve Midi Dress - Self-Portrait
This Self-Portrait midi puts a cool-girl twist on the sweetheart neckline, adding an asymmetric strap and contemporary puffed sleeves.
24. Aspen Dress - Stephanie Allin
The Aspen dress is a fine example of a plunging sweetheart neckline, with on-trend 3D floral details adorning the bodice and off-the-shoulder sleeves.
25. Antonella Dress - Morilee
Morilee's Antonella is a classic sweetheart-neck A-line, with beaded appliqués for a romantic finish. The full bishop sleeves are detachable, so you can change your bridal look from day to night.
26. Treville Bridal Gown - Galvan London
This boho-luxe dress is a fashion take on the sweetheart neckline wedding dress, with that gorgeous off-the-shoulder frill. It's made to order from opulent silk-lined lace.
27. Crepe Jumpsuit - Lavish Alice at Selfridges
For jumpsuit-loving brides, this Lavish Alice strapless all-in-one is easy-chic at an affordable price point. What's more, you can easily wear it again post-wedding for a sophisticated night out.
28. Poppy Dress - Grace Loves Lace
The eyelash trim on the sweetheart neckline of Grace Loves Lace's Poppy dress is just so pretty. The bodice is shaped but with no corsetry, making it easy to wear, and the gown comes with two straps and two armbands, so you can switch up your look.
29. Hollyhock Dress - Reformation
This Reformation dress showcases the sweetheart neckline at its sultry best. We love how the fitted bodice moves into a fluid skirt.
30. Ellen Cloqué Jumpsuit - Emilia Wickstead at Net-a-Porter
Have we found the perfect wedding jumpsuit? The silhouette of Emilia Wickstead's all-in-one is incredibly flattering: a fitted bodice with sweetheart neckline leading into a sophisticated wide leg.
31. Macie - Sophia Tolli
Ballgown meets boho in this floral lace and tulle dress, with sequinned appliqués to catch the light. The sweetheart neckline pairs perfectly with the off-the-shoulder straps.
If you’re going to be wearing a sweetheart wedding dress in the colder months, make sure you keep the chill away by pairing it with one of the beautiful bridal cover ups in our guide.