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How to Select a Sweetheart Wedding Dress

January 3, 2012 | 5 Comments

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Are you newly engaged and wondering how to select the perfect wedding dress? Today, we’re kicking off the first in our new series, The Ultimate Gown Guide, with how to select a sweetheart wedding dress! If you are wondering what is a sweetheart wedding dress, you’ve come to the right place… or, if you are already neckline-savvy and familiar with the sweetheart style, you’ll still love the inspiration we have in store. Read on about how to select a sweetheart wedding dress, find out why a sweetheart wedding dress may be the most flattering fit for you, and see an assortment of our favorite sweetheart wedding dresses!

sweetheart wedding dress

gown ouma | photo: galaxie andrews

How to Select a Sweetheart Wedding Dress

Here are a few tips to get you started:

What is a sweetheart neckline?

A sweetheart neckline, one style usually found on a strapless wedding gown, features a low cut front and is scalloped with two curves on either side that hits below the collar bone. As a visual, consider the top portion of a heart across the bodice. A sweetheart neckline on a wedding gown accentuates one’s neck, collarbone, shoulders, and bust. I adore a sweetheart neckline, which is why I selected one for my own gown a few years ago. Even though you can wear a necklace with this particular style, it is certainly not required. I think sometimes the au naturale look is best!

Is a sweetheart wedding dress right for you?

It’s true what they say; when you find the perfect gown you’ll just know. With that being said, to know if it is truly the right fit for you, you’ll need to try one on. When I tried on wedding gowns, I thought I would absolutely want a strapless gown that was straight across – no sweetheart for this girl. And, wouldn’t you know… the minute I tried one on I was in love. The end result? My wedding dress had a sweetheart neckline and now it is my favorite type of dress. You never know until you give it a try. Worst case scenario: it won’t be the right style for you but at least you’ll know… and perhaps find a style you like even better!

For inspiration, we’ve gathered together a few favorite sweetheart wedding dresses we think you’ll love…

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: ouma | photo: michael haug for Nonpareil Magazine

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: claire lafaye | photo: brandon witzel + lavenda memory

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: claire lafaye | photo: brandon witzel + lavenda memory

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: colleen mcguirk | photo: laura kate photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: ouma | photo: meaghan cook

Are all sweetheart dresses strapless?

Of course not! Here are two dresses we found that offer a little more coverage with the same sweetheart neckline you know and love.

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: th3rd palac3

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: th3rd palac3

And, we can’t forget about the bridesmaids! They’d love a sweetheart neckline, too.

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: jessica chavez photography


gown: alexandra grecco


gown: jennafer grace

Now we want to know… what do you think of a sweetheart wedding dress? Would you wear one?

Happy Planning!


-E.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/hustleyourbustle?ref=ts Katie

    Absolutely <3 all of the gowns and designers featured. Gorgeous!

  • http://www.coleenmcguirk.com Colleen

    Great grouping! Thanks for featuring one of my wedding dresses! And thanks to Laura Kate Photography~ shes a groovy lady!

  • http://www.kissdresses.co.uk weddingbride

    Very charming wedding dresses!

  • http://wedding-beauty.com Elaine

    I love the dress model from the second picture :X is absolutely beautiful


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