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Looks we love: Wedding dresses with dramatic necklines

Modern brides constantly seek innovative designs and ideas to set their look apart from the rest. Every bride wants to look different, so her bridal look is memorable and impressive. Modern bridal dress designers understand this interest in distinctive fashion choices in bridal wear. Hence, they also experiment with various styles and details to create one-of-a-kind bridal dresses that are sure to captivate.

One of the main elements dress designers use to create impact is the neckline. Take a look at this article on Wedding Ideas to understand the popular wedding dress neckline styles available. Contemporary bridal dresses offer unexpected and interesting twists to traditional necklines, making it the statement feature of bridal gowns. From illusion necklines, unique embellishments, mixed necklines in a single dress and keyhole details, there are plenty of options that will steal focus without any focus.

The right neckline will enhance your facial features, draw attention to your best assets, hide those you don’t like to highlight and also add to the beauty of your bridal gown. This feature will also add subtle drama to the bridal look. Here are some dresses from our collection that feature such dramatic necklines.

The plunging neckline is a bold choice in wedding fashion, and one that not every bride is brave enough to sport on her wedding day. In this Sophia Tolli dress Y11723 Lucille, the typical plunging V-neckline style gets a feminine update with beautiful lace appliques. Although a bold dress, lace appliques trim the sweetheart neckline and extend into the dipped neckline, all the way down. The effect is romantic and unusually attractive. While the neckline allows ample display of skin in the bust region, it is surprisingly demure.

The Sophia Tolli Y11720 Felicity has a necklace formed of lace appliques on a sheer illusion layer. This separates it from the sweetheart bodice. Although it is actually a single piece, the neckline details stand out separately from the rest of the dress. Matching embroidered lace appliques also extend along the arms into three-fourth length sleeves. This adds a special effect. With such embellishments, the bridal look is complete even without a necklace, pendants or other neck accessories. This dress design is very attractive, with beautiful layers of tulle, V-shaped back, illusion sleeves and dropped waist. Nevertheless, it is undeniably the neckline that stands out as a statement feature and steals focus.


Sparkling elements create a striking effect in the Sophia Tolli Y11714 Celestia with the halter neckline detail. Fine hand embroidery with sparkling crystal and bead accents embellish the entire neckline and extend over the fitted yoke over the inner plunging sweetheart bodice. The designs are classy, with fine details that form the statement element of this dress. Illusion details in the bodice and neckline of this dress have unique charm, and their sparkling effect beautifully complements the soft textures in the skirt. The result is a romantic wedding gown.

Enchanting illusion details within the V-neckline of this Sophia Tolli A-line wedding dress add unique charm to the overall dress. The entire dress has ruchings that add beautiful texture. However, the illusion details in the center of the bodice spread out between the V-shaped plunging neckline and create a mesmerizing effect. The illusion appliques have sparkling floral swirls with stunning details below the bust and at the waistline, for added effect. Similar illusion motifs also punctuate the back, adding the perfect finishing touches to this gorgeous dress.

Definitely a choice for the bold bride, the Mori Lee 6870 Malin has a distinct plunging V-shaped neckline that extends all the way down to the natural waistline. It has a barely visible sheer panel holding the shape in the center. The bodice is trimmed piping along the edges, while the entire length features peek-a-boo floral lace appliques that extend to the natural waistline. Sultry and sexy, this dress stands out because of its vivid neckline and details in the bodice, while the soft satin skirt is traditional fare with no extra embellishments.


The off-the-shoulder neckline is a bridal fashion trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. This neckline is undeniably feminine and perfect for women who wish to show off their slender neck and beautiful collar bones. This is the defining feature of the pristine and posh Marquesa 8179 gown from the Mori Lee collection. The entire dress is finished in a stunning satin finish that is elegant and powerful. The beauty of the A-line skirt is significantly enhanced by the off-the-shoulder scoop neckline, and it has a charming bridal look. The dress also features a removable diamante beaded belt, that adds a touch of sparkle to the coolness and unblemished stark white dress.

All-over satin floral lace appliques create a whimsical effect in the entire length of this Sans Pareil bridal gown. However, the high bateau neckline with scalloped edges has a unique head to toe effect. Since the appliques spread out into the sleeves as well, the dress is a reflection of textural finesse. The illusion effect of the lace appliques against the inner inner strapless bodice is exquisite. This is a dress that is dramatic by itself, and doesn’t require any accessories to complete its beauty.


Observe how strategically placed embroidered lace appliques create a beautiful bodice with exquisite plunging V-neckline feature in this Sans Pareil 1061 A-line dress. The entire yoke has a sheer layer, that is barely visible, but supports the bust and holds the detailed embellishments in place. The lace along the bodice extends into thin straps and the almost translucent sheen of the appliques contrasts with the billowing layers of tulle in the skirt. The waistline definition with a satin sash further enhances the figure, and draws attention to a slender waist. This dress is equally interesting from the back, with lace appliques framing the yoke, and a fabric button train extending along the center.

Soft lace silhouettes embellish the entire length of this fit and flare Sans Pareil 1059 wedding dress. Nevertheless, the illusion effect that is created in the bateau neckline over sweetheart bodice has unique visual appeal. The neck region highlights details of the contemporary lace flowers. The high bateau neckline and cap sleeves draw attention to this area. With a thicker texture for the lace, the effect is modest and reveals no skin. Nevertheless it is very feminine and romantic. A well-toned structure is displayed to perfection with this silhouette, and the rhinestone embellished belt adds to the overall effect.

Here is another dress with a beautiful off-the-shoulder neckline, this time from the Sans Pareil collection. Elaborate floral lace details embellish the entire bodice all the way up to the waistline, where a hint of skin is revealed. The bodice is supported by a sheer yoke that extends into a barely visible scoop neckline. However, the dress looks like it sports just an off-the-shoulder neckline formed of lace, and scattered floral motifs spread over the length of the arms. The three-dimensional lace is striking and beautiful.


Gentle ruffles along the scoop neckline of this Sans Pareil modified A-line gown add extraordinary charm to it. It forms the perfect combination with sparkling crystal embellished details along the cap sleeves of the gown. The shimmering details in the sleeves matches the intricate crystal details adorning the chevron waistband beautifully. The gentle touch of texture along the neckline is the only discerning feature of this otherwise simple gown. However, this feature alone elevates the impact of the gown, making it a work of art.

Illusion lace appliques form a divine single shoulder strap detail in this sexy wedding dress from the Sans Pareil collection. The entire dress, including the yoke has a single sheer layer. Additionally, the strategic placement of the hand-embroidered lace appliques creates a unique neckline style. A thin layer of sheer also forms a high scoop neckline. The lace appliques along one shoulder extend into a thin strand in the back. This completes the effect with perfection. Although the bodice details are ultra-feminine, the dress is a bold choice with a mostly-sheer skirt and see-through effect.

An exotic floral lace band extends across the neckline of this Sans Pareil dress with A-line skirt and see-through bodice. With a lace necklace, this layer of lace stays in place by the sheer panel that covers the yoke. The same design continues in the sweetheart bodice, with a cohesive effect. With the width of the lace neckline extending beyond that of the bodice, the dress is elegant and graceful. The peek-a-boo effect in the waistline adds extra drama. Equally beautiful is the dainty corset detail in the back, with the same lace motifs on either side of it.

Regally bewitching, this Sans Pareil dress is gorgeous with its off-the-shoulder neckline. It also has slim three-fourth illusion sleeves and ruffled fit and flare skirt. It combines many fashion elements at once, and is both elegant and captivating. The sheer lace motifs along the neckline and sleeves have dainty scalloped edges, while the detailed motifs add beautiful texture to the dress. The strapless satin bodice opens out into a ruffled skirt. It is simply amazing with gently gathered pleats that flow into a majestic court train at the rear.

From the Jasmine collection is this stunning sheath wedding dress with a softly scalloped lace embellished V-neckline that continues into cap sleeves over an inner sweetheart bodice. The entire dress has the same lace all over. However, the neckline has impressive allure since it is completed in illusion finish. With its overlapping lace motifs that create a three dimensional effect, the fine and intricate work on it is bewitching. The sheer layer that supports the neckline also has a slender strand along the center. It adds a hint of sparkle to the neckline.


The fine draped finish of this dress elevates a regular sweetheart neckline to glory in this beautiful Jasmine wedding gown. Scintillating supporting straps further accentuate the effect of the bodice, while adding just enough sparkle to create a bridal effect. The draped effect that begins in the sweetheart neckline of the dress. This continues down into a dropped waist that gathers at one side. A sparkling crystal embellished design defines the culminating point of the draped layers in the skirt of this dress. With a silky satin finish and charming details, this is a dress that looks luxurious and elegant.

Now tell us, which of these wedding dress necklines appeals most to you? Or is there are different style that we missed? Please let us know in the comments below.

Of the different design features of a wedding dress, the neckline is one that can make or break your look. In fact, I would even say that it is the next most important factor after the wedding dress silhouette. Make your wedding dress neckline choice according to how good your neckline area looks. Also look at how well it suits your facial features.

Fortunately, there are options to change modern dress necklines to match your expectations. A talented seamstress will have the tools and ideas to make this work for you. So, don’t dismiss a wedding dress if the neckline alone doesn’t appeal to you. Check with your bridal consultant to see what customization options are possible to make it right for your vision.

To take a closer look at any of the dresses featured here, and also to find more inspiration for your unique bridal look, visit the Best for Bride website. Check out our online bridal collection gallery. This will allow you to shortlist your favorites from there, before you head out for wedding shopping.

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Wedding dress styles for bold and daring brides

Lee Bigtree, Fashion director at Oleg Cassini in her interview with The Knot comments, “ In our current society and culture, pretty much anything goes. If it makes you look and feel your very best, and it’s what you want to say, and you can pull it off, it can work.”

I absolutely agree with her, as we’ve recently been seeing this trend at Best for Bride. It is common for us to have brides ask for the most unusual and unexpected wedding dress styles. The modern woman wants to be unique and special on her wedding day, even while she looks and feels important.

Wedding designers recognize this need of the modern-day bride. So, it is only natural that they have come up with impressively bold and daring collections that cater to this requirement. These powerful dresses undoubtedly appeal to self-assured and confident women who want their strong personality show in their wedding trousseau. We feature many such dresses in our vast inventory of wedding dress collections.

I expect you will find enough inspiration here to plan your bridal look. Let me show you some of the popular bold and daring wedding dresses we carry. And don’t forget to let us know which of these is your favorite in the comments section below.

Wedding dress with colored bodice

There is something remarkably intriguing about a white wedding dress with a colored bodice. Despite the look being mainly white, a simple addition of color will drastically alter the overall effect. Whether the bodice has a muted color or a bright one, there is a definite injection of personality into the bridal look. I think this is an attractive new way to incorporate the colors of your wedding theme into the bridal look. Here is a dress from the Sans Pareil collection that features this effect.

This is the Sans Pareil Dress 935 that features a blush bodice with silver and bead embroidery in the sweetheart bodice. It has a heavily layered ball gown skirt, and features an abundance of textures that with a bodice that beautifully complements it. A definite choice for the bride who wants a non-traditional look without making it too extreme.

Wedding dress with deep-dip neckline

Confidence is the middle name of the modern bride, and what better way to show it off than with a dress with a daring neckline detail. Low-cut V-necklines with or without modesty panels on them have been on the scene for a long time now. However, this choice isn’t for the faint at heart, as not all brides want to invite scandal on their wedding day. Nevertheless, there are brides who can carry it off with style and are long remembered for the sexy-and-stunning bridal day look. This ravishing beauty from the Sophia Tolli collection is a perfect example.

The Y21667 Lucia from the Mon Cheri designer collection has a pleated bodice that extends into shoulder straps and frames a deep and wide V-neckline in the center. Illusion details in crystal and bead embroidery embellish the V-neckline all the way from the collar bones to the waist. Although these details add coverage to the entire area, there is no denying the fact that the exposed neckline is mysterious and creates intrigue. The signature neckline detail makes the pleated chiffon dress truly unique. To take a closer look at this dress, visit this link to our website.

Wedding dresses with sheer midriff

Brides do not usually hesitate to try on or choose dresses with strapless necklines, despite the fact that they expose greater part of the shoulders and neckline. Nevertheless, the trend of showing off the midriff is a newer one and less common. After all, it is not something that everyone can carry off. New designer wear collections however, explore the potential of this look. There are a number of designs with lace and sheer bodices that conceal the bust but leave the midriff to view. Take a look at these beauties from the Sans Pareil collection.

This dress features splendid re-embroidered lace appliques that extend all over the sheer bodice. The lace motifs form a necklace detail at the neckline and extend in a sweetheart bodice fashion up to the waistline. You can notice that there are panels that cover only the bust area beneath it. This evidently draws attention to the sheer midriff area which also has an embellished waistband around it.

Here is another dress from the Sans Pareil collection with similar features.

This Sans Pareil 924 has cap sleeves and a sheer bodice formed out of stunning lace appliques. The bust area has solid fabric cups concealing it. However, the rest of the bodice doesn’t have an underlay layer for the lace. Thus it reveals the midriff area, making this a bold design. With a fit and flare skirt as well, the dress highlights the natural body shape of the bride.

Barely-there bodice with 3-D motifs as embellishments

Taking the sheer bodice effect as step further are wedding dresses with barely-visible bodices. The bodice is usually made with sheer fabric. These dresses often feature beautiful but delicate details in the bodice. The most attractive factor about them is their wispy, barely-there effect. Certainly not suitable for traditional weddings and those held in a house of worship, these dresses are nonetheless arresting and unique in their own right. Here is a sample.

This dress is again from the Sans Pareil collection. Almost fully see-through floral lace in dainty wisps covers the entire bodice of this wedding dress. While solid cups conceal the bust area, the rest of the upper torso is fully exhibited in this bold design. The dress also features a beautiful pink embellished waistband and a gently pleated skirt. It has a striking overall effect. The unusual top balances out the simple details in the skirt. The exquisite bodice design stretches into shoulder straps over a corset in the back.

Full-open back detail

Many a modern bride has the confidence to carry off daring wedding dresses with intriguing features not only in the front, but also in the rear. The safer option is to choose an illusion or sheer neckline. However, nothing compares with the attractive style of a back that opens all the way up to the waistline. It is a perfect dress feature for a bride who wants a wedding dress with a touch of glamour. This Alfred Angelo gown will show you what we mean!

This breathtaking dress is the Alfred Angelo 2547, that features all-over lace and cap sleeves. The fit and flare gown however, has its signature element in the full-open back detail that reveals the well-toned back of the beautiful bride in it. The shoulder straps have lace embellishments. This lace continues along the edges of the back, and frames an almost V-like shape. It adds a touch of elegance to the open-neck design in this part of the dress.

Non-white wedding dress

When we think of a bride, the image that comes to mind is of a lady in a ravishing gown in white. Today’s brides however step away from convention without a qualm, when they embrace colors in their wedding day ensemble. From colored bodices and all-over colored dresses to bridal gowns with colorful prints, embellishments and embroidery, we’ve seen it all. Here are two of our favorites. They are bound to make a statement on your special day.

This flattering feminine pink gown from the Sans Pareil collection is both elegant and enchanting. Shimmering strands of crystal embellishments add shine and sparkle to the entire length of the gown. The fit and flare gown features a dainty sheer neckline and T-shirt sleeves over a deep-cut sweetheart bodice. The deviation from traditional pink is what first captures our eye. However, the soft muted color is both classic and romantic. I think this dress is a spectacular masterpiece that is perfect for a bride.

Princess-like and perfect for the bridal look, here is another muted pink wedding dress from the Sans Pareil collection. And, this is one that is sure to turn heads. The tiered skirt detail adds a special effect to the already elaborate design. Signature lace details in the tier balance out the beautiful lace motifs along the neckline and sleeves of the gown. It has a fitted bodice and a beautiful sheer neckline. Overall, this romantic wedding dress is simply stunning and the perfect choice for the bold bride.

Extravagant ball gown

The ball gown is the traditional wedding dress silhouette. However, it doesn’t really have many takers these days. Often described as meringue-like, many brides feel it is too over-the-top for their liking. The adventurous bride however finds this an interesting dress style to make a statement on her wedding day. With additional features like ruffles, tassels and lace, the elaborate ball gown can look striking and attractive. Here is a dress from the Mori Lee collection that does just this.

The Mori lee 2815 is a dramatic wedding gown in a ball gown silhouette. It has thick and tiered ruffles adding to the overall impact . Frothy waves cascade from the waistline all the way down to full-length, and create a big impression. A stunning embellished bodice with a flourish of crystal embellished details adds further impact to the beautiful design. Although heavy and elaborate, no bride has to worry about being overlooked in a dress with these details.

Caped beauties

Accessories are a must-have for every bride. We have seen brides experiment with various options, from belts and sashes to veils and jewelry. Capes are a recent entry on the scene. These continue to be the accessory-of-choice for the bride who wants a unique look on her special day. This is an accessory that flows down from the shoulders to floor length. The cape magically transforms any dress. Take a look at this dress from the Disney collection.

The snow princess from the movie Frozen is the inspiration behind this dress, the 259 Elsa. The signature icon in this dress is it’s cape attachment. This quickly changes the effect of the dress from good to stunning! The cape attaches to the off-the-shoulder neckline and flutters to full-length. It eliminates the need for a veil, the traditional accessory of choice. Yet, it yields an impact that beats a veil any day. The scattering of golden sparkle along the bodice culminates in an embellished waistband that separates both halves.

Bridal pant suits

The final, but most unconventional bridal dress is the bridal pant suit. This is often chosen by brides who aren’t comfortable in dresses. It is also the choice of dress for mature brides. It is also often spotted at lesbian weddings. Bridal pant suits aren’t technically dresses. Even so, it is a fresh alternative that is just as impressive as a regular wedding dress. Designer wedding bridal suits come in all shapes and sizes. They can be well-tailored, fitted designs or even loose bridal jumpsuits. Accessories like veils and bouquets pair well with this wedding dress style, and often complete the bridal trousseau in style.

The Alfred Angelo 2516 is a bridal pant suit that never fails to impress. The loosely flared divided skirt resembles a dress, with pleated details and a wide hemline. However, it is convenient and comfortable. It is definitely an unexpected take on a bridal pant suit. The dress also features a textured halter-neck bodice that makes it an amazing choice for a casual-theme wedding or a destination event.

All the dresses featured here belong to the bridal dress collection at Best for Bride. Find all of them and many more at our bridal dress inventory here. Now tell us which of these do you think is the best for your wedding day? Or do you think they are all too unconventional for your taste? Let us know your thoughts and comments!


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Ideas for an entirely unique bridal look

Have you ever wondered why even the most bold women choose to dress conservatively on their wedding day? If you take a look at the wedding pictures of your friends, it is likely that you will find them to be similar and safe. Weddings are the occasion when nobody wants to take a risk.

Why don’t you do something different and surprise everyone, for a change? It doesn’t take too much to make a statement, and here are some ideas to make sure your wedding look is unique and memorable.

Colored gowns

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For those of you who are really bold enough to defy tradition, choose a colored gown. Or if you aren’t fond of white, don’t settle for it on your wedding day. You will find stunning wedding gowns in every color of the rainbow, so pick the color that suits your skin tone the best. If you do not want to go all the way with color, how about choosing a white gown with a colorful print on it instead? There are plenty of white gowns with contrasting black details, but you can also find ones with embellishments in different colors.

Unique hair accessories

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Pep up your bridal ensemble with one or two oversize accessories. The obvious choice is to use a large, but beautiful hairpiece or you could switch it for a large flower or a floral headband. Other options include chunky necklaces and colorful waistbands.

Two-piece wedding dresses

Replace the traditional long flowing wedding gown with a two-piece ensemble. My Lady Designs bridal collection, for example, allows you to mix and match any skirt with any bodice from the collection to create your own unique dress.

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For the bride who wants something really different, you can even switch out the wedding gown for a pant suit instead. With this choice, your guests will always remember you unconventional, not to mention unusual look.

A hat and a veil

Replace the traditional tiara or headpiece with a hat over your veil. Wondering how you will turn out in it? You will undoubtedly be a picture-perfect bride. Perfect for an outdoor garden wedding, consider this option if your wedding style is casual or semi-formal.

Unconventional shoes


How about stepping out of those uncomfortable heels and wearing a pair of comfy sneakers to your wedding? Or pair your wedding dress with a stunning pair of knee high boots. It is up to you to choose whether you would like to show off your shoes or keep them hidden under your wedding dress and keep your guests guessing what it is that you’ve chosen to wear.

A shorter hemline

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The traditional wedding gown is long and white. But, you can always step up the drama by choosing a shorter hemline. The length of your dress can range from knee length to ankle length, and you can even pair it with a colorful underskirt for a vintage look. An asymmetrical hemline like you see in this Mori Lee gown would render you the epitome of style. With a shorter wedding dress, you can be certain of one thing—it will be practical, stylish and unique.

Which of these fashion-forward bridal dress ideas would you consider for a unique wedding day look? To take a closer look at these fantastic wedding dresses featured here or for more wedding tips and advice, visit us on Best for Bride.

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Breaking wedding traditions: Say Yes to colorful Wedding dresses

When we think of a wedding dress, isn’t it a long flowing white gown that pops into mind?

White wedding dresses have been popular for more than a century now, that it is impossible to imagine a bride in anything but white. While the length, style and design of the gown may vary, white is invariably the first color choice in wedding dresses.

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But, what if you are a rebel bride who doesn’t care for fashion rules? Or what if you feel that it would be nice to surprise everyone by not wearing white to your wedding? Or it could simply be that you want to dress for your big day in your favorite color, which isn’t white?

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We say, go ahead! You will certainly not be the first bride to sport a colored wedding gown. Do it right, and you can even be the prettiest bride your guests have set eyes upon. Here is why we love colored wedding dresses, and why you should try it too.

You can wear a color that matches your personality

We identify with certain colors because they are a reflection of our personality. Whether your passionate nature is defined by fiery red or your level-headed approach to life is characterized by cool blue, you can show off your true persona by choosing a colored wedding gown. While white is beautiful and has an endearing charm to it, it may not be a true expression of who you are. So, be bold and try out a colored wedding dress. Who knows, you may love it more than you expected.

Make your wedding more memorable

Just when everyone was expecting you to walk down the aisle in a pretty white wedding gown, you appear in a different color. Watch your wedding guests look amazed already. If there is one way to make sure your wedding is remembered, it is by choosing a unique wedding dress. It will be anything but common.

Colorful wedding dresses can be classic

You do not have to compromise on missing details on your wedding dress, just because you choose a colored one. There are many designer collections that focus on colorful wedding dresses, and you can find one in the silhouette that you desire without much ado. Just like with a regular wedding dress, you can also customize your colored wedding dress to meet your expectations.

This unconventional choice tells the world who you are

While many women try to stand out from the crowd, it isn’t unusual to find them going by tradition where their weddings are concerned. A bride who is confident of herself and is bold enough to proclaim that she is different, will be comfortable in a colorful wedding dress. If you are certain of yourself, and love a colored dress, don’t hesitate to choose it because it isn’t white. Go ahead and add a dose of drama to your wedding.

So, do you think a colorful wedding dress is for you, or do you dread the very idea?

Whether you want a bold and colorful wedding dress, or prefer a traditional white one, find your choice at Best for Bride.