When we think about a traditional wedding dress, the first thing that comes to our mind is a white wedding dress. But why white? Because it's connected to a classic and traditional choice? We all know that white color represents purity, sincerity, happiness and tenderness. But only a couple of centuries back, white wasn't exactly the traditional choice when it comes to choosing a wedding dress.
For example, Queen Victoria's wedding. When she opted for white color, everybody was dumbfounded by her choice. Why is that? In those times, wealth was being expressed in many ways, and one of those were colors. Luxurious fabrics were colored in beautiful shades, and wealthy brides would decorate their richly colored dresses with evenly rich jewelry. So you can imagine the shock when Victoria showed up wearing only a white dress with a simple flower crown. She was the first in royal family who wore white.
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There are also legends surrounding Napoleon. There are stories saying that he blocked a part of Europe which in the end completely blocked the trade with Orient, leading to shortage of fabric colors, and making the white color a main (and only) choice for wedding dresses. White wedding dresses are the main choice among brides today, but of course, not due to the color shortage. And when it comes to classic picks, along with white color, sweetheart neckline was always a top choice with brides. But why is that?
Cleavage was always considered as the most feminine part of woman's body, and sweetheart neckline does the best job of accenting it. We have a few versions of sweetheart neckline, the deeper one, and the more subtle one. The deeper version is ideal for brides with smaller cleavage, and for those with bigger breasts, a subtler sweetheart neckline will do the job of accenting them in the best way.
Sweetheart Neckline [photo: unsplash]
White wedding dresses with a sweetheart neckline maybe are the most common choice, and that usually means that you will not look different and special. So we bring you beautiful white wedding dresses that will not only win over your groom, but your wedding guests as well.
1. Simple And Elegant Etsy Gown
Simple Wedding Dress [photo: Etsy]
Are you a fan of simplicity? This dress is just that. Handmade, made of taffet material. Design of the dress perfectly accents the cleavage and waist, which ideal for slimmer brides. Simple and clean design leaves a lot of room for combining accessories. This way you can make this dress completely your own. We also have to say that, along with a front part of the dress which is perfect, you won't be disappointed with the back either. Back also follows the minimal design as the front. You can combine the dress in two ways.
If you're having a bohemian or rustic wedding, you can decorate your dress with a rich bouquet or a flower crown, like queen Victoria did. And if you're having a traditional wedding, we suggest a low bun, pearl earrings and a lily bouquet. Clean, minimal and perfect.
2. Stunning Mermaid Wedding Dress
Mermaid Wedding Dress [photo: www.firstbridalboutique.com ]
If your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust, body-hugging mermaid wedding dresses are perfect for you. Not only it will enhance your sexy figure, but you will also look elegant and chic! And guess what?! We found the perfect one by First Bridal Boutique. With a sweetheart neckline that really sets the stage for romance on this wedding dress, and beautiful embroidered flowers that add a touch of Parisian chic, in this dress you will look like a modern princess. Not to mention the stunning tulle skirt of this fit-and-flare silhouette, with the sequin all-over it, it creates an enviable shine.
As this wedding dress is a statement for itself, you don't need any accessories. A simple bouquet with white roses will be perfect.
3. Old-Hollywood Style Wedding Dress
Elegant Wedding Dress [photo: www.maggiesottero.com]
The simplicity of this Sottero And Midgley gown is what makes it so glamorous and gorgeous, perfect for the classic bride. An illusion plunging sweetheart neckline, reminiscent of an old-Hollywood style, extends effortlessly into the voluminous ballgown skirt, creating a stunning look. And this beauty doesn't stop there, just one look at the back and you will fall in love immediately. With Swarovski crystals and beading accent on the back and on the waist, this wedding dress is pure perfection!
And we can't forget the pockets at the hips... cool, right?
4. Long Sleeves Wedding Dress
Lace Wedding Dress [photo: www.charlottebalbier.com]
Looking for a wedding dress that's perfect for a church wedding ceremony? But you don't won't to look fully covered? Than you'll love our choice. With a beautiful sweetheart neckline and a stunning open back detail, this dress proves how absolutely gorgeous full-sleeved wedding dress can be. It has the lace detailing all-over it, and the skirt continues into a modest train, creating a completely-dramatic effect.
Dress is available in ivory/ivory and pink champagne/ivory color.
Style it with elegant crown. Our recommendation is this minimal one from Etsy. It has gorgeous daisy flower details and it is entirely wire wrapped by hand, creating a triple headband for a simple yet delicate addition to your bridal hairstyle.
5. Feminine Wedding Dress
For all the minimalist lovers, this wedding dress is perfect for you! Inspired by clean geometric shapes and delicate botanical textures expressed in fine silks, this dress has everything! It's feminine, it's elegant and it embraces your feminine shape and gives your hips a smooth line. Dress is by amazing designer Naomi Neoh, and you can find it on www.naomineoh.com.
The best part of simple wedding dresses is that you can have the most gorgeous, rich veil. Adding one really gives the dress an instant update. The best example is Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex wedding dress. It was simple, but with the beautiful veil, it lead to pure perfection!
We found the perfect one on Etsy. Check it out here.
6. Vera Wang 'wow' Factor Wedding Dress
If you want to leave you guests and your groom speechless, this is the perfect dress for it. Dramatic yet romantic, this sweetheart neckline ball gown by Vera Wang, features crisscross bodice draped by hand, and the skirt made of delicate layers of tulle cascade for weightless volume. Dress is exclusively available at David's Bridal for $1 098,00.
With this dress we recommend loose hair and simple veil, let the dress do all the talking.
7. Princessly Lace Tulle Gown
Beautiful Wedding Dress [photo: Princessly]
Looking for a wedding dress perfect for thrilling? You may stop looking, because we found the perfect dress for you. Beautiful lace top, skirt made of atlas and airy tulle and a stunning train make this dress like it came out of fairy tale. You can find it on our Princessly website for only $400.
8. Strapless Wedding Dress
Strapless Wedding Dress [photo: www.freja-fashion.co.uk ]
Calling all classic brides! This beautiful strapless wedding dress with sweetheart neckline is what you've been looking for! Not only it will highlight your perfect figure, but in this dress you will feel like a royal. From the stunning top, and belt detail made in silk satin that will highlight your natural waist to the beautiful voluminous skirt with large train which bustles up for your wedding reception.
Best of all the dress can be pair up with different tops, either as 2 pieces or with top permanently attached. And it can be made also in dark ivory, cream, blush pink, champagne.
Combine this dress with this gorgeous rose bouquet complemented by accent flower and delicate foliage. It is designed by 3-times Chelsea gold medal winner Sarah Horne.
9. Stunning Wedding Dress
Beautiful Wedding Dress [photo: www.bhldn.com]
This beautiful dress reminds us of Ancient Greece with its sleeveless and a gorgeous sweetheart neckline design. It is gently gathered at waist, and buttons on the back are a really nice detail. It is made out of polyester. Waist can be additionally decorated with crystal or pearl belts making the dress more special than it is. This classic sweetheart neckline dress will look great with a long veil and a hair clip. Other accessories are really not needed.
10. Gorgeous Wedding Dress
Gorgeous Wedding Dress [photo: www.azazie.com]
How gorgeous is this dress? We were left speechless! This beautiful dress is an embodiment of tradition. It is made of rich satin, tulle and lace, and is a perfect blend of tradition and classic. Upper part is made out of beautiful lace and a sweetheart neckline greatly accents the cleavage. Shoulders are gorgeously accented by lace. This delicate lace ends in the upper part in a line, and continues with tulle. Open back is a modern detail, and the whole dress gives a sense of beautiful and lavish. We could say that it's a real princess wedding dress.
When it comes to details, you don't need to be lavish, a veil and bouquet will do just fine.
11. Dorothy Perkins’ Wedding Dress
Dorothy Perkins’ Wedding Dress [photo: www.dorothyperkins.com]
For those with smaller budget, we found a beautiful Dorothy Perkins wedding dress. Yup, you read that right, a beautiful wedding dress doesn't have to be expensive. Do you agree? This is a traditional cut, but it will fit everyone. A deep sweetheart neckline without straps is the most common choice with brides around the world. Dress is, of course, white. Upper part is made out of lace, lower of rich tulle material that give that glamorous, but at the same time traditional look. As we already said, this cut will fit everyone, and is very easy to combine with. You can basically have any accessories you want with this dress.
For the hair, both lifted and lowered will look great. You can have a veil, or you don't. It's up to you. Dress is machine washable, so you don't have to worry what you'll drink, eat or if someone will spill something on it.
12. Elegant Wedding Dress
Elegant Wedding Dress [photo: www.lulus.com ]
Not every sweetheart neckline and white wedding dress have to be traditional, right? This dress with its classic but at the same time modern cut is a perfect example. It is made out of satin, polyester and spandex. Design alone is pretty simple, with sweetheart neckline and elegant ruching details. Additional ruching delicately encircles an empire waistline. Dress is perfect of modern brides who love classics. We recommend high heel sandals, light hair waves and a classic white rose bouquet. Accessorize with modern earrings or bracelets.
13. Wedding Dress With An Open Back
Etsy Wedding Dress [photo: Etsy]
This is a dress that a princess would get married in. A high sweetheart neckline beautifully and very decently accents women's body. Dress has an open back on wide straps, and lower part is accented with a simple bow. Dress is made out of high quality material. Corset is made out of satin with sequin lace and skirt from organza. Also, skirt has five layers of Italian tulle material which contributes to the lavishness. We recommend a classic bun and a long veil. An obligatory bouquet should be made of peonies or roses.
FUN FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE WHITE WEDDING DRESSES
- The original idea of brides wearing white did not symbolize virginity or even purity, but wealth. White was a valued color, it was not only difficult to achieve but also hard to maintain. So wealthy brides, then, often wore white to demonstrate their money and culture of their families.
- As the white is considered classic wedding color, in Chinese culture it is a symbol of mourning and death. For that reason, the main color of Chinese wedding dress is bright red.
- Ever wondered why brides wear veils? The trend started in Roman times, when a massive red veil called a 'flammeum' was used to cover brides from head-to-toe to scare off evil spirits looking to ruin her big day. Scary, right?
- As the white is considered today, that was the blue color before the late 19th century. It symbolized love, modesty, fidelity and purity. And a lot of bride opted for this color for their wedding attire.