Choosing the perfect wedding dress is usually one of the first things on your mind when that ring is put on your finger. Finding the layers of silk and lace that make you feel like a princess – or simply like the most beautiful, sexy version of you that you can be. But this is easier said than done with all the choices out there! Even if you have a firm idea in your head, when you finally try it on it might not look right, sending you back to the drawing board. At Riki Dalal, we understand that every bride is unique, and specialise in helping you find the dress that makes you feel special and will bring tears to your groom’s eyes. To start with, let’s go through some of the different types and styles of wedding dress out there.

Most wedding dresses can be split into 2 elements – the bodice, in which the most prominent feature is the neckline, and the skirt. There are thousands of styles for each, and hundreds of ways you can combine them to find that perfect dress. If you’re a bit baffled by all the variety, don’t worry, our handy guide will tell you everything you need to do. In this post, we’re going to focus on the necklines, and next time we will look at all the different skirt shapes out there.


The strapless neckline encompasses a few different styles of neckline and is a hugely popular choice for brides right now. With no straps attached anywhere, a strapless dress should sit snugly across the bust and under the arms with a secure fastening at the back. A very modern look, the strapless dress is great for accentuating a long neck and provides an opportunity to show off some beautiful statement jewellery.


The halter neck dress is considered one of the more unusual choices at the moment – with most brides opting for strapless or high necklines. This style has a high neck and deep arm holes, with straps that meet behind the neck to show off the shoulders. This is a very flattering style for most brides and helps avoid the ‘underarm pouch’ that some ill-fitting strapless dresses can give you.


The sweetheart neckline has proved a timeless and adored style for brides across the globe thanks to its feminine and romantic look. A sweetheart neckline forms a natural heart shape across your bust, with a slight dip in the middle to show a hint of cleavage. It works well with bigger busted brides, as the curves add softness and balance.


A square neck dress has an angular neckline shape that is created by 2 straps and a straight line over the bust, with no cross over. They are low cut without being too revealing, and work wonders for round faced or hipped brides who want to give their body more balance, as this neckline tends to broaden the shoulders. A square neckline can look very formal and is often a traditional choice, particularly when paired with long gloves.


High necklines are pretty much what they say on the tin – dresses with a neckline that usually comes up to the throat. This is either achieved with lace for a more elegant feel or with the same silk as the bodice for a very chaste look. These dresses are popular with smaller busted brides and look beautiful with a fishtail skirt.


V neckline dresses are another unusual choice for brides at the moment, but absolutely stunning none the less. The V Neckline is formed by two diagonal lines from the shoulder that meet on the chest, with the plunging ‘V’ shape exposing the neck and, depending on the design, showing a hint of cleavage. This style is great for brides who want to minimise their bust while giving the impression of height in the neck, evening out the bodice length.


Combination necklines are something more unique, and often designed to suit the desires of a particular bride. More often than not, a combination neckline dress involves a strapless sweetheart or straight neckline as a base, but with a sheer fabric added in behind to create a high neckline as well. This creates a layered effect particularly popular with brides who want a hint of modesty. Most neckline shapes can be turned into a combination neckline with the addition of a sheer or lace bolero, which most bridal shops will keep in stock to demonstrate the effect.

While there are a lot of varieties and combinations of these neckline shapes, most dresses will incorporate be based around one style. At Riki Dalal, we specialise in creating dresses that reflect the Israeli bridal culture. So you will find all of these classic shapes and styles alongside more dramatic versions, with some new takes on the traditional that you will fall in love with. For more information or to try one of our unique designs for yourself, book your appointment today.