Our essential guide to boat neck wedding dresses

A boat or scoop neck wedding dress is a wonderful style for so many reasons. Also known as a ‘bateau’ it’s a wide neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends at the shoulders. It’s a beautiful modern look that really shows off the neck and shoulders. It’s also a good choice for pear and rectangle body shapes because it draws the eye up to the neck and away from the tummy area.

Boat neck wedding dresses offer plenty of coverage making them perfect for a traditional or classic theme. They’re also great if you’d rather not wear something too revealing as you walk down the aisle. If you don’t like to show cleavage normally then why do it on your wedding day? Perhaps you’d like something fairly modest for a religious ceremony or, alternatively, you might just want something a little different from the ever-popular sweetheart neckline. Whatever the reason, we have plenty of boat neck wedding dresses so you’re guaranteed to find the one to suit you! Our experts have picked a few of their favourites to help you decide…

Flattering satin

The neckline on this sensational satin ball gown is super flattering. It offers plenty of coverage at the front but turn round and you’ll reveal the attractive keyhole back. The sparkling lace bodice has beautiful embellishments while the sweeping satin skirt is elegance itself. And, as an added extra treat, just wait until you discover the handy pockets!   

Destin, £649 (available in Oyster and Ivory in sizes 8 – 20)

Short and sweet

Boat neck wedding dresses come in all shapes and sizes and this tea-length beauty is the perfect example. The lace-embellished, illusion neckline here gives this classic A-line a modern update. It also means you can still have that lower sweetheart neckline while keeping some light and pretty coverage.

Eva, £499 (available in sizes 6 – 22)

Pretty as a picture

At the back you have more of the same. A scooped back with an illusion neckline offers the best of both worlds, with it delicate embroidery and modest cover. The skirt also nips in to create a fabulous petite waist before flaring out to show off luscious legs. And the best part? Your shoes will be on display all day long so you can justify splashing out on a really gorgeous pair!

Fall in love

Girly, romantic and ridiculously ravishing, Melrose is a great example of a flattering boat neckline. This sleeveless, A-line design has been embellished with exceptionally delicate floral embroidery and just a hint of subtle sparkle. The soft mix of ivory and light gold is great for warming the skin tone too.

Melrose, £599 (Available in sizes 18 – 30)

Shaped to perfection

An A-line silhouette is great for all body types as the balanced proportions work brilliantly to draw the eyes upwards and create a beautiful nipped in waist. Behind all the feminine prettiness there’s also the clever lace-up back for ultimate waist definition.

Regal style

Just imagine gliding down the aisle in this sumptuous train. You’ll feel like an absolute princess!

Extra sparkle?

Keep it simple when you accessorise your boat neckline. There’s no need for a necklace here as the beautiful embroidery does all the work. An elegant tiara combined with chic drop earrings and a slim bracelet are all the sparkle needed!

Fabulously fitted

Every style of dress can work with a boat neck and this beautiful fishtail is no exception. Made from rich luxurious crepe the exquisite lace appliqué is the star of the show. The clever neckline here creates the illusion of low cut sweetheart style while actually providing plenty of coverage.

Elsbeth, £629 (available in sizes 8 – 18)

The back story

Turn around and the plunging back and the gloriously fitted skirt add some super sexy chic to this design. Then simply finish with a dramatic cathedral-length veil with matching appliqués.

Click here to find a wide range of boat neck wedding dresses. Try on your favourites and get personal advice on your body shape from one of our expert bridal consultants at your nearest WED2B store. For more inspiration head over to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter