For the longest time it felt like the only wedding dresses available to brides-to-be were strapless, A-line gowns straight out of a Disney movie. We’re willing to wager that when most people imagine a wedding dress, they think of a sweetheart neckline, a corseted bodice and a full skirt. It’s obvious, right?

Here at Perfect Day we love these kinds of dresses too and we’ve seen many stunning brides head down the aisle in variations on the strapless theme. All the designers we stock offer their own take on the quintessential ‘weddingy’ wedding dress.

However, the world of bridal fashion has a whole lot more options for you these days. If you don’t fancy spending the day yanking up your strapless wedding dress repeatedly or if you know that a strapless neckline simply won’t suit you, there are plenty of alternative silhouettes now available to the blushing bride.

High Neck

Strapless wedding dress alternatives Perfect Day Bridal_0005Let’s start with the opposite end of the spectrum: the most amount of coverage for your décolletage as possible! Bateau necklines scream refined elegance and, if done in a delicate lace, can overlay that sweetheart neckline of an integral bodice. This look can be paired with bare shoulders and arms or incorporate sleeves of any length.

Cowl Neck

Strapless wedding dress alternatives Perfect Day Bridal_0004A cowl neck seems to be synonymous with red carpet glamour. The subtle waves and undulations of liquid silk or silk chiffon are undeniably sexy and this silver screen silhouette is really wearable and comfortable too.

Capped Sleeves

Strapless wedding dress alternatives Perfect Day Bridal_0002So pretty, so effortless, so ethereal – a little sleeve can add a lot to a wedding dress. Whether you choose the softest chiffon, the sweetest lace or the prettiest silk petal patterns, you’ll find that capped sleeves will make you feel undeniably feminine.

Full Sleeves

Strapless wedding dress alternatives Perfect Day Bridal_0006Of course full-sleeved wedding dresses are recommended for winter brides but they’re also great for making a statement with your W-day look. We particularly love this style of wedding dress when paired with a daring low back to add an insatiable touch of drama to your bridal style.


Strapless wedding dress alternatives Perfect Day Bridal_0003Increasingly popular amongst brides-to-be, the V-neck wedding dress is incredibly versatile. It can make a statement of the cleavage whilst remaining incredibly ladylike. It works in just about every shape, style and fabric. It can be paired with empire line silhouettes for a classical look or add to the curves of a nipped-in waist. It’s definitely a winner with a lot of brides!

Luckily, the versatility of the designers stocked here at Perfect Day means you don’t necessarily need to choose just one look. With the ability to build your own sartorial wedding style, you can have many looks in one, meaning you can start the day with a fully sleeved additional overlay and end up dancing the night away with bare shoulders in the base dress. The choice can remain yours!

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