Bateau Wedding Dress

A bateau neckline, from the French for ‘boat’ and therefore also known as ‘boat neck’, is a wide neckline that runs horizontally on the front and back of a dress across the collarbone to the shoulders. The name is allegedly derived from sailors’ wide-necked sweaters, said to be easily removed should the wearer be so unfortunate as to fall overboard.

Most brides-to-be are likely aware of the most famous bateau neckline to grace a wedding dress in recent years - that of Meghan Markle’s custom-designed Claire Waight-Keller for Givenchy wedding gown. This collarbone-grazing style has always been popular in bridal fashion, but has received a boost in popularity since Harry and Meg’s royal nuptials.

Natural-waist wedding gowns are the most popular style to feature the bateau neckline - we have over 100 of this silhouette to browse through on Wedding Style Collective.

Let your inner regality shine out in this sleeveless Yaron Mikado ‘Verity’ wedding gown by Maggie Sottero. Its elegant bateau neckline, beautiful scoop back and hidden pockets make this number bang on trend.

For something a little more delicate a bateau neckline finished in lace can add a little je ne sais quois to a wedding dress, such as this Mon Cheri Bridal sheath dress. The beautifully incorporated bateau neckline paired with allover Venise lace and long sleeves add a modern twist to a vintage-inspired piece.

Browse by other necklines to find the right dress for you


Spaghetti straps on wedding dresses are delicately thin, showing off the décolletage and omitting the desire to keep tugging your dress up throughout the day.


Halter, or halterneck, refers to the neckline of a wedding dress comprising a strap that wraps around the back of the neck to add support and showcase your shoulders and back.


Wedding dresses with a square neckline feature a low horizontal cut across the top line of the bust, which connects to straps that sit at right angles.

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