If you thought long sleeve wedding dresses were just for the autumn/winter season, then think again! This roundup will show you why these delicate sheer, lace, embellished and plain designs are perfect for every season, and every bride! Long sleeve wedding dresses also serve a higher purpose than just keeping you warm in the chillier months. These dresses are great for brides that are looking for a bit more modesty. If your arms are insecurity of yours or your religion requires you to be more conservative, these long sleeves will be able to keep your look super elegant and chic whilst still giving you coverage. Moreover, long sleeves are a great way to add some playfulness to your wedding dress. If you'd like quite a simple a-line or satin slip dress, then having bold long sleeves is a great way to add a little something something. Let's get into our current fave long sleeve wedding dresses!

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The best long sleeve wedding dresses with lace, sheer, embellished, bell sleeves and more!

Lace Sleeves

If it's good enough for Kate, The Princess of Wales, it's good enough for us. Always elegant and always classy, long sleeve lace wedding dresses are just so traditional and classic. However, lace also adds a fun boho vibe. With so many different types of lace available, no two sleeve designs are the same! Well, except for the sleeves on your wedding dress! Look at these stunning dresses below! 

Detachable Sleeves

If you're a little undecided about having sleeves or you fancy changing your look for the evening but don't want the added expense of buying a reception dress, then choosing a gown with removable or detachable sleeves might be the perfect solution. You can keep things sophisticated and demure for the ceremony, and sassy and fun for the evening reception. The same goes for a detachable skirt, but we're getting ahead of ourselves, we'll save that for another article!



Featuring a puff sleeve and cut-out detail, this Loretta dress from Whistles is perfect for that sparkling wedding reception look. The silhouette is fitted with a fun and flirty flare detail at the hem.

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LACE WEDDING DRESS from whistles


This long-sleeved lace chic Frances dress from Whistles is traditional but super feminine. The fluted cuffs add such a playful touch. Crafted in an elegant ivory hue, this dress is only for the classiest of brides.

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Sheer Sleeves

Sheer fabric gives the illusion of sleeves but with the added bonus of still exposing your arms. This could be a perfect choice for a spring/summer wedding where you want to keep your arms covered but the wedding dress design is light and airy, so you don't get too hot.  

Embellished Sleeves

Choosing a long sleeve wedding dress doesn't always have to be about keeping you warm! It can simply be because they are embellished with the finest beads and the magpie in you can't resist! We most definitely fall into the latter. Who doesn't want to sparkle on their wedding day?! If you're a fan of all things sparkly, then let us introduce you to this sparkly wedding inspiration

Dixie Maxi Free People Dress


This whimsical billowy dress is the boho dream with a cinched waist and exaggerated sleeves. Timeless and simple, you can never go wrong with this style. 

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Eyelash Lace Bardot Long Sleeve Dress


This bardot eyelash long-sleeve wedding dress is all about elegance. With a fitted bodice and embellished sleeves, this dress is understated but intricate making it a perfect bridal look.

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Bell Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses

Trumpet or bell sleeve wedding dresses are often worn by free-spirited boho brides. Their stunning silhouette and retro vibes will add drama to your gown. They always look amazing during those all-important bouquet holding portraits or close-ups of your wedding bands. It adds a flattering dimension that we're just so in love with.

Plain Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses

If you're hosting a minimalist wedding then a plain long sleeve wedding dress with its clean lines and silhouette will look stunning. Just like the decor, you'll look timeless and elegant. Plus, that tattoo you got in college and don't want grandma to see will be well hidden!

Mari Satin Midi Dress from Ghost


This sleek and classic midi dress has long straight sleeves that make it a staple in every wardrobe. However, we think this would just look perfect on you. The movement on the bottom of this dress is eye-catching!

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lace illusion long sleeve wedding dress


Your hunt for the dream wedding dress can stop right here. Thank us later, but we've only gone and found THE ONE! This statement gown from David's Bridal is oh-so-romantic. Seriously, what are you waiting for?

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Applique Sleeves

An applique wedding dress is a decorative design often featuring 3D flowers, lace, tulle or sequins. Why wouldn't you want to continue that pretty all the way down your arms? If you're not really into accessories and jewellery, then going for applique sleeves is the perfect way to bring the glamour. 

Puff To Cuff

If you can't decide between a fitted or flared long sleeve wedding dress then this blouson puff shoulder detail with a fitted cuff sleeve is the perfect solution. Big shoulders to add drama, and fitted cuffs to ensure they don't end up in your soup! This vintage style is perfect for city weddings. We can't get enough of weddings that juxtapose their setting with the styling. A chic modern and industrial city venue paired with a vintage blouson sleeve wedding dress is a match made in heaven.

Nathalia Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress With off the shoulder design

Handmade with love, this Grace Loves Lace gown is loaded with elegance. The off-the-shoulder neckline is chic and refined. Made for the bride who looks for comfort, style, and contemporary decadence, this Nathalia gown is instantly a fave in our books.

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Maggie Sottero Gown with Detachable sleeves


The balance between sexy and elegant is a fine line but Maggie Sottero dresses always come out on top. It's business with the lace sleeves on and party time as soon as they come off to reveal the sexy strapless design.

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Long sleeve wedding dresses are the utmost in elegance.

When it comes to buying your wedding dress the silhouettes, trains and neckline choices available to you are endless. As well as long sleeve wedding dresses we've also rounded up boho wedding dressesprincess dressesshort dresses and more. Find them all linked in the cards below.

Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

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