For many years strapless wedding dresses were the most popular style for brides-to-be, but the tide has turned, with more and more brides choosing wedding dresses with sleeves – both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle wore long sleeve wedding dresses, and when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tied the knot, she too opted for a chic sleeve.
Long sleeve wedding dresses are a great choice for brides getting married in the autumn and winter, as they provide more warmth than their strapless counterparts and save you needing to look for a wedding coat or cover up.
That’s not to say wedding dresses with sleeves don’t work for summer and spring weddings: illusion sleeves are a perfect way to embrace the style without overheating, while bell sleeves will keep you cool when the sun is shining.
Lace wedding dresses with sleeves are a timeless style of wedding dress, perfect for creating a classic bridal look, but if you’re after an edgy bridal look, off the shoulder wedding dresses look lovely paired with sleeves.
For a sexy bridal vibe, pair sleeves with a thigh slit or an open back to show a bit more skin, or choose a sheer overlay.
Short wedding dresses with sleeves are a fun option for beach or boho weddings, and have the extra bonus that they help you show off your wedding shoes.
Scroll down for our favourite wedding dresses with sleeves.
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1. 120 by Jesus Peiro
Clever from-the-catwalk elements, including the puffed, sheer sleeves, elevate Jesus Peiro’s style 120, making this dress the perfect harmony between contemporary and timeless. We love everything about it, from the flared silhouette to the divinely shaped open back.
2. Arlo by Willowby
Want to create a sexy-boho bridal look? Meet Arlo by Willowby, whose bell sleeves, cut-out panels and over-sized lace will give you exactly the vibe you’re looking for.
3. Fennel by Olivia Rose Bridal
The laser-cut floral lace on Fennel by Olivia Rose Bridal is bewitchingly pretty without tipping over into fussy, and pairs perfectly with the flowing chiffon skirt. One for the romantics.
4. Olsen by Constellation Âme
It’s become something of a cliché to say that more pared-back wedding gowns, like this incredible floor-length silk wrap dress, are for city weddings – we say wear Olsen by Constellation Âme wherever you’re having your celebration.
5. Petunia by House of Mooshki
We love the colour pops on Petunia by House of Mooshki, a ballerina-length satin dress. Those sleeves are detachable, meaning you can mix up your look between ceremony and reception, should you choose, without buying a second wedding dress for the evening.
6. VW351520 by White By Vera Wang
We love all the styles in White by Vera Wang, the designer’s oh-so-covetable collection that she created as a more affordable range for David’s Bridal. However, there’s just something about style VW351520 that caught our collective eye in particular – this is the 2020 way to do pretty.
7. Chloe by Tiffany Rose Maternity
If you’re both mum-to-be and bride-to-be, congratulations! Please don’t think you have to compromise on style on the day – corded lace Chloe by Tiffany Rose is designed to flatter your shape, as well as having suitable stretch for comfort. Keen to see more styles? Head on over to our maternity wedding dresses edit.
8. Melba by Whistles
If you want to look couture for less, head to the high street then have your dress tailored – the fit makes such a difference, so build alterations expenses into your budget so the dress flatters your figure to perfection. Collections such as that at Whistles have some gems, including this Melba style.
9. Style 44078 by Sincerity Bridal
There’s something about this dress that makes us think of a sunny celebration at a French chateau. Maybe it’s the all-over lace; or the flattering fit-and-flare silhouette; or the low neckline balancing the long sleeves. Whatever it is, Sincerity Bridal’s 44078 has that sophisticated yet simple oh-la-la feeling.
10. Caceres by Pronovias Atelier
As you’d expect from Pronovias, this is a showstopper: it’s glamour all the way with a sumptuous crepe fabric, mermaid silhouette and an intricate lace back. The Caceres dress is finished with bead and pearl detailing for that all-important wedding day sparkle.
11. Valentina by Joyce Young
A classically elegant design, Valentina by Joyce Young – from the couture collection – is one that will stand the test of time. The chic silhouette is given a 2020 update with the low back.
12. Degas by Halfpenny London
Beautifully understated sparkle is the order of the day with the Degas Dress by Halfpenny London. Every time this dress catches the light, it gives off a subtle sparkle thanks to the lurex thread within the embroidered tulle fabric.
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13. Gracie by Needle & Thread
Think ‘fairytale wedding dress’, and you might be picturing something rather overblown. Gracie by Needle and Thread proves that when it comes to bridal fashion, the truly magical can still be subtle – just check out that tiered tulle skirt, delicate pink highlights and delicate embroidery, all tied together with a scattering of the brand’s signature sequins. And they lived happily ever after…
14. Badajoz by La Sposa
Badajoz by La Sposa brings together a sweetheart neckline, illusion sleeves in crystal tulle and a full tulle-and-lace skirt to an undeniably figure-flattering effect. The finishing is beautiful, from the lace cuffs to the embroidery flowers.
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15. Primrose by Temperley London
This is the silhouette of 2020, with plenty of volume in the sleeves and skirt, but cut so as to flatter rather than swamp. But while Primrose by Temperley London is very much of the moment, it’s also beautiful enough to stand the test of time, with embellished broderie anglaise trims and tulle aplenty.
16. Arista by Sanyukta Shrestha
There’s much to admire about the boho romance of Arista by Sanyutka Shrestha, from the clever cut of the light-as-air material to the vintage-inspired high neckline. And what we particularly admire about this designer is her commitment to ethical workforces and sustainability, resulting in dresses that are both luxurious and constructed with kindness in mind.
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17. Style 88076 by Justin Alexander
If your dream bridal style is sophisticated glamour, style 88076 by Justin Alexander just might be The One. The long sleeves and fit-and-flare silhouette marry perfectly with a beaded keyhole back.
18. Eleanor by Vanessa Cocchiaro at Net-a-Porter
A sweetly sexy design triumph, Eleanor by Vanessa Cocchiaro nods to the mini dresses that were in style in the Sixties, but gives the look a contemporary update thanks to the soft-as-butter fil coupé chiffon material, which creates a delicate fringing effect.
19. Gatsby by Reformation
If we learnt anything from the Oscars 2020 red carpet, it’s that a plunging neckline and a high thigh split are easy way to wow. Reformation’s Gatsby dress is an enchanting example of the look, adapted for bridal in an ivory hue.
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20. Bea by Grace Loves Lace
As we’ve come to expect from Australian design house Grace Loves Lace, their Bea gown is sexy, sophisticated and unlike anything else out there. We particularly like the champagne and silver lace, which gives it a subtly shimmering finish.
21. RBL 784 by Daalarna
We love the floral detailing on style RBL784 by Daalarna, which brings an ethereal boho edge to the overall look and brings to mind magical woodland weddings.
22. Una by Monsoon
If you’re looking to build a pared-back bridal look, this simple, elegant crepe gown should fit the bill. Una by Monsoon has a flattering boat neckline, and floral side panels addd interest.
23. Hillary by Pronovias
This ballgown is pure princess, from the floral tulle full skirt to the silver-shimmer finish. If you’re looking for a real showstopper, Hillary by Pronovias is the one to know.
24. Stella McCartney
If you fell in love with the Duchess of Sussex’s bridal style, you’ll be delighted to hear that Stella McCartney, who designed Meghan’s slinky reception dress, has launched a 17-piece wedding collection. The styles include this figure-flattering long-sleeved gown, which has a sexy open back.
25. Poesy by Morilee
Ok, so technically this is a romper with an overskirt, not a dress – but Poesy by Morilee is just too pretty for us not to include it. Made of Guipure lace and beaded with crystals, it’s a fun and flirty look that’s still recognisably bridal.
26. Abaco by St Patrick
We love the use of textures in sophisticated mermaid gown Abaco by St Patrick: a simple crepe combined with an embroidered tulle skirt and an illusion back studded with crystals. The sleeves sleeves are stunning, with their illusion panels.
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27. Muse top & Mavis skirt by Catherine Deane
Is it cheating to include a top and skirt? Well, we’re doing it anyway, because bridal separates are still on trend, and this really is a stylish pairing. The butterfly sleeves of the Muse top and the fastening at the nape of the neck make it wonderfully elegant, and the button details and front slit of the Mavis skirt feel very 2020.
28. Saleta by Rosa Clará
It’s a ballgown of dreams: a Guipure lace body with a full tulle skirt. We think Saleta by Rosa Clará would be a dream to dance in – just imagine the Insta shots of that skirt while you’re in full twirl mode.
29. Bethany by Rebecca Ingram
A minimalist sheath dress is given a bridal glam-over thanks to the addition of illusion cut-out sleeves – Bethany by Rebecca Ingram is sophistication at its best.
30. Floral maxi dress by Self-Portrait
You’d expect a serious price tag from a brand whose covetable designs have been seen on the likes of Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, Maisie Williams, Reece Witherspoon and Margot Robbie. But many of Self-Portrait’s Insta-friendly dresses come in under £500 – and the same is true of their bridal collection. This pleated crochet floral maxi is £360, but would easily look at home among designer gowns on the red carpet – or, indeed, on the aisle.
Whatever you choose, finish your look with a sparkling pair of wedding shoes.