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Long sleeve wedding dresses - they're not just for winter you know?

5 long sleeve wedding dresses to consider

Long sleeve wedding dresses aren’t just for winter you know? That’s right, a long sleeve wedding dress is never going to provide you with loads of warmth. The sleeves on a wedding dress are usually made from a delicate lace, a soft crepe or an illusion tulle in which beautiful appliques and sequins can be adorned. So, if you’re a bride who’s considering a long sleeve wedding dress but your wedding is in the summer months and you think you can’t wear a long sleeve, think again! If a long sleeve wedding dress is what you’ve always dreamed of you can absolutely wear a sleeve. Don’t let the month or the weather change your wedding dress dreams, go with what you’re comfortable with and what feels like ‘the one’. You’ll know it when you find it.

Different types of long sleeves wedding dresses

Depending on the style of your dress may dictate what sort of sleeve you’re going to go for. A fitted sleeve, a bishop sleeve, a ¾ length sleeve? Then there’s also the consideration of any decoration, do you want a plain sleeve, a lace sleeve, half and half, or are you going for a full pearl sleeve? Again, the choice is entirely yours and what you feel comfortable in.

Here’s a selection of long sleeve wedding dresses that you should take a look all, all of which are very different in style, shape and decoration and will give you some ideas of what you might go for…

This beautiful lace, long sleeve wedding dress, is perfect for a springtime bride looking for a little more coverage. The lightweight, full tulle skirt flows effortlessly creating the romantic look so many brides dream of. Long, embroidered tulle sleeves feature a handmade lace of flowers and branch sprigs that are carefully placed along the sleeve length, over the bodice and trailing down just below the waist. The perfect lace illusion long sleeve wedding dress.

This gorgeous a-line Kenneth Winston wedding dress has detachable sleeves. So not only are you getting a gorgeous bohemian floral bishop sleeve, you can then whip these off in the evening giving your dress a whole new look entirely. This dress also features a soft tulle skirt, adorned with 3D flowers, a deep plunge illusion neckline with a floral lace bodice and matching low-v back detail.

For the bride who wants a simple wedding dress but also wants something a bit special, the Dando London Lust gown is a long sleeve wedding dress to remember. The long sleeves on this wedding dress are a combination of crepe and lace and balance perfectly with the rest of the dress. A deep plunge illusion neckline draws your eye down to the beautiful lace that’s delicately placed around the waist of this dress and matches the lower sleeve detail. This lace also creeps around the low scoop illusion back and then travels down to the bottom of the train for the real wow factor. Pearl buttons fasten the back of the dress and also feature as the fastening to the cuff of the sleeves.

A slightly different type of illusion sleeve on the Hayley Paige Remmington gown as this beautifully soft, lightweight tulle fabric has been appliqued with blush tone sequins on top of delicate hand embroidered floral patterns to create gorgeous flowers. With the odd bit of sparkle here and there so the bodice and sleeves of this dress just subtly twinkle when you move. The blush tones continue through the romantic tulle skirt of this dress between the layers of ivory and rosewater colours combined.

This long sleeve wedding dress is pure elegance and the epitome of Hollywood glam! The luxurious long sleeve crepe wedding dress is so stunning and will have heads turning. The sleeves are slightly gathered at the top seam for a more dramatic shoulder shape and then tapered down into a beautiful fitted sleeve. Finished with covered buttons at the cuffs to match the back fastening of the dress.

A couple of things to remember about long sleeve wedding dresses

You will, inevitably, be more restricted when you try to throw your hands up in the air to party all night long. The tighter you have your sleeve the more restricted you’ll become.

There are a couple of things that can help to combat this. Although they will help, you still won’t have quite as much freedom as if you had no sleeves. It’s just something to consider when decided to go sleeve or no sleeve.

  • You can make your sleeve detachable so that you can whip it off for the evening – then you’ll have the best of both worlds.

  • You can ask your seamstress to make your sleeve so that it’s only attached at the top and sides of the shoulder.

  • You can have an extra bit of fabric put sewn into the joining seam, giving you a little extra flexibility.

All of these options can be done in alterations but should be discussed with your seamstress first before you make your decision.


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