lace wedding dress bodice with cap sleeves and tulle skirt

Not a fan of strapless?  Then, have we got the dress round-up for you!  Not only are these sleeved wedding dresses gorgeous, they are also practical as the weather begins to cool down (if it does cool down...we're beginning to have our doubts that summer will ever really end this year).  From petite cap sleeves to full-length elegance, brides who want a little extra coverage on their shoulders or arms will love these options!

Cap Sleeves

Cap sleeves are extremely popular for those brides that want something just a tad beyond a wide shoulder strap. It's also a handy detail for brides that would prefer to wear shapewear that doesn't work under a strapless dress.  Extremely flattering on athletic arms, these demure little sleeves look extra fabulous with stylish, high necklines (above and below).

elegant ballgown wedding dress with cap sleeves and wide pleats

If you want a gown with cap sleeves, but you don't want a structured feel, find one with flutter sleeves, like the gown below. Aptly named, these cap sleeves aren't fitted around the arm, and rather the lace will move, or "flutter," freely.

white sheath wedding dress with lace flutter sleeves

Short Sleeves

Not as trendy at the moment, but still very chic, are short sleeves. Falling mid-arm, these sleeves are great for brides who want a classic, conservative look (below, left) or those wanting to balance out a more modern dress, such as this crop top dress below (right).

sophisticated weddng dress with bateau neckline, short sleeves, and scalloped edges
crop top wedding dress with short sleeves


Want to look like a vintage bride straight from the pages of Godey's?  These elbow-length sleeves with an intricate cream lace pattern and high neckline are an instant way to look timeless and unforgettable.

vintage wedding dress bodice with lace sleeves and high neckline

We also love this more modern interpretation with bright white lace sleeves and sheer paneling in the back (below).

white lace wedding dress with elbow length sleeves and sheer back

3/4 Length

Falling in between your elbow and your wrist, 3/4 length sleeves are a retro bride's best friend.  Find a cool dress that reminds you a bit of Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, with its simple, bateau neck bodice and tulle skirt (below).

retro style wedding dress with bateau neckline and 3/4 length sleeves

Long Sleeves

If you want a wedding dress with drama, try one with long sleeves.  Below, this dress actually features sheer long sleeves with heavy embroidery around the shoulder, giving the first impression of a short-sleeved gown--great for an outdoor wedding in the early fall.

pretty wedding dress with deep v neck and long, sheer sleeves

The bell sleeves on this flowing dress below add to its relaxed silhouette and formal-goes-boho vibe.

jesus peiro copy

Anyone who said sleeves aren't sexy has clearly never seen this sleek Monique Lhuillier dress below. With its deep v neckline and fitted sheath, this is totally for a bold, siren bride.

lace sheath wedding dress with deep v neckline and long sleeves

This unique dress below combines a keyhole bodice and long sleeves with a peekaboo sheer overlay.


These off-shoulder sleeves are romantic and go beautifully with the bride's sheer veil.

lace wedding dress with off shoulder long sleeves

Modern and minimalist, this white sheath dress with long sleeves is a definite stunner!

sultry wedding dress with long sleeves and sheath shilhouette

Still trying to decide which dress is right for you?  Go here.

Credits:  Tara Keely   |   Pronovias   |   Nicole Miller   |   Reem Acra   |   Sarah Seven   |   Catherine Deane   |   Watters   |   Sachin + Babi   |   Alvina Valenta   |   Jesus Peiro   |   Monique Lhuillier   |   Rivini   |   Casablanca   |   Anne Barge