Wedding Dresses with Sleeves

When Meghan Markle (now supremely titled The Duchess of Sussex) appeared dazzling in her gorgeous long sleeve couture Givenchy gown, we enthusiastically threw an air punch and mouthed "yes, yes, yes!".

Wedding dresses with sleeves may be considered by some to be a cover-up attempt, but at Carte Blanche Bride, I say that it's the way to go.

"Stylish, modern and the ultimate in cool without looking like you're trying too hard."

Having a wedding dress with a sleeve also provides a balance in the style of a dress to enable you to show off other areas of your choosing.

If you are looking for a wedding dress with serious style in mind, this is the way to go and we've hand selected some of the most stunning sleeve wedding dresses that showcase YOUR best features.


A cap sleeve is a very short sleeve covering the shoulder, and not extending below armpit level. The hem falls across the top of your arm and will draw the eye to this point, emphasizing the bust line and perfect for a smaller bust to give a larger appearance.

The Bukowski gown by Laure de Sagazan is a beautiful example of a stunning cap sleeve wedding dress. The fine lace gives a pretty finish, plus the addition of the sleeve balances the open neckline at the front and back.


A short sleeve comes in a few lengths and taking into account your height and proportion will determine the right finish for you. As with the cap sleeve the eye will be drawn to the finished hemline and can emphasise that point - a larger bust may want a slightly longer sleeve and a smaller bust a shorter finish.

The Premiere du Monde gown by Donatelle Godart is a very special example of a short sleeve wedding dress. The bodice is made up of a delicate silk net with modern tassel lace and a subtle A-line skirt.


Show off your curves with a form-fitting silhouette, and even slightly more covered, all the while maintaining an enchanting and elegant allure.

Long sleeves are also a fabulous option for those who would like to distract from the midsection, as the sleeve finishes at your wrist, the eye is drawn to hip level.

Margaux Tardits' Ibere gown is a great winter white dress with two different types of traditional guipure laces used in the sleeves and bodice. For a cooler seasoned wedding date this a super stylish wedding dress look from one of the upcoming French wedding dress brands of the moment.

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Be sure to read onto my other articles including wedding dresses with amazing backs, choosing the perfect elopement wedding dress and dressing your bridal party.

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