This is a must read before you go shopping for a gown with bridal sleeves.
- Long wedding dress sleeve
- Cap or short sleeve
- Flutter bridal gown sleeve
- Removable or detachable sleeves
- Off the shoulder wedding dress sleeve
- Lace sleeves
- Removable ruffle for strapless gowns.
- Wedding dress jacket or bolero.
1. Long bridal sleeves: These sleeves are usually to the wrist or mid-forarm and can be fitted or full.
A favorite of the royals and great for a winter wedding. You are providing warmth and coverage. There are many different types of long bridal sleeves. Satin provides total coverage but is quite limiting with movement. Expect to have limited movement with a corseted gown and a fitted full satin set in sleeve; you can only lift your arms to shoulder height. Making it extremely difficult to lift children and hug people.
If your heart is set on satin, try to find a design with stretch fabric to allow a little more functionality. Tulle is a great alternative as it has stretch, and lace can be added to create an illusion sleeve. Also, consider a detachable long sleeve giving an off-the-shoulder look. This will provide you with maximum movement and full arm coverage.
2. Cap wedding dress sleeve: A short sleeve that covers the top of your arms.
provides just enough coverage to make you comfortable. the cap sleeve is an excellent style for a bigger bust as it a beautiful accompaniment to a strap. There are many ways to give a little extra upper arm coverage.
A super cute alternative is our shoulder bows made from pretty tulle or a puffy short removable style.
3. The flutter sleeve: A full sleeve that falls in a ruffle to the elbow or shorter.
This design add a romantic boho feel to any gown. And can be elbow length or shorter. Leah S Designs have them in store in white or ivory tulle or sparkle tulle. There is also a chiffon design which is thicker and gives more coverage.
The benefit of the flutter arm coverage is that movement is not restricted and can be added to strapless wedding dresses or wedding gowns with straps.
4. The removable or detachable sleeve: A Sleeve that can be taken off or removed.
This is a fun option as it gives your wedding dress two looks in one. This simple addition to your gown can make a dramatic difference. A long flowing style will provide you with a dramatic bohemian, whereas a long fitted lace sleeve will achieve the look of a more traditional gown. Either way, a detachable sleeve will give your bridal gown a sexy off-the-shoulder look. You might like to wear this detachable arm cover to the ceremony and then take it off for a different look for the reception.
5. Off the shoulder wedding dress sleeve: A sleeve that sits off the shoulder showcasing your shoulders.
These sleeves sit just off the shoulder and can be paired with a variety of necklines teamed with a sweetheart neckline makes for a romantic feminine look. So if you looking at wedding dresses without straps consider the simple addition of an off the shoulder sleeve or strap you may be delighted with the result.
6.Lace bridal sleeves: The lace wedding dress sleeve is usually see through and light.
Lace wedding dress sleeves are a beautiful and timeless choice for any bride’s special day. They come in many styles, from full length illusion lace sleeves to shorter bridal lace sleeves.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic, vintage look or something more modern, there is a style of lace sleeve that will fit your needs perfectly. With the right fit and design, these stunning wedding dress sleeves can make your dream wedding dress look even more beautiful and elegant.
7. The removable ruffle sleeve: Gathered fabric in either lace or tulle worn around the shoulders.
The perfect way to add arm coverage to a strapless bridal gown. Usually made from lace it changes the look to a romantic sexy off the shoulder design.
8. Wedding dress Bolero or jacket: This is a topper with short or long sleeves that can be worn over a wedding gown.
A lace bolero or jacket is a simple way of adding bridal sleeves giving arm and back cover. If you match the lace to the lace on your gown it will look like part of the dress I have featured some examples below. The other suggestion is put a lace wedding dress jacket with a satin gown and make the bolero the stand out feature.