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How to find the perfect wedding dress with sleeves

How to find the perfect wedding dress with sleeves


by Opus Couture

We get asked lots about wedding dresses with sleeves . Sleeves are a hot bridal trend which looks like it is here to stay.  From long sleeves, plain sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, lace sleeves, beaded sleeves , cap sleeves and off shoulder sleeves there are an abundance of options available to brides so where to begin ? Our guide to wedding dresses with sleeves is all you need to navigate this bridal trend and answers one of our most frequently asked questions - Can you add a sleeve to any wedding dress ? 

Keep it simple - wedding dresses with plain long sleeves

Pronovias long sleeve satin ballgown wedding dress
Enzoani long sleeve crepe wedding dress , dramatic lace train
Pronovias crepe wedding dress with long sleeves and low back

Sometimes less is more and we love the simplicity of plain long sleeve wedding dress.  From the opulence of Vesta, a long sleeve satin ballgown with a regal influence, the sassy figure hugging Bianca fitted crepe wedding dress with plunge v neckline, to the sophisticated Olena with figure flattering  lace illusion panels and statement train there's a wedding dress with long sleeve for every shape, silhouette and bridal style. Whilst we love a long sleeve it may not be the most practical for a destination wedding so always consider your venue and potential weather conditions when choosing your dress as you don't want to be breaking out in a sweat before you have even walked down the aisle. 

Add some detail - wedding dresses with lace sleeves

Enzoani high neck vintage style wedding dress with long sleeves
Maggie Sottero lace wedding dress with sleeves
Pronovias lace and satin ballgown wedding dress with sleeves

A wedding dress with a full length lace sleeve can be dreamy and romantic or chic and sophisticated dependant on the lace, neckline and silhouette of the dress. Leonora with her high neckline, soft A line silhouette and intricate lace work is perfect for brides seeking effortless vintage boho glamour style for when she says 'I do'. Figure flattering soft fishtail Chevelle with sheer sequinned lace bodice,  off shoulder bateau neckline and lace illusion sleeve offers dreamy fairytale romance whilst Lionela with her long sleeve lace bodice and full mikado satin skirt (did we mention it has pockets ) is the perfect combination of contemporary and timeless, perfect for modern romantic brides. 

Use your illusion - wedding dresses with sweetheart necklines and sleeves

Maggie Sottero wedding dress with lace sleeves
Maggie Sottero wedding dress with long lace sleeves
Pronovias wedding dress with sleeves

A sweetheart neckline can be a super flattering silhouette but sometimes can leave brides feeling a bit too exposed. Meet Blake, Madilyn, and Macedonai - wedding dresses which cleverly use illusions and lace to create a higher neckline whilst still offering a figure flattering fitted bodice with sweetheart neckline. 

Short and Sweet - wedding dresses with cap sleeves

Pronovias wedding dress with short lace sleeves
Pronovias crepe wedding dress with short sleeve
Pronovias crepe wedding dress with short lace sleeve

A cap sleeve is cut to just extend slightly over your shoulder and is designed to help balance your silhouette if your shoulders are narrower than your hips or to help accentuate a curvy hourglass silhouette. For a fresh take on a classic silhouette keep things clean and minimalist with Anitra, a sleek mermaid cut crepe wedding dress with bateau neckline and soft cap sleeve. Be effortlessly elegant on your wedding day in Milady, a crepe mermaid wedding dress with lace bodice, v neck, v back and short sleeves adorned with delicate floral motifs. Use your sleeves to add some sparkle to your wedding day with Ainsa, this flattering fitted crepe wedding dress wows from all angles with V neckline, open back and delicately beaded short sleeves.   Wedding dresses with cap sleeves can be the perfect choice for a destination wedding as they offer coverage without the weight of a full sleeve. 

Can you add sleeves to a wedding dress ?

Pronovias short sleeve wedding dress
customised wedding dress with sleeves
wedding dress with customised long sleeves

YES ! One of our most frequent comments from brides at Opus is  "I really love this dress but I would feel better with sleeves, is there anyway we can add some ?" The answer is Yes we can (most of the time ) and we offer a sleeve customisation service as an addition to standard alterations.  We firmly believe that brides should feel and 'be' beautiful on their wedding day, and to achieve this you have to feel confident in your wedding dress . Our beautiful real Opus bride Ashleigh loved this short sleeve lace wedding gown but had her heart set on wearing a long sleeve wedding dress. We added a long illusion sleeve with detailed lace cuff and altered the neckline of the dress by adding a high neck lace collar, creating a unique, personalised wedding dress for Ashleigh. 

Your wedding dress is probably the most emotional and most expensive dress you will ever invest in so it's important that you feel amazing when wearing it when saying "I Do". Our experienced Opus consultants can advise on the technicality of adding sleeves to your chosen dress. By discussing options including cap sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, full length sleeves or off shoulder sleeves, we can help you choose the best sleeve length, style ,fabric and embellishments for your perfect wedding dress with sleeves. 

Find your perfect wedding dress with sleeves

The gowns featured in this blog are all available to try on now at Opus Couture.  We stock wedding dresses from bridal brands Enzoani, Blue by Enzoani, Pronovias, Maggie Sottero and Elysee. Throughout your Opus bride experience our friendly, experienced Opus consultants will be on hand to provide a personalised one to one service and offer expert advice and guidance to help you find your dream wedding dress. 

If you would like to chat before your appointment or enquire about a particular designer, dress or size please reach out to us using the contact button below. We look forward to welcoming you to Opus and hope to see you soon.

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