What do elegant ladies like Audrey Hepburn, Kate Middleton, Bridgette Bardot, and Sophie Turner all have in common? They were positively breathtaking in their long sleeve wedding dresses.
Sleeves aren’t solely for winter (though they are perfect for a winter wonderland ceremony). They can be a lovely fashion statement that highlights your unique personality as a bride.
Having been worn by many bridal beauties of the past, such as Grace Kelly, long sleeve wedding dresses are a timeless look that offers sophistication and elegance. Plus, if you’re partial to vintage gowns, long sleeves are a must.
However, you don’t have to choose a long sleeve gown for any of these reasons; there are many more that stand to prove long sleeve wedding gowns can be a fantastic choice.
The following list consists of 20 wedding gowns (from various online wedding dress shops) that won’t break the bank. We’ve included affordable dresses that range from $200 to $500. Some of them are even discounted so you can grab a sweet deal along with your dream dress:
- All Over Lace Esther Wedding Dress
- Off-the-Shoulder Rex Dress
- Dramatic Floral Tulle Lucine Dress
- Illusion Neckline Blythe Dress
- Romantic and Modest Adah Dress
- Minimalist Lace Miya Gown
- Sleek and Seductive Roselyn Dress
- Comfortably Chic Mistie Dress
- Classic Satin Marlin Gown
- Fashion-Forward Crepe Gown
- Backless Long Sleeve Gown
- Beachy Lace Wedding Dress
- High Neck Long Sleeve Gown
- Classic Full Lace Beatrice Gown
- Ultra Classic Cleo Dress
- Vintage Inspired Applique Gown
- Off-the-Shoulder Satin Gown
- Removable Skirt Long-Sleeve Gown
- Princess Ball Gown with Sleeves
- Wide Leg Lace Jumpsuit
Why Choose a Long-Sleeve Wedding Dress?
- For confidence: Long sleeve wedding gowns obscure the arms, which can be a huge confidence boost for brides who don’t want to bare it all on their big day. Your arms are perfect just as they are, but if you want a little added comfort and security, sleeves may be the thing.
- For warmth: Long sleeves can be worn in any season, but they’re particularly ideal for winter or fall weddings. During the cool months, they can help a dress look more suited to the season and provide you with an extra layer. However, even breezy beach weddings can benefit from light, sheer sleeves that add enough fabric to fight the chilly wind.
- For statement–making fashion: Sleeves are a fantastic way to show off your personality. Boho bell sleeves can illustrate your laidback, bohemian style. Alternatively, long off-the-shoulder sleeves can be incredibly stylish. They’re so versatile it’s impossible to go wrong with sleeves!
Whether you’re opting for a modest lace sleeve, a trendy illusion sleeve, or even a flowy boho sleeve, there’s something for you on this list. We’ve found a selection of dresses that appeal to nearly every bride, whether it’s you are a first or a second-time bride.
20 Long-Sleeved Wedding Dresses that Won’t Break The Bank
Kate Middleton’s iconic long sleeve wedding gown cost around $332,000. However, you can have an equally stunning look for a lot less with these affordable long sleeve wedding dresses!
Long sleeves can innately make a dress feel romantically vintage. However, the darling embellishments on this gown take it a step further.
Lovely art-deco-inspired patterns crafted from lace make this tulle dress feel very 1920s. The deep V-neck and figure-hugging form add elements of allure to this mostly modest gown.Why I like it:
- Vintage inspired
- Beautiful lace details
- Lightweight tulle suitable for all seasons
Boho brides will swoon for this glorious lace gown. Off-the-shoulder bell sleeves that gather at the wrist with flowy accents are perfectly free-spirited. All-over lace in a modern pattern helps elevate this gown and keep it utterly classy.
We love how the mermaid silhouette hugs your curves and contrasts with the billowing nature of the sleeves. With features like a chapel train and illusion cut-out in the midsection, it's impossible not to be head over heels for this dress!Why I like it:
- Bohemian flair
- Unique illusion midsection cut-out
- Elegant chapel-length train
Modern and statement-making, we love how this lace gown turns heads. It has a classic floral pattern but trendy details, like the square neckline and ultra-deep V-neck, make it so fashion-forward!
Elegantly placed hems give the appearance of boning on a barely-there bodice. And the low, square back shows just enough skin while still being modest. It's a gown that can't be missed, making you the woman of the hour on your wedding day.Why I like it:
- Modern and fashion-forward
- Stunning square neckline
- All-over floral lace
We're huge fans of an illusion neckline. There's something so sultry and mesmerizing about how the dress appears to grace the body. This floral lace illusion neckline is no exception. Delicate lace gracefully falls along the shoulders and beneath the collarbone.
It carries on down the graceful sleeves and smart bodice. The high empire waist transforms the sheer lace into an ethereal tulle skirt, creating a soft look for an elegant bride.Why I like it:
- Illusion neckline
- The tulle skirt is a breeze to move in
- Cool enough for warm weather weddings
Stately brides who desire a refined and elegant look will quickly fall in love with this high-collared gown. The gown might be crafted from elegant lace, but the neck-gracing bodice isn't all modesty. Its sheer texture subtly displays the strapless sweetheart structure underneath. Darling pearl buttons on the back complete the vintage appeal.
A full A-line skirt is just as sophisticated as the top of the dress. It flows out into an elegant court train that will have all guests leaning towards the aisle to catch a glimpse of the back of this stunning gown.Why I like it:
- Modest bodice
- Elegant pearl buttons
- Glamorous court train
A simple gown with a pop of sparkles, it's all a girl needs! Stunning tulle provides a minimalist backdrop for the modern embellishment. Each neat line is studded with jewels and sequins, creating a sparkling pattern throughout the mermaid silhouette.
A stunning keyhole open back contrasts sharply with the high, jewel neckline. It's a subtle statement piece that will have everyone doing a doubletake.Why I like it:
- Minimalist and modern
- Covered in sparkles
- Elegant keyhole open back
Bring a little seduction to your summer wedding with this sleek gown. A sheer bodice designed with lace and mesh makes it look like freshly picked florals have been crafted into a wedding gown. The deep V-neck is undeniably sultry, as is the illusion back, complete with a row of buttons that mirror those on the sleeves.
The airiness of the top is in opposition to the satin skirt and train. But there's another enchanting surprise, a chic slit in the back of the skirt is lined with lace! For the boldly seductive bride, this gown is a head-turner.Why I like it:
- Chic, seductive features
- Lots of button embellishments
- Unique split skirt
Stretch crepe, say no more! It forms a figure-hugging mermaid gown that is the epitome of elegance. With a structured bodice in a gentle, sweetheart design, you'll feel and look like a million bucks!
Sweet lace appliques adorn the sleeves and sides of the gown. Then they subtly creep up the sweeping train for a look that says "garden goddess."Why I like it:
- Comfortable stretch crepe
- Ideal for an outdoor wedding
- Modest sweetheart neckline
If you're seeking an iconic gown, look no further. Satin stuns in this figure-flattering mermaid design that looks incredibly smooth and chic. Its off-the-shoulder neckline gives major Meghan Markle wedding dress vibes.
A traditional long dramatic train that gently flutters at the ends is about as timeless as it gets. Plus, this gown comes with a dramatic chapel-length veil for a complete look without the time and effort of having to match accessories.Why I like it:
- Smooth and stunning satin construction
- Classic design
- Comes with chapel length veil
Just because you want a bold, statement-making gown doesn't mean you need a giant skirt or copious amounts of embellishment. This lovely dress is perfectly understated. Comfortable stretch crepe hugs your figure in this mermaid cut while its smooth surface glides over every curve.
The delicate neckline mirrors the thigh-high slit of the skirt for a head-turning look. Just a hint of lace adorns this otherwise minimalist gown, fringing the sleeves and a peek-a-boo embellishment on the back.Why I like it:
Boho and whimsical in the front, elegant and sultry in the back! Opposites attract in this two-faced gown. The high bateau neckline and full-coverage lace sleeves perfectly picture bohemian modesty. A chiffon skirt is just the flowy elegance casual brides are looking for.
In reverse, though, it is a whole other story. A deep swoop cuts nearly to your low back while the sleeves just barely hug the shoulders. A sweet little row of buttons gracefully accents the skirt in the most darling but subtle embellishment.Why I like it:
- Perfect for bohemian brides
- Beautiful backless design
- The chiffon skirt is easy to move in
Oodles of lace stack upon one another to create a billowing skirt perfectly suited to the beach. The sheer fabric lends itself very well to a tiered skirt full of ruffles at the base. Hemmed sleeves with a dainty scalloped edge allow the dress to look airier and less heavy for summer weddings.
Thanks to the illusion material in the deep V-neck, you'll feel confident and cute. And we adore the feminine bow that forms a chic belt around your midsection before tying neatly at the base of the low back.Why I like it:
- Light and airy
- The tiered skirt is unique and bold
- Cute feminine bow belt
A trumpet gown is a beautiful choice for a bridal gown. The fabric, in this case, matte satin, skims the bodice and hips before flaring out at mid-thigh. It highlights a woman's hourglass figure, especially in smooth satin.
You need a bodice that is equally as attractive, and this high lace neck fits the bill. Though the lace forms a high collar and long bell sleeves, it does little to hide your figure. Because the matte satin underneath forms an impossibly deep V that goes all the way to your navel. Absolutely breathtaking!Why I like it:
- Bold features
- Light and airy for warm weather
- Figure-flattering matte satin
Fresh yet classic, this full lace gown is timeless but with a modern twist. A trumpet skirt with a glorious train, long sleeves, and covered buttons are the features a traditional bride craves. However, the standard floral lace is mixed with a trendy geometric pattern that keeps it feeling chic.
A wide neck and a deep V are equally as modern as the low back that shows off your shoulders. How could you not fall in love with this full-length gown?Why I like it:
- Traditional yet modern
- Full lace detailing
- Low neck and back
Romantic and just a touch vintage, it's impossible to go wrong with this iconic look. Lovely lace forms a full-sleeved high-neck bodice that's enchanting and tasteful.
Flowy chiffon is the stuff a bride's dreams are made of, allowing for graceful movement as you walk down the aisle. A line of covered buttons disguises the zippered back, making it effortless to wear on your wedding day.Why I like it:
- Classic feel
- Full coverage
- Effortless to wear
This diaphanous gown is decidedly vintage and fit for a bride who wants classic romanticism. It's arresting but in an understated way. Stunning tulle cascades down to form the skirt and sheer, flowing sleeves.
A crisp bodice is adorned with traditional lace appliques, as are the hems of the sleeves and edges of the chapel-length train. It's quite ethereal and can easily be lined for a more full-coverage look.Why I like it:
- Vintage inspired
- Tulle is light and breezy
- Just a touch of lace
The sleek and sophisticated trend of the nineties is definitely back in fashion, and we're here for it. Satin is stunningly luminous and offers a very clean and crisp look, especially with this pristinely cut-off-the-shoulder design.
A column skirt mirrors the straight lines of the sleeves until it hits mid-thigh. At which point, it flairs out with lace and sheer tulle embellishment that stand juxtaposed to the rest of the dress, creating a striking appearance.Why I like it:
- Classically sophisticated
- Stand-out lace and tulle embellishment
- Graceful off-the-shoulder design
Summer brides, it's time to let your free-spirited personality shine! Long sleeves, a high collar, and a full tulle skirt ensure you're looking impeccably glamorous for the ceremony. But this high-slit skirt has a secret.
It's removable! Take it off for the reception, and you will have a chic mini dress crafted from full lace. You'll still look elegant while being free to dance the night away with the love of your life!Why I like it:
- Ideal for summer
- Removable tulle skirt
- Full lace design
There's just something enchanting about princess-style ball gowns. Every girl dreams of feeling like Cinderella on her wedding day, and this dress doesn't deviate from that. Lovely sheer sleeves and a modest neckline mean you're chapel ready.
A full skirt contains layers upon layers of billowing tulle. The dress is dotted with glittering lace appliques to keep it feeling sparkly and royal for the bride who craves just a bit of glitz.Why I like it:
- Full princess skirt
- Glittering lace appliques for sparkle
- Modest V-neckline
Long sleeves aren’t only for wedding dresses. We’re here for the bridal jumpsuit trend, especially when paired with elegant sleeves! Take all the classic features of a gown, like lace, chiffon, and a glamorous V-neck, then give them a modern twist. What do you get?
You end up with a sophisticated jumpsuit, flowy chiffon wide-leg pants, and a tulle lace bodice. Darling embellishments like a notched lapel neckline and a satin belt help to elevate its formal wear status. If your heart is set on city hall nuptials, this classy jumpsuit is a must!Why I like it:
- Perfect for an alternative bride
- Comfortable wide-leg chiffon pants
- Sultry sheer floral lace bodice
If you’ve never worn or tried a formal gown with sleeves and still question if that’s the right style choice for your wedding dress, you might ask yourself some of the following questions.
Are Long Sleeve Dresses Designed for Winter?
There are many long sleeve gowns designed for warmth in the winter months. But not all sleeved gowns have to be resigned to the colder months. Sheer sleeves, lace sleeves, and breathable billowing sleeves can all be excellent choices for warm weather!
Can Long Sleeve Dresses Irritate Sensitive Skin?
Any item of clothing can irritate the skin. If you have sensitive skin that easily becomes red or uncomfortable, consider carefully what type of fabric you choose for your sleeves and gown. Low-quality lace can be very itchy, as can rougher fabrics like fresh tulle. You may want to use fabric tape in particularly itchy areas.
What Type of Body Do I Need for a Long Sleeve Dress?
Thankfully, any type of body can wear long sleeve dresses! They flatter all figures because they come in a wide variety of styles. Go for a sleek look with sleeves that hug your arms, or cover up with flowy, lace sleeves. The options are endless, and you’re sure to find something that makes you feel confident and beautiful.
Are There Dresses With Detachable Sleeves?
There are! However, many have detachable cap sleeves versus long sleeves. Nevertheless, long sleeves that detach are out there. Some of them are cold-shoulder sleeves that use an elastic band on the upper arm versus attaching to the dress. Others can come in the form of a shrug that is worn like a jacket.
Sophisticated, Sultry, and Free-Spirited Sleeves
There’s a sleeved gown out there for every bride. The beachy boho bride who wants a casual dress? Yes! The chic, upscale bride who needs a fashion-forward dress for her formal affair?
Definitely! It’s time to start rethinking sleeves, letting them break out of the bridal fashion box we’ve put them in for so long. We adore the sleeves on a wedding gown in any season and with any wedding theme.
Maybe it’s time to say yes to a long sleeve wedding dress! And, if you need more assistance with finding affordable gowns for your big day, check out our guide on where and how to find wedding dress alternatives that won’t break your bank.