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alexandra king beaded love sleeve on wedding dress

photo @ Rock N Roll Bride

It’s has been quiet some time since we talked about wedding dresses. The last time we did address the subject was when we discussed winter wedding dresses (and backless wedding dresses came before that). It is time to come back to that wonderful subject. Lately, sleeved wedding dresses have been catching my fancy. And, seeing that the cold seasonal months of autumn and winter are around the corner, now is a perfect time to discuss options for sleeved wedding dresses.

Sleeves were common in preceding centuries, but they became less prominent as new styles were introduced as showing more skin became popular. Straps, strapless and halter options were the new and exciting fashion additions in the mid and late twentieth century. However, many contemporary brides are now looking back to sleeved wedding dresses as a way of making their wedding dress choice an uncommon or one in today’s fashion.

I love sleeved wedding dresses, because they offer many elements that their counterparts do not. 1.) They offer more canvas for more detail and embellishment. 2.) They offer more neckline options. 3.) They can offer modesty or a creative way to show skin. 4.) They can fit any style and personality.

Sleeved wedding dresses come in many lengths, but for the purpose of simplicity, we will call them short sleeved and long sleeved. Today we will discuss long sleeved wedding dresses. There are so many options that is is difficult to know where to begin. So, we will start with the basics.

One simple and timeless long sleeved wedding dress option is the employment of plain sleeves.

rosa clara long sleeved wedding dress

photo @ The Wedding Chicks

sophia arribas long sleeved two piece wedding dress

photo @ Confesiones de Una Boda

puffy sleeves wedding dress

photo @ The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

Solid sleeves with patterns other than florals are uncommon and therefore quite interesting when used.

long sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Stephanie Sunderland

elise hameau sleeved wedding dress louise

photo @ Bridal Musings

Jesus Peiro 2014 wedding dress

photo @ Weddings Online

dennis-basso-spring 2015 sleeved wedding dress

You can also use the perennial option of floral patterns, especially on solid sleeves.

Elisabetta Marzetti rose weding dress

photo @ Love My Dress

alta moda modest long sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Alta Moda

rosa clara caceres long sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Dress for the Wedding

long sleeved weding dress with sash

monique lhullier wedding dress

photo @ Colin Cowie Weddings

More popular right now is the use of tight, sheer floral sleeves as a complement to the corset of the long sleeved wedding dress. They can also be used to create beautiful necklines as well.

lace sleeves wedding dress cherie gown flora and lane etsy

photo @ Flora and Lane

sheer sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Chaviano Couture

carolina-herrera-spring 2015 sleeved wedding dress

long sleeved lace wedding dress

photo @ CD Weddings

zuhair murad wedding dress rosa clara

lace sleeves winter wedding dress

photo @ Loverly

monique_lhuillier fall 2013 sleeved wedding dress

monique-lhuillier-spring 2015 sleeved wedding dresss

bloomingdales lace long sleeved wedding dress

lace bell sleeved wedding dress

sarah janks sleeved wedding dress

sleeved lace wedding dress

sleeved wedding dress

Monique Lhuillier Jolie wedding dress

photo @ Weddings Online

yaki ravid long sleeved wedding dress

Of course, sheer sleeves are not always floral. They can come in other natural patterns, geometric patterns and more.

Elisabetta Marzetti sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Love My Dress

berta bridal sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Wedding Inspirasi

decorative sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Wedding Chicks

Marisol Aparicio Leilani boho wedding dress etsy

photo @ Marisol Aparicio

Let’s not forget dots – specifically Swiss dots.

lorafold sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Lora Folk

natural wedding company polka dot sleeve wedding dress

photo @ The Natural Wedding Company

Sheer sleeves can also be more plain in concert or in contrast to the rest of the wedding dress.

honor nyc long sleeve wedding gown

Luisa Beccaria lace long sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Style Serendipity

temperley bridal long sleeved wedding dress vintage

photo @ Weddings Online

sheer long sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Want That Wedding

You can also use sleeves to accentuate the design of your long sleeved wedding dress without overpowering it with small, but noticeable details.

chaviano wedding dress

photo @ Chaviano Couture

pronovias sleeved wedding dress daifa

claire pettibone lace long sleeve wedding dress

photo @ One Wed

alfred_angelo spring 2013 sleeved wedding dress

long sleeve berta wedding dress

photo @ Sortrashion

Sleeves can add to a dress in ways other than patterns, though. They can add a dimension just through the cut of the sleeve. For instance, the puffy sleeve can add grace and dimension to your dress, especially when done in contrast to a well-fitted long sleeved wedding dress.

puffy sleeved wedding dress

paolo sebastian puffy sleeve wedding dress

photo @ Stlye Serendipity

Or, you can add accentuate your sleeved wedding dress simply using color. Add a top layer of tulle of color or bright beading make your wedding dress design original.

intricate beaded long sleeve wedding dressmarchesa notte sheer lace sleeved wedding dressJarmila Husárová Sleeved Wedding Dressphoto @ Style Me Pretty

You can add accentuating colors to your sleeves in congruence or in juxtaposition to your wedding dress using sequins, glitter and other shiny materials.

Krikor Jabotian long sleeved sequence wedding dress

photo @ Style Me Pretty

ersa atelier long sleeved wedding dress

elie saab long sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Weddings Online

paolo sebastian 2014 sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Be Modish

You can always use sleeves as an extension of the canvas of the wedding dress and spread intricate, ornate designs to the sleeves as well.

basix black label elaborate long sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Green Wedding Shoes

paolo sebastian haute couture sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Style Me Pretty

limor rosen surma wedding dress

photo @ Limor Rosen

berta bridal intricate jeweled sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Wedding Inspirasi

Many women avoided sleeved wedding dresses due to the fact that they wanted to show off skin. However, this is still possible with sleeved wedding dresses. You can mix modesty with modern style in a tasteful way (or a not so tasteful) by using a sleeved wedding dress. There are innumerate wedding dress available that mash styles and reinvent the conventional in stunning ways.

sleeved wedding dress backless wedding dress

photo @ Bride to Be

lace sleeve wedding dress

lace sleeved wedding dress

photo @ The Wedding Scoop

zuhair murad sleeved wedding dresses

lace sleeved wedding dresslong sleeved lace wedding dress

Elaya Vaughn golden leaf sleeved wedding dress

photo @ Style Me Pretty

Lastly, one style that has worked well with sleeved wedding dresses and does not require reinvention is the Bohemian style.  The Bohemian style uses draping bell sleeves to accentuate the loose flow of the dress. If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.

etsy long bell sleeve bohemian wedding dressphoto @ Dreamers and Lovers

carol hannah long sleeved bohemian wedding dressfree people sleeved wedding dress

bhldn long sleeved lace wedding dress

photo @ Green Wedding Shoes

joan shum spanish wedding dress with sleeves etsy

photo @Joan Shum

For more wedding dress inspiration, check out our posts on backless wedding dresses and winter wedding dresses.


  • Dianne R. Tollett - July 10, 2016 - 9:40 pm


    Such a nice post I’ve read up till now.

    The dresses are really very trendy and beautiful.

    Yes, I must day then when picking out a wedding dress the bride will always want to take her time.

    Wedding dresses with short sleeves are definitely getting more popular.

    Some brides may still prefer a long sleeve wedding dress design simply because of modesty.

    This trend will most likely help those women who want to hide their square shoulders and large arms.

    Thanks for sharing the information.
    Keep doing good work.
    God bless u!!ReplyCancel

The wedding reception entrance is an important moment of the wedding and the start of the marriage of the bride and groom. It is the first time that the couple presents themselves as husband and wife after the altar. More importantly (or maybe just more fun), it marks the start of celebration with friends and family. A couple can make the wedding reception entrance as fun or as sentimental as they want to make it to fit their personalities.

You can set the mood with the music that you choose. You can make the wedding reception entrance dramatic with epic music, fun or funny with your favorite oldie, or sweet and sentimental with a classic love song.

Your entrance itself can be as unique as you guys as well. If you want to involve your friends and family in your wedding reception entrance, you can have them make a tunnel for you. Or, they can hold up a paper poster for you and your new husband to burst through (think high school pep rally). If you want to make it entertaining for your guests, you can enter with a dance – perhaps a choreographed dance (like this or this). Or, for something sweet and momentous, do an ‘unveiling’ of you guys as a newlywed couple. This can be done using using curtains, hanging garland, a staircase or anything else your imagination can come up with.

Regardless of how you choose to make your wedding reception entrance, be sure to capture it on camera. It is sure to be a memorable moment full of love and excitement. It is a once in a lifetime occasion that you will want to remember forever.



For more wedding photo musts, check out:

bride and groom photo ideas

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

the bridesmaids

the ring bearer and flower girl

the first dance

the bride and groom getting ready

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


The main reason that I (and most other women) love weddings is the romance. The beauty that comes with flowers, wedding dresses and centerpieces is an added bonus. The love between the man and woman who just vowed to spend their lives together is what we all want to see in photos, and it is what every bride wants to capture in her own wedding photos. A bride wants a gorgeous wedding cake, but more than anything else, she wants romantic photos from her wedding day that she can hang around the house, so that she can feel the excitement and love that was that day.

The perennial question is which poses for the bride and groom photo ideas should you use to capture this romance? We have shown you some sweet and gorgeous photo ideas before such as the blindfolded kiss, the groom’s first look, the secret hand-holding and more couple photo ideas. These photos capture the intimate moments between the bride and the groom during an otherwise busy and crowded day. Bride and groom photo ideas in this collection capture not only the romance of the day, but the wedding ambiance as well. If you are getting married in the fall, take advantage of the orange leaves falling around you. If you have a summer rainstorm on your big day, include it in your photos. That will not be forgotten by you or your guests. If you get married on the Fourth of July, then include sparklers or fireworks. If you got married in the woods on a sunny day or on the rooftop of hotel in the city at night, capture the ambiance in your wedding photos. Whatever is most unique or dear to your heart about your wedding day, include in your couples’ photos. It is the memory of that feeling that photos capture.

If you are stuck on what to do for your own bride and groom photo ideas, use these photos below for some inspiration.


For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

the bridesmaids

the ring bearer and flower girl

the first dance

the bride and groom getting ready

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


It has been far too long since I posted a collection of awkward photos. We have loving posts for Mother’s Day, but motherhood is not always full of good times. There are moments that are exhausting, frightening and awkward that will only be funny in retrospect. After all, nobody is perfect and there are bound to be far more awkward moments than picture perfect moments. Fortunately, some of these moments have been captured on camera. Enjoy them with your mother and tell her thank you for taking care of you through the good moments and the awkward moments (although some of those may have been her fault). Happy Mother’s Day!

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You can blame the fashion trends, having a bad day or just the innate awkwardness that comes with growing up. Regardless of what is to blame, these photos are worth more than a thousand words and are fare more enjoyable than picture perfect moments. I hope you enjoyed these awkward photos for Mother’s Day as much as we did!


For more awkwardness, check out When Wedding Photos Go Wrong ( onetwothreefourfivesix, and seven) as well as our awkward engagement photosAwkward Thanksgiving Photos, When Easter Photos Go Wrong and  Bad Christmas Photos collections.

photos courtesy of the amazing site awkwardfamilyphotos.com

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