20 Beautiful Bell Sleeve Wedding Dresses

Channel your inner '70s goddess.

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Worn by royalty and nobility during the Medieval Era, and by style icons like Stevie Nicks in the 1970s, bell sleeve dresses have been part of the fashion lexicon for centuries. Today, these beautifully flared sleeves can be seen on everything from fashion-forward crop-tops to bohemian-inspired wedding dresses. What's more, today's bell sleeves have been reimagined to include many iterations of this enduring trend from clean and modern designs to bold and dramatic silhouettes.

Whether you’re looking to make a statement on your wedding day or have a penchant for vintage-inspired silhouettes, bell sleeve wedding dresses are an eye-catching choice for any type of wedding. For brides with a daring sense of style, exaggerated bell sleeves in allover lace and velvet are always a showstopping option. Looking for something more subtle? While bell sleeves are often long, dramatic, and statement-making, there are also many versions that are ever-so-gently flared and more suited for traditional tastes.

Ahead, the best bell sleeve wedding dresses for every style and budget.

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Best Allover Lace: Lulus Ivory Lace Bell Sleeve Maxi Dress

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Beautifully bohemian, this allover lace gown is perfect for the bride-to-be who loves an ethereal look. The exaggerated sleeves and gentle train add some drama to the romantic silhouette.

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Most '70s-Inspired: ASOS EDITION Lace Bell Sleeves Dress

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If your style icon is Stevie Nicks then you can't go wrong with this '70s-inspired gown from ASOS. The plunging neckline and exaggerated lace-lined bell sleeves are sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Best Mermaid: Lulus White Lace Bell Sleeve Mermaid Maxi Dress

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A body-skimming silhouette combined with oversized bell sleeves lends this gown a decidedly flattering and dramatic aesthetic. Wear yours with delicate personal jewelry and strappy sandals.

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Most Romantic: Lulus White Swiss Dot Lace Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

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For an utterly romantic look, you can't go wrong with this pretty swiss dot dress complete with a vintage-inspired lace trim. We love this effortless number for a rustic wedding set in the countryside.

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Best Mini: White by Vera Wang Lace Long Sleeve Mini Dress

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This mini dress featuring delicate lace bell sleeves and a statement-making train is a stunning choice for courthouse nuptials or a second look. Add a simple veil, or retro-inspired blusher to complete your ensemble.

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For a Destination Wedding: BLUSHFASHION Ivory Lace Bell Sleeves Gown

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We can't help but picture this breezy bohemian gown set against a seaside backdrop. Light, airy, and feminine, this style is our pick for a destination wedding.

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Most Classic: Maggie Sottero Dalton Dress

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For a more classic look, opt for this dreamy gown by Maggie Sottero. The lace bodice and elongating silhouette give this style an elegant and ethereal look.

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Most Dramatic: Odylyne The Ceremony Bell Sleeves Dress

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Not for the faint of heart, this daring and dramatic gown is a stunning option for those looking to make a grand entrance. The exaggerated bell sleeves, allover lace, and gentle train will make for unforgettable photos, to boot.

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Most Boho: Rue de Seine Tassel Bell Sleeves Gown

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Truly for the bohemian bride at heart, this fringe-trimmed gown embodies a certain carefree attitude. Pair with a wide-brimmed hat and western-inspired boots for a rustic countryside wedding.

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Best Embroidered: Rue de Seine Crochet Bell Sleeves Dress

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From the bell sleeves to the crochet fabric, it doesn't get more '70s-inspired than this gown from Rue de Seine. Style your hair up to showcase the alluring open back and delicate embroidery.

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Best Embellished: Daughters of Simone Pearl Embellished Bell Sleeves Dress

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Boho yet glamourous, this pearl-studded gown will shimmer beautifully all the way from the aisle to the after-party. The sheer bell sleeves are also sure to catch the light in every photo.

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Best Sheer Sleeves: All Who Wander Bell Sleeves Dress

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This utterly swoon-worthy gown is full of eye-catching details, like larger-than-life bell sleeves, gorgeous graphic lace, and a flowing train. Style with a wildflower bouquet for an effortlessly romantic look.

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For a Summer Wedding: Willowby Sennett Dress

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Planning a destination wedding? This Willowby style featuring gently flared sleeves and a strapless neckline is the perfect gown for any warm-weather locale, be it domestic or abroad.

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Most Effortless: SaldanaVintage Bell Sleeve Dress

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For the free-spirited bride-to-be who loves effortless silhouettes, with vintage-inspired details, this bell sleeve gown is sure to please your bohemian sensibility.

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For an Elopement: ASOS Ei8th Hour Satin Dress with Bell Sleeves

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For the minimalist bride, this lovely mini feels appropriate for a wide range of micro weddings—from courthouse nuptials to an intimate backyard wedding full of luscious greenery.

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Best Velvet: miribridal Velvet Wedding Gown with Bell Sleeves

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Throwing a winter wedding? This striking gown is crafted from sumptuous velvet making it a stylish option for cold-weather nuptials.

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Most Regal: BelleAndKai Casual Boho Wedding Dress

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Inspired by the ruffles of the Renaissance Era, this gorgeous gown feels at once ethereal and regal. Even better? Thanks to its relaxed and easy-to-wear fit, you'll feel like you're floating down the aisle.

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Best Vintage-Inspired: BelleAndKai Frilly Bell Sleeve Dress

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This vintage-inspired gown feels very "My Fair Lady"– especially when it comes to the lace bell sleeves. Style with an oversized hat and statement jewelry to snag Eliza Doolittle's signature look.

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For the Laidback Bride: DreamersandLovers Vintage-Inspired Bell Sleeves Gown

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The epitome of laidback elegance, this fun and stylish gown is a beautiful option for the boho bride-to-be.

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Best Separates: BabyDollShopRu Two Piece

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Searching for a unique wedding day outfit? Bridal separates are highly versatile and a great way to showcase your personal style. This pretty two-piece set features eye-catching bell sleeves, a high neckline, and a skirt with an elongating front slit.

Shopping FAQs

Searching for the perfect wedding dress with bell sleeves? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for this style.

  • What are bell sleeves? Bell sleeves are quite literally sleeves that are shaped like a bell—and are fitted around the arm and flare out at the wrists. They also come in a wide range of lengths and sizes.
  • Are bell sleeve wedding dresses appropriate for all types of weddings? While bell sleeve wedding dresses have a certain bohemian flair to them, they're appropriate for all types of weddings and come in a wide range of silhouettes to suit many different bridal styles.
  • Are bell sleeve wedding dresses comfortable? Due to their flared design, bell sleeves are typically loose-fitting and comfortable, and fun to dance in, to boot.

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