The 17 Best Bridal Party Dresses With Sleeves in 2023

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Whether you’re planning a wedding in the cooler months, getting married in a church where conservative silhouettes are ideal or have people in your squad that feel their best with a little coverage up top, a bridal party dress with sleeves is the perfect silhouette.

No matter the shapes or sizes of your squad, bridal party dresses with sleeves feel timeless and sophisticated whether you’re planning for a trendy mixed palette, an all-white wedding party, or want to choose a more colorful hue like plum, gold, or lavender. All sleeves don’t have to be the same for your bridal party—you can opt for a lineup of all long sleeves or plan for a mix of sleeve shapes like a flutter, short, cap, or puff sleeve. Whatever sleeve shape you choose, the effect is utterly elegant.

Read on for the best bridal party dresses with sleeves

Best Flutter Sleeves

ASOS DESIGN Bridal Party Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress

blush dress

Courtesy of ASOS

With pretty flutter sleeves hitting just above the elbow, a subtle v-neck, and a high slit, this blush bridal party dress has all of the elements of a flattering and comfortable silhouette.

Price at time of publish: $130

For a Fall Wedding

Jenny Yoo Ellis Velvet Open Back Dress

As versatile as they are stylish, velvet bridal party dresses are perfect for fall and winter weddings and will keep your crew warm at an outdoor wedding. Available in four rich hues and featuring an alluring open back, Jenny Yoo's 'Ellis' dress is a dreamy choice for a formal autumn affair.

Price at time of publish: $295

Most Romantic

After Six Split Sleeve Backless Chiffon Maxi Dress

bridesmaid dress

 Courtesy of Dessy

Gone are the days of long sleeve dresses being frumpy and unimaginative. This modern design boasts unique and romantic split bell sleeves which is perfect for the bride who wants her bridal party to feel covered and sexy.

Price at time of publish: $257

Most Sophisticated

BHLDN Leila Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress

This elegant satin charmeuse dress exudes Old Hollywood glamour. From the gracefully draped bodice and dramatic sleeves to the timeless silhouette, the 'Leila' dress will make your crew feel like they're walking the red carpet. What's more, this style is available in over 10 gorgeous colors to suit all wedding color palettes.

Price at time of publish: $248

Most Unexpected

Fame and Partners Puff Sleeve Gown

bridesmaid dress

 Courtesy of Fame and Partners

Calling all brides who are looking to make a statement! These attached puff sleeves are such a unique idea, we guarantee none of your friends have thought of it. Plus, this dress is also completely customizable– from the fabric color to the neckline to the length.

Price at time of publish: $299

Best Blouson Sleeves

Azazie Noelia Bridesmaid Dress

bridesmaid dress

Courtesy of Azazie

These blouson sleeves with just a sliver of skin showing through are diaphanous and fun. With 50 (!) colorways to choose from, we have no doubt you'll find the perfect match for you and your bridal party.

Price at time of publish: $99

Most Sultry

Lulus Awaken My Love Long Sleeve Lace Maxi Dress

Lulus Awaken My Love Long Sleeve Lace Maxi Dress

Lulus

We don't need to tell you that photographers will be taking photos from all angles so it's important to remember that the back of a bridal party dress should be just as beautiful as its front. We also maintain that you can't go wrong with an elegant open-back dress, especially if it comes complete with gorgeous lace sleeves.

Price at time of publish: $89

Best Slightly Puffed Sleeves

Reformation Cassis Silk Dress

green dress

Courtesy of Reformation

Puff sleeves are oh-so-trendy and oh-so-flattering. With a little lift at the shoulders, your bridal party will feel elegant and statuesque. Not to mention, a high-slit will give them legs for days.

Price at time of publish: $378

For a Winter Wedding

Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Maxi Dress

Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Maxi Dress

Anthropologie

Stylish and warm, velvet bridal party dresses are a no-brainer for winter weddings. Long sleeves, a plunging neckline, and a wrap-style silhouette make this Jenny Yoo dress equal parts cozy and flattering.

Price at time of publish: $295

Best Neutral Shade

Show Me Your Mumu Rome Twist Gown

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 Courtesy of Show Me Your Mumu

For an utterly chic and monochromatic bridal party look, go for this flutter sleeve dress in a timeless champagne hue. Not only is champagne classic and chic but it's a neutral color so it goes with everything from gold jewelry to brightly colored accessories.

Price at time of publish: $198

Best Wrap Silhouette

Reformation Winslow Dress

A wrap dress will always be the most flattering option for your bridal party. The 'Winslow' comes in five colors and two pretty prints making it the perfect style for creating that coveted mismatched bridal party look.

Price at time of publish: $298

Best Balloon Sleeves

Lulus Feel the Romance Grey Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress

maix dress

Courtesy of Lulus

A surefire way to show off gorgeous shoulders is to draw attention to them with an off-the-shoulder neckline. This beautiful style from Lulus features ethereal balloon sleeves for a romantic look while the bodice is designed with hidden no-slip strips and boning for added support and security.

Price at time of publish: $89

Best For Rewearing

Zimmermann Asymmetric Ruffled Silk-Satin Wrap Dress

If your girls are as fashion-forward as you, then they'll love this popular Zimmermann style. Not only is it cool-girl-chic, but it's absolutely a dress they'll want to wear over and over again.

Price at time of publish: $450

Best Convertible Style

Birdy Grey Jane Convertible Dress Curve

Birdy Grey Jane Convertible Dress Curve

Courtesy of Birdy Grey

Not only is this dress convertible and can be styled three different ways, but it retails for under $100, making it a more affordable option for your bridal party. Even better? It comes in over 20 beautiful colors to suit all tastes and skin tones.

Price at time of publish: $99

Most Sultry

Katie May In A Mood Dress

black dress

Courtesy of Revolve

Sexy, sophisticated, and comfortable, this show-stopping dress is crafted from a stretchy fabric and features ruching for a flattering look. We love this striking style complete with a plunging neckline and side split for a black-tie wedding.

Price at time of publish: $298

Best Beaded

Show Me Your Mumu Michelle Flutter Maxi Dress

beaded dress

Courtesy of Show Me Your Mumu

Nothing says festive like a beaded dress! If you're having a black-tie wedding, this embroidered tulle gown is a must. Keep accessories modern and minimal–this shimmering dress does all the talking.

Price at time of publish: $318

What to Look for in Bridal Party Dresses with Sleeves

Before you start shopping for bridal party dresses, you'll have to decide what type of sleeve you're looking for. Long? Short? Puff? Cap? The options are seemingly endless. To help narrow down your options, look to the season and your wedding venue for inspiration. For brides throwing a winter wedding, consider long sleeve styles in warm and heavyweight fabrics like velvet, crepe, and lace. For the romantic bride getting married in the spring or summer, dainty cap sleeves, feminine flutter sleeves, or trendy puff sleeves are perfect for warm-weather celebrations. Looking for something more modern and minimalist? Clean and simple silhouettes with long or short sleeves or one-shoulder necklines always feel fresh yet timeless.

FAQ
  • How much should a bridal party dress cost?

    The price of bridal party dresses average around $80-$150. Fixes like alterations and tailoring are a separate cost.

  • Who pays for the bridal party dress?

    If the bride wants to and can afford to buy the bridal party dresses it's seen as a nice gesture, but commonly the bridal party are in charge of paying for it.

  • How far in advance should bridal party dresses be ordered?

    The dresses should be ordered at least six months before the wedding to ensure they arrive on time—and to make sure you're able to get any alterations done.

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, wedding parties, and more.

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