The latest in long sleeved bridal couture

It's understandable that after the Duchess of Cambridge's stunning bridal gown made its debut to the world, long-sleeved wedding dresses have made a grand return.

From their past reputation of being conservative and modest, they are now readily positioned in the height of fashion and are set to reign in popularity for many years to come.

Now demure, princess-like long-sleeved numbers exuding elegance and sophistication have made their way down the 2013 catwalk, and it's only a matter of time before they make their way up the aisle.

Lace has also become a favourite with designers. After Alexander Mcqueen's creation for Kate on her wedding day, with its exquisite hand-embroidered and appliquéd lace, its popularity has soared.

Ideal for the colder seasons, swap strapless or sweetheart necklines for a daringly beautiful, long-sleeved look.

A stunning Elie Saab wedding design with a feminine scalloped edge neckline, 3-D lace flowers and crystal embellishment, leaving the dress to sparkle


The colourful beaded back design and feathered winged shoulders make for a unique bridal gown from Isabel Zapardiez's silk collection


Elie Saab puts focus on lace sleeves included with a waist-defining gown in collaboration for the Pronovias collection


This Douglas Hannant mermaid inspired design combines a halter neckline with delicate lace sleeves 

For a more revealing yet elegant look, Anne Bowen's gown has a low-cut back with mesh detail and beaded sleeve design


Two long-sleeved offerings created by Franc Sarabia 

Marchesa creates the perfect fairytale wedding ensemble, combining sweetheart neckline, backless dress detail and long sleeves - three key bridal styles 

Intricately designed bridal gowns with lace adorned long sleeves from the Spanish wedding dress collection Pronovias 

Inspired by the Twenties, this Paula del Vas collection experiments with cinched-in waist dresses and altering necklines, using lace and silk as preferred materials 

Transparent fabrics such as mesh, lace and embroidery have created the beautiful illusion to Monique L'Huillier's collection while the oversized bow adds an accessory to the otherwise understated ensemble 

Yolancris opts for a romantic inspired collection, with different styles and unique cuts for every bride, and even a shorter knee-length dress for the more daring who wish to show off their legs on their big day 

Rosa Clara accommodates brides who are sensitive to the cold weather with these beautiful, less-is-more, long sleeved gowns in her most recent collection