One of the decisions that you'll need to make when you browse the options at a wedding dress boutique is whether you want a dress that has sleeves or is sleeveless. While many brides favor dresses that reveal their arms, others find that sleeves can be a good choice as well. It's a good idea to try on some sleeveless dresses and some that have sleeves to evaluate their fit and appearance. Sleeves can vary in length from being well above your elbow to all the way to your wrist. Here are some benefits that you may experience when you choose a wedding dress that has sleeves.

More Warmth

It's advantageous to think about the time of year that you're getting married. This is especially true if you're planning an outdoor ceremony. Outdoor spring and fall weddings can be beautiful, but there's also a risk of some chilly weather cooling you down. While some brides like to wear shawls or other garments as a source of warmth, you may not favor covering your dress in any way. In such a situation, choosing a dress that has sleeves will help to block the wind and keep you a little warmer. 

Covering Tattoos

If you have one or more tattoos on your arms, you might be proud of their appearance on a daily basis, but perhaps you may not want them to be visible on your wedding day. While you might be considering covering them with makeup, the makeup may smudge as people brush against your arms while offering congratulatory hugs throughout the day. A better choice can be a wedding dress with sleeves, especially if the sleeves don't have a see-through design.

Hiding Extra Weight

Different brides carry their weight in different parts of their bodies. If your arms look bigger than you're happy with and this is a point of contention for you, you don't want to feel self-conscious about your appearance on your wedding day. While a sleeveless wedding dress might not give you a confident feeling about how you look, a garment that has sleeves can be the right choice. You want to feel your best not only when you walk down the aisle, but also when you're mingling with guests at the reception that follows the ceremony. When you choose a dress that hides the extra weight on your arms, you can feel that you truly look your best.

For more styling tips, contact a local wedding dress boutique, such as The Steel Magnolia.