How To Score Two Looks For The Price Of One With Detachable Elements

What you wear to your wedding sets the tone for the day. The right ensemble can take a city hall wedding from casual to straight-up editorial. That’s why brides today are investing in one, two, sometimes three looks! You’ve got the ceremony gown, the reception dress, the exit look…and that’s just the wedding. There’s also the engagement party, bridal shower, and bachelorette party. Now before you panic, we know all of those different dresses can add up fast–especially if you’re like us and have champagne taste. That’s why we’re here to give you a pro tip: detachable elements.

Believe it or not, this is the same gown that’s shown above. It takes on a completely different look without the sleeves. And it’s worth noting that it also comes in blush!

Detachable Elements

If you’re not familiar with this concept, don’t worry, you shouldn’t be. It’s pretty specific to bridal. Detachable elements are pieces of the dress that can be removed or changed to transform the look. They can be something as simple as sleeves or a train to something as complex as an entire skirt or bodice swap.

Maggie Sottero is one of our most popular designers here at Aurora Bridal, and they have a ton of gowns with detachable elements. Here are a few of our favorite gowns in their most recent collection* that have detachable elements and how we would style them:

*Please note that all gowns featured in this post may not be available at Aurora Bridal. If you are interested in a particular gown, please reach out and inquire before your appointment. Please contact us at (321) 254-3880 or click here for an appointment.


This lovely lace mermaid gown, with its high neckline and elegant fitted sleeves, is perfect for a traditional religious wedding service. Pair this with a cathedral or chapel-length veil and it’s giving royal wedding vibes all the way.

Then, remove the sleeves for the reception to reveal a sporty lace neckline to add a sexy touch for your reception. Consider having your HMUA stay and putting your hair up to accentuate the sheer back details on this gown and to really switch up your look.


It’s romantic, it’s whimsical, it’s the dress that every girl dreams of getting married in. These voluminous embroidered tulle sleeves will give you all those princess bride feels. The hushed pink tint of the lining accentuates the lovely lace accents but it is also available in ivory (see below) if you want more of a classic look. This dress is absolutely perfect for a flower-filled garden wedding.

Then simply remove the sleeves and arrive in a completely new look for your outdoor garden reception, complete with farm tables and hanging crystal chandeliers. And with the sleeves gone, the focus is all on that beautiful plunging neckline, so throw on a delicate necklace to really amp up this look.


Now, normally, we’re all about more coverage for the ceremony and removing elements like sleeves and capes to transition into the reception, but for this dress–we make an exception. This sculpted sweetheart neckline is pure poetry with its layered lace details and silver beading. Bring on the drama by pairing the strapless version of the dress with a dramatic silver beaded veil a la JLo in “Marry Me” and make your grand entrance.

Then, once you ditch the veil, reveal your gorgeous updo and show off that neckline by adding some detachable off-the-shoulder cap sleeves. Bring that sparkle up to your face by wearing some statement diamond earrings and swap your neutral lipstick for something a little more sultry.


Is this the perfect fairytale wedding dress or what? These delicate tulle sleeves make it perfect for every season, but can’t you just picture it at a spring wedding at a grand estate? With this one, we recommend wearing the sleeves for the ceremony and the first dance (for the photos).

Then slip away, remove the sleeves, throw on a cute padded satin headband, and some playful tulle gloves, and get ready to party! We love how different this dress looks without the sleeves, the spaghetti straps make it barely recognizable. This is one of the most versatile looks too because just look at all of the color options!


This intriguing design features a detachable train and can be styled so many different ways. As you can see, the gown underneath is available in full-length or mini. We love the idea of the mini version for a city-hall micro wedding with a rooftop party to follow. Then you ditch the train, throw on some cute shades, and hop into a vintage car as you drive off into your happily ever after. And, it goes without saying, but if you do choose the mini version of this dress–cute shoes are ESSENTIAL!

These are just a handful of the ways you can style these incredible dresses. We can’t wait to play with all of the options with you when you come in for your appointment! Click here to schedule.

Just keeping the below gown links here in case you want us to link to them…up to you Cami.