Beautiful Bridal Cover Ups: From Shimmering Boleros to Feathered Capes

We've rounded up our favourite bridal cover ups from the classic bridal bolero to the dramatic feathered capes. Which style will you go for?


Bridal cover ups are practical for a number of reasons – if you’re looking for a church wedding dress, it’s a great way to make a strapless gown more modest. They can keep you warm or if you’re not keen on your upper arms, they can conceal them. We've also rounded up our favourite long sleeved wedding dresses if that's more your thing.

We’ve assembled our favourite bridal cover ups – there’s something for everyone so be inspired!

Bridal Boleros

Add some delicate sparkle to your wedding day look with this semi-sheer, sequin bolero from BHS. It would look super cute with a vintage wedding dress and you could also wear it again after the big day with jeans and heels.

Sequin boleros from BHS

If glitter isn’t your thing, this white lace bolero, also from BHS, could work for you. The lace is suitably bridal and the longer sleeves will help to conceal your upper arms, if this is something that concerns you.

Lace bridal cover up from BHS

Vintage loving brides will adore this vintage inspired Mary bolero from GatsbyLady London. It’s a dreamy ‘something blue’ shade with gold toned embellishments, but also comes in bridal white if you don’t want to go too bold. Pair with a 1920s wedding dress for maximum style points.

Blue vintage style bridal bolero

Those who have a bold dress already will need a delicate bolero that won’t distract from the main event. We love this soft and sheer tulle bolero which is perfect for the bride or bridesmaids, from LoveYouBridalDesign.

Sheer tulle bolero

The Delphinia wedding dress from Ivory & Co has beautiful lace detailing around the mid-section and comes with a complimentary Delphinia lace bolero, which is a great option if you want a transformable wedding dress so you can change your look from day to night.

Wedding dress with lace bolero

This sheer, sparkly bolero from Special Day (E15900) is ideal for adding balance to a tea-length wedding dress. Use it as an extra layer in the day (especially if you are posing outside for photos) and then remove it for the evening party.

Tea length wedding dress with sheer bolero

Winter brides will adore this fluffy, furry bolero from Special Day (E16623) as it’ll keep you warm and cosy whilst you’re out and about, but will still let you wear the dress of your dreams.

Faux fur wedding bolero

Bridal Shrugs

This ivory, ostrich feather shrug from Champagne & Promises will add a dose of drama to your wedding look. Secure it in place using the elegant satin tie and feel like a vintage vixen.

Ostrich feather wedding shrug

We love the vintage inspired marabou feather bridal shrug, also from Champagne & Promises. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a vintage style wedding dress, and will keep you toasty on a chilly day.

Marabou feather wedding shrug

The 3908 from Sincerity comes with a detachable Chantilly lace wrap – this allows you to have a two in one wedding dress, a sophisticated off the shoulder wedding dress for the day, and a more sensual strapless neckline for later on.

Sincerity wedding dress with chantilly lace shrug

If you’re marrying at a colder time of year, this faux fur shrug complete with vintage inspired fastening from BHS is perfect – and it’s very affordable too.

Faux fur wedding shrug from BHS

A more summery alternative is the Odette shrug from Monsoon Bridal, which is lightweight and has a delicate, vintage inspired trim.

Vintage style sheer bridal shrug

Bridal Capes

If you want a bit more coverage, consider this fabulous feather cape – the Addilyn from Monsoon could be perfect and it’s ideal for brides who want to make a bit of a statement.

White feather cape from Monsoon

The Genevieve cape is a more classic alternative and is perfect for those who want some old Hollywood glamour on their wedding day. Style it with retro 1950s style wedding makeup for ultimate glam points.

Faux fur wedding cape

Special Day also do a cosy, furry cape – the E16624 will keep you snug and will make sure you look the part at a winter wonderland wedding.

Faux fur wedding cape

Those who want to make a dramatic statement should consider the VRS61574 from Veromia – the lace trimmed cape gives a layer of sheer coverage before falling into a dramatic train at the back.

Wedding dress with lace trimmed cover up

Brides searching for a subtle hint of colour should consider the Attarah feather cape from Phase Eight – opt for a bridal up do so you can fully show it off.

Mink coloured feather cape

The Frederica cape from Phase Eight is also a statement look, but in a more bridal shade of white. It’s perfect for dressing up a simple wedding gown.

White feathered cape from Phase Eight

This pale grey, suedette cape from River Island would add a delicate, vintage feel to your bridal look, and is something you can easily wear time and time again. Add a sparkly brooch to the collar to dress it up.

Grey faux suede capelet

Bridal Jackets

A jacket is a great option if you want to dress up your wedding dress but don’t want to be too fluffy or feminine. The James jacket from Martina Liana masters edgy tailoring and adds a sophisticated feel to a wedding dress. It’d also look amazing with skinny jeans and towering heels!

The James bridal jacket from Martina Liana

The Flora bridal coat from Phase Eight will keep you cosy on a blustery day and would look super cute in your wedding pictures.

White button up bridal coat

If sleek and simple is more your style, consider this Phase Eight jacket that will keep you covered but not distract from the rest of your look.

Ivory wedding jacket

Out There Options

Edgy brides will want to make a statement with their outfit. This fringed kimono with subtle floral detail from Miss Selfridge would look amazing paired with a boho wedding dress.

Vintage style fringed kimono bridal cover up

Brides looking for a gothic wedding dress should pay close attention to this amazing feathered cape from Phase Eight, featuring iridescent black feathers.

Black feathered cape

Do you want to channel your inner rock star on your wedding day, we love this metallic silver leather jacket from Topshop. Ideal for alternative brides with an edgy sense of style.

Silver leather jacket from Topshop

So presumably you have the dress and now you’ve got an amazing bridal cover up sorted to match it – why not browse our favourite famous wedding shoes for more ideas? You’ll be seriously stylish from top to toes. 


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