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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A more summery alternative is the Odette shrug from Monsoon Bridal, which is lightweight and has a delicate, vintage inspired trim.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Flora bridal coat from Phase Eight will keep you cosy on a blustery day and would look super cute in your wedding pictures.
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.
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.
Brides looking for a gothic wedding dress should pay close attention to this amazing feathered cape from Phase Eight, featuring iridescent black feathers.
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.
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.