Picking the outfit for your wedding day is one of the biggest bridal decisions. There are so many options out there these days, and be it a wedding dress, a two-piece skirt and top, or a chic suit, all of them can be made better by a little bridal cape.
Capes are as versatile as they are pretty; many of them can be worn for years after your actual wedding, meaning they are a wonderful investment piece for the future, as well as for your big day. They also come in a great range of different designs.
If you’re opting for a winter wedding, you can pick up a warm, fluffy, faux fur cape or bridal cloak to keep you warm, while making you look elegant and sophisticated. Those going for a summer occasion have plenty (if not more) options too. There are so many lightweight tulle, lace, and silk bridal capes, and they all come in varying lengths, from mini capelets to cropped styles, midis, and maxis that hit the floor. If you want a more modest wedding day look, a bridal cape is a great way to cover up in style.
Intrigued by the style? We’ve picked out 30 of the best bridal capes for all styles, tastes, and budgets. Plus, we tracked down an amazing tutorial showing you how to make a wedding cape yourself.
1. Diamond Storm Scalloped Lace Cape – £525, Liberty In Love
Made from fine floral lace and decorated with intricate hand-beaded detailing and a scalloped edge, this cape has lots to fall in love with.
2. Bridal Cape Veil – from £137.12, Floral Jewellery
This versatile piece perfectly bridges the gap between the veil and the bridal cover up. It’s made from soft English tulle, and the edges are decorated with chic lace with a thin silver thread.
3. Sleeper Snow White Embellished Tulle Cape – £180, Harvey Nichols
This long length cape is giving us major fairy tale princess vibes. The ruffled neck and ribbon tie draw attention to the face while the sheer tulle cape allows the dress to shine.
4. ‘Edwina’ Hand Beaded Silver Cover Up Capelet – £168, Britten Weddings
Not quite convinced by the cape? Why not opt for the humble capelet, which adds a stunning mini touch to your wedding outfit. This one is made with twinkling silver beads, which are hand-sewn in.
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If a veil is not on your radar, this is the next best thing. All Britten Weddings’ products are handmade in Bath and are of excellent quality. You can have this cape made with a high or low neckline and at your preferred length, depending on your dress style.
6. Chocolate Faux Fur Cape – £115, Liberty In Love
Winter weddings can be incredibly romantic and beautiful, but there’s always the worry you might get cold. This super warm design has a luxury feel and looks sophisticated.
7. Petunia Midaxi Cape – £260, Needle & Thread
This Champagne hue is ideal for anyone after a neutral shade, but who wants to sway away from straight-up white. It’ll sparkle under the light as you walk down the aisle!
8. Margot Midaxi Cape in Swan White – £325, Needle & Thread
Looking for something to really transform your simple and minimalist wedding gown? This floral sequinned tulle cape will add a touch of sparkle to your wedding style and also goes nicely paired with the Margot Cami Ankle Gown.
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9. ‘Jade’ Silk Style Tulle Short Front Cape – £112, Britten Weddings
10. Ivory Feather Bridal Cape – £245, Liberty In Love
Getting married somewhere super chilly? This ultra-fluffy cape oozes Hollywood glamour and can be worn for years after your actual wedding.
11. ‘Valerie’ Beaded Bridal Cover Up – £237.89, Magnificence Bridal
A gorgeous, immaculately beaded design, which wouldn’t look out of place in the Great Gatsby, this ivory, soft tulle capelet would look stunning with a strapless dress. The closure can be worn at the front or back for versatility.
12. Hand Beaded Silver Capelet Cover Up- Jolie – £495, Britten Weddings
Another great version of the cape’s little sister, this capelet is extra special, made with glass beads and silver beads.
13. Celia Jacket – £325, Needle & Thread
How amazingly pretty is this little number? You can continue to wear this cape jacket for years to come, and it works for bridesmaids or wedding guests also.
14. ‘Serenity’ Elbow Length Barely There Cape – £98, Britten Weddings
If you’re after something super, super lightweight and delicate, this illusion tulle number is your dream cape. It closes at the front of the neck with an equally pretty ivory satin ribbon, adding a beautiful extra detail.
15. Sheer Bridal Cape – from £129, Wildest Dreams Bridal
If your wedding dress is fairly low-key and simple, this standout long tulle cloak will add all the drama you need by simply throwing it on. It won’t hide the back of your dress or your hair either.
16. Dahlia Grecian Floral Embroidered Wedding Cape – £120, Meadow Sweet Bridal
Just like wedding dresses, capes and cover ups don’t need to be white or ivory. In fact, we’re head over heels for this embroidered cape with peach toned roses and green leaves. It’s a great choice for botanical or garden weddings.
17. Bridal Cape in Faux Fur – £165, Helen Moore
How adorable is this faux fur bridal cape? With an optional hood, it would look amazing at a winter wedding. The cape comes in a variety of colours including a stunning soft brown that would be ideal for a country wedding.
18. Society James Diane Cape – £382 Approx., BHLDN
Gorgeously romantic, this cape looks simply stunning layered over a satin gown. We think it’s a great alternative to a traditional veil.
19. Faux Fur Wrap – £15, JJ's House
If your wedding is Christmas themed, why not fully embrace the aesthetic with this faux fur wrap with a collar and ribbon tie? It looks like something straight from a winter fairy-tale.
20. Bia Cape – £485, Andrea Hawkes
Andrea Hawkes is a contemporary, British wedding dress designer but she also designs and handmakes gorgeous bridal capes in their London Studio. The Bia cape is so sheer it creates a heavenly barely-there look.
21. Star Cape – £99, Wildest Dreams Bridal
Celestial wedding dresses are a popular choice and if that's your chosen style this star cape would fit in perfectly. Each star is embellished with translucent sequins so they'll twinkle like the night sky.
22. Bianco Ivory Faux Fur Wedding Cape – £62, Lace & Favour
This faux fur wedding cape is a real steal at just over £60. It's ideal for an effortless winter wedding look and crafted from the softest material that'll keep you cosy and warm all day.
23. Ivory Faux Fur Cape – £115, Liberty In Love
This faux fur cape by Liberty In Love is giving us all the vintage vibes and we reckon it will look gorgeous paired with a red lip. Lined with duchess satin it'll feel just as good on the inside as it does on the outside.
24. Eden – £950, Andrea Hawkes
We also adore Andrea Hawkes's Eden cape. It reminds us of a smattering of snowflakes falling over your shoulders so if you're planning a winter wonderland wedding you know what to do...
25. Floral Secret Garden Cape – £234.14, La Voile Rose
Whimsical wildflowers on your wedding mood board? Why not match your outfit to the décor with this floral embroidered bridal cape. It's really unique and we reckon it'll garner lots of compliments from your guests.
26. Terani Couture Amber Cape – £164.91 Approx., BHLDN
This sheer bridal cover up will add some serious sparkle to your look without covering up the dress entirely. Draping down to just above the bum, the Amber cape will allow your train to shine as you walk down the aisle.
27. Charis Bridal Wrap – £148, Britten
Crafted from soft ivory lace, Charis is a delicate and romantic piece that will add ethereal beauty to your wedding gown. Hand-crafted in the Britten workshop situated just outside of Bath, this piece will arrive packed with loving care.
28. Lace Wedding Cape – £58, Bieauli
If you're wearing a simple strappy or strapless dress, this lace and tulle cape will add extra detailing as well as cover your shoulders for the ceremony. We love it paired with a matching crown!
29. Appliqué Floral Wedding Cape – £125, ASOS
30. Suzi Embellished Cape – £49, Gatsby Lady
If you love vintage style, you'll fall head over heels for this 1920s inspired beaded bridal cape. Featuring delicate beaded tassels and diamanté details, this piece will add plenty of sparkle to your ensemble.
How to Make a Wedding Cape
Want to rock something totally unique on your big day? Why not make your own wedding cape? It's way easier than it looks, trust us. We'd follow this tutorial if we were you, it shows you how to create not one but two gorgeous wedding capes.
Why not take some inspiration from these wedding dresses with secret messages? You could get a message stitched into a tulle cape!