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You heard it here first: bridal capes are the modern alternative to the wedding veil. From allover embellished styles to elegant floor-length silhouettes, bridal capes share the same stylish and romantic qualities of a veil and complement any style of wedding dress. Whether you're looking to make a serious fashion statement on your wedding day or you're seeking out a bridal cape for added coverage, we've rounded up the best bridal capes ranging from the ultra glamours to the ethereal.
What Is a Bridal Cape?
A bridal cape is an accessory that can be worn over a wedding dress. Bridal capes come in many styles from floor-length to cropped capelets.
For brides looking for showstopping drama, you'll love details like allover embellishments, bold color, and exaggerated lengths. If a minimalist vibe is more your speed, sheer silk, and tulle options are on offer both in full-length silhouettes and cropped capelets. And for the classic bride, there are scores of capes crafted from crisp fabrics and elegant laces to complement any simple wedding dress silhouette.
Whether you're getting married in the winter or summer or saying "I do" at a black-tie or backyard wedding, we've rounded up the best bridal capes for every bridal style, season, and wedding dress silhouette.
Best Subtle Details: Monique Lhuillier Brie Crystal-Embellished Swiss-Dot Cape
If you're worried about any added bulk when it comes to a bridal cape, fear not! This swiss-dot tulle cape boasts a slim fit across the shoulders and gathered pleating to keep it in place. We are also loving how the crystal-embellished neckline looks like a piece of sparkling jewelry.
Thinking about wearing a cape on your wedding day? We've answered three common questions brides ask when shopping for a bridal cape.
- What is a bridal cape? A bridal cape is worn over a wedding dress and can either fasten at the front or back, at the shoulders, or slip on over your head. Bridal capes come in many lengths from floor-length to cropped capelets.
- What is a bridal capelet? A bridal capelet is a cropped version of a cape that covers your shoulders and typically hits above your elbows.
- Can I wear a bridal cape and a veil? It's your wedding and you should feel free to wear whatever best reflects your personal style, however, if you're planning to wear a floor-length cape with a cathedral length veil you may run the risk of two competing styles getting lost in your overall look. Blushers and birdcage veils pair nicely with floor-length capes while cropped capelets are more conducive to longer length veils.