Are capes the new veils?

When it comes to putting together the bridal outfit, all women want something a little bit different. Although the majority of brides still opt for white gowns, high heels and hairpieces, most still want to incorporate a sartorial element that will help them to stand out from the crowd.

This desire to be different may well explain the rise in popularity of wedding capes. Stylish, eye-catching and available in a huge choice of shapes and sizes, capes can add a fantastic extra touch to your outfit and make a great alternative to the traditional wedding veil.

What is a wedding cape?

Instead of being worn on the head like veils, capes are generally draped over the shoulders. In most cases, capes are made from the same material as the wedding dress or from a fabric that’s been chosen to complement the outfit. Capes can be just a few inches long or they can flow from shoulder to floor. The type of cape you choose will depend on your wedding dress and your personal preference. As @brittenweddings says:

“Capes are a fabulous alternative to a veil as they are slightly more unusual in the bridal world. They can provide a little bit of cover for modesty in church weddings and can help transform your outfit from day to night.”

Adding visual interest to your outfit

One of the main reasons that brides choose to wear a cape on their wedding day is that it adds a little extra texture and visual interest to their outfit. As you walk down the aisle, your cape will catch the wind and the light and ensure your outfit is truly breathtaking. What’s more, if you’re a little self-conscious about your arms, capes can cover the bits you’re worried about and help you to feel more confident as you walk down the aisle.

Once the ceremony is over, you can use your cape to help transform your outfit ready for the reception. If you’ve chosen a long, heavy cape, remove it to reveal the elegant and stylish dress underneath. You could also think about swapping your white cape for a coloured one to help your outfit match your wedding theme.

Choose a cape for your wedding day

If you’re thinking about swapping your veil for a cape, the first thing you need to do is head online and look for some inspiration. There is a huge choice of designs available, so you’ll need to work out which is best for you and your outfit. Next, head to a few local bridal shops and try on some different options. If you’ve already found your dress, make sure you take it along so you can try on the complete look.

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