It can be difficult remembering to be practical on your wedding day, especially when you’ve spent so long finding the dress of your dreams only to realise you may need a little extra layer should the weather require. The last thing you want is to add something which is going to detract from your wedding dress- instead you want something which will compliment and enhance it, not only giving you the much needed warmth of an extra layer, but also adding to your overall look on the big day.
Bridal capes and shawls are also perfect if you need to cover up a little during the ceremony- for example in a more traditional church wedding- but want to reveal a little more at the wedding breakfast and evening event. With a cover up you can create two looks in one, to take you seamlessly from one setting to the next. In fact, forget practical for a moment (because that’s a given here!), bridal capes and shawls are also just a great way to accessorize your look!
We have a beautifully curated collection of bridal capes and shawls in The Perfect Bridal Company collection, meaning there’s a cover up for every bride. So whether you’re planning an Autumn or Winter wedding, or just want to style up your wedding look, take a look at some of our favourites for some practical but pretty bridal inspo!
PRETTY IN PEARLS
Incorporating the ever popular pearl trend beautifully, new bridal cover up PBA2026 is one for fashion conscious brides who also want to retain an sophisticated, classic look. Made from soft ivory tulle, the shawl rouches elegantly across the shoulders and is embellished with a scattering of ivory pearls.
For a more dramatic take on pearl embellishment, look no further than stunning bridal cape PBC3002. More of a statement piece, this beautiful ivory tulle cape sits on the collarbone with a Bardot style neckline and has a stunning V shaped back. Draping elegant over the shoulders, it creates the effect of pearls cascading all the way down to the waist.
If you’re wearing a classically simple, unembellished wedding dress, you might want to use a bridal cape to create a totally different look either for your ceremony or evening reception. With an elegantly understate dress, you can afford to go for a cape with heavy detailing on it, such as the two embroidered styles here- PBC3001 and the full length version, PBC3003.
Both are adorned with intricately embroidered lace edging, embellished with shimmering ivory beadwork. Creating a modern take on a cover up, this stunning piece has a Bardot style neckline and V shaped back. Put simply, the effect is stunning and guaranteed to turn heads whether you’re wearing your cape down the aisle or onto the dancefloor for your first dance!
POLKA DOT & PLAIN
Sometimes less is more and of course we’ve allowed for that too (we told you there was a bridal cover up for everyone!). If your wedding dress is already quite embellished, or there’s a lot going on you may wish to opt for a simple, understate bridal shawl or cape. The beautifully simple style PBA2027 (pictured below) is super soft and adds another layer of texture to your look. We love the way this piece can also look as though it’s part of the dress itself!
An alternative to completely plain is a subtle, small polka dot pattern- as shown below with style PBA2028. The polka dot is woven into the soft ivory tulle, creating a beautiful, subtle texture and pattern. The wonderful thing about this piece is you can tie it multiple ways to create a variety of different looks, (see one below and an alternative way to wear it in the title image!).
Whatever your preference, take a look at our full range of bridal capes, shawls and cover ups here, and let your imagination have some fun!