20 Stunning Wedding Dresses with Capes to Trail Behind You Down the Aisle

Not all heroes wear capes, but plenty of stylish brides do.
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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
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Updated Nov 30, 2023
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Whether you've chosen a wedding dress with a cape or plan to add one to your look, you'll be rocking one of the hottest bridal accessories for 2024. Look at you staying ahead of the trends. Not only do wedding capes and capelets offer the same benefits as a traditional veil or train—such as visual interest, extra coverage and sweeping effects—but they're also an effortless way to kick your bridal style up a notch. Whether it's adding a lace capelet to your dream gown, or picking a dress with a chapel-length cape train, there are many ways to incorporate a cape into your wedding look. Ultimately, it's about finding an option that you love—and lucky for you, we're here to help you get started.

First off, we always recommend visiting your local bridal salon or boutique for inspiration and expert advice. Trained consultants can provide you with helpful style tips, guiding you through the process of wedding dress shopping. But if you're in a crunch for time, or want to look through beautiful caped options that are available online and in stores right now, then you've come to the right place. From the ethereal and whimsical to the modern and boho-chic, we rounded up our favorite bridal capes and wedding dresses with capes, below.

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The Best Wedding Dresses With Capes for 2024

Wedding dresses with capes dominated the runways at this year's New York Bridal Fashion Week, making them one of the biggest wedding dress trends for 2024. The good news for brides is that these fashion-forward looks aren't only reserved for models. There are plenty of wedding dresses with capes that are avialble to shop right now, and we've rounded up a few of our favorites below. So, let's get shopping!

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Olivia Long-Sleeve Off-The-Shoulder Scoop-Neck Fit & Flare Gown

satin wedding gown with tulle cape and sleeves

Calling all classic brides: This streamlined satin wedding dress, featuring tulle sleeves and a detatchable cape, offers a timeless bridal look. The off-shoulder sleeves transform into a beautiful trailing cape that frames the gown's scoop back in the loveliest of ways. Not to mention, this dress is sold in inclusive sizes.

Size Range: 0 - 26

Danielle Frankel Freja Gown

Danielle Frankel ethereal lace wedding dress with long tulle cape

Stand out like the goddess you are in this ethereal Danielle Frankel gown. The dreamy detachable tulle cape features hand-appliquéd chantilly lace along the edges. Plus, it pairs perfectly with the dress's cowl neckline, cross-back straps, scooped back and elegantly understated silhouette.

Size Range: 0 - 12

Watters Calia Plunge V-Neck Floral Tulle Ball-Skirt Wedding Gown

Tulle ball gown with floral appliques and matching cape

You can achieve the same effect of a chapel-length veil without the drama of pinning it to your hair thanks to this cape wedding dress. Beautiful sheer floral appliqués cascade down the bodice and into the A-line chiffon skirt. But of course, our favorite part would have to be the floral-adorned cape that hangs off the shoulders and trails romantically behind the gown.

Size Range: 00 - 24W

Lillian West Allover Lace Fit and Flare Gown with Flutter Sleeve Detail

Boho lace wedding gown with plunging neckline and scalloped cape

For the bride who wants to wear lots of lace, this wedding dress offers everything you've ever dreamed of and more. The boho design boasts a sexy fit-and-flare silhoette with flutter sleeves that extend into a chapel-length cape. We love this look for a summer beach wedding on the sand.

Size Range: 2 - 32

Reev Adeline Gown

Modern wedding gown with turtleneck and cape sleeves

Modern brides: We've found the dress for you. The Adeline gown's classic column silhoette is made modern by a high neckline and dramatic cape sleeves for a futuristic look you're sure to love.

Size Range: Custom

Amsale Manuela Dress

Square neck wedding gown with floral applique-adorned tulle cape

Delicate floral petals are sewn into this tulle cape, which is attached to a square-neck, fit-to-flare gown made from lustrous duchess satin. We especially love how the detachable bridal cape drapes effortlessly over the gown's simple structure.

Size Range: 0 - 24

Ines Di Santo Chevet Gown

Satin slip dress with dramatic feathered cape attatched

If you're a bride looking to bring maximum wow-factor to your wedding day, this look is calling your name. The streamlined satin gown, with spaghetti straps and a bias cut trumpet silhoette, is met with an eye-catching cape adorned in feathers and crystals. The best part? The cape is detatchable so you can go from simple to showstopping througout the day.

Size Range: Custom

Martina Liana Sparkling Beaded Lace Fit-and-Flare Wedding Dress

Lace fit-and-flare wedding gown with plunging neckline and matching cape

This gown was practically made for the bride who beleives more is more. Its maximalist design features a plunging neckline, all-over lace and sequin embellishments, as well as a matching detatchable tulle cape. One word: Swoon.

Size Range: Custom

Milla Nova Bereta Gown

Crystal-embellished wedding gown with oversized bow cape

Why hello there, bridal glamour! This crystal-adorned wedding gown is simply enchanting. We adore its sparkly silhoette, oversized bow decals, and of course, its detatchable trailing cape.

Size Range: Custom

Galia Lahav Celeste Gown

Galia Lahav embroidered wedding gown with cape that forms a sparkly tulle bow

The intricate details throughout this Galia Lahav gown are straight out of a fairytale. With glistening embroidered glass beads on the plunging neckline and back, this A-line gown stands out among the rest. The best part? A sparkly tulle bow is tied at the neckline and cascades down the back for a unique take on the bridal cape trend.

Size Range: Custom

The Best Bridal Capes Sold Separately

Opting out of a veil? A bridal cape can be an elegant alternative to accessorize your dream dress with. The best part is, there are plenty of looks sold seperately, that can match virtually any wedding gown you choose. Wheather you're looking for a sparkly vintage capelet to top off your old Hollywood-inspired gown, or a full length cape to add drama to your reception mini dress, we've got options for you. Get ready to wow your partner and your guests with one of these ten shoppable options.

Jenny Yoo Jewel Cape

Wedding cape with voluminous puff sleeves

Sleeves or no sleeves? That's the tough decision so many to-be-weds have to make on their quest for the perfect dress. Luckily, with this puff-sleeved detatchable cape, it's one you'll never have to face.

Houghton by Katharine Polk Christiana Cape

Houghton by Katharine Polk luxurious long bridal cape

You'll feel like royalty in this extravagant bridal cape by Katharine Polk. The luxurious accessory—available in a charmeuse or crepe material—flows elegantly down to the floor. A sophisticated front closure ties the regal accessory together.

Untamed Petals Flutter Ruffle Cape

Pearl-adorned wedding cape with ruffled edges

Allover pearl details? We're in love. Pay tribute to the year of pearlcore with a chic ruffled wedding cape that effortlessly converts into a train (we love versatility!). Paired with pearl shoes and your favorite gown, you'll look and feel wedding-ready.

BHLDN Meadow Bridal Cape

Lace bridal cape with puff sleeves

Bring some dazzle to your wedding day by accenting a simple wedding dress with this statement bridal cape. Its Juliet sleeves and beaded lace design create a vintage-meets-modern look that commands attention.

Justin Alexander Cora Cape

Simple chiffon bridal cape

If you're searching for a timeless bridal accessory, look no further. This simple chiffon wedding cape doubles as an elegant train for your nuptials. The streamlined accessory is decorated with lace appliqués at the shoulders for just the right amount of glam.

Society James Florence Off-The-Shoulder Lace-Sleeve Cape

Simple wedding cape with floral lace sleeves

For the bride who's all about whimsical romance, this ethereal wedding cape is a foolproof choice. The lightweight and breezy cape is met with long off-shoulder sleeves adorned in floral appliqués for major fairytale vibes.

Rebecca Schoneveld Rita Cape

Rebecca Schoneveld flowy wedding cape made with georgette fabric

This bridal cape by Rebecca Schoneveld is so enchanting. Made with a fluid georgette fabric, the swoon-worthy accent piece is guaranteed to make your entrance all the more grand. Simply pair it with any gown that has straps, then let the cape swirl all night long. (Bonus points if your wedding falls on a windy day!)

Jenny Yoo Cecilia Capelet

Jenny Yoo vintage-inspired lace wedding capelet with beaded floral appliqués

Give your sleeveless dress some lace coverage with this vintage-inspired lace wedding capelet by Jenny Yoo. From the elegant bateau neckline to the beaded floral appliqués along the high-low tulle hem, what's not to love? Pair it with a timeless wedding dress, then let the compliments roll in.

Untamed Petals Winslow Cape

Beaded floral bridal cape

We're loving all the romantic elements of this wedding cape, from its beaded floral detialing to its lightweight sheer fabric. The sparkly cape boasts a dazzling design across the shoulders and expands into an elegant full-length train that's utterly dreamy.

Loulette Simone Cape

Sheer riffled wedding cape

How's this for a unique way to top off your wedding look (litterally)? Perfect for pairing with a sleek jumpsuit or mermaid wedding dress, this sheer capelet, finished with tiered ruffle detailing, was practically made for boho-loving brides.

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