25 Stunning Wedding Capes and Capelets That'll Float Down the Aisle

They're a beautiful alternative to a traditional veil or train.
three wedding dresses with capes
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Apr 29, 2022
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Whether you choose a wedding dress with a cape or add one to your look, wedding capes have a show-stopping effect. Not only do they 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 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, 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

If you're on the hunt for wedding dresses sold with capes, then you're in luck! We've pulled dramatic and simple caped dresses for every bridal style, so let's get shopping!

BHLDN Odalis Gown

BHLDN whimsical caped lace wedding dress with elegant train

Calling all boho brides: This whimsical caped wedding dress—with a plunging V-neckline and elegant train—is crafted with intricate lace for a truly magical bridal look. The cascading flutter sleeves transform into a beautiful cape that frames the gown's dramatic open back. Plus, this dress is sold in inclusive sizes.

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. It pairs perfectly with the dress's cowl neckline, cross-back straps, scooped back and elegantly understated silhouette.

Azazie Linnea BG Dress

Azazie cape-sleeve wedding dress with chapel-length bridal veil

Achieve the same drama of a chapel-length bridal veil without depending on your hair thanks to this cape-sleeve wedding dress. Beautiful 3D flower appliqués, sequins and lace cascade down the bodice and into the A-line chiffon skirt. But of course, the sleeves are our favorite part—they hang off the shoulder and fall romantically down the gown.

Imad Eduso Jacqueline Jumpsuit

Imad Eduso wedding jumpsuit with detachable cape train

We're so, so obsessed with this fashion-forward wedding jumpsuit from Imad Eduso. The modern design is complete with off-the-shoulder puffed sleeves, a corseted bodice and an elegant, detachable cape train. It's a stylish wedding dress alternative for the chicest brides.

Torrid Ivory Lace Capelet Wedding Dress

Torrid plus-size capelet wedding dress with flounce front and short capelet sleeves

For the bride who wants to wear lots of lace, this plus-size capelet wedding dress is everything you've ever dreamed of. The classic design boasts a subtle V-neckline, flouncy front and short capelet sleeves. Plus, the fit-and-flare silhouette is designed with stretch for maximum comfort (which is a huge bonus for your wedding day).

Betsey & Adam Plus-Size Ruched Cape Dress

Betsey and Adam plus-size short caped wedding gown with attached cape at the shoulders

Minimalists brides, here's a simple short wedding dress that still makes a statement. This plus-size caped wedding dress has a high neckline, elegant V-back and a ruched bodice that'll beautifully hug your curves. The attached cape adds the perfect amount of drama to the plain sheath silhouette.

Amsale Manuela Dress

Amsale Manuela simple wedding dress with floral bridal 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.

Adrianna Papell Structured Cape Sheath Dress

Adrianna Papell short caped wedding dress with attached bridal cape

We're sharing another short caped wedding dress (they're just so chic). This white gown has a fitted skirt that falls just above the knee, but the dramatic bridal cape defines the fanciful frock. And with a comfortable, stretchy feel, you'll have no problem busting moves on the dance floor in this stylish wedding after-party outfit.

Halston Isabel Crepe V-Neck Gown

Halston modern wedding gown with plunging V-neck, waist tie and draped caftan sleeves

This ultra-modern wedding gown is undeniably elegant. With a plunging V-neckline, chic waist tie and—most importantly—draped caftan sleeves, you're bound to get tons of compliments. The flowy sleeves, which create a statement-making caped effect, blend into the gown's silky silhouette.

Azazie Lydia Gown

Azazie one-shoulder wedding dress with chapel-length bridal cape

Why hello there, ethereal glamour! This affordable wedding dress from Azazie is simply enchanting. We adore the simple one-shoulder neckline, ruched bodice and subtle mermaid skirt. The chapel-length cape—crafted from a flowy chiffon fabric—adds a dramatic element that balances out the minimalist style.

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.

Significant Other Kelsie One-Shoulder Cape Gown

Significant Other satin caped wedding gown with dramatic caped shoulder

A cascading caped bodice is the highlight of this gorgeous satin wedding dress. The one-shoulder neckline adds sophistication, while the bold cape creates a strikingly elegant effect on the shoulder. You'll absolutely stun in this formal wedding gown.

The Best Bridal Capes Sold Separately

Adding a bridal cape is a wonderful way to accessorize your dream gown, which is why we've rounded up the most elegant and romantic wedding capes for brides. Get ready to wow your partner and your guests.

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 piece—available in a charmeuse or crepe material—flows elegantly down to the floor. A sophisticated front closure ties the regal accessory together.

Anne Barge Pauline Cape

Anne Barge tulle bridal cape with shoulder lace appliqués

Adorned with pearls and beading, we can't stop staring at this lovely bridal cape by Anne Barge. The white tulle piece has beautiful lace appliqués at the shoulders, which is also where it attaches to your dress. The cape pairs perfectly with the designer's Pauline Gown.

Terani Couture Palmer Cape

Terani Couture bridal cape with gold and pearl embellishments

Bring some dazzle to your wedding day by accenting a simple wedding dress with this statement bridal capelet. The gold and pearl embellishments cascading down from the neckline create a vintage-meets-modern look that commands attention.

DB Studio Detachable Cape Train With Lace Appliqués

DB Studio lace wedding cape with whimsical tulle decorated with lace appliqués

This gorgeous lace wedding cape doubles as an elegant train for your nuptials. The whimsical tulle is decorated with lace appliqués and completed with a lace border along the bottom hem. If you're searching for a timeless bridal accessory, look no further.

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 an entrance. 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.

Imad Eduso Matinat Cape

Imad Eduso long tulle bridal cape jacket for modern wedding look

You'll be the star of the show in this breathtaking bridal cape by Imad Eduso. The tulle jacket cape boasts a long and flowy design that'll look so chic with a wedding pantsuit. (Bonus: This cape also comes in black—perfect for a gothic wedding look, which is one of the popular internet aesthetics for 2022 weddings).

Needle and Thread Evermore Midaxi Cape

Needle and Thread ethereal wedding cape with celestial-inspired appliqués

For the bride who's all about whimsical romance, this ethereal wedding cape is a foolproof choice. Celestial-inspired appliqués are scattered all over the sheer midaxi design. And paired with Needle and Thread's matching glittery Evermore Gown, it gives serious magical fairy vibes.

DB Studio Allover Pearl Convertible Tulle Cape Train

DB Studio pearl bridal cape with convertible tulle cape train

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

Monique Lhuillier Embroidered Floor-Length Cape

Monique Lhuillier floor-length bridal cape with colorful floral embroidery

For an upscale bridal look, this embroidered wedding cape is the definition of luxury. The floor-length piece is crafted from crepe-back satin and is adorned with multicolored floral embroidery. Plus, it has slits for your hands for comfortable movement. To complete the lavish look, pair it with Monique Lhuillier's corresponding embroidered strapless column gown.

ASOS EDITION Appliqué Floral Wedding Cape

ASOS Edition long ivory wedding cape with floral appliqué details

We're loving all the romantic elements of this ivory wedding cape, from the floral appliqué details to the lightweight sheer fabric. The chiffon cape boasts a simple, refined design on the front, but the back expands into an elegant full-length train that's utterly dreamy.

Melvin Smith Designs Hooded Wedding Veil Cape

Etsy lace hooded wedding cape for brides

Craving something a bit mystical? This lace hooded wedding cape will wow all of your guests. The hood is embellished with lace floral appliqués, which extend down the voluminous tulle train. Choose your length—such as chapel or cathedral—then select from four colorways, including Ivory and Champagne.

ASOS EDITION Embellished Fringe Cape

ASOS EDITION embellished fringe bridal cape for boho-loving brides

Sequin and beaded embellishments are scattered throughout this long-sleeve bridal cape, creating a textured, glistening feel. Perfect for a sleek sheath or mermaid wedding dress, this flowing cape finished with a fringed hem is perfect for boho-loving brides.

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