Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Bridal Gown Cover-Ups

New England weather is never predictable, so a bride has the challenge of being prepared to 'cover up' her beautiful gown no matter the season. Cooler temperatures call for some added coverage, especially for brides with strapless gowns; whereas spring and summer evenings can cause a cool breeze, especially on the coast of Rhode Island. As you are travelling to/from ceremony and reception, taking photos and going to the honeymoon suite at the end of the night, outerwear may be needed. Here are some cover up options to consider:

bridal gown shrug   bridal gown bolero

A cropped, cardigan like garment typically knitted. Available in short or long sleeves, covering a small portion of upper body.  Shrugs may be tied just below bustline or cut off at the sides like sleeves joined at the back. Featured shrug from Casablanca available at Ana's Bridal Boutique.


A bolero jacket is essentially a short or cropped tailored jacket.   Bolero jackets are available in short or long sleeves, and are made in a variety of elegant fabrics. Featured Allure bolero available at Party Dress Express.

bridal gown shawl   bridal gown stole

A rectangular, square or triangular cloth loosely worn over shoulders, upper body and arms.  Made of many fabrics like cashmere wool, faux fur or brocade and can be embellished with embroidery, lace, or beads. Featured pashmina shawl from TheWeddingOutlet.com.


A stole is a narrower type of shawl wrapped around the shoulders and can be made of expensive fabrics just like a shawl. Featured fur stole from TheWeddingOutlet.com.

bridal gown wrap   bridal gown cape

A wrap is actually a skirt, like what you would wear with a bathing suit, but it is widely used with the terms shawl and stole, i.e. wrap shawl or wrap stole – basically, it’s a cover up that wraps around your shoulders. Featured Maggie Sottero bridal wrap available at Party Dress Express.


Sleeveless and fastens around the neck. May be short or full-length. Worn in place of a coat so as not to cover or crush bridal gown.  Made from expensive fabrics like velvet, silk, or satin, and may be trimmed in faux fur. Featured Blu Bridal by Mori Lee available at Party Dress Express.

We’ve mentioned some of the most popular styles of outerwear available to wear over your bridal gown; but there are other options as well, like wearing a cardigan sweater, a knitted shawl, a sheer lace jacket, or even a full length coat. No matter what type of cover up you do decide on, shop for one when you are bridal gown shopping so you can find a style that complements your bridal gown.
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