05 Feb Hats on a wedding: Yay or Nay?
Some couples say Y A Y, others say N A Y when it comes to whether or not they appreciate guests wearing hats to their wedding. I can understand if the groom and bride-to-be rather don’t want their guests wearing a hat on their big day. But from what you can expect from my style, I find hats super cheerful, festive, elegant and chic. One person who further enhanced my love for headpieces is a old friend of mine, Daphne Ferdinandus, who is a very talented next generation milliner. She creates very fine and exclusive designs of unconventional trimmings with traditional millinery fabrics and I find it very exciting that her first collection is ready in only a few more months.
8 guidelines about the wedding hat etiquette
- The ladies who wear a hat should keep them in place until the mother of the bride takes her wedding hat of: she is the one with the power;);
- As the groom and groomsmen should remove their top hats when they go inside and when they speak to a lady, women don’t have to put their hats of;
- It is considered rude to show the inside lining of a hat. So make sure when you take of your hat that only the outside is visible by holding it with the lining facing towards your chest;
- The right hat is dependent on your body shape and height. If you’re tall opt for a rather short hat with wider brims. If you are a short person, avoid large hats and go for smaller structured creations;
- The mother of the groom should always choose a wedding hat smaller than the hat of mother of the bride. And in line with that etiquette, the other guests should never out-shine the mothers;
- Some hats are so big that are drowning heads and shoulders for pictures. So remember to take into account that the bride and groom want to see the faces of their guests when they look into their photo album;
- Traditionally ladies decorate hats on the right hand side with flowers, feathers, embellishments, etc;
- As the day progresses, the size of the hat should decrease. So wear a large brim in the morning (when the sun is out) and be more modest in at night.
As I am such a great lover of hats, I collected some pictures on my Pinterest wall, which includes a pretty extensive collection of Wedding inspiration. Some pieces are very extravagant; others are quite modest. But they all match the style and look of the person that wearing the head piece. I hope these shots will inspire you. However keep in mind that a hat is an accessory and not an essential. Make sure the hat is complementing your look and matches your style and personality. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing one, then rather don’t and just wear your smile, which might be as cheerful, festive, elegant and chic as a hat!