HOW TO CHOOSE A HAT & HAT ETIQUETTE TO A WEDDING
Finding the perfect hat for a wedding can be tricky. Whether you’re the Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom or a wedding guest, below are my top tips and some rules for finding your perfect headwear.
1. DRESS CODE
For the brides: if you’re set on allowing specific headpieces at your wedding or would prefer the larger creations to be left at home, make sure your guests are aware of this as soon as possible.
2. WHAT TYPE OF HAT
If it is your first time wearing a hat, go for a cocktail style. They are so much easier to wear, and wide brims can swallow you up if you are petite. If you go for a wide brim, opt for a wide skirt to offset it. If you’re tall avoid tall hats and go for wider brim.
Remember you’re wearing the hat not the other way around. Be confident but choose a style you feel completely comfortable with and you can wear all day.
3. HAT ETIQUETTE
The Mother of the Groom should always choose a smaller hat then the Mother of the Bride. This is a set rule across all social situations that dictates that guests should never outshine their hosts.
Hats complete your outfit for events such as the races and weddings. They seem to just finish the complete look. However, you must think about the occasion because a hat for a wedding is very different from a hat for the races. You can have a more playful and an extravagant design for the races.
4. DON’T BLOCK THE PHOTOGRAPHS
Wedding guests should wear hats that don’t drown their hears and shoulders in pictures.
5. ENSEMBLE & WEDDING ETIQUETTE
Ladies hats are fashion accessories and complete the look of their whole outfit. Ladies are not required to remove their hats when going indoors.
Gentleman on the other hand should do so. No top hats should be worn in church or inside a venue. As well as removing top hats when indoors, they should remove their hats when talking to a lady. This is a sign of respect and dates back generations.
The Mother of the Bride traditionally dictates when other ladies may remove their hats and headpieces. When she removes her hat, other ladies ca follow suit.
Thank you for reading…