There is more to wearing a hat at a wedding than can be imagined. For instance, did you know that it is considered etiquette for female guests to wait until the Mother of the Bride has taken off her hat before theirs can be removed? At a formal wedding this is usually when the coffee is about to be served. It is also considered polite in some circles for the Mother of the Groom to have a smaller hat than that of the Bride’s Mother!
There is a need for practicality. For instance, it can be quite difficult for waiting staff to get round a hat at a formal sit-down reception. So, if you have an exceptionally large hat you should take this off as soon as you are seated to avoid any awkward clashes. Similarly, if you are in the greetings party at the Reception, a large brim can certainly make it hard for any welcoming kiss.
A hat can make or break a wedding outfit: Here’s a few tips:
• A hat should be no wider than your shoulders. Women with smaller heads should try a hat that tilts to the side so their face is not covered.
• Fascinators – decorative headpieces normally made from ribbons or feathers -are fun and tend to suit any face.
• Try on every kind of hat and take a friend and a hand mirror when you are buying one. Look at the hat from all angles. Often the first impression of someone at a wedding is from the back.
• Don’t be a fashion victim. Select a hat that matches the style of your outfit and not necessarily the colour of it. Have a structured hat if you are wearing a tailored suit or dress and if you have a flowing dress than match this with one less rigid, adorned with ribbons or flowers.
• The colour of your hat should complement one of the shades in your dress or be a lighter or deeper tone. It should match with the colour of your other accessories
• Ensure your jewellery works in harmony. If you are wearing a bigger hat, wear smaller earrings and vice-versa.
• If you wear glasses, pick a hat style that is turned up at the front, which will frame your face
• Don’t leave it to the day of the wedding to wear it. Put your hat on around the house, keep adjusting it to see which angle is best for you and try it with your wedding day make-up to ensure the whole ensemble works.