5 Tips For Choosing A Mother Of The Bride Hat Or Fascinator

5 Tips For Choosing A Mother Of The Bride Hat Or Fascinator

While it may be tradition for the mother of the bride to wear a suitable hat or fascinator, finding the perfect head piece can seem overwhelming. With options practically endless in terms of styles, colours, materials and more, how do you go about finding the right hat or fascinator for your mother of the bride outfit? To help, we asked expert Surrey-based milliner Beverley Edmondson to share best tips. 

Opt for a statement dress or hat, but not both

When planning your outfit, there is no right or wrong place to start. However, if you want a statement or patterned look, it may be best to get the dress first so that your hat can be designed to complement the outfit.  Just make sure you leave enough time - a unique colour or strong print can limit your options for headwear that can be purchased off the shelf. Alternatively, accessories can make an outfit, so pairing the simplest dress with a statement hat and the right shoes and bag can be more impactful. Too much going on can often be distracting.

Avoid over-matching

Colour matching the exact same tone for your hat, dress, bag and shoes can be too much, making an otherwise interesting outfit rather bland and boring.  It is fun to consider an accent colour or if you are not that brave, different shades of the same colour will add depth, life and interest to your look.

Be true to your own style

People tend to go for what they think is appropriate or opt for something similar to styles they have seen on someone else.  Or they may listen to other people's views rather than listening and being true to themselves.  Hats and fascinators are very personal; what is great on one person isn't on another and your own individual personality must be considered.

Choose a style that makes you stand tall

There are many shapes and styles to suit all face shapes, statures and personality. I am not a big believer in 'the rules' such as hats shouldn't be wider than your shoulders and you should choose a round hat if you have a round face. A mother of the bride should feel a million dollars and exude confidence, the right hat will make you stand tall, put your shoulders back and make you want to wear it. You shouldn't wear a hat that doesn't make you feel incredible 

Enjoy the experience of shopping with a milliner

Choosing your hat should be an exciting experience, not a daunting one. Milliners can guide and advise you about hats, ease you in gently and give you the confidence to feel fantastic in them. Funnily enough, most people who come into our boutique saying that they don't suit hats, always leave with a hat. As we like to say, wearing a hat is all about mindset. "It's what's in your head, not what's on your head." The most wonderful thing for a milliner is seeing the journey of a nervous hat wearer gain confidence and leave bursting with excitement and confidence to wear the hats.

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The Rise Of The Bridesman

The Rise Of The Bridesman
The Rise Of The Bridesmen

More and more brides are breaking tradition, from delivering a speech on the big day, to wearing trousers, jumpsuits or colour. Don't get us wrong, we love princess gowns and classic wedding etiquette, but we also want brides to be themselves, to do what they want and to feel free to act according to what they believe in on one of the biggest days of their lives. 

One of our favourite non-trad new trends has got to be bridesmen. Why wouldn't you have your bestie with you while you get ready, enter your ceremony or sit at your reception? Just because he's a dude? As writer Lotte Jeffs put it to us when we asked, "My wife and I both had 'bridesmen', mainly because our closest friends are guys. Our friends John and Clive had a best man and a best woman at their wedding, too. There's no 'normal'!"

Let's shine a light on how simple it can be to break such traditions. Brides asked some lovely ladies to share why they had or will have bridesmen - and to celebrate their male friendships while they were at it! Here's what they said:

Laura & Nathan

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"I didn't think twice about having a bridesman when I got married two years ago - Nathan is one of my oldest and best friends. We were on the same course at uni but didn't really know each other until we spent a bonkers six months studying (and laughing hysterically) together in France - an experience that made us pretty inseparable. These days, he lives in America, so we don't see each other often, but I couldn't have imagined not having him in my squad. So once I knew he was able to fly in for our day, it was a done deal. My only worry was what to ask him to wear, but that turned out to be a no-brainer, too: he already had a monochrome ensemble that went perfectly with my bridesmaids' black dresses. On the day, I was incredibly touched that he had flown across the world to be there for me. And as I watched him head off down the aisle ahead of me, arm-in-arm with my best school friend, Claire, I couldn't have been more proud."

Sarah, Mike & Andy

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"After my wife and I got engaged, the only thing I was certain about was that I'd have my two closest friends, Mike and Andy, as best men. We've been friends for more than twenty years and I could not imagine starting the wedding day without them by my side (and I definitely couldn't have chosen one best man from the two of them!). They kept me calm when Sarah was late down the aisle and their joint speech at the reception was a real highlight."

Sophie & Matthew

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"When the day comes for me to tie the knot (at my gorgeous ceremony at Blenheim Palace, followed by helicopters onto the Babington House grounds for our reception... JOKING!), I couldn't imagine doing it without my oldest, wisest and bestest friend, Matthew. We grew up together, went to school together, moved to London together and lived here together when we did. It just wouldn't feel right without him involved in every aspect of my big day, from organising the most over-the-top soiree of a hen do, to getting ready with me in the morning. Of course, I'll also have bridesmaids, but Matt will be Head Bridesman, making sure everyone and everything is in order!"