With the Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot and the Henley Royal Regatta filling our social calendars, who can resist a good hat, both at these events and at weddings! Up until the 1950’s a well-dressed and proper woman wouldn’t dare leave the house without a hat and a pair of gloves. According to Debretts, although Ladies’ hats are not obligatory at weddings today, many still like to wear them. And why not! Not only can a hat provide a spectacular splash of colour, but it can also make quite a decorative statement!
With that, we thought we’d brush up our knowledge of hat etiquette at weddings:
- DRESS CODE
Guests should be notified of the required dress code at least six weeks in advance of the wedding. If the Bride & Groom prefer for their guests not to wear specific headpieces, it is important they are made aware.
- MOB V MOG
As a general guide, the Mother of the Groom should wear a hat smaller than the Mother of the Bride. It’s an age-old tradition that prevents guests from out-shining their hosts. Should the Bride and Groom host the wedding however, then the two mothers can choose to don equally spectacular creations!
- PRETTY AS A PICTURE
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to witness the union of a couple when the person sat in front of you is wearing a hat which completely blocks your view. It’s also important to consider the size of the hat so that all the guests’ faces can be identifiable and seen in photos.
- HAT-IQUETTE FOR MEN
Gentlemen should always remove their hats when indoors: no top hats in the church or the reception venue – not even for photos! If the men really want to impress and earn some brownie points, it is also polite to remove their hat when speaking to a lady – particularly the mothers of the Bride and Groom.
- HAT-IQUETTE FOR WOMEN
A hat is the perfect accessory to complete a woman’s outfit at a wedding, and therefore ladies are not required to remove their hats when indoors. But if you’re unsure as to when you should remove your hat, look towards the Mother of the Bride: the moment she removes hers, you can remove yours. The men usually remove their jackets and retire for a cigar at the same time. This is the perfect opportunity to create a fun and decorative display by hanging up the hats on a line with some beautiful pegs!
Just look at the perfection of this wedding guest wearing a gorgeous blue hat: