FAQs and expert advice about hats & fascinators

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Hat's off

Hat's off

Q. Our nuptials are quite relaxed so I don't want to wear a traditional veil but I love the thought of wearing a bridal hat or headpiece. Can you share your advice and favourite styles?

A. Sarah Marshall says: It's always so special making hats and headpieces for a bride, and there are many options if you'd rather not wear a traditional veil. A favourite of ours is a small pillbox with a neat birdcage millinery veil, worn on the back of the head with a little bit of veiling over your eyes. It has a bridal feel but in a less traditional way and works beautifully with a contemporary wedding dress or suit and is timelessly chic.

Silk or flower covered hairbands are also popular. These can be made in all shapes and sizes, so designs can be dramatic or more discreet, and can also have a millinery veil pinned to them that can be removed after the ceremony so the band can be worn for the rest of the day.

We recently really enjoyed making a stunning bespoke sparkly 1920's style headdress using vintage costume jewellery and pearl buttons found by the bride. The finished piece was totally one-off and a real expression of the bride's personality and style.

I'd always recommend finding your dress first and then visiting a milliner to discuss with them what hat or headpiece would work. We think about the style, time of year, materials, face shape and of course, personality. As with all hats the right one will make you feel amazing, finish your outfit perfectly and you'll love wearing it!

Sarah Marshall, John Boyd Hats