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Hat Etiquette At Weddings

Hat Etiquette At Weddings

Hat Etiquette At Weddings

What is more fun than a huge, elaborate hat? We love hats and besides the Kentucky Derby, weddings are a fantastic place to wear them. Whether you’re the bride or just a guest, hats are always in vogue. We have some hat etiquette tips to keep the big day low maintenance and hassle free.


The best thing to remember when picking out or designing a hat is that you are wearing it and not the other way around! If you are tall then avoid tall hats with wide brims. If you’re shorter, avoid large hats and go for more structured hats. You need to compliment your body type with your hat choice.

Should your mother or mother-in-law want to wear hats, they should pick ones that are smaller than yours, as the bride. This is true of guests as well – you never want to outshine the bride! In addition to wearing big, fancy hats it’s not unreasonable to ask your photographer to ask people to move their hats for better shots. Or the photographer may need to ask everyone in the shot to adjust their hats so faces are clear.

Another hat etiquette is when decorating your hat always defer to the right. You can choose from feathers, ribbons, felt bands or rhinestones, but keep to tradition and put all of that on the right. Men’s hats are embellished on the left.

When you design your hat or choose a big hat, keep in mind the tradition that the time of day dictates how large the hat must be. The later in the day, the smaller the hat is a general rule. Large brims in the morning and late evening are too extravagant since they are not needed to keep the sun out of your eyes.

And lastly, it is always customary to remove a hat when going inside a building. This does not apply to a lady’s hat as it is considered part of the outfit. Gentlemen, on the other hand, still need to remove their hats if they wear them. So go pick out that fantastic head piece you’ve always wanted and treat yourself to a bit of fancy!

ear cuff style

Ear Cuff Style

If there was one huge, major, and universal trend we’ve seen throughout the entire red carpet season, starting all the way back into last year, I’d have to say it’s the ear cuff style. There’s nothing largely new about the piece, since we have seen it in several forms on and off for awhile now, but this time it’s gone main stream donning the ears of the Hollywood elite, and making it’s own statement worn with edgy, casual looks to the more gorgeous, ethereal gowns we saw this past Awards season.

Staking it’s claim as a major “of the moment” accessory, the ear cuff has also obviously proved its versatility. So what’s a bride to do? Can we see the ear cuff becoming a mainstay in the bridal fashion world or is it just a trend? The answer is probably buried somewhere in between the two, but the key for more classic fashionistas is the ability to wear the ear cuff style and making the jewels look like they are simply floating rather than wearing a large, bulky piece.

ear cuff style

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Take Keira Knightly who wore a stunning cuff to the SAG awards and paired it with a very elegant and feminine gown. The look could translate perfectly to bridal and can give those fashion-forward brides yet one more option when it comes to wedding accessories.

Ear Cuff Style

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And although the ear cuff seems very trendy, the look really lends itself to Old-Hollywood costume earrings with their statement-like quality and sometimes feathery look on the ear. They  manage to stand out yet look completely delicate at the same time. And the best part? Everyone from the most high-end jewelers to Etsy and Forever21 are showing them this season- making them ultra luxe or super affordable. Either way, the options are pretty great.

For those Brides on the fence? The look is perfect to be paired with a short white mini-dress for a rehearsal dinner or even a sophisticated white suit. For bachelorette parties and showers or pre-wedding soirees, don’t forget to switch up your look and infuse a little bit of fun and interest to each look. The ear cuff just might be the perfect ticket!

How to Look Thinner in Your Wedding Dress

Every bride wants to look as beautiful as possible on her wedding day. Almost all of us wish we could lose a few pounds before the big day, but it isn’t always possible to shed the extra weight in time. To look thinner in your wedding gown without dieting, check out these great tips.

corsetThe Undergarments are Just as Important as the Dress

Most brides spend a lot of time and money on the perfect gown, but what they wear under the dress is just as important. The proper undergarments will make the dress fit better and enhance your figure. Many brides choose not to wear a bra with their gown because they want to comfortable, but a great bra (possibly one with a corset included) can really improve your figure. Ask a consultant at a bra store or dress store for suggestions.

You Can’t Go Wrong with a Corset

Dresses with a corset top are a great way to show off a tiny waist because you can tighten or loosen as needed. This is also a great option for brides who frequently gain and loss weight because you don’t have to worry about their dress not fitting if they wake up feeling a little bloated. Unlike a dress that zips up, a lace up corset can be adjusted to fit your body without alterations.

Rock a Fit and Flare

One of the most popular silhouettes is the fit and flare.  This shape, which is a mix between an A-line and a mermaid style, softly drops down over the hips and gradually begins to open at mid-thigh. It is very flattering on most body types.

Accentuate Your Waistlinefit and flare

There is a great fashion secret to creating a gorgeous waistline: belts. This is also true for wedding day fashions. By adding a beaded belt or satin sash to your dress, you can easily emphasis your waistline.  Most dress stores have various belts and sashes that can be sewn on to your dress.

Heels are a Girl’s Best Friend

Heels are great because they elongate your legs, lift your butt, and make you feel more confident. You don’t have to wear a five inch heel to enjoy the benefits of these pretty shoes. Even a shoe with a quarter inch heel will improve your posture and make you look slimmer.

Spend the Money on Great Alterations

We know wedding dresses are expensive, but don’t try to save money by skipping the alterations. Having an expert seamstress make sure your dress fits perfectly is worth every penny. A dress that is too tight or too small will not be as flattering.

Vendor Spotlight: Ines Di Santo

Ines Di Santo, one of the world’s most esteemed designers of evening gowns and bridal couture, combines years of education and experience with impeccable taste to create romantic, luxurious, and sophisticated gowns as unique as the bride herself. The Italian-born designer studied fashion across Europe and South America before establishing herself as one of the foremost bridal designers in the world. Known for creating breathtaking and sophisticated silhouettes that pair flawlessly tailored bodices with full, layered skirts, Ines Di Santo creates gowns designed to flatter, highlight, and enhance the female body. Brides can opt to have Di Santo design a wholly original gown for the big day, or choose to have a signature design customized and tailored to fit their personal style. Each dress is individually handcrafted in Toronto by a team of skilled seamstresses and hand beaders, using the most luxurious lace, silk, tulle, and embroidery, with production overseen by Di Santo herself to uphold the highest standards of excellence. Marked by romantic detailing, signature draping and hand-ruching, and luxurious femininity, Ines Di Santo’s couture gowns have been featured in bridal magazines around the world and can be purchased at high-end retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

Brides that love Ines Di Santo’s commitment to elegance and excellence, but who are hoping for a more youthful flair, should look no further than the esteemed designer’s daughter, Veronica Di Santo. The up-and-coming designer has worked alongside her mother since the age of 5 and has created her own line of wedding dresses, inspired by couture trends around the world. Creating a contemporary alternative to her mother’s opulent classics, Veronica’s line of dresses adds a relaxed, youthful sophistication to the world of bridal couture.

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