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What started part of normal dress attire for weddings in the United Kingdom has now become an international trend. Ever since Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, fascinators have become a sought-after, trendy accessory worldwide. Here’s our at-a-glance guide to wearing a fascinator to a wedding. 

What types of weddings can I wear a fascinator to? Is wearing a fascinator (or hat) necessary?

Wearing a fascinator to a wedding is always appropriate, unless the bride has specifically mentioned not to in the dress code. If you are uncertain about whether of not to wear a fascinator to a wedding, contact the bride and tell her you would like to, and if that is appropriate for her dress code.

If the wedding you are attending is in the evening, a hat may not be appropriate but a fascinator will be. It’s not necessary to wear a fascinator, but it can be a lot of fun! Fascinators can add color and personality to your outfit, and help pull together a look. Only wear a fascinator if you fee comfortable doing so, and enjoy the experience! 

Is there anything I should know about wearing a fascinator to a wedding?

There is some basic etiquette involved with wearing a fascinator to a wedding, but don’t let this put you off! Here’s what you need to remember:

  • Choose something small and appropriate for the occasion. Think of the venue and season, as well as your outfit.
  • Choose a fascinator that complements your body shape. If you are tall, choose a low fascinator, and if you are petite, choose a small fascinator.
  • Don’t choose something overly loud or large that may detract attention from the bride; remember—this is someone else’s special day!
  • Unlike a hat, there is no need to remove your fascinators if you are indoors, or when you enter a church (or other religious building, unless specified).
  • If you are attending a traditional wedding hosted by the bride’s family, only remove your fascinator if/when the mother of the bride removes hers.

Our top picks for wedding fascinators:

For the Bride:

Whether you’re wearing a traditional wedding gown or a more modern outfit, choose a simple fascinator with a veil (or not) in shades of cream or ivory, and match the fascinator to the same shade of white of your dress for a cohesive look. If you’re looking to add an element of surprise, wear a fascinator in a bright, bold color to add contrast to your look.

L-R: Bridal 10 Fascinator, Elle Fascinator, Bridal 6 Fascinator

For the Mother of the Bride:

Traditionally, the mother of the bride should wear the largest hat or fascinator at the wedding. Go for interesting pieces with architectural elements like feathers or loops that add height and volume.

L-R: Celine Fascinator, Kate Fascinator, Lilac Fascinator 

For the Mother of the Groom:

Traditionally, the mother of the groom should always look elegant and poised, but not wear a fascinator that overshadows the headpiece of the mother of the bride. Opt for smaller fascinators that still pack a punch thanks to exquisite, dramatic details.

L-R: Frankie Fascinator, Tillie Fascinator, Laura Fascinator 

For the Bridal Party/Bridesmaids:

Add a little bit of fun and whimsy to your bridal party with sweet fascinators to match your bridesmaids’ outfits. We like smaller pieces in interesting shapes that aren’t too overwhelming.

L-R: Pink Delphi Fascinator, Purple Frances Fascinator, Orange Beatrice Fascinator

For Wedding Guests:

Wear something fun and cheerful (it’s a happy occasion after all!), and opt for smaller fascinators in interesting shapes and bold colors.  When choosing your fascinator, don’t forget that this is the bride’s special day—don’t pick anything too loud that will detract attention from her.

L-R: Yellow Sparrow Fascinator, Amelia Fascinator, Harriet Fascinator 

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