Hats off at a Wedding?

by Claire Valenty on January 27, 2011

in Wedding Etiquette

wedding hats etiquette

Hats are a great way to show off a trendy sense of style, illustrate a flamboyant personality, shield your head from the sun and, back in the day, were an acceptable (actually, required) part of day to day society.  But what about today?  And what about weddings?  Should you wear a hat to a wedding?  Should you wear a hat to your wedding?

  • Guests
    • First off, let me stress we are referring to stylish hats here (fedoras, straw hats, etc.).  These do not include baseball caps.  No matter how much you love your team or how well your cap hides your bald spot, baseball caps at weddings are simply not appropriate.
    • If the wedding or reception takes place indoors, take your hat off whenever you are in a building (women can keep their hats on, as long as they are not blocking someone’s view).
    • Women, if you are wearing a specifically “day time” hat and the festivities go on past sun down, you need to remove your hat at that time.
    • Do not try to upstage the groom or bridal party with your hat (for example, showing up wearing a top hat and tails outfit would be a no no).
  • Bridal Party
    • Fashion has always been a quickly changing field except when it came to weddings.  That has all changed now.  Brides are wearing dresses of every color and are even incorporating hats in place of veils or in addition to them. Scour the internet for some ideas!
    • Unless you are having a traditional, all out wedding where the men are wearing spats, gloves and a gray tuxedo, a top hat on the groom and/or groomsmen will look very out of place.
    • As a bridesmaid or groom you wear what you are told. End of story.  It does not matter if you are attached to your hat as Garth Brooks is – unless you are told it is ok, you are going to have to suck it up and let your bald patch shine.

For more hat etiquette rules in general, check out this article: Hat Etiquette

Further Reading: luxist.com

Photo: flickr/Risager

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michelle September 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Are fasinator hats appropriate for women over 60yrs.
If the wedding is at 4pm is it appropriate to wear a hat to the wedding

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