It's a fact that hats are having a moment. We've seen them on the runway, the royals, and now we're seeing them on the chicest of brides! As you'll see in the real wedding photos below, these ladies were not afraid to experiment with the nontraditional hair accessory—and, oh, how we're here for it. But before you call a milliner and throw away your dreams of wearing a beautiful lace veil, let's talk about how to translate this fashion-forward look for your big day.
First of all, there's a time and a place to wear such a hat, and we think that time is during the pre or post-ceremony portraits! Why? That's the time to experiment with your look in a way that you won't regret years from now (this is a new trend, after all). Also, who wants straw in their face as they're reciting teary-eyed vows? And secondly, let's discuss the place. It's best to consider the setting of your wedding when selecting a statement hat (this is another reason we suggest this look for portraits when you're roaming around the grounds for pics). For instance, a neutral felt hat works well for in the mountains or countryside, a frayed straw hat is perfect on the beach, and an elegant sun hat is what garden wedding dreams are made of.
We'll let you decide which look is best for you—as long as it matches your personal style and venue—so keep reading for more examples (and photos!) from real brides. We hope you take inspiration from these chic ladies, channel your signature style, and make this trend your own. Seriously, we can't wait to see what you pull out of your hat.
This cool-girl bride rocked a wide brim hat adorned with florals, succulents, and ferns. We love this for a natural setting, like a ceremony in the towering redwoods.
Now, this is a fresh take on country chic. This works because the bride's effortless look (flowing dress and wavy, braided hair) feels like the perfect match for a felt field hat. It's as if she just threw it on, right?
Notice the contrast of textures between the bride's stunning embroidered dress and her straw, frayed hat. We're all about this look for a windy beach day.
We all know that brides wear multiple hats, and this bride actually did that, sporting both a flower crown and a grey and tan-trimmed hat on her big day.
This bride's romantic look calls for lounging in the gardens of a beautiful French chateau. But let's be honest, we'd sport this beautiful look at any location.
This bride tapped her good friend, Adriana Rivera, to design a dress and hat inspired by both her grandmother and Audrey Hepburn. We'd say she succeeded as we'd totally copy her style for a city hall or small church ceremony.