Whilst some mums will do without a headpiece for their son or daughter's wedding, for many, a Mother of the Bride outfit, or Mother of the Groom outfit, is simply not complete without a hat or wedding fascinator to finish the look.
Whilst Mother of the Bride hats are covered elsewhere on the site, this article takes a closer look at the big day headpiece phenomenon which has swept the country in recent years - wedding fascinators.
What is a Wedding Fascinator?
wedding fascinator is an ornate head piece, typically a lot less intrusive than a hat, which attaches to the hair via a comb or hair grips.
They can be accessorised with a wide range of decorative items, with feathers, bows, fruit (Carmen Miranda eat your heart out!) and ruches of overlaid material proving some of the most popular. To add a little sparkle and pizazz to wedding fascinators, crystals and rhinestones are often added to the design.
As anyone who has ever worn a hat or cap before will know, 'hat hair' can be difficult to avoid. Wedding fascinators do away with hat hair altogether and can be worn for the whole day, or removed mid-way through the wedding, with absolutely no effect on the wearer's flowing locks. They are comfortable to wear and typically lightweight, and in most cases you'll probably even forget you're wearing one!
For any Mother of the Bride or Groom who is adamant they're not wearing a wedding hat, a wedding fascinator provides a superb alternative. Not only will you feel more confident than if you were wearing a hat, but your wedding outfit will look so much more complete.
Wedding Fascinator Top Tips
Lately is has become more fashionable for Brides to wear wedding fascinators as an alternative to veils and tiaras. With this in mind, any Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom may want to check with the Bride first if they plan to head down this route so as not to overshadow the Bridal outfit in any way.
As with wedding hats, there is a right and a wrong way to wear wedding fascinators. Regardless of whether you get yours online or on the high street, be sure to ask how best to place it atop your barnet.
From the traditional to the abstract, there are a whole host of wedding fascinators out there. As every face shape and hairstyle is different,
try on as many wedding fascinatirs as you possibly can to get a feel of just what suits you.
Even if you're convinced you want to head down the wedding fascinator route, we'd still advise trying a hat or two on. With so many styles and shapes available, you may surprise yourself and find just what you're looking for.
Shopping for Wedding Fascinators
Wedding fascinators can be both bought and hired. As they are a little more flexible than hats and can be worn at a variety of outings and functions without looking over the top, the majority of mums often tend to purchase one outright.
Whilst there are plenty off the shelf wedding fascinators available, the ability to design a head piece that perfectly complements your shape, hair and outfit sometimes sways mums down the bespoke fascinator route. A little more expensive than pre-made fascinators, the guarantee of an individual head-piece that is perfectly tailored to the wearer can be too hard for some to resist!
Comparable in price to hats, fascinator hire prices start at around the £25 mark, and if you're looking to buy one outright expect to pay about £40 upwards for an off-the shelf wedding fascinator and at least twice or thrice as much for a bespoke one.
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