Wedding Hats for the Modern Bride

Dramatic, unconventional, and more than a bit coquettish, bridal hats have been the preference of some of the world’s most fashionable brides: The Duchess of Windsor wore a blue straw halo-style hat trimmed with pink and blue coq feathers, Rita Hayworth chose an enormous cartwheel, and Grace Kelly wore a Juliet cap that matched the lace of her gown.

“You can do all kinds of wonderful things with hats. They can be dramatic, romantic, whimsical, or traditional,” says Kelly Christy of Kelly Christy millinery in New York City.

The right hat must be in proportion to your body and your outfit. The color and fabric should complement your dress, but needn’t be a perfect match. For harmony, you can trim a hat with a detail from your hem or sleeve. The hat must fit your head comfortably, sitting above the ears and framing the face so the eyes are prominent– no cast shadows that would ruin your pictures. Read more at Bridal Hats.
Here are some great hats to try on for size!
Hat by Suzanne Millinery, 212-593-3232 via Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Hats
Wedding Hats

Photos from Favor

Hat by Erica Koesler

Gorgeous, ultra-dramatic hats by Jane Taylor

Hats by Thailand Wedding Accessories

The Byrone – Pleated Victorian Bridal Hat by Topsy Turvy Design


  1. I’m not entirely convinced that hats are the way forward for a bride, especially in a traditional white wedding. I do think feathery creations and fascinators can be good. It’s just so important to match up the bride herself with the right dress and headgear. I wore a tiara. Call me old-fashioned!

  2. Iris Duhamel says:

    I would like to buy one of the hat from Thailand Wedding Accessories for my wedding day. Can you please advise how I can do so.