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Master May 2017

A wedding, the Derby, & hats?

Jamie, on February 19, 2017 at 12:33 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 33
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I just realized my wedding date falls on the same day as the Kentucky Derby. Our theme is already vintage garden. I jokingly threw the idea out there of wearing garden/Derby hats to the wedding and several of my guest love it! (Normally, we attend a Derby party every year and wear our hats) I know for a fact my mom is wearing a gorgeous birdcage.

What are your thoughts on brides wearing them now? I just found this and I think it's stunning (insert heart eye emojis)! My dress is a similar style and I'm not crazy over a veil anyway...

Thoughts?


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Latest activity by FutureMrs.Lucas, on February 19, 2017 at 10:29 PM
  • Miami2NorthernVA
    Master November 2017
    Miami2NorthernVA ·
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    I wouldn't wear one as the bride, but I think it is a fun idea as a guest. Maybe buy one and do some pictures with it on and some without it.

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  • Melody
    Master April 2017
    Melody ·
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    I think its fun! If all your guests understand this tradition anyway why not. I would take some of your formals without it tho as well.

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  • Kathleen Smith
    October 2020
    Kathleen Smith ·
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    Gorgeous. Yes.

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  • Jamie
    Master May 2017
    Jamie ·
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    I know we are wanting to do some fun pics. Just for reference, I know some Derby hats can get obnoxious, here's a pic of the style we normally go for.


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  • TimeLadyErika
    Master May 2017
    TimeLadyErika ·
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    You better be serving mint juleps.

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  • K.M.
    Master September 2018
    K.M. ·
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    YES. I think that's absolutely beautiful. Also, as a guest I would think this was so fun. I loved going to the derby in college and would definitely wear a hat!

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  • Jamie
    Master May 2017
    Jamie ·
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    TimeLadyErika funny you should mention...our officiant is hysterical and sent a text saying he could add communion into our service but we were only doing it with mint juleps!

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  • Laura
    Champion June 2010
    Laura ·
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    I live in Kentucky, so getting married on Derby Day, it would definitely be appropriate to wear a derby hat. If you're going to pull in a little Derby inspiration, bring in a few things. Mint juleps, like TLE said, would be one great way.

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  • AshleyR
    Master October 2016
    AshleyR ·
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    I love it! It reminds me of a friend who is from England, she got married here in the States and all of her UK friends and family flew in, over there it's tradition to wear elaborate hats and fascinators to weddings, so I absolutely loved seeing all of them at her wedding here.

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  • Jamie
    Master May 2017
    Jamie ·
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    AshleyR my friend that lives here from England just said the same thing. She stated she would feel right at home!

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  • Ashley
    Devoted July 2018
    Ashley ·
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    I think this is a really fun and unique idea! I love it!

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  • OMW
    Master August 2013
    OMW ·
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    I wear fascinators to weddings (and I wore one at my own). LOVE any excuse to get a new hat.

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  • annakay511
    Master July 2015
    annakay511 ·
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    What a fun idea! Personally as the bride, I would not wear it down the aisle but I would wear it as a photo opp and maybe as you are announced into the reception!

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  • Mrs. Librarian
    VIP November 2016
    Mrs. Librarian ·
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    Love it!

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  • FutureMrsV
    Devoted June 2018
    FutureMrsV ·
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    One of my sister-in-laws is from England and when my other brother got married this last spring we joked about her wearing a hat because it's obviously normal where she's from. I think it's a fun idea, and if you can rock a hat, go for it!

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  • SwissMs
    Super March 2018
    SwissMs ·
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    I love hats at weddings. It's very common in the UK which is one of the reasons I was so excited when my FI and I chose to get married in London (I'm American, he's British and we live in Switzerland). My sister, the MOH, can't even contain her excitement.

    Go big if you want to, but if you want something a little smaller and/or a little more traditionally bridal, you can look for a bridal fascinator. There are a bunch of people on etsy who sell really nice ones.

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  • Mrs. DeNigris
    VIP October 2017
    Mrs. DeNigris ·
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    This is a definite yes from me.

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  • TimeLadyErika
    Master May 2017
    TimeLadyErika ·
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    All of this is win. Big hats, mint juleps, amazing.

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  • KYbride
    Expert September 2016
    KYbride ·
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    I love this! Definitely wear the hat and definitely serve mint juleps! As a KY bride, I can't wait to see your BAM!

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  • Mrs. Coakley
    Master June 2017
    Mrs. Coakley ·
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    Classic and beautiful! Love it

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