Did hats and fascinators did make a big of a show at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding ? We at alistbeauty feel that the answer is “YES”. We especially looked forward to the wedding guest fashion extravaganza and when it comes to royal wedding guest attire, fascinators are de rigeuer.
Hats and fascinators are a high-society staple across the pond, but with an American as our bride, and many American wedding guests, will the accessory still reign supreme?
Why does one wear a fascinator? What does it symbolize?
For some women it represents a status symbol or honoring tradition, for others it’s pure fun. Depending on the event, there’s often an unspoken competition for best fascinator or headpiece, and that’s where the fun ensues. Some of my customers wear them as a form of self expression, especially the more elaborate and artistic pieces. A great headpiece is like a fab pair of Louboutins. It completes an ensemble and adds a sexy-chic sophistication to the overall look.
What differentiates a fascinator from other types of headwear?
Americans became obsessed with the word fascinator during and after Kate & William’s royal wedding. It was mentioned in every report from the extravagant day that was as much about fashion as the new royal couple themselves. Viewers worldwide were given a window into how people dress for weddings in England and the world became enamored with fascinators. However, the concept is a hotly debated one in the millinery world. Not everything that is worn on the side of one’s head is considered to be a fascinator. Usually it’s created with some feathers, veiling, crib, and a wide array of embellishments that have mass appeal.
Are there certain fascinator styles that are more appropriate for a wedding?
It all depends on the requirements set forth by the couple on their invitation. If you’re invited to a wedding in the British Isles, it will be specified in the dress code. Often the word “encouraged” is used. It has, however, become a tradition to at least embellish your head with something chic and classic, and that’s why fascinators have become so popular for weddings. For wedding season I work mostly with sinamay straws, parisisal straw-like structures that are beautifully elegant and impeccably adorned.
What is typically worn with a fascinator? How would you suggest styling it?
It depends on the intricacy, embellishments, and overall design of the headpiece. They look great with a dress or a sophisticated well-fitted pant suit. I like to assist my clients with the final details. I always take a photo of my clients wearing the fascinator correctly for their reference later. One should have a cohesive look head to toe—there is nothing worse than a fascinator as an afterthought.
When in doubt, get inspiration from the royal family, especially Kate Middleton’s personal style. She always looks perfect for every occasion and she never misses the mark on her headwear selection.
Are you seeing any headwear trends emerge for Harry and Meghan’s wedding?
Anything from perchers to bold and unusual architectural shapes will be in demand for the wedding. Head-to-toe monochromatic color palettes are always on trend for royal weddings. Of course there will be the many variations of classic disc-like structures from wide to upswept shapes with twists and turns.
How will styles this year vary from those made for the guests at William and Kate’s wedding?
Since the 2011 royal wedding, there are many new and innovative millinery materials and techniques available. We will still see many creative couture headpieces designed in interesting and modern fabrications. Truly, the sky’s the limit.
Will American guests be wearing fascinators or hats to the wedding? What can they wear to respect the tradition and British culture?
I forecast they will be wearing both. Many Americans often [feel like they] need an excuse to wear a hat or fascinator and what better occasion than a royal wedding? I encourage invited guests to visit a couture milliner like myself to procure their headwear selection.
If Americans learned anything from Kate and William’s wedding, they will know that 99 percent of the guests wore hats. Go to a milliner who is experienced with special occasion head wear. Most importantly, find your comfort zone and don’t go out on a limb.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Now what in the hell does any of that have to do with a long and happy marriage!?
Let’s dive in to where and when this rhyme came about. It dates back to Victorian England, and it seems to signify the simultaneous hope for continuity and a fresh beginning. “Something old…signifies the desire that the best of the couple’s previous lives…remain with them in the new life to come,” writes wedding historian Susan Waggoner. Meanwhile “something new” is all about the new life the couple will start together. “Something borrowed” is a bit more superstitious, pointing to the idea that borrowing items from a happily married woman will transfer that woman’s good luck onto the new bride. And the color blue is representative of “fidelity and love’s purity”; it was also a popular color to wear prior to the white wedding dress trend. And that sixpence? Well even the Victorians knew that marriage is a heck of a lot easier with ample money.
We love this part of wedding traditions! I would love to use old family wedding bands has ‘old’. ‘something new’ maybe earrings. The ‘blue’ a bow kept close to your hart. ‘something borrowed’ a kiss from you beloved that you will return after you say “I DO!” Many of the items Dawn incorporated into wedding details can have sentimental attachments to family and friends.
Some brides have utilized this wedding rhyme as a way of honoring those who loved her along the way, sewing a piece of her mother’s wedding dress into her own and inviting her friends to write sweet messages on the bottoms of her shoes with a blue marker. “A wedding symbolizes being comfortable in both celebrating an ancient tradition and in starting a new future, two intertwined goals that are achieved by the saying ‘something old, something new.’ ” I really dig this interpretation.
Today’s wedding inspiration shoot comes at the perfect time as we prepare for the 2018 wedding season. Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss projected metallic colors would dominate the design of 2018 weddings, and this styled shoot is full of striking metally hues. The talented team of vendors were inspired by rose gold metallics and eye-catching marble, which they balanced beautifully with stark, dark tones.
From the geometric rose gold table decor and marble plates to the black taper candles and black marble dinner menus, this moody tablescape is positively luxe. We’re especially swooning over the marble aisle runner that’s personalized with calligraphy and the incredible wedding cakes that blend all the design elements together perfectly. Captured by Lula King Photography, the details in this shoot are sure to make you swoon!
- PHOTOGRAPHY: LULA KING PHOTOGRAPHY
- VIDEOGRAPHY: AMAROS MEDIA
- EVENT PLANNING: RAVEN LUXURY EVENTS INC.
- FLORAL DESIGN: HENNA FLORIST
- STATIONERY: CASTLEFIELD DESIGN
- EVENT DESIGN & DECOR: IN THE 6IX WEDDINGS INC.
- RENTALS: LUXE MODERN RENTALS
- WEDDING DRESS: KENNETH WINSTON
- WEDDING SUIT: CALABRETTA SARTORIAL MENSWEAR
- WEDDING SHOES: SOPHIA WEBSTER
- BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: ADACE TSENG
- HAIR AND MAKEUP: A-LIST BEAUTY
- WEDDING CAKE: KIWI’S CUPCAKES & CAKES
- CATERING: PRESIDENTIAL GOURMET
- DANCE FLOOR: DANCE FLOOR DECOR EVENT CREATION
Modern motifs meet vintage flair at this lavender wedding
Love the trendiness of mixed metals but know your an old soul? Look no further than this dreamy lavender wedding theme! Pulling inspiration from the historic gadgets and machinery that drive steampunk fashion, the elegant scene contains copper and gold table decor as well as a vintage camera. Leading the colour palette are creamy hues of lavender and yellow in the floral, vintage chair, appliquéd tablecloth, sparkly Jimmy Choo shoes and even stationery suite. Between the baroque dining chairs and the four-tier paper crepe cake, we can’t decide which detail is our favorite!
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Elegant Tented Wedding with Floral Chandeliers
Photography & Videography: Lula King Photo and Film | Planning, Decor, Rentals & Linens: Raven Luxury Events Inc. | Flowers: Zora’s Flowers | Invitations: Flourish Grace Calligraphy | Cake: MelinArt Cakes | Makeup, Hair & Jewellery: A List Beauty | Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal | Venue: Bowmanville Museum
Just look at how amazing our Coco Chanel Style Shoot turned out!
Alistbeauty is so happy to see how timeless this shoot looks , like the great ladies designs.
“Fashion is in or out but, Class is forever! ” (Coco Chanel)
Co-Producer, Concept Creator & Stylist: Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design | Co-Producer, Concept Creator & Stylist: Laura Atendido, Laura & Co. Events | Gown: Ines Di Santo | Invitations & Stationery: Paper Damsels | Floral & Decor Production Manager: Jessy Tooney | Photography: Visual Cravings | Venue: 99 Sudbury | Lounge Furniture & Bar Rentals: Contemporary Furniture Rentals | Custom Perfume Bar: Aromachology | Cakes, Sweet Table & Macaron Favours: Truffle Cake & Pastry | Black Grace Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture | Custom Aisle Runner & Bar Monogram: Dance Floor Decor | Hair & Makeup: Al Fortier, A-List Beauty | Jewellery: Tara Fava Jewellery | Lady Chanel Fascinator: Blair Nadeau Millinery | Production Assistants: Ellie Martires & Baye Husband of Laura & Co. Events
Wedding Trends For Summer 2017
Alistbeauty started it’s Wedding season and we are seeing real new and interesting wedding trends that are so hot.
The fun in the sun and the smell of sunscreen isn’t the only thing to be excited for with the arrival of summer. It’s wedding season again and with that the 2017 season has come a many new wedding trends and ideas to incorporate into your big days. Whether it’s in colourful flower print wedding dresses, reception décor or menu inspiration, this summer’s brides are letting their personalities shine through in the warm season.
These days couples are setting their own rules and gone are the days of cookie cutter weddings. Traditions are still high on the list of to do but, couples are adding a new twist when planning their own big day. Signature style and a cool vibe is here to stay. Fun and festive wedding menus bursting with flavor and personality is where is at. Keeping it fun and light as love ones turn out to celebrate your love this suummer — there are no rules when it comes to décor, theme or what you need to wear!
One trend is Minimalism. Use the “KISS” method (Keep It Simple stylish) this less-is-more theme is down-scaling, which is music to any bride’s ears when she’s knee-deep in wedding planning. Forget the seat covers your future mother-in-law told you that you needed, the outrageously expensive flower wall that you totally can’t afford and the stuffy and oh-so-decadent three-course menu that is definitely not your style. The best part of going with the minimalist trend this summer is that you can forget about everything you’re not completely in love with. Serve up your wedding dinner family style and encourage conversation! Use simple glass vases as your centerpiece with just one or two stems of your favorite flower. And those seat covers? Well, tell your MIL that the chairs you rented are just too pretty to cover up. It’s your big day as a minimalist bride, she’ll totally understand. We know you will love some of these fresh new iedas for an amazing summer wedding.
Pops of Bold Color in the Bouquet
Adding one or two bright flowers into your bouquet will catch your guests’ eyes as you walk down the aisle and be just enough to add a light burst of summer into your big day.
Two Hairstyles in One Night
With the summer heat creeping in, start the night off with a that lets you take your hair down and finish the night off with a second look that has your hair pinned back. You’ll be able to manage being hot a lot better when your hair is off your shoulders
Move over flower crowns, jeweled headpieces are the new wedding hair accessory. Whether you opt for a small subtle barrette or a striking headdress, you’ll be sure to look like vintage royalty walking down that aisle.
Rose Gold Jewelry
Rose gold is already mega popular for engagement rings, and now that trend is creeping into big-day accessories. Whether you’re mixing metals or going for the full rose gold look, consider pink-hued earrings, a necklace or even a hair accessory with a vintage creamy gold hue.
Dynamic Color Schemes
If you’re looking to use softer colors, you don’t have to change your plans altogether, you can use a bold and bright pop of color to accentuate your centerpieces, your flowers, and even the linens that you use during the reception.
Fruits with Flowers
Think flowers and candles are the only way you can add a summer twist to your reception tables? Think again. Give your centerpieces a sweet twist by incorporating your favorite fruit, whether that’s apples, lemons, or even limes. It’s a surprising touch
Open Back Wedding Dresses
Plunging necklines were so summer 2015! This year, the is reserved: An open back is what’s hot in wedding dress trends. Try a gown that has intricate patterns or cutouts gracing your backside.
Skip the three-course plated dinner and instead go for a more laid-back family approach. Your guests can pick and choose how much of each dish they want while also giving them the flexibility to eat more of the foods they love (and less of what
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Your Wedding Budget
Setting a wedding budget can be one of the most stressful parts of planing a wedding. Your dream wedding and it’s cost may make you go thur some hard choices on what and where to put your hard earn money. Questions like where do you splurge on the cost of a wedding and what can you do without ? Here are a few areas Alistbeauty finds worth splurging on for your wedding.
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2. Amazing Food
One of the most memorable parts of any wedding is the food. Your wedding budget needs to include on the splurge for great quality food. Your guests won’t stop talking about this for months and even years after your wedding.
3. Live Music
Everyone loves live music at a wedding and it set the tone for cocktails and is a great way to guarantee to get the party started. Live music can have a lager price tag , so alistbeauty suggest and hour or two before the DJ starts this can help you get what you want and work well in your wedding budget.
4. An Interactive Photo Booth
This has taken over for putting disposable cameras on the tables and allows busy partying guests to to snap photos without pulling out their cell phones. Some companies have fun party favors to use to make the photos amazing. a great take home at the end of the night and post on social media.
5. Rides Home
Your guests may have found their own ride to your venue, but most will be too tired or even unable to drive home at night. Have options for paid-for transportation, whether that’s a bus or an on-call taxi service guests can use. This is just great planning on your part!
6. Bathroom amenities
Don’t forget stocked the bathrooms with amenities that your guest may need throughout the evening No better way to welcome guests to your wedding than seeing to their needs: Advil, candy, water, and band aids gun hair spray. This really it’s part of your wedding budget but, a really nice add touch!
4. Late Night Snacks
Your guests will thank you for this (and you’ll be happy too, trust us). So add to your wedding budget that around midnight, have some finger foods or even delivered pizza for guests to munch on before they call It a night.