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Hats can set off an outfit with real style and flair and for mothers of the bride or groom, as well as guests, hats are back whether the wedding is formal or informal.

The choice of colours, styles and fabrics is exhilarating, whether you are choosing from a range of ready to wear hats or employing the services of a milliner to create that special "one off" model. The style of your outfit, your height, face shape and hairstyle are all factors affecting what will suit you. Also be careful that your hat will not hide your face in the photographs. For weddings the flattering wide brimmed hat is still favoured for its elegance as well as the 1920's cloche style. If you prefer a smaller style, little cocktail hats and fascinators are very popular and easy to wear with numerous shapes and designs to suit the occasion. A handbag is the final touch for your wedding ensemble. Unlike everyday handbags and totes that contain absolutely everything, a wedding handbag only needs to carry the essentials for a few hours. Evening bags and clutches are brilliant and beautiful; beaded, embroidered, silk, satin, leather or metallic they can be soft or hard sides with clips, clasps, domes or zips. Choose a colour to match the fabric of your outfit, or match it to the shade of your shoes. If it is metallic, match the bag to your other jewellery and if it’s a clutch bag, look for the practicality of a shoulder strap or fine chain to keep hands free for greeting guests or clasping a glass and canapÊs!

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