Bridal Hats Around The World

It's 29 degrees outside, I am sitting in front of my computer, wearing the lightest dress I could find in my wardrobe. It is so hot outside I can’t even drink my tea… No doubt, this bright sun, this lovely blue sky: summer is definitely in London!  And when summer is here, so is the wedding season!

When it comes to weddings, us westerners think about beautiful white dresses and endless veils. We forget how vast our world is and how it blessed us with an incredible diversity of cultures and wedding traditions.

Among those traditions, as a milliner, there is one I particularly cherish: the bridal’s hats. The other day, as I was designing a new wedding headpiece, using white and cream fabrics, as always… I wondered why we had adopted those light colors; sure it is a symbol of purity, but shouldn’t marriage be about celebrating love and happiness? Why exclude all the other bright and beautiful colors of the rainbow? But then, I remembered attending an Indian wedding. Such incredible colors I saw! Red, purple, saffron, deep blue, bright yellow…  This memory made me want to learn more about bridal outfits all around the world. And so, my bridal investigation started…  

 

The Balinese bride

I am amazed by this meticulous golden artwork they carry over their head, apparently, weddings in Bali are a very big deal, it is a way to connect both material and spiritual worlds. It is extremely sacred, as the vows are made in front of the gods, the underworld, and the living. The Hungarian bride.

 

The Hungarian bride.

This white flower crown was a delight to my eyes! Apparently, a Hungarian girl old enough to marry used to have guys lining up at her door for her and her family to choose the future groom. 

 

The Nigerian bride.

This colorful head tie is called a gele, I just love how it brightens the bride's beautiful features. Traditionally, the couple chooses between three different types of weddings: the civil, the religious or the traditional wedding (or have the three of them if they can afford it!). But as it is a vast country, the traditional wedding will be different depending on the region. 

 

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The Morrocan bride.

I love how colors and precious metals are mixed together. A Morrocan wedding can last up to a whole week, where multiple ceremonies and traditions take place. One of my favorite customs is the groom offering sugar to the bride as a symbol of happiness and milk for purity. 

 

The Chinese bride.

I think this is one of my favorite wedding hats so far, it looks like she is wearing a dragon wing! I love it! At that point of my research, I am far from the traditional white wedding dresses. Apparently, the red color symbolizes good luck in China and is believed to push away evil spirits... 

 

 

The Japanese bride.

Ok, actually, this one is definitely my favorite! The shape is amazing and so structural with a simple element! The silk headdress is called a wataboshi and is one of the oldest Japanese wedding traditions. The hood represents humility and modesty. After this picture, the beautiful bride might have changed into a red kimono, to bring good luck to her marriage. 

 

And finally... The Peruvian bride.

This might not be my favorite hat but I fell in love with those bright and cheerful colors! Apparently, Peruvian weddings are famous for their music and dances, and their breathtaking colors, as a way to celebrate the new union but most of all, to celebrate life.

 

 

In the end, whatever the bride is wearing, whether it is a white or a colorful dress, the most important thing is for her to wear that same bright and beautiful smile this lovely Peruvian bride wears. So, it is the mind filled with beautiful images that I happily go back to the reason I love waking up in the morning: my work as a milliner!

I hope you enjoyed the post! x 

 

 

 

photos are not ours, thanks to Google Images

katherine Elizabeth