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I've been thinking this week about how much weddings have changed since the early 1990s when I got married..... 
Flowers in your hair, where do you stand?  
 
For a start, wedding dress styles have changed enormously. Some might say for the better, but each era is entitled to put its own stamp on things. In the 80s and early 90s bigger was definitely better, with lots of flounces, puff and ornamentation. It was also the era of flower crowns and alice bands and I myself had one of them. I'm not knocking it, it felt really pretty and dried afterwards it made a nice keepsake. It will come back into fashion at some point but for now its tiaras or much smaller ornamentation all the way.  
 
Church versus Registry Office 
 
When I got married weddings were still really traditional. It was church or registry office by law. Most of us chose churches but there are some good Registry Offices. I would put a vote in for Felixstowe Town Hall here. This fine red brick building, overlooking the sea, has a gorgeous black and white checkerboard floor inside and the well kept municipal garden next door is good for photos. There is a lovely flower display outside in the summer. I went to a wedding there and the staff couldn't do enough to help (@felixstowetownhall). The odd thing is that this building used to be the court and still has cells (watch out all you misbehaving guests) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To hat or not to hat? That is the question 
 
Hamlet had no time to ponder whether or not he should wear a hat given his existential crisis. But many a mother of the bride has agonised over this point. It's fair to say that hats have fallen a little out of favour over the years. Traditionally hats were worn in church and, as most marriages took place in church it followed that hats were the order of the day. However women no longer automatically put a hat on and many a mother of the bride has dreaded having hat head at the reception 
 
Fascinators are more popular today and are credited to milliners Philip Treacy (@philiptreacy) and Stephen Jones (@stephenjonesmillinery). Although they didn't make up the name. Fascinators have even been worn at royal weddings, with Princess Beatrice's pretzel a prime (if unusual) example. It even had its own facebook page and was sold for charity on ebay for 99,000 euros. Money to burn anyone..... 
 
Since 2010 the hatinator has emerged as a front runner. This is a combination of a hat and a fascinator. It fastens on the head with a band like a fascinator but has the appearance of a hat. The Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal) is often seen with one. What next? Well, possibly nothing, with the rise of more informal styles of wedding it's quite likely that most wedding guests won't wear anything on their heads at all. Time will tell... 
 
So what else has changed? 
 
We have certainly seen a rise in the use of more informal vehicles for transporting brides to weddings. In my day bridal cars were very formal. I had a beautiful cream and navy Bentley limousine and can still remember our faces when the vehicle company opened a large warehouse to reveal its vast collection of vintage cars. There were literally hundreds. My husband still complains about the unfairness of the length of his trip from church to reception, which was a mile at best. Barely time to settle into the plush leather seats 
 
Bridesmaids - big or small? 
 
This adorable little flower girl is wearing Lychgate's Jasmine bridesmaids dress, a simple silk flower girl dress in ages 6 months to 11 years. Little bridesmaids remain popular but we have definitely seen a surge in brides choosing all their adult female friends as attendants. This is a fun option but I wonder whether it might seem a bit like herding cats at times? 
 
Maybe the answer is to channel the Duchess of Cambridge, with her one adult bridesmaid, two pageboys and four flower girls. The little ones would look super in Lychgate bridesmaids dresses and pageboy outfits. But maybe keep an eye on your adult bridesmaids choice of dress. We don't want any upstaging going on now do we................ 
 
Nic XX 
 
Images: Bernard Tuck@jodrell; Fabio Neo Amato@cloudsdealer; @tomkulczycki, courtesy of Unsplash and @sophieskipperphotography 
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