Category Archives: cocktail hats

Summer Circus Wedding

Over the summer the Artisan Maskers collaborated with a whole team of amazing artists to put together a fantasy Circus-themed wedding shoot.  Here’s a quick spread of the carnival madness that ensued!

 

First, we have our Tightrope Walker bride.  She preps for the big day with a gorgeously bizarre assemblage of bridesmaids (below): a Clownette, a Lion Tamer, a Fortune Teller, and even a mustachioed Ringmaster!

 

Next up, our Clown of a Groom and his fabulous Groomsmen: the Magician, the Roustabout, and, okay, the “Lion”, too…

 

A few choice shots of the Bride and Groom…

 

And, then, the gang’s all here!  Time for the party to START!

So, what do YOU think?  Could a Circus be in your marital future?  ;D

 

 

Please, have a look at all of the incredible artists that made this shoot possible!

Mini Top Hats, Clownette Ruff, Dog Ruff, Feather Bouquet – Because It Sparkles

Crystal Bridal Headband and Belt – Clay Bouquet Shop

Bustle Skirt and Groom/Best Man Jackets – DAS

Little Miss Muffett Garter – Never A Plain Jane Designs

Corsets and Petticoat – Period Corsets

(Not pictured:  Wedding Streamers – Extravagant Exits )

What is a Fascinator or Fascinator Hat?

By La Coco Rouge 

Now that Kate Middleton has taken the world by storm with her fabulous styled hats, I am asked less often “what is a fascinator?”

Fascinators and fascinator hats are setting a new trend for fashion on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  Europeans have always had a special love for these dainty and bold headpieces and it looks as though the US is falling in line.

Mata Hari’s Daughter

There used to be a discernible difference between the term “cocktail hat” and “fascinator” but like all true melting pots the terms are merging to become one.  I rarely hear the term cocktail hat anymore and wonder if the term may be falling into disuse due to its upstart and trendy “new” cousin.

Today a fascinator and fascinator hat is attached to the hair via combs, pins, clips, headband or elastic.  If it requires fastening to stay on the head – chances are good it’s a fascinator.  If it has a brim or sidewalls it’s a hat.

DelightWorthyn 

Most fascinators and fascinator hats, not all, will start with a base of some kind and then other materials are added such as feathers, flowers, pearls, sequins, ribbons, brooches, etc.

It used to be that these were worn for formal occasions but today you can see them sold in stores as daily accessory wear.

These hairpiece accessories can be used to complement a fancy hairstyle or to dress up a simple and casual look.  Note that the more elaborate the headpiece the more attention will be focused on it so style light on the rest of the outfit and use accent pieces sparingly.

MoonshineBaby  

The flapper generation spawned a delicious flurry of headpieces and hair wear.  Their short hair styles and simply cut dress fashions encouraged elaborate hair accessories.

Visit the team member shops of WedEclectic to find your own beauty for your upcoming wedding…or just for fun!

Wonderland Wedding…Part 2

By NeverAPlainJane

I don’t care what you say, you’ve dreamed about a fairy tale wedding.  Even if it was just once. And even if it wasn’t your typical fairy tale.

Over the next few months I’ll draw inspiration from the combined genius of Lewis Carroll, Walt Disney, Tim Burton, and a score of other Alice fanatics to bring you a series of curiouser and curiouser Wonderland Wedding ideas.

Today, forget all about a white wedding.  If you are going to be queen for a day why not make it

The Red Queen

 (via LA Weekly*)

I’m not saying you have to have heart-shaped red hair (although that would be awesome!), but you could definitely set the tone with this amazing ring-bearer pillow from My Haley Girl.

(Hold my Heart Ring Bearer Pillow**)

Sweet, isn’t it?  But why stop at sweet, when you can go sassy.

(links below ***)

Of course, we can’t forget your partner in passion.

(links below ^)

I adore the steampunk touches in this reception décor mood board that refer to the Red Queen’s Victorian roots.

(links below^^)

What about you, my darlings?  Are you a bold ruler of Wonderland or does your wedding fantasy take you down another rabbit hole?

* http://blogs.laweekly.com/stylecouncil/2009/06/alice_in_wonderland_fashion_co.php

** http://www.etsy.com/listing/75939788/hold-my-heart-heart-ring-bearer-pillow

***Clockwise from top left:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/75142291/her-majesty-royal-papier-mache-mask-in

http://www.etsy.com/listing/48495473/exotic-bohemian-red-swarovski-chandelier

http://www.etsy.com/listing/86143080/red-fascinator-hat-with-flower-shaped?ref=pr_shop

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87028809/holiday-sale-sheer-elegance-tiered

http://www.etsy.com/listing/83109556/queen-of-hearts-black-white-stripe?ref=pr_shop

http://www.etsy.com/listing/88028473/ordering-information-for-alternative?ref=pr_shop

^Clockwise from top left:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/60224094/little-heart-cufflinks

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72681108/red-silk-underwear-custom-made-to

http://www.etsy.com/listing/64054363/unique-garter-glamorous-rose-red

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54548063/red-silk-valentine-necktie

^^Clockwise from top left:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87903885/rose-candle-pillar-tapers-set-black?ref=pr_shop

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72252611/aceo-sir-aloysius-the-clockwork-hearted

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66523416/felted-rocks-colorful-handmade-all

http://www.etsy.com/listing/51680767/crepe-paper-heart

http://www.etsy.com/listing/53325104/5-victorian-table-numbers-great-for