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Coronation Street: The Best Hats For Weddings

Updated on November 19, 2014

Hats For Every Occasion?

The joke in my house is that if it's a British program, like Coronation Street or Downton Abbey, and there's a wedding involved, the wedding will be called off, but not until after everyone is dressed in their blacks and whites and every last person has a beautiful, elegant hat adorning their head. The hats worn for potential Coronation Street (an English TV Soap that has run for over 50 years) weddings are exceptional and exemplary, made of the finest silks, satins, and adorned with beautiful feathers.

Below are beautiful designs that you might be able to wear everyday, and some that might only be for special occasions. I am not going to pretend to tell you which hats you could wear, and when. Nope - that's up to you.

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Cancellator

Right-O. That's what we call these fancy, crazy top-of-the-head-partial-hats - "Cancellators." At least, when we're watching Coronation Street because this program seems to like weddings that are on, then off, then on, then off. And, some of their characters get married many, many times.

They are otherwise known as Fascinators and are all the rage.

Prior to the wedding of Wills and Kate I went shopping for the ingredients to build a spectacular fascinator for a special client: a bird, feathers, and the absolutely largest flower I could find. You will see the conclusion of my project in the photo above. Of course, for the sake of future contracts, I must show the utmost discretion and hide the identity of my client.

Photo Credit: Teapixie :)

Top Hat

US Toy Top Hat
US Toy Top Hat

Hats like this have been revived, as of late, due to the steampunk aesthetic. I have seen women look spectacular in top hats, accompanied by scarves, jeans, and beautiful boots. See below for examples of designer items that might be considered with this hat.

I can imagine Carla Conner crashing a wedding in this hat and her nasty, skinny legged jeans with vampire make up. Oh yeah - let's see that one!

 

In the figurative sense, many of us wear a multitude of hats.

But I'm talking about the ones you pop on your head, change as your mood changes, or as the weather changes. They can be made of pragmatic textiles like wool and polyvinyl or of luxurious fabrics like velvet, feathers, and diamonds. I give both of theses descriptions because the writers for Coronation Street make a point of dragging out even the most mundane of hats during down pouriest of seasons.

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Mushroom Crown

Lace Mushroom Crown Wide Brim Hat With Feather Accent - MW54 BLACK/WHITE
Lace Mushroom Crown Wide Brim Hat With Feather Accent - MW54 BLACK/WHITE

Can't you just see Audrey Roberts adorned in this one? It's a beautiful piece that is clearly a statement-maker with that fabulous feather adornment. I love the thought of the character transformation that wearing this hat would cause.

It's why I love hats - I get to be someone new in each hat I put on!

 

Stove Pipe and Feathers

Kentucky Derby Hat with Large Bow 47300 White
Kentucky Derby Hat with Large Bow 47300 White

Here's the hat for Maria Connor - a hair specialist. This hat won't upstage your hairdoo, while also making sure your presence is known in the room.

 

Mini Fascinator Hat

Glitter Mini Hat with Feather Accent Hair Clip 3 Pieces Set (Hat-456)
Glitter Mini Hat with Feather Accent Hair Clip 3 Pieces Set (Hat-456)

Can't you just picture Sophie Webster with one of these little pieces atop her pretty little head? This is what my daughter would want to wear because it's part hat, part fascinator, and full of attention.

It's fun and it's creative. The best part is that you can have any kind of hairdo you want under one of these.

 

Hairband Fascinator

Scala Women's Sinamay Clip Fascinator, Black, One Size
Scala Women's Sinamay Clip Fascinator, Black, One Size

The fascinator is where it's at for the fashion savvy. I can see Fiz sporting this one atop her wild red curls.

This particular fascinator is made for the girl who wants to wear it regularly. Attached to a hair band, designing your hairdo is easy and placing this on your head is even easier.

 

It's The MAD Hatter!

elope Disney's Alice in Wonderland Cocktail Madhatter Hat
elope Disney's Alice in Wonderland Cocktail Madhatter Hat

A Mad Hatter's Hat? PURRRRRFECT!

And who best to wear this baby? Why the late Tina McIntyre would have, of course. Can't you imagine her sporting this magnificent piece with a beautiful suit? It's so very sad that Tina's character has left The Street.

I couldn't imagine a more stylish fascinator than this Disney-created hair piece. If you're crazy about hats being identified as the Mad Hatter is ideal.

 

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Cancellator Bridal Tiara

(BIG)Elegant Bridal Wedding Tiara Crown with Crystal Party Accessories DH4059
(BIG)Elegant Bridal Wedding Tiara Crown with Crystal Party Accessories DH4059

Interested to compete with the Bride? Pop this sweet little piece on your head for the engagement party and you can drag all of the attention to you.

My fair choice for this little number would be Eva. I could see her sad little snarly face beneath this glittering tiara at engagement parties, bridal showers, and other people's weddings.

 

An American In Manchester

Kentucky Derby - "Deborah" Silver
Kentucky Derby - "Deborah" Silver

And for a little American flare, I am including this bejeweled gem. Who better to sport this hard-edge, high bling piece than Tracey Barlow?

In contrast to the understated (?) British-styled hats which are adorned with feathers and more natural items, this hat is prime for the Kentucky derby with it's glittering rhinestones. Just remember, nothing but the best for Tracey.

 

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I really do love hats. I have collected them from all over the world. I love a big brimmed Columbian hat for super sunny days, and an African head scarf for casual dinners out. My particular favourite is my velvet Cat In The Hat number that was designed for my head by my mom - it's one of those heirloom pieces that I'll pass down in the family.

Do you have any hats that you love to wear?

I think I have become a Coronation Street fan just because of the fabulous hats they wear to the cancelled weddings! What about you, are you a Coronation Street fan? Who is your favourite character and what kind of hat do think would suit them?

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      Tea Pixie 3 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: I am so inspired by the fashion design approach of Downton Abbey. I have always loved hats and the many elements of head accessories that they profile are notable. Coronation Street has been a great source for hats during weddings. I hope they keep up the tradition!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I just recently got into Downton Abbey. It's got me hooked on hats. I'm going to be looking to check out Coronation Street now too.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Oooo - headbands with things attached? That sounds so whimsical. Love it!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Nice collection. I don't wear many hats, but do love headbands with things attached.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @Teapixie LM: wrong web address there - sorry!

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/downton-abbey-h

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @sybil watson: Oh! sybil-watson - you are prescient. I started my Downton Abbey Hats article at the same time as I wrote the Coronation Street article. Here it is (just published) http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/downton-abbey-hats

      You will have to copy and paste that link. I will be bringing some polls into the discussion, hopefully this week! Enjoy your PBS viewing - it's sooooo fun. :)

      I am DELIGHTED that you enjoyed this article.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Although we don't get Coronation Street in the US, we do watch Downton Abbey, and now I want to go back and look at the hats that were worn to poor Ethel's wedding! I really enjoyed this lens and I'm going to keep an eye out for the hats on the BBC shows.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Thank you! It's so fun to research them. :-{}

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Some outstanding hats!