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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Hats: A Fresh Twist On Wedding Style

We have all seen the look of the traditional white wedding gown topped off with a flowing veil. It is beautiful, but let’s face it- it’s been done!

For the fashionista bride who wants to be a bit more uniquely memorable, hats are becoming a valid option. This look was featured in several 2013 bridal fashion shows, including Carolina Herrera’s.

This look is obviously one that needs to be planned carefully. Of course, the bride should select her dress first. A hat may be selected after taking subtle style cues from the dress’ color, fabric, texture, and style.

(Photo Credit: Brides.com)

(Photo Credit: Brides.com)

In the photo above, the strapless, ivory trench-style gown has an amazing presence, but topped with a traditional “French-revolution”- style straw hat accented with ivory flowers, it becomes a stylish masterpiece. The larger hat balances the look of the full skirt and creates a flawlessly fabulous bridal statement.

Photo from marthastewartweddings.com.

(Photo Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings)

This look is equally enchanting. The sleek, form-fitting lace dress has a demure look, but topped with this accessory that is equal parts top hat, birdcage veil, and fascinator, the look becomes fanciful and whimsical. The hat completely transforms this bride’s look and attitude!

(Photo Credit: brides.com)

(Photo Credit: brides.com)

In this photo, a simple wedding suit is topped with a dramatic and extravagant straw hat accented with flowers. The look is big, bold, memorable.

Are you more of a “country girl?” A classy cowboy hat could easily top a simple A-line gown, long or tea-length. This look could be completed with…what else…western boots! If you attempt this look, be sure your dress has a bit of texture to adhere to the shabby-chic cowgirl look.

Hats are not an accessory to be afraid of on your wedding day. If a veil just does not seem right for you, look for a quirky topper to complete your look!

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