Buying the Ideal Wedding Hat

There are many designs and styles of wedding hats that will match what you wear. You can wear hats tilted to the side, to the front or the back and it is essentially what works for you and your outfit. Ladies want to feel special with the hat on; they want to look different and unique. They want to stand out in the crowd, and make a personal, lasting statement.

Wedding Hats for the Mother of the Bride and Groom

The wedding hats & fascinator market is growing in popularity, especially with the fashionable women. These accessories are not only meant for weddings. They are also a great accessory for any festive occasions ranging from the casual to the formal. There is no reason why your wardrobe should not comprise of any, given the simplicity and elegance of wearing one.
A stylish Wedding Hat can add so much to an outfit. They are an excellent way to add drama and flair to mother of the bride or groom outfits. Hats are also a perfect way to express your personal style. If you are uncertain about how to wear a hat, so as to show your personality, take a look at some pictures of British women: they know how to pull off any hat!

A hat is ideal for the finishing touch to a wedding outfit as it will not only look great but will also protect you from the glare of camera flash or sun. Look for a hat with a wide brim in ivory or pastel color. A wedding hat should be festively decorated; it should not resemble anything that you would wear for gardening. You can either choose a hat that comes furnished or add your embellishments to a simple portrait hat.
Wedding hats are a worthy investment as they can be used and reused at second weddings and even at other events. There is a wide choice of other wedding accessories that could go with it and also the very popular wedding hats and fascinators. The bottom line is, regardless of when you are wearing your wedding hat, that you are ensuring that you are not upstaging the bride. You want to be fashionable but do it without appearing as though you might be trying to steal the attention from the bride.



“A lot of hearts & hands create an outfit. We believe in designing for the confidence of the John Charles woman. Our collection is an invitation to her most beautiful self and a celebration of her elegance

John Charles creates outfits for the moments you will remember forever. Seeing a child walk down the aisle. Celebrating a lifetime achievement. The times that become favourite memories and framed photographs.

It is a joy to dress the John Charles woman. It is a tribute to her, on her most cherished occasions.


“We create designs to make our woman feel as special as she deserves. With an eye for detail, our designs invite you to discover the elegant subtleties that make something beautiful. We believe the expert consideration of each stunning embellishment and the soft touch of the luxury fabric creates a refined opulence that empowers.

Modern and sophisticated, we draw upon the archives of timeless style and updates with contemporary edge to create a look quintessentially for the John Charles woman. We have always understood quality over quantity, and the joy in having less and better.

We believe in her elegance and are proud to see her celebrate it gracefully.”

– Regine Ellis, Creative Director




John Charles is a luxury design house, world renowned for mother of the bride outfits that push the boundaries of modern occasionwear. Founded in 1959 and designed exclusively in London for over half a century, the collections are available throughout premier independent boutiques and stores in UK and Europe.

John Charles looks to the needs of the modern woman. Bringing together craft and couture on the simple premise of perfect occasion dressing: beauty and comfort combined. John Charles has earnt a reputation for not just striking designs but for the brand’s signature fit, perfectly accentuating the natural female figure – something fundamental to the brands appeal.

Our luxury fabrics are paramount to our designs, sourced from European mills and with exclusive prints designed in-house. Hand-finishing with placed lace, fine embellishments and crystals ensures a John Charles outfit is a nod to 50 years of heritage and experience.

From designer mother of the bride dresses to jackets, the John Charles millinery collection is the last word in head to toe style. Each hat and fascinator is designed to co-ordinate with the brand’s signature exclusive fabrics.

A John Charles outfit is a one of a kind, made just for you and is now in stock in sizes 6-24 at the Nigel Rayment Boutiques London Manchester


“We believe in designing for the confidence of the John Charles woman.” – Regine Ellis

A lot of heart & hands create an outfit.

The John Charles Summer 2017 now at Nigel Rayment Mother of the Bride & Groom Boutiques London-Manchester collection is our letter to the John Charles woman: an invitation to her most beautiful self and a celebration of her elegance.

Harmonious in its soft tonal mix of pastels and striking brights the palette is delicately feminine, complementing the defining designs of the season. Alongside these elegant subtleties, metallics and summer lemons are also key for Summer 2017, given a twist with ornate embroidery, fine embellishments or laser cut for an ultra-modern look.

Contemporary sophistication.  Timeless Elegance.


Love in later years. Many ladies marry in later life either through a busy career or bereavement or just through pure coincidence. At the Nigel Rayment Boutique London and Manchester We have hand picked a selection of stunning occasion wear outfits that are just perfect for that intimate wedding in either a hotel or marquee. Many of the outfits have sleeves so after the top table speech you can remove your jacket and still feel confident. Many designers like Ronald Joyce by Veni Infantino, Condici or John Charles Have created outfits with this in mind, and not forgetting Pronovias 2017 collection who’ve launched there mature bridal prices that aren’t all frills and lace in ivory but beautiful pastels for that perfect wedding feeling. We’ve selected a few pieces that you may love for that Big Day.



Nigel Rayment London-Manchester is proud to be selling his Mother of the Bride & Groom wedding hats at Ariella Brentcross Ariella Mother of the Bride & Groom Outfits London Ariella has been selected by numerous celebrities for their red carpet events, including the following: Amanda Holden. Darcey Bussel. Michelle Rodriguez. Tulisa Contostavlos. Michelle Keegan. Holly Willoughby. Leona Lewis. Kelly Rowland. Miss England. Alex Jones. Myleene Klass. Denise van Outen. Beverley Knight. Susanna Reid. Ahsley Roberts. Melanie Sykes. Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and many more.The Ariella Couture collection is as exquisite as it is wearable, combining stunning couture detailing with a range of fabrics from traditional silk chiffons, lacquered lace and knitted chainmail accentuated with ruching, draping and peplums. The range of silhouettes vary from hourglass to empire line, knee skimming hems to dramatic fishtails, punctuated with a palette that moves from Jet to Ivory, through bright and bold hues to sugary shades. Ariella designs, manufactures, wholesales and retails exclusive and original Ladies fashion, cocktail and eveningwear. Celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary it has been at the forefront of British Fashion since it was founded in 1966 and is acclaimed as one of Europe’s leading fashion houses for Special Occasion wear for the fashion conscious woman of today. It’s clients include some of the best known UK and European department stores and multiple retailers, selling under the Ariella brands or clients’ own labels.


Over time, Rosa Clará has become an almost equal force to be reckoned with in occasion gowns. The collection for mothers of the bride and event goers is soon to come to the London and Manchester boutiques of Nigel Rayment, but across Europe and Latin America these super-glamorous gowns are already very well known. Brand ambassadors such as Mexican actress and entrepreneur Paulina Rubio and America’s Eva Longoria have been among many distinguished wearers on the red carpet. “As with our bridal collection,” says Rosa Clará, “we aim to create designs to meet the needs of real women. We offer a huge variety of designs and silhouettes and dress women of all ages. I would say we have had the good fortune to dress women with a lot of style – the kind of women who set trends and understand the value of a good gown.”


snn7136_sim_50A leading British name in occasion wear founded in 1913, Shubette Group remains a London-based family business. Its flagship Gina Bacconi label is defined by beautiful fabrics and sharp but feminine designs that retain a youthful and confident profile – perfect for high-summer and international weddings where style and cool comfort are the order of the day.
The core of the Gina Bacconi occasion collection is lightweight luxury dresses paired with softer cover-ups and capes – rather than the traditional tailored jacket. These designs offer a flattering and feminine profile, with all the style a mother of the bride or groom is looking for on such an important day. Gina Bacconi’s clever design elements – including lace over-tops, shifts and coats – can also be removed at day-into-evening celebrations to add comfort and versatility to the outfits.
The latest collection includes a range of co-ordinating silken wraps and headpieces to complete your glamorous wedding look and Nigel Rayment boutiques London & Manchester offer a fabulous selection of shoes and bags that can be dyed to match your outfit perfectly


Top Tips for Mother’s of the Bride & Groom


Nigel Rayment offers his Top Tips for the Mother’s of the Bride and Groom

Keep an open mind:
The most important tip I can give to you. Come to the boutique armed with ideas and styles you have seen, feel free to even print outfits from our website to bring with you as it gives us an idea of your style, but do not discount any dresses out! Remember 9 out of 10 ladies leave with something they would never have thought they wanted. Try, try, try!

Day to Night:
When choosing your outfit, look for that dress that can see you through the day and night. Many dresses transform into a different dress once the jacket is taken off.

Buy the correct size:
Why put yourself under extra pressure? If you want to lose weight, buy the dress that fits perfect at that time. They can always be altered closer to the wedding for that perfect fit even if it is a little roomy!

Choose the right style:
Ruching, pleats and layered fabric are great for hiding those imperfections. Dress to your shape and these styles will give you the figure every woman wants.

Comfort vs. Style:
Who says that there has to be a battle between comfort and style? We all have different pros and cons when wearing clothes, what’s great for someone else may not be great for you. Don’t get downhearted. All dresses have both! It’s a matter of finding the dress that does both for you.

Don’t be shy! Any requirements? Tell us:
Don’t be afraid to say what you would like! In fact we love it! It means that we can find the perfect dress for you quicker! Many ladies want to still feel comfortable when they take the jacket off; sleeves are perfect for this, then you can dance until the sun comes up!

I can imagine many ladies reading this thinking…’Oh I don’t suit hats’… This is not true! Why hit the high street for a specialist item, it is not an everyday purchase, come to a specialist boutique for advice. There is a hat or headpiece that will suit. It’s just finding the right one. Here at Nigel Rayment Boutique we are milliners by trade, so we know what will finish your look. From a big red hat to a hatinator aka ‘the kissing hat’ perfect for keeping it off of your face as it gives all the guests the ease of that celebratory kiss without knocking the hat off. Have a browse on our site and look at the many styles available

P.S We don’t try to hide the band! Embrace it, if you really don’t feel comfortable with it, just see you hairdresser who will be able to do a style that will cover the band.

Nigel Rayment will be exhibiting this year at The National Wedding Show!
20th-21st Feb – Manchester Central, stand D53
26th-28th Feb – London Olympia, stand A169
4th-6th March – Birmingham NEC


Ian Stuart’s Privileged Insights on Mother of the Bride and Groom Outfit Choices

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On the Difficulties in Choosing a Dress

When quizzed about what it is that makes shopping for a mother of the bride and groom dress in London and Manchester so difficult, Stuart stated that much of the problem comes down to confidence. He spoke of how many of the women he deals with directly simply have no idea how beautiful the right dress could make them look, which in many cases leads to poor decision-making on the back of a blinkered approach. As such, a little guidance from those in the know can work wonders.

On Glamorous Dress Tips for Older Ladies

As far as Ian Stuart is concerned, age-appropriateness doesn’t matter nearly as much as personality. Or in other words, an Ian Stuart mother of the bride and groom dress should be chosen largely in accordance with the personality of the individual, rather than simply their age. He also spoke of age being no barrier to glamorousness or dress choices – it may be as simple as adding an arm-covering or a jacket for those preferring not to show-off too much skin.

On Dresses That Flatter All Figures

As for Stuart’s thoughts on failsafe dress choices you simply cannot go wrong with regardless of shape, he singled out fuller skirts and the use of pleats – both of which are ideally suited to hiding unwanted ‘lumps and bumps’. He also highly recommends designs with in-built corsetry for those craving a slightly sleeker waistline.

On Accessories

Rather than singling out specific accessories, Stuart’s simple advice for accessorising a mother of the bride was to think about exactly how you accessories in everyday life and then replicate the same effect, only on a fractionally more elevated level. He advised against getting carried away and maintained that simplicity always stands out.

On This Winter’s Must-Wear Colours

Going into the winter of 2014, Stuart suggested that we’ll be seeing a great deal more metallic colours making their way into the mother of the bride shops in London and Manchester. He spoke of many modern mother of the bride and groom outfits sticking with the old favourites, but at the same time acknowledged the return to fame of platinum, steel, silver and gold for the winter season.