Step up your Buddies Trip Captain game with affordable, custom gear

Imperial Headwear makes it easy for customers to create their own special hats.
Golfers showing off the custom Montana hats for a golf group or bachelor party.

Bryan Anna wanted something special for a special weekend, his wedding.

He ordered custom-embroidered hats from Imperial Headwear for his wedding party, an idea he got from his brother, who got one as a gift at a charity cookoff. Anna ordered a gray bucket hat with a logo the shape of Montana for all of his eight groomsmen, his father, the ring bearer and future father-in-law. His crew wore them while fishing and playing golf before their destination wedding in Big Sky, Montana. The state nicknamed "Big Sky Country" is special to Anna and his now wife, Karina Cuskey Anna. The two were married earlier this month.

"We met through online dating. We go out there (to Montana) all the time," said Anna, who lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., and works in construction. "She went to school out there. Her parents moved to Bozeman. That was the original connection. Having the Montana symbol (on the hat), it's just an awesome place."

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Anna said the entire process was easy. Once the online order was placed, the hats arrived within a week. "They got here quick," he said. The cost: $24 each. "That's a gangbuster deal," he said.

Affordability was key, he added, with the mounting wedding expenses pinching his budget tight.

There are two ways to customize gear. For those who want to use their own logo, the Imperial Sports website’s completely custom page allows customers to pick a hat style, upload the logo of choice and selection sizing.

Imperial’s “Design Your Own” website page is for customers who want to pick from various logos and designs supplied by Imperial. Text on the back of the hat costs $10 extra. Orders generally arrive in 3-5 days if you use Imperial's logos and take a bit longer (about 10 days) if you choose your own logo.

There are no minimums or setup fees for either. Imperial offers all sorts of styles to fit your tastes - traditional golf hats, visors and rope caps. Anna was impressed with the quality of his selection.

“It is a 100-percent nylon hat," he said. "We got it adjustable. The brim is a five-inch brim. It's a little longer in the back to help with sun protection. There's great sun coverage. The fit is nice. It is not a flopping hat. This is a nice in between. It is loose enough to pack but sturdy enough to hold its shape. It looks fantastic."

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