Getting married is one of the biggest life events you’ll ever have to prepare for and becoming a bride is an incredibly unique journey for every woman. Your planning list seems endless and making sure that everything is done and perfect ahead of your big day can be daunting and stressful.
How you look on the day is also paramount. All eyes are on you so it’s important that you choose what’s right for you and your special day. You have to put so much trust in other people to get your big day look just right, so you’ll have peace of mind that you’ll look perfect when you walk down the aisle.
Choosing your perfect hair stylist
The first step is to find a hair stylist with a strong bridal portfolio that you like the look of. Allow plenty of time before your wedding to select a stylist, ideally six months to a year. If you want that extra polished look for your big day then take to find a hairstylist with lots of bridal hair experience. Bridal hair styling is very creative, so it’s important to find somebody who has the right abilities and passion to style your hair in the way you want.
Ask your hairdresser to suggest hairstyles for your bridesmaids that will compliment your chosen look but not over power you. After all you’ll be the center of attention and you’ll want your bridesmaids to be enhance your look, without stealing the limelight.
Your hair consultation and trial should take place two months prior to the wedding. It’s important that your hairdresser takes the time to have a thorough consultation, this should take at least an hour. It’s important that you get to know your hair stylist and their way of working, so you’re happy and confident with how you’ll look and feel on your big day.
During your consultation your hairdresser will get an understanding of your specific needs and styles. They’ll advice advise you about what works best for your style and will work with you to accentuate your existing features. Your hairdresser should also take your hair texture, face shape into consideration and chose the right hairstyle to compliment you and your dress.
A good hairdresser wants to work with you to create your vision for the big day and will experiment with different looks and styles until you are totally happy. This will mean not changing your individual style and allowing your natural beauty to shine through. You should have an open and honest relationship with your hairdresser, so don’t be shy about your opinions.
Be prepared that you may have to wear clip in hair extensions to create the extra volume needed even if you are going to wear your hair up. Your hairdresser will be able to recommend a good brand.
If possible, have a hair and make-up trial on the same day so that you can see your whole look working together. Also, have your trial done in the morning so you can test to see how long it will last throughout the day.
The wedding hairstyle you choose for your wedding day can alter your overall look and the feel of your bridal outfit. Whether you choose a classic up do, a short and sassy bob, or long flowing locks can really make a difference to your bridal style.
Match Your Hairstyle to Your Wedding Theme
If you are having a traditional wedding, you will probably be looking for a classic bridal hairstyle. For a modern twist on a classic style, a low-slung ponytail bun, accessorized with jewels or flowers is a fashionable option. Keep the hair pulled tight to the head and wear the bun with a fringe that slants diagonally across your forehead, tucking behind your ear. Straight wisps of hair pulled out in front of the ear can soften this look.
For a more contemporary wedding, you might look for a modern up do. A current favorite is to create two or three small ponytails starting at the crown and going down the back of the head. The ponytails and then the rest of the hair can be wrapped around and pinned in place creating structured curls with spiky ends for a really progressive style.
Accessories to Complement Your Wedding Hairstyle
If you are wearing a classic long veil, your hairstyle will need to be able to take a little weight. The veil should be attached to your head at the crown if you are wearing your hair loose or can be attached underneath an up do to avoid ruining the style.
A shorter, elbow length veil will be much lighter, and won’t ruin your style. These tend to look best with short hair or an up do. Ask your stylist to attach your veil, and if you want to be able to take it off after the ceremony, make sure they are aware of that.
Modern hair corsages, both fresh and fabric, are a key look this season. Wear yours at the side of a bun or chignon, or behind your ear if you are wearing your hair down with waves. Fix your corsage in place with plenty of grips so you aren’t worried about it coming loose.
Jeweled accessories, such as tiaras and ornate combs work with a wide variety of hairstyles, and can add the wow factor to your bridal hairstyle. Narrow Alice bands are also a simple way to achieve a sleek modern style. When you are using a tiara, be sure not to let the hair raise up at the sides as this can create a dated look, the hair should be drawn back for a contemporary look.
When to Book Your Hair Stylist
Book your hairstylist four to five months before your wedding to make sure you get the one you want, and to give yourself time for a trial run. If you usually color your hair, or have highlights, try to get it done a couple of days before the wedding, so it is still looking fresh and there’s no time for roots to grow. If you are considering a complete change of color, have it done at least six weeks before the wedding so that you can decide whether you like it, you can always have the roots touched up before the big day.