Bridal Hairstyle Ideas

Your wedding hairstyle is important, because your photos will not only be kept by you, but your entire family and friends.   What do I do first?  —-The first thing we suggest doing is having a look at bridal photos.  Narrow your favorite photos down to 3 or 4.

Also, it is also helpful to look back into your photo’s and see which hairstyle looks the very best on you.

If you have some time to try out the styles, try them out for a day, and have a good friend experiment taking some pictures.  Try some fun pictures from every angle.

Remember that considerations should be made when you are wearing a tiara, or a veil.

Here are some suggestions worth thinking about:

1. Which stylist are you planning on using? Some people underestimate beauty schools.  These up- and coming hairstylists are willing to put in the extra effort for their portfolios.  Some of them would allow you to come several times for some different hairstyles.  As well, they wouldn’t mind making some money on the side come your wedding day.  Always pay for their services, even at each consultation*  If you go the traditional route, and choose a hair salon, be sure to have a trail appointment where you try the hair style out in advance.  You should be able to express your likes and dislikes without feeling as though you are being unreasonable.

2. What length of hair looks the very best on you? It is important to consult with your stylist well in advance and make a decision. Again, look at your pictures from the past.  Is there one picture where you look better in one length?  Long hair obviously gives the stylist much freedom to do some elaborate styles. If you do not have long hair, don’t think you cannot add to your hair using extensions.  One bridal show I was in, I used 4 extensions and made a beautiful style of braids, all in an up do.  Think out of the box with extensions.  They really can make a fairytale look.

Wedding Hair Ideas - Anne Hathaway's W Magazine October 2008

Wedding Hair Ideas - Anne Hathaway's W Magazine October 2008

Wedding Hair Ideas - Anne Hathaway's W Magazine October 2008

3. Have your hair compliment your wedding dress. You do not want to wear a ornate jacket, and have your hair long.  Smooth, straight hair and pinned up curls are often paired up with smooth satin gowns for sleek traditional looks.  Tulle dresses and very old fashioned styles look hot with loose curls.

4. Take into consideration your dress style.  If your dress is straight, or A-Line, consider a sleek style.  If your dress is a full skirt, consider a hairstyle that has a bit more volume to balance the dress.


5. Be sure to wash your hair the night before your consultation, and come in with a plan of which picture you would like to try.  Arrange to take photographs that day as well.

6. Take your veil and headpiece/ tiara with you.  The stylist can work in those elements into your hairstyle.

7. If you are incorporating a new color that you think would look nice, be sure to try out the different hairstyles with that color.

8. Don’t wait until right before your wedding to have your hair colored. I was entered into a beauty pageant, and decided to go blonde the night before. What a nightmare, my hair went yellow.  To make matters worse, I phoned the pageant director and asked to drop out the night before.  She didn’t pick up the phone, and the next day when it was fixed, not only did I ruin my reputation to her, but also to the contestants.  Plan on coloring your hair a week in advance. It will also allow you to get used to the color for a week.  AGAIN, try the color out months before your wedding day.  You do not want to go red, and then have to bleach it out, and mess up your hair on the week of your wedding.

9. After you have decided on your style, make sure you walk around with it. How does it look at the end of the day?
10. Your veil length will have some influence on your choice of hairstyle. Normally, the veil is longer than the hair. It is often secured in back swept hair (for up dos) and it’s important to make sure the style can hold the veil in place.

11. Do not discount flowers, pins, and beads for your headpiece.  For example if you choose pearls in your hair, you can coordinate it with a pearl necklace and the rest of your jewelry.

Planning in advance is well worth the trouble when it comes to your special day!

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