Choosing the Perfect Wedding Day Hairstyle
I can’t think of another decision more important than what you, the bride, will look like on your wedding day. I don’t care what anyone else says, the wedding is all about the bride. Your dress, your accessories, your flowers and of course, your hair!
Like most decisions you will make while planning your wedding, when it comes to your hair, there are many choices and it can seem overwhelming. To add even more to your possible indecision, everyone you know has a different opinion on what you should do with your hair. And for some reason, when it comes to planning a wedding (or having a baby, by the way), everyone feels as though they are obligated to give their opinion. Whether asked for or not.
That being said, I urge you to please stay true to yourself and your own personal style with all your wedding day decisions but especially your wedding day look! I have seen many a bride fall into the “bridal trap” feeling as though they have to wear their hair a certain way because that is what a brides does or looks like.
Every bit of advice from anyone, even me, should come second to what makes YOU look and feel beautiful. That is, hands down, the most important thing!
Listen to advice (especially mine), be open to it, take it into consideration but at the end of the day, ask yourself “Do I feel beautiful in this hairstyle, dress, earrings, etc.?” “Do I feel like me?”
Below, I have listed what I think are the four main factors you should consider when deciding on what “basic” hairstyle might be best for you. When I say “basic” I mean for instance, a sleek updo, 1/2 up 1/2 down with curls, loose waves gently pulled back, etc. Once you decide on what “basic” hairstyle would be best for you, there are still many details within the hairstyle that you will want to finalize. That is when you may want to start looking through photos of hairstyles and Bridal Looks as well as gather information specific to the hairstyle you are leaning towards. This is also when using a hairstylist who specializes in weddings will also be very helpful. Your stylist should be able and willing to walk you through the different details of a hairstyle and educate you on your options.
#1 Do you want to wear your hair all up, all down or 1/2 up and 1/2 down?I think the first thing you want to decide is whether you want to wear your hair all up, all down or 1/2 up and 1/2 down? This is going to give you a good starting point to begin making the decision about your ultimate style. Again, you should go back to what makes you feel beautiful. If you really have no idea and you are open to either an up or down hairstyle, keep reading. I am sure the other factors will help you make your decision.
#2 What is the style of your wedding?
I absolutely love when I see a bride whose look really comes together, when everything flows. Is your wedding an evening black tie affair or a casual morning garden wedding. You would imagine that those two looks might be completely different. Is your wedding romantic? I would imagine a hairstyle with soft flowing curls. Is your wedding very modern and minimalist? Then a clean structured chignon would be more in order.
#3 What type of hair do you have?
Being a hairstylist for many years, I have certainly come to learn that woman often suffer from “The Grass is Greener” syndrome. Those gals who have gorgeous naturally curly hair are the ones who bring me a photo of a shiny, sleek, straight hairstyle and vice versa. If at all possible, your wedding day is the day in which you want to make nice with your hair and choose a style that is within your hair’s natural tendencies. With photos and the ceremony and reception, your wedding day is one of the longest days of your life and one in which you want to look your most beautiful all day and night!
#4 What is your face shape?
Ideally, in beauty, we strive for an oval shape. Our hair frames our face and ultimately the objective is to have our hair enhance the look and the shape of our face. If you have a round or square face, you typically want to have a style with more height to it. If you have a very narrow face, you may want to have some fullness on the sides. Look at these photos below. The only thing that has been changed in either one is their hair.