The Perfect Hairstyle to Complement Your Wedding Dress
Tips on finding the best look for your wedding day
By Michelle Bolyn
Aim to complement your dress with your wedding day hairstyle and accessories. You don't want your hair to overpower your look, which can easily happen if you choose your hairstyle before selecting your dress. If you know that you want to wear your hair a certain way, consider this when you're trying on dresses. After you've purchased your dress, consider the shape of your face when deciding upon a hairstyle.
- What You Need to Know
- When envisioning your wedding hairstyle, it's important to consider the wedding dress you've chosen.
- Collect pictures of hairstyles from bridal magazines and websites. These can help shape the decision for your own wedding hairstyle.
- Bring your veil and/or hair accessories to appointments with your stylist. These items can affect or limit what you can do with your hair.
When you select your gown, take a picture of it so you can show it to your hair stylist. She'll be able to make suggestions based on your dress.
Once you've purchased your wedding dress, start to collect pictures of hairstyles you like from wedding magazines and blogs, so you can share them with your stylist.
Consider the style of your wedding dress, and especially the neckline, as you begin to collect pictures. Updos look nice with almost any type of wedding dress. If your hair is short and will not lend itself to an updo, consider a half-up hairstyle. You can pin sections of hair back with bobby pins. Some brides are used to wearing their hair down and want to keep this hairstyle for the wedding. If you normally have straight hair, you could add a hint of romance by requesting that your stylist add soft waves to your hair.
Choose your veil or hair accessory. Take it with you when you have your hair trial if possible. If you're wearing an elaborate veil or hair accessory, such as a large flower, go for a simpler hairstyle.
Arrange to have a hair trial with your stylist or set a date that you will attempt to do your hair if you're doing your own hair on the day of the wedding. You should have your first trial at least two months before your wedding in case you need a second trial.
Try out your wedding day hairstyle. Be open to suggestions from your stylist. She'll help you select a hairstyle that matches your facial shape and dress style.
Be honest about your feelings toward the hairstyle. This is your wedding day, and it's important that you feel beautiful. Schedule a second hair trial if needed.
About the Author
Michelle Bolyn regularly writes on weddings and relationships.
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