To Veil or not to Veil this is the Question?
29th February 2012
Feeling relaxed on your wedding day is key to enjoying yourself, so finding a hair style and stylist that you are totally happy with is essential. You need to choose a style that you can wear all day, that suits the style of the wedding, and that works well with the accessories you have chosen.
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. 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.
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 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.
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 pins so you aren’t worried about it coming loose.
Jeweled accessories, such as 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 comb, 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.
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 colour 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 colour, 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.
Deciding on the wedding hairstyle to complement your beautiful bridal gown may not sound that important, but it will make a huge difference to your overall look, and is worth putting some thought into.
Most brides will have their hair done by a professional stylist on the morning of the wedding, and it is worth booking a trial with them well in advance so you can try a few different looks, and find the perfect wedding hairstyle for you.
Here are four tips on choosing the right wedding hairstyle:
1. Consider the style of your wedding dress.
Ideally your wedding hairstyle should match the formality and the style of your bridal gown. If you have chosen a princess ballgown, a flamboyant updo is generally the best option. For a simple, contemporary gown, a slicked back ponytail or bun, with a beautiful hair accessory is elegant yet understated.
If you have selected a whimsical lace and chiffon dress, you can wear your hair down with unstructured curls, or try a loose chignon with trailing tendrils around the face. A glamorous evening gown works well with smooth structured waves and sparkly accessories.
2. Decide on your major accessories
Are you planning on wearing a wedding veil with your bridal outfit, and if so how long will it be and where would you like it to be attached? Would you like to wear a tiara, hair jewels, or fresh flowers? Does your dress have fancy work i.e.; crystals, pearls or any other details that you would like to mirror in your hair accessories?
If you know the answers to these questions it can help your stylist to create a look that will incorporate your bridal accessories. Take any accessories that you already have along to the consultation with you.
3. Think how long your wedding hairstyle will need to last
If your ceremony starts at 2pm and your reception won’t finish until midnight, your wedding hairstyle is going to have to last for a very long time. Talk to your stylist about your hair type and decide what the practical solution might be to keeping it looking great all day.
Your loose wedding hairstyle might look great when the stylist has blow dried it, but if your hair is prone to frizzing up you might look like a puff ball by the time you get to the first dance. Equally if your hair doesn’t hold a curl easily, you will need a lot of products to keep that style in place all day and into the night. The bun is a popular wedding hairstyle as it is sleek and elegant, and stays in place all day.
4. See your wedding hairstyle as part of your overall outfit
Your wedding hairstyle won’t stand alone on your wedding day; it will need to blend seamlessly with the rest of your bridal outfit. Think about how it will work with the neckline of your dress, any wedding jewellery you have chosen, and even the flowers in your bouquet.
The general rule is that if you have a very detailed bridal gown, or large complicated jewellery such as chandelier earrings, you should try to keep your wedding hairstyle as sleek and simple as possible. If however, you have a plain wedding dress, and few accessories, you can afford to be flamboyant with your wedding hairstyle and create a complex updo, or a cascade of curls.