Wedding Day Hair Style Advice and Ideas



Photo by Angela Greenlaw Photography

You’ve chosen your dresses, both yours and your bridesmaids, so now it’s time to choose the hairstyle that looks best with them. Up or down? All the same? Headpiece? Veil? So many decisions. Wedding hair specialists like Lena Hartford of Hair That Moves can make those decisions a lot easier. “It’s my job to ensure that the bride’s vision for her wedding day is realized,” Lena says. She has lots of tips for what you need to consider to get the most out of your wedding hair design appointment. Her first tip: Make the appointment 12 months in advance. Only about 20 percent of hair stylists do styling for weddings, so specialists are in demand. Read on for more of Lena’s tips and to get inspiration from some of the wedding hairstyles she’s done.

Lena's Tips

  1. Ask the hair stylist about their experience with weddings. Do they share your vision? Is there a trial?
  2. Talk about the timeline for the day. When does the hair styling need to begin for everyone to be ready for the photographer?
  3. Make a Pinterest board with ideas, both ones you like and ones you don’t. Maybe you like the front of one style and the back of another. That’s OK. The stylist can customize the look for you.
  4. Ask yourself whether you want to stay close to your everyday style or do something dramatically different. What is the setting for your wedding? Does this style fit the feel, whether vintage, oceanside, rustic, formal or casual?
  5. What is the neckline of your dress? The hairstyle should work with it. So should the shape of your face.
  6. Do you want the hairstyle to be convertible — one hairstyle for the ceremony and one for the reception?
  7. Be realistic. Your hair’s texture and thickness may not allow you to have the hairstyle you see on a model. Discuss adding hairpieces or choosing another style.
  8. Are you wearing a veil or hairpiece? If you’re not sure, choosing a hairstyle first can help you decide.
  9. Hair color is important when choosing a hairstyle. Make sure your color is done before the trial.
  10. Ask the stylist how they want you to come to the trial. With makeup or without? Clean hair or “day old” hair?
  11. Take photos at the trial so you know what you liked and can reference it on the day of the wedding.
  12. Follow up with the stylist after the trial about how the hairstyle held up. Did it last? Were the curls tight enough? Did it frizz? Was it perfect? These are all things that can be fixed. Better to make changes then.

Below are several examples of wedding hairstyles for inspiration.

Side-swept curls 
Photo by Brea McDonald Photography
Half-up casual style adorned with a floral crown
Photo by Brea McDonald Photography
Curled, textured updo with interest
Photo by Brea McDonald Photography
Soft, clean side twist
Rodeo & Co. Photography
Lots of curls and volume for a fun, carefree look
Photo by Rodeo & Co. Photography
A fun updo with curls and interest
Photo by Mark Davidson Photography
Romantic and elegant low updo
Photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography

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