Wedding Hairstyles

photographed by Sweetlife PhotographyWedding Hairstyles and Makeup for brides are our specialty! Here are some points to consider as you choose your wedding hairstyle.

Your Wedding Venue and the Weather

Outdoor weddings may expose your hairstyle to wind or humidity.  If you have frizz-prone hair and an outdoor summer wedding, you may want to choose a style that keeps it “contained” such as a braid or textured updo.  It can also be more high maintenance to maintain a sleek or very polished style throughout the day if your wedding is outdoors.  Loose curls, half up half down hairstyles, or a little bit messy-on-purpose updos with texture and movement are all great options for outdoor.

You are safe from the wind and rain at an indoor wedding, but your own body temperature can rise quickly wearing a wedding gown (and spanx! ha!)  for several hours.  Are you the type that always wears a ponytail to keep your hair off your neck?  Do you “run hot” and sweat easily in a warm room?  You may want to opt for a hair updo to keep your neck and back feeling cool throughout the day.

The Overall Look and Theme of your Wedding

Your hairstyle should somehow tie in to the feel of the wedding.  The clean, classic, polished chignon might look perfect at the black tie ballroom affair but out of place at the rustic country barn wedding.  Will your wedding have a casual feel or more formal?  Is the tone romantic, modern, urban, country, woodsy, intimate, traditional, etc.?  Perhaps you are having vintage elements at your wedding.  Your hairstyle can be a modern take on a vintage look, an old hollywood feel, or even an era specific look.  Ask yourself if the hairstyle you are considering matches the look and feel of your wedding.

The Dress

The dress you choose really sets the tone for your personal wedding look so it’s best to have your dress chosen before you settle on a wedding hairstyle.  You’ll want to be sure that your hairstyle shows off key features of your dress.  For example, wearing your hair all down may cover up a beautiful keyhole back or collar.  If your dress is strapless and you are considering a hair updo, put your hair up when trying on the dress to be sure you feel comfortable having bare arms, neck, and chest area.

Bridesmaid Hairstyles | Family Hairstyles

Did you have a look in mind for your attendants’ hairstyles?  You may want to make sure that yours is at least slightly different from everybody else’s.  You may want an overarching look for your bridal party that still has room for individuality such as “all updos”.  Mothers and grandmothers may appreciate being part of the beauty preparations and feel pampered by also having their hair done.

The Hair Consultation / Trial Run Through

For best results, a preview of what your wedding hairstyle will look like is always recommended.  This is your chance to get expert advice on the hairstyle(s) you like and the possibilities considering your hair length, type, and texture.  This is also your chance to “try it on” and see if it really suits you.  Sometimes seeing it on pinterest and seeing it on yourself are two different things.  The trial run through is a time to experiment, make adjustments and see what your options are.  Do you like the front pulled back away from your face or does it look better side swept?  Perhaps you wanted curls but what kind of curls?  During a consultation try two different types of curls and see which you like best.  You can also see how your hairstyle holds up throughout the rest of the day.  If any issues arise, you’ll have the chance to come up with a fix before the wedding.  Destination brides flying in to Oregon to get married may not have the opportunity to meet in advance of the wedding.  In these cases, a “virtual” consultation is helpful to discuss and plan via email and phone so that there is a clear plan for the wedding day.

Styling Strategy

Bridal hairstyles need to be touchable and not stiff yet still hold up throughout the day and evening.  Achieving this can be tricky, which is why many brides choose to have a professional style their hair for the wedding.  Getting curls that last all day and updos that stay secure takes special products and techniques.  A professional can help you design and create a style that excites you and ties it all together.

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