Have you decided how you are going to wear your hair for your wedding? Up? Down? With flowers? Jewels? Veil? No veil? Tiara?
There are lots of formal wedding hairstyle choices and deciding can be stressful. Here are some tips for deciding how to wear your hair for your big day!
First, it's a good idea to browse some bridal magazines to see some styles. You need to know what is out there and what will feel right for you. Cut out some of your favorite bridal hairstyles and ask your mom, sister, and closest friend what they think of those "dos". They may have some insight into a wedding hairstyle that you hadn't thought of. Just remember, when it comes down to it, it is your choice and you can wear your hair however you will feel your best!
Next, once you think you have it narrowed down. Make an appointment with your hair salon to give it a practice run. If they will let you, show up with your hair already wet so they don't have to wash it (often a large expense of getting your hair styled is the washing before!).
Or, if you are going to have a friend or relative do your hair, invite them over to practice. Either way, wear the formal hairstyle for a couple of hours to get the feel of it. Will your hair stay? Are there uncomfortable pins poking you? Do you still like your hair a few hours later?
Don't forget, if you want to put flowers or jewels in your hair to account for these as well. If you are going with fresh flowers, it may be quite expensive to have a practice run. On the other hand, it may be a very good idea to see how long the flowers will last and what they will look like after a couple of hours of wear. You may discover they lose their beauty after a couple of hours, and you may not want wilted flowers in your hair on your wedding day.
Also check out your craft store. They have lots of accessories that may look great in your hair. Browse a bit and see if there is anything you like. If there is, make sure to practice your hair with them in.
Finally, don't forget to account for the style of your veil. You may be the type of bride who chooses the veil first and that decides the hair style, or you may choose your hair style and then pick a veil accordingly. Either way, if you plan on wearing a veil, don't forget that your hairdo may be limited by it.
Here are a couple of websites that might help you out in your decision.
Wedding Hairstyles - this is a very nice site that has wedding hairstyles for all kinds of hair (with photos!). They sell kits to take to your salon or have your friend use when they do your hair.
Bridal Hairstyles - this site has step-by-step instructions for some styles with pictures to help out or give you ideas.
Don't wash your hair on the day of your wedding. Your hair will be easier to style when it is not clean!
Wear a button down shirt when getting your hair done on your wedding day. Then, you won't ruin your hair when taking your shirt off.
If getting your hair colored, get it done between 1-2 weeks before your wedding day - getting it done the same day could be problematic, but your hair will look the best within the first two weeks of coloring.