Fashion & Beauty

Choosing Your Bridal Hairstyle

By Megan Woods

Are you confused over what would be the perfect wedding hairstyle for you? Has thumbing through numerous magazines left you dazed and overloaded with ideas? Should you wear it up, down, curled or straight? Relax - the following information will help you make an informed and inspired choice about your bridal hairstyle.

A common mistake many brides make is to completely loose their personal style identity when it comes to making hair and fashion choices for their wedding day. Of course you will want to look and feel special on your wedding day, but take care to ensure that it is recognizably you who walks up the aisle to exchange vows. When it comes to your wedding hairdo, your number one guiding factor should be whether you actually like the style.

There are no wrong and right answers when it comes to selecting the right bridal hairstyle for you. Following are tips that will help you in making the right decision for you.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Sometimes planning a wedding can feel like an exercise in project management. There are so many people and supplies to co-ordinate and manage. No matter if yours is a wedding to rival a celebrity wedding, or if it is 10 of your closest friends and family, you still need a wedding plan. The most efficient way to do this is to use a wedding planning checklist. Make sure that you add discussing your wedding hairstyle with your stylist to your wedding checklist.

This is best done months from the big day - in fact, the sooner the better. Many brides may need grow their hair, or work toward a new color to achieve the wedding hairstyle of their dreams.

Allow Yourself to Shine

This needs to be carefully balanced against the need to plan, plan, plan. Just because nearly every bridal magazine you pick up features brides with flowing tresses, do not feel that you
must emulate those looks. If you normally wear your hair short, do not feel that you necessarily need to grow your hair for your wedding. If you are still laboring under the misconception that short hair does not make for a good bridal hairstyle then think Halle Berry and her halo of feminine curls. If you do want to grow your hair, then grow it, but don't do something just because you think that's what brides should do.


Most cases of wedding stress can be traced to poor communication. Friction between a bride and others around her is not uncommon as the big day draws nearer. As a bride, avoid this by communicating from the outset with those associated with the wedding plans. Most importantly communicate with your bridal party about their dresses, hair and make-up as soon as you possibly can. Discuss styles, and make sure that it is something they are comfortable wearing. It is also important to decide early on, who is paying for what. If you are going to insist that your bridal attendants all visit a hair stylist to have their hair styled, then you need to consider paying for them.

Consider the Whole Picture

Resist the urge to be a magpie bride who grabs at anything that she finds appealing. This approach will only result in a bizarre medley of styles that do not necessarily gel. Instead, take a minute and consider what you what the theme or style of your wedding to be.

Talk to your hairstylist as soon as you have decided on your overall theme - she or he can give you ideas of how to fit your hairstyle into your chosen theme.

Bridal Hair and Bridal Gowns

Think about the line, density and texture of your gown when choosing your wedding hairstyle. The line of the dress should match the line of the hair. For example, a sleek bob tucked behind the ear or a bunch of curls piled on top of the head will complement a long slim gown. The density of the gown should also be carried through to your hair density. If you are wearing a flowing tulle gown, then flowing hair with soft curls will be great. The last factor to consider is a wedding hairstyle that complements the texture of your gown.

Apply these simple tips and choosing your bridal hairstyle will be easy and fun, and you'll create a look that's just perfect for you.

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