Wedding Hair- Tips & Tricks

Its no secret what a positive impact a great hair day can have on any regular day, so why wouldn’t you want to make sure you have your best hair day ever on your wedding day? When your hair is just right it increases your self-esteem and overall confidence, two characteristics you will want to show through in your wedding photos. But aside from how great hair makes you feel, it can also accent your dress, jewelry, and even the theme of the wedding. Below are four of the most popular wedding hairstyles, along with tips to help you choose the right one.

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Elements to consider:

Necklines: Both your hair and the neckline of your dress frame your face, so you want to make sure they both work together. An example would be rounded necklines- they tend to shorten or cut-off the neck, so wearing your hair up will help make it look longer.

Dress: It is also important to, in a way, contrast your hair with the decoration of the dress. If there is a lot of embellishment on your gown you may want to go with a simple or sleek hairstyle

Venue: Many brides run into the problem of their dream hair not working with the venue. If you are having an outdoor wedding in a windy mountain town, wearing your hair down is going to drive you crazy. You wont be able to keep it out of your face. Or, if you plan on dancing the night away at your reception, an up-do may not be best because of the risk of bobbi pins coming loose.

Comfort: One cliché that holds quite true when it comes to wedding hair is “with beauty comes pain”. It is important that you are realistic with yourself and do not choose a hairstyle that you end up having to change halfway through the night. If you know tight ponytails or buns with lots of bobbi pins give you a headache, don’t risk it!

Reality: As you curate a swoon-worthy board of wedding hairstyles on Pinterest, don’t forget to consider how realistic the styles are for your hair. Everyone’s hair has a different texture, and every texture reacts differently to each style, but just because your hair may not be thick enough to create a full-bodied chignon, doesn’t mean you can’t create one without the help of extensions!

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How to rock the consultation:

Pre-consultation: Take the time before your consultation to collect as many photos as you can. From the venue and flowers to accessories and your dress, the better the picture you paint for the stylist, the better your hair will compliment everything else.

Consultation: While trying out different possible hairstyles for your wedding day, make sure to photograph each one from different angles. An up-do may be beautiful from the back, but they can sometimes look boring rom the front. This will also help you determine which is most flattering and will translate best into photos. Don’t forget to bring your actual accessories either, the stylist will appreciate being able to test your fancy clip, flower crown, veil, or any other accessory you may have!

Post-consultation: Plan a late night out on the day of your consultation so you can test the limits of your hairstyle. Will it withstand your incredible dancing skills? How long will your hair hold the curl? Will it start annoying you and only last an hour before you pull it up or take it down? These are all questions you will want the answer to pre-wedding day.



From Hair & Makeup by Steph

All down


-It’s goooorgeous, especially if your hair is extra long.
-It’s comfortable.  You won’t have a headache by the end of the day because you won’t have a million bobby pins in your hair.
-It’s moveable.  You won’t have to worry about it moving around because unlike an updo, it’s supposed to move around!


-The biggest con for hair that’s all down is that it’s the least predictable wedding hair style.  Since it is moveable, it’s almost impossible to keep everything in place.  By the end of a long day it can look ratty and messy.   One out-of-place curl can ruin a picture, and it’s hard to keep volume and shape in hair that’s not pinned at all.

Recommendation from Steph:

-If you are going to wear it all down, make sure you have time to touch it up through out the day.  If you can touch it up a few times, by the end of the night it should still look great.  It also helps to start a little curlier at the beginning of the day to give it some room to relax a little and still look good.

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-You get to keep the look of long curls while still having the security of bobby pins.  Best of both worlds.
– It’s easier to find a place for hair accessories in half updos than in all down styles.
-Since the top half is pinned up, it’s a lot more likely to hold shape and body for the whole day.


-Since half of it is still down, it can easily get messy and out of place just like an all down style

Recommendation from Steph:

-If you aren’t comfortable with an all up-do, I would choose a half-up style over an all-down style.  It will be more secure, hold it’s shape better and it’s an easy way to fancy up an all-down style.




-So fancy schmancy and fun!  When do you ever get to wear a beautiful updo and not feel overdone?  Your wedding is the perfect occasion.
-There are SO many options.  An “updo” can mean so many things and fit so many different styles.
-It will hold it’s shape all day, making it more likely to look good in pictures.


-Some updos can look boring from the front.
-They can be uncomfortable, especially if you have really heavy hair.

Recommendation from Steph:

-Make sure you really love your updo not only from the back and side views, but from the front too.  Keep it soft and feminine around your face so it’s more interesting.  It helps to leave out some soft curls to frame your face.


To the side


-If you are wearing it long and side swept, it’s just like the half updo in the sense that you get to keep the length while still having the security of bobby pins.
-It will look good from the front and in pictures.


-It can be uncomfortable.  Most side updos are low set on the neck, and having an updo right there at the base of your neck by your ear can be annoying after a while.
-In pictures, one side will look great, but the opposite side can look boring.

Recommendation from Steph:

-Make sure you know what side of your hair will be facing the audience during your ceremony, and do your updo on that side.  Also try to be aware of what way you are facing while your photographer takes pictures.  Always try to have the side with the updo towards the camera.