As a bride-to-be planning your wedding, there are so many decisions you have to make. The location of your wedding is probably the first thing you're thinking about, but then you have details like the cake, the food, the flowers, your dress, shoes and all the fun glam accessories. Oh, and we haven't even mentioned your bridal hair and makeup yet! Most women are pretty adept at handling their own hair and makeup, but even if that's you, there are many reasons you should consider having a professional stylist do your hair and makeup on your big day. The biggest reason is stress. Problems will inevitably arise on your wedding day, so you'll want to make yourself available to manage them. Having a mobile hair and makeup artist come to your location and serve you could be the most relaxing part of an otherwise hectic day.
Now, let's talk about your wedding hairstyle. Of course, you can always get a custom style for your big day, but most people copy the look they want from a magazine or pictures they find on the Internet. Pictures are the best starting point when you are shopping around for your ideal bridal and hair and makeup provider.
If you're curious about what's currently trending for wedding hairstyles, it's still the usual suspects! Styles that pin the bride's hair half-up and half-down are very popular. A trendy look is for the bride to rock a half-up and half-down style while the bridal party gets complete updos. This arrangement makes for fantastic photos and really sets the bride apart! Loose curls are also a popular option, whether they are natural or added with a curling iron/hot rollers. Above all, go for a style that you love, while suiting your hair and overall look.
More Tips for Choosing a Great Bridal Hairstyle
Research, research, research. The more sample pictures you find on the Internet and in magazines, the higher the chance you'll find a look you love and that suits you!
Go with a trial run. Professional wedding hairstylists offer trial services that are done some time before your big day. A trial will increase your overall cost, but the potential pay off is huge. Not only will you get to meet your stylist before your big day, you will get to see first hand what the stylist is capable of doing to your hair. You can experiment with a couple of different looks, or let them customize a style just for you, based off pictures of styles that you love. If for some reason the trial doesn't go well, then you save yourself a major problem on your wedding day because now you have the time to find another stylist.
Take lots of pictures during the trial. Take plenty of photos, from different angles, of the styles that you attempt during the trial. The pictures will help you decide on the look you want and then you'll ultimately use them to recreate the look on the big day!
Try at least one brand new look. If you're investing money in a trial, then you might as well try a look that's completely new to you. Since you're already paying for the service, take a risk on a new style and see what happens! Worst case, you don't like it and move on. Best case, you've discovered a fabulous new way to style your hair.
Simulate the look of your dress during the trial. It's probably not practical or possible to wear your actual wedding dress to the hair trial, but do the best you can to simulate it. It's most important to wear something that matches the upper portion of your wedding dress. If the dress is strapless, then wear a tube top or something similar. If the dress is lacy near the top, then wear something similar so you can see how the hairstyles work with it.
Don't forget the hair accessories. The trial is also the perfect time to experiment with various accessories. A tiara is a popular option of course, but there are many floral and jeweled arrangements available, depending on your dress and personal style. Play around with them and see what you like!
It might seem as though only women with long hair can flaunt beautiful hairstyles on their wedding day, matched perfectly with their wedding gowns. From updos to wearing their hair loose, there are so many styles to choose from!
If you have short hair, don't fret because you can still have fun with your wedding day hairstyling. Even though your locks are cropped, you can still exude glamour and femininity and look extra special on your big day.
What's really convenient about short hair is that it's very easy to maintain throughout the long wedding day and you won't need to worry about your hair being flattened or any carefully crafted curls starting to uncoil. Instead of looking totally fixed up, it will let you look gorgeous yet casual and carefree at the same time.
Here are some simple styles you can experiment with before your big day. Give them each a test run in the weeks leading up to your wedding and see which one looks best on you with your dress!
Take your cue from all the glamorous famous women with short hair and be inspired to explore all the possibilities with your short hairstyle!
On your big day, you definitely don't want to look ordinary. You want a bold, elegant and dramatic look. So, your best bet is to style your hair in an updo. Done right, it can give you an entirely different aura on your wedding day and make you look glamourous!
Not all updos are created alike. So you have to decide what kind of style would best suit your gown and your overall look. Some updos lend a softer look while others are more structured and neat.
Here are a few updo ideas:
Make the most out of your updo by using accessories. Be sure to select some glittery pieces to draw the eye to your hair, or even something floral, which would be perfect for a springtime or garden wedding. Of course, you should also seriously consider wearig a tiara - not only will you feel like a princess on your wedding day, it's only right that you look like one as well!
The dress, the veil, the shoes, the flowers, the limo, the photographer, the cake, the caterer, the wedding hall - not to mention your wedding bands, honeymoon, bridesmaids' gifts, parents' gifts, and on and on. Don't be fooled - the list of things to buy, book and do for your wedding is just as endless as you think!
When it comes to congratulating you on your special engagement, everyone is there with open arms and beaming smiles. When it comes to shelling out the cash to pay for the big event, everyone points the finger. What gives? You only get married once, right?
Nowadays, there seems to be little rhyme or reason to the question on all of our minds - who pays for the wedding. Some of today's modern couples decide to undertake the bulk of the cost themselves. Sometimes the bride's family follows the tradition of generations past and foots the bill on their dime. Other times, the bill can be split between both families, and often with help from the bride and groom themselves. Anyway you slice it, someone has to pay, and unfortunately, that money isn't going to grow on the trees in your backyard.
To make the most of the money that you do have to put toward your special day, keep this one thought in mind. Weddings are to wedding vendors what Valentine's Day, anniversaries and birthdays are to Hallmark, chocolate shops, jewelry stores, perfume makers and other gift merchants.
Weddings mean business. Weddings mean good business - megabucks. The vendors know just how important your special day is to you, and they capitalize on your emotions. They sense the flutter in your heart or they catch the tear glistening in your eye when you try on the dress and there, waiting in the wing, is the veil, the tiara, the shoes, the jewelry - all waiting on an assembly line once you've found "the dress."
Call up anonymously and ask your preferred reception hall what it would cost to book a graduation party, birthday celebration, or even a family reunion. You'll be sickened at the dramatic drop in price when the "W" word is no longer rolling off the tongue. To help save you money on the planning of your big day, here are some tips, compiled from years of experience. Remember, while your wedding is going to be the happiest day of your life, it will also be one of, if not the most expensive day of your life.
1. Shop the discount racks and clearance sales
As long as you aren't dreaming of an extravagant, over the top, celebrity style wedding, you should be able to score some really great deals everywhere from bridal shops and party stores to gift stores, department stores and online merchants. Keep your eyes peeled for sales and don't be averse to taking a road trip now and again. You might just find the wedding dress of your dreams at a significant discount!
2. Ask for flexible payment schedules
Booking wedding vendors means paying deposits and they can quickly add up, draining your bank account. So don't be afraid to speak up and negotiate a payment schedule after you've paid the deposit. Deposits charged by wedding vendors are required in order to reserve your spot on the vendor's calendar and protect them from cancellations. Once they book with you, they are cutting off all the other prospects and ties to your date. Paying the deposit locks them in for your date, and they should be receptive to a payment plan for the final balance, once that time comes.
3. Ask for discounts
If you've ever been to an auction, flea market, or a community market in a vacation destination area, you might have some experience with haggling. Even if you don't know the first thing about it, now is the perfect time to learn. Wedding vendors know they are competing with multiple businesses providing the same services, so there's a good chance discounts are available when it comes time to secure your booking.
4. Play the vendors against each other, gently
If Reception Hall A offers you a discount, but you like Reception Hall B considerably better, speak up. Tell the facility manager of your preferred reception hall that you've been offered a discount of x% somewhere else, and that you'd really like to book with them, but your budget dictates your options.
5. Collect coupons
Wedding magazines contain useful coupons that you may not know about. Check them out and you'll find coupons for all types of services that could save you money on your wedding planning.
Good luck and happy planning!
What bride doesn't want to look their best on their wedding day? And indeed they should, because all eyes are going to be focused on them at the wedding. Everyone will be taking notice of the way the bride looks, the way she talks, the way she acts and the way she is dressed.
Memories of the day may fade over time, but in today's age of digital photography, videography, and social media, wedding photographs and videos will serve as a constant reminder of how beautiful the bride looked on the day of her marriage. All the more reason to look nothing short of perfect on your wedding day, from top to bottom (shoes, dress, veil, hair and makeup). Many brides find the process of choosing the "right" wedding hairstyle to be challenging and stressful. After all, the way you look on your wedding day will be immortalized on social media and will be something you'll look back on for the rest of your life!
We're here to help with picking a hairstyle for your wedding. To do that, there are so many questions we need to answer, like:
Here are a few tips to help answer these questions and more!
What is the Bride Wearing?
The overall look that a bride should have on her wedding day is something that is classy, elegant, and most of all, seamless. Or, if you like to throw caution to the wind and go bold with an edgier style, that's fine too! Most importantly, everything a bride wears (including hair and makeup) should match and complement the overall style/theme of the wedding. So, when a bride is considering a suitable hairstyle, she should consider her gown, veil, headpiece and overall style. The bride's hair should never compete with her wedding gown and her hair should also not obscure her gown, especially when she moves.
The hairstyle should be something that matches the bride's makeup as well. Just like with the gown, the hairstyle should never take the attention away from the bride's face.
Where is the Wedding?
A bride should also give serious thought to where the wedding will take place when choosing what bridal hairstyle to wear. Long locks done in loose curls flowing down her back may be great for garden weddings taking place during the daytime, but a formal updo is a must if the wedding is to take place at a grand cathedral, especially in the evening. If the wedding is going to be done at the beach or somewhere particularly windy, a loose hairstyle would be the worst choice to have because the wind will blow it to ruin.
What is the Bride Doing?
A bride does more than just walk down the aisle and say "I do" to the man of her dreams on her wedding day. We mentioned that above all, she will be getting photographed frequently and from all angles. Depending on how the wedding and reception will be done, she will also do a lot of socializing, dancing and dining on her wedding day. Whatever hairstyle she chooses to wear on the big day should be something that will not wilt on her head as she goes through the long day.
We hope that answering these questions will help you choose the style that's ultimately "right" for your big day. Above all, stay true to yourself and pick something that you love!