Braid

Boggled By Bridal Barnets? by Katrine Mikkelsen

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Once you’ve booked your venue, chosen your dress, finally settled on a bridesmaid’s dress that makes all of your girlies happy, chosen your favours, hand painted your table plan and signage; you then have the final dilemma of deciding how to wear your hair on the Big Day. It’s surprisingly difficult to decide whether you should wear your hair down or up and then in what style. Choosing a style that suits your face can be surprisingly difficult, like choosing a haircut can be.

There’s so much variety with bridal hairstyles today but the most important thing is to make sure that your hairstyle flatters your face and that it complements the tone of your wedding. 

Whether you want a gorgeous updo studded with fresh flowers or flowing curls topped with a sparkling tiara, there’s a bridal hairstyle out there to suit you and your Big Day.

By the time you set out on the path to selecting your wedding hairstyle, you’ll probably have a fair idea of the sort hairstyle which you like most or that you think will suit you the most. This is a good place to start. If it’s a quite a casual style then think about the ways that you could make your hairstyle more formal for your special day. What could you add to it to glam it up? Perhaps a flower crown or maybe a shining golden comb studded with pearls? Take that idea with you to the hairdresser’s when you go for a trial and ask them to experiment with your hair and different styles. If your usual hairdresser is also doing your wedding hair for you and your bridal party on the Big Day then you could ask him or her to experiment with different styles on the lead up to the wedding when you go in for your usual hair appointment. You could even ask your hairdresser for some wedding hairstyle inspiration or for their opinion on the way they think your hair would suit your best for your wedding.

By the time you set out on the path to selecting your wedding hairstyle, you’ll probably have a fair idea of the sort hairstyle which you like most or that you think will suit you the most. This is a good place to start. If it’s a quite a casual style then think about the ways that you could make your hairstyle more formal for your special day. What could you add to it to glam it up? Perhaps a flower crown or maybe a shining golden comb studded with pearls? Take that idea with you to the hairdresser’s when you go for a trial and ask them to experiment with your hair and different styles. If your usual hairdresser is also doing your wedding hair for you and your bridal party on the Big Day then you could ask him or her to experiment with different styles on the lead up to the wedding when you go in for your usual hair appointment. You could even ask your hairdresser for some wedding hairstyle inspiration or for their opinion on the way they think your hair would suit your best for your wedding.

If your wedding is going to be a bohemian beach dream then wearing your hair down in tousled waves or in a flower studded braid might be the look your after.  Alternatively, a half updo might be more your thing if you are going for either a princess style wedding dress or even a more vintage look to your wedding.

If your wedding is going to be a bohemian beach dream then wearing your hair down in tousled waves or in a flower studded braid might be the look your after.

Alternatively, a half updo might be more your thing if you are going for either a princess style wedding dress or even a more vintage look to your wedding.

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Vintage looks are still one of the most popular wedding hairstyles. The best thing about vintage wedding hairstyles is the enormous amount of variety.

From beehives to smooth, sleek vintage fingerwaves, there’s something to suit every sort of bride. Teamed with a pillbox hat and birdcage veil (more; see our article "Should I wear a veil?") , a vintage hairstyle would finish off your 50s or 60s themed wedding beautifully making you the envy of all of your friends.

Think about the neckline and silhouette of your wedding dress, not just what suits you. Another way to narrow down your options for your wedding hairstyle is to experiment with your hair when you go to your dress fitting appointments. That way you will be able to at least see whether your hair looks better up or down even if you just curl your hair and wear it down before one appointment and tie it up into a ponytail, but ideally a bun for the next dress appointment. Spend some time doing some research online for ideas and hair accessories that you like. Flower crowns are the current hot look for weddings this season and that trend is only set to continue. The look spectacular for the more relaxed and romantic weddings out in the country, or for festival themed weddings but they can also be stunning at a more traditional English wedding out in the Cotswolds or in a Georgian manor house. 

Whatever style you opt for, I’m sure you’ll be a gorgeous bride! X Katrine