When it comes to a woman’s wedding, looking good is the least of her worries – she’s got to look flawless, even perfect! Yet with all the excitement and opportunity to go big, things can get overwhelming. How do you choose just the right style to both flatter and glam you up? Do you wear your locks up, down, straight, wavy, or curly? Well, worry no more. Here are the five most important every bride or bridesmaid needs to consider when choosing her Big-Day coif.
- Formality of the occasion. Severely slicked-back updos simply don’t fit in with beach weddings, just as platinum-tipped Mohawks don’t really suit formal church gatherings. As a general rule, semi-formal and informal weddings – such as those in tropical locations, small bed-and-breakfasts, or even planes, trains, or public parks – call for more casual hairstyles with more curls, waves, and looseness. Weekday, morning, and afternoon weddings are also usually more casual, although the vibe of the event is up to you, of course. For upscale affairs held in posh hotels or churches or at night, straighter, sleeker, or more “controlled” looks are best.
- The dress. Obviously, the biggest consideration for every woman in the wedding party is her dress. The gown you wear will usually match the formality of the wedding, which we’ve already covered. However, many ladies forget to take the neckline of the dress in question into account. Strapless dresses and plunging necklines are perfect for a fishtail, French roll, chignon, or other hairstyle that brings hair up or away from the face. Why? Because this allows you to showcase your décolleté, neck, and shoulders – the three areas surprisingly rated by men as the sexiest, according to recent magazine surveys!
- Your face shape. As noted in several entries over the past few weeks, a woman’s face shape plays a huge role in determining what hairstyles will look good on her. Our tips for balancing out facial features are great for everyday and wedding hairstyles; use them to decide whether to go long or short, up or down, with or without bangs, in a general way.
- Your normal style. While weddings are fantastic occasions to break out that dream hairstyle, don’t forget that the wedding is about you and your husband-to-be. You want him to recognize you when you walk down the aisle! The best wedding hairstyles stay within the bride’s comfort zone, while adding just a bit of extra glam. For example, a tomboy bride who never wears her hair down should probably get a chic updo, but not one that is so elaborate and tall that she’s scared to dance in it or doesn’t know how to care for it. On the other hand, a fashionista drama-queen who imitates runway styles in her everyday life can probably pull off a towering ‘do to rival Marie Antoinette.
- Locations and weather. Most often overlooked in the whole equation is location, not only of your wedding but of your honeymoon. Wedding hairstyles can be expensive, and you don’t want to spend all that time and money on a style that will fall or frizz because of humidity or rain. For those honeymooning in tropical locations, the balmy weather might just ruin a ‘do you intended to last much longer. And for African-American or other brides with curly to kinky hair types, this is especially important to consider. Will a press-n-curl be reasonable, or will it revert before your parents are seated? Braids and twists can help keep natural black hair in line, as can a full-head weave installation. Explore all your options.
Now, weddings can be complicated. With the guest list, the menu, the date and time and colors and vows, it can all be overwhelming. But at least with these few simple guidelines, choosing your best wedding hairstyle doesn’t have to be!
Take care of yourselves,