Spring is finally here. And that only means one thing, wedding season. Whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid or a guest at a wedding, the hairstyle is incredibly important, it can really complete or destroy the look. Overall, the hairstyle depends on the dress; its style, theme, and accessories. Choosing a focal point is fundamental, the dress or the hair.
For the Bride
Simple Vs. Elaborate:
Simple wedding dresses tend to be more modest which allows for a more fancy hairstyle. We thought braids were a trend a couple years back but they are here to stay. If the dress is romantic such as a sweetheart neckline, off the shoulder, or trumpet skirt, a Game Of Thrones inspired hairstyle will complete the look. A braided crown style adds height and interest. This style works great if the hair is highlighted or ombre because the braids stand out. A front braid across the hairline into a bun is also a perfect romantic hairstyle. Adding hair accessories such as fresh flowers crown, crystal hair comb, simmering tiara, pearl headband or elaborate hair chain are a perfect touch to hair for a more simple dress.
Elaborate wedding dresses are the focal point therefore a simpler hairstyle is crucial. French twist is a classic style that can be worn more smooth and sleek or more loose and beachy. A chignon is also a great choice for a more sophisticated look. There are many different variations of chignon. It can be worn at the center nape perfect for a plunging neckline or on the side for a Grecian one-shoulder dress.
Modern and Retro Mix:
If your dress has more of a retro theme we suggest matching the decade but being careful with accessories because it can make the look too costumey. Retro styled hair can also support a modern dress. Vintage waves are perfect for any type of dress whether it be more vintage or modern. For this look we suggest adding clip in extensions to create fullness and body. Finger waves are a classic hairstyle and work well with a 20’s-30’s style dress, such as an elaborate lace and beaded gown or a simple V-neck trumpet dress. A side swept hairdo can compliment a tea length gown or V-neck dress with sleeves for a 40’s-50’s style. This look can be enhanced with a roll, swoop, wave, or bang in the front, reminiscent of iconic looks from those times. To capture the 1960’s, a high sock bun, beehive/bouffant, or loose pony can be worn more retro or modern. For a more bohemian 1970’s style the look is a loose texture, beach waves or pulled out braids.
For the Bridesmaid
Bridesmaid is the supporting character to the bride. Always choose a look that’s more classic and chic, never want a look that will distract. Many ladies in the past year have made the hair chop, a long bob or shorter. For this haircut we suggest a half up half down style. This look is very easy to create on your own and can be worn in many different fashions. Tease at the crown to create fullness or wear more flat against the head. Twist or braid the hair from the temples and tie at crown and add loose waves to the rest of the hair. Both of these looks also work great for longer hair. Another great DIY short hairstyle, is simply curling hair for an old Hollywood glamour look. If a hairstylist will be styling the hair for the bridal party we suggest for long or mid-length hair a simple updo. Such as a braided bun, simple chignon, or a side swept ponytail.
For the Wedding Guest
The role of a guest is to celebrate with the couple, and the hairstyles can reflect that. Remember the rules: simple dress = elaborate hairstyle, elaborate dress = simple hairstyle, have fun!