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Depending on the style you choose, braids can be romantic, bohemian, or modern. This hairstyle is everywhere these days, and we just couldn't resist digging through our many braided hairstyle photos to share our favorite styles with you!
Photo by Loren Routhier Photography
1. Braided Updo A romantic braided updo has an Old World, Shakespearean-maiden vibe that we just adore. Braided updos are also a great way to keep your hair firmly in place for your entire wedding day.
Photo by Hudson Nichols Photography
2. Braided Crown A braid worn across your head with the rest long and loose is pure bohemian-chic. Add a sprig of flowers or two for a garden or outdoor wedding in the springtime.
Photo by Katherine O'Brien Photography
3. Modern Side FIshtail A more contemporary way to style a braid - a unique fishtail situated on the side. It's a little different, slightly casual, but still completely wedding-appropriate.
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Whether you choose to wear a veil or headpiece (or none at all), make sure it enhances your overall wedding day look. Tip: Pick your wedding dress first and hairstyle second. Choose your veil or headpiece last. Here are 8 headpieces we love to inspire you:
1. Feather Fascinator
Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography
2. Pearl Brooch
Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography
3. Chignon Clip
Photo by Abby Grace Photography
4. Three-Tiered Silk Headband
Photo by Untamed Petals
5. Sparkling Diamond Crown
Photo by Michelle Warren Photography
6. Gold Emblem Headpiece
Photo by Jen Huang Photography
7. Floral-Shaped Crystal Brooch
Photo by Jason and Anna Photography
8. Beaded Bobby Pins
Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography
Which headpiece would you choose? Let us know in the comments below!
Photos by Amanda Julca Photography and Michelle Warren Photography
Every bride-to-be wants to look and feel her best on her big day. If it’s a romantic look you’re going for, what better way to achieve it than by creating easy, care-free waves perfect for a summer wedding?
To start, apply a light volumizing mousse to damp hair and blow-dry. Careful not to use too much product as you don’t want it to weigh down your hair.
Once hair is dry, wrap small sections of hair around a curling iron pulling away from the face. Do not use the clamp on the curling iron and section off the hair in different sizes, 1 inch to 1 ½ inches, for a more natural look.
Flip your head over and brush out curls with your fingers, twirling a few sections as you do this. Finish with a flexible-hold hairspray and you’re set—hassle-free romantic waves. Pin a flower behind the ear to finish the look and you’re ready for your day of romance.
As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. (expert advice)
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In order to make sure that you look your absolute best on your wedding day, you have probably booked appointments with your hair stylist, manicurist and pedicurist, make-up artist and even a tanning specialist. As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. Below, you will find some beauty check in tips to guide you toward the perfect wedding day appearance.
Beauty Check In: Hair and Make-Up
The last thing you want for your wedding is a bad hair day and make-up which makes you look like a clown. If you haven't scheduled a ‘practice run,' it's important to do this at least a few weeks before the big day. Check your hair by moving around and shaking your head to ensure that it will stay in place. Your make-up should look natural and enhance the beauty you already possess; not like you're being painted up for some kind of strange ritual! Make sure you feel comfortable with your selections and that the hair looks great with the dress. This beauty check in will make you feel more confident and excited about the big day.
Beauty Check In: Manicure and Pedicure
If you've never received a manicure or pedicure before, you may want to have it done a few weeks before the wedding. It's essential to be sure that you're happy with the look and that you're comfortable with the results. If you will be wearing tips or other types of fake nails, make sure they're at a length you feel comfortable with. If you have it done a few weeks ahead of time, you will only need to schedule a ‘filler' appointment to make sure everything is in place. You will also have the chance to get accustomed to fake nails if you've never had them before.
Beauty Check In: Spray Tan
If you will be receiving a spray tan for your wedding, it's imperative that you make sure the specialist is using the right color. Have a practice run about a month before the wedding and if you're happy with the results, have your specialist take notes of color combinations and any other important points. You will definitely want to be checked for a sensitivity or allergy - imagine walking down the aisle with hives!
By doing a beauty check in at least a few weeks before the wedding, you can tie up loose ends and ensure that everything is set for your ceremony.
Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)
It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.
1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.
2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.
3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.
4. You experiment with hair color. Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different.
5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.
6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.
7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.
8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.
9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.
10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding.
1. The Feather
We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon.
2. The Flower
If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it.
3. A little Bling
You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel.
This is your fairy tale and you want everything to be perfect. You've chosen a menu fit for royalty and a dress that would make anyone feel like a princess, but what in the world are you going to do with your hair?
There are no rules or traditions that say a bride's hair should look a certain way on her wedding day - this decision is completely up to you, and there are hundreds of options you can consider. The most important thing to remember is to not lose yourself in your hairdo. When you look back at your wedding pictures 5 years from now, you shouldn't wonder who that girl is next to your husband. Choose a hairstyle that suits your personality and avoid drastic changes right before the wedding.
If you've made a hair appointment, ask your stylist for suggestions that would work well for you and your wedding. Remember to consider the shape of your face, the neckline of your dress, and the style of veil you'll be wearing. Of course, the current length and style of your hair will be the most important factor.
Ideas for short hair. Short hairstyles are perfect for adornments. Accent your hair with flowers that match your bouquet or wear an heirloom comb or barrette that enhances your dress.
Medium dos. Shoulder length hair has a ton of possibilities. Soft, loose curls can give a romantic look if you want to wear your hair down while curls swept into a bun can create an elegant up-do.
Hairstyles for long hair. Half up, half down hairstyles are popular among brides with long hair. Consider an elegant upsweep with romantic tresses covering your neck or clasp it into a low ponytail with a sparkling hairpiece.
Browse the internet and bridal magazines to gather ideas of the hairstyles that will work best for your big day. If you have your heart set on an up-do but have short hair, you'll need to start early to get the length you need before the wedding date. Shorter styles go over best when you schedule the cut a few months before the event too.
However you decide to wear your hair, it's a good idea to try out the style before the actual wedding. You want a do that not only looks great, but also makes you feel your best.