Wedding Hair Styles - Simple, Up-dos, Chignon, French Twist?

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To everything there is a season, and in turn to every wedding there is a hairstyle.

Outdoor weddings can be casually charming and they demand the same from your hairstyle. Perhaps a faux bob, accessorized with a chic comb or feathered barrette? Sexy, tousled waves would work brilliantly for a beach wedding, and adding a crystal headband or a single orchid behind one ear is an elegant way to play up the casualness. Remember, outdoor venues can get windy, so skip the veil and opt for a great hair accessory

instead. Who wants their tulle blowing in the wind? (Well, other than the photographer.)

For a cocktail style reception in a museum or loft space, it’s not so much the locale but the style of your wedding. A side bun is casually funky and full of flair. It is polished yet very modern and not at all pretentious. An off-center chignon with a beaded headband is fun but still keeps an element of sophistication. Long, loose, or tousled waves paired with a sweet birdcage veil are instant vintage glam. For real vintage chic, ask to see your mother’s veil. Chances are it is short and has a wild headpiece. What could be better?

Black-tie formal weddings call for elegance. Glamorous up-dos or sleek, shiny tresses in half-up, half down styles are spot on for these events. Consider an updated bouffant, adorned with a vintage crystal brooch fashioned into a barrette. Or a sleek, low chignon with a gardenia tucked behind the ear - classy and elegant beneath a cathedral-length veil. A French twist is another option. Add a crystal hair comb to give an au courant feel. For those half-up, half-down styles, make sure to have a beautiful beaded barrette holding it together. Accessories should be elegant and simple.

A quick word about weather. It is humidity, wind, and rain versus your hairspray. Find a hair dresser you trust, hire her, and trust her decisions. Is the beach too windblown? Is your hair full enough to stand up against gale force winds? Does she use hair spray like Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hold that would stop a tornado in its course? That’s not for us to say.

Ultimately you still want to look like yourself… but on your best day. The hairstyle should complement your features as much as it accommodates the atmosphere. And make sure you feel comfortable. Having an elaborate up-do may not feel that great after twelve hours, so choose carefully. Most importantly though, have fun with your hair. After all, there is no better day to be playful or glamorous.

And remember, every pin that gets put into your hair before the ceremony will be one more he’ll have to remove before anything interesting happens later that night….


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