Tips for Taking the Stress Out of Styling Your Own Hair for Your Wedding


If you’re like lots of second-time brides, or those renewing their vows, your new ceremony and reception may be more low-key than your first. You might also want to keep the budget lower. If this is the case for you, it pays to consider doing your own hair for your wedding day.

When you decide to look after your hairstyle, you not only save money, but can also have more control over the end result, and don’t have to worry about fitting in a trip to the hairdressers (or paying for them to come to you) on the day.

If you’re keen to find a hairstyle that is easy to do and that will also look brilliant in your wedding photos for years to come, read on for some tips you can follow today.

Planning and Practice is Key

The first strategy you should implement to take the stress out of styling your own hair is to do plenty of planning. This ensures that on the day of your wedding you will know exactly what to do, how long the style will take, and if you need any assistance from bridal party helpers.

It is important not to leave thoughts about your do and the accessories and tools you will use until the last minute. After all, you might have a hairstyle in mind, but find when you try to do it that it’s more difficult than you had envisaged, or just doesn’t suit your face, hair type, dress, or other factors. As well, it can take some time to find the perfect accessories and tools that simplify your preparation efforts, such as tape-in hair extensions, curling wands, tiaras, hairpieces, and the like, so you need to give yourself a chance to search for the perfect items.

Brides should always have some trial runs of their hairstyle before the big day. This will allow you to see what does and doesn’t work with your skill level and hair length/type; which hairstyles are comfortable enough to handle for a long day; and how much time you will need to give yourself to tame your tresses on the day. Once you have decided on the right look, practice it many times until you know that you will be able to easily recreate it without stress.

Consider the Style of Your Wedding, the Location, and the Likely Weather

Next, as you think about how you want to wear your hair at your wedding, don’t forget to consider the style of your event and its location. As you check out websites and magazines for inspiration, you may find numerous ideas for your do that you think could look good, but the style of them may not actually suit the theme of your wedding or the location.

For example, if you plan to have a formal ceremony and reception, you will likely want to style your hair in a way that is quite structured. On the other hand, if you are getting married at the beach and having a low-key, relaxed vibe, then your hairstyle should reflect this. As well, if you’re planning your wedding around a particular theme, such as your favorite movie, book, television show, era, or the like, then you might need a hairdo that corresponds to this particular “story” or time period.

The likely weather on the day of your marriage is something you should think about, too. For example, if your ceremony and/or reception will be held outdoors in the summer months, in a hot, humid climate, you need to look at selecting a hairstyle that won’t turn frizzy, lose all its body, or stick to your neck in the heat. Windy environments, such as cliff-top ceremonies or those near the ocean, also typically require particular types of ‘dos.

Suit Your Hairdo to Your Dress

Lastly, another one of the most important factors involved in choosing a hairstyle is making sure that it will suit the dress or another outfit you will be wearing. You want something that will not compete with the loveliness of your dress, but rather complement it.

To start with, examine how much embellishment your dress has. If it is adorned with lots of details like crystals, sequins, beading, bows, and so on, you should keep your hairstyle simple. You could, for instance, opt for a bare-bones, elegant updo like a chignon, or just leave your hair down and unadorned. Conversely, if your dress is a “less is more” design, you can choose a much more dramatic, detailed hairstyle.

If the cut of your dress means that it has a low or open back or many intricate designs, you should consider an updo, braid, side ponytail, or another style that will ensure all the lovely details are visible. As well, a dress with a high neck is typically suited to an up-do, since leaving your hair down could cover it up too much.

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