The Style and Art of Bridal Hair

A bad hair day is cause enough for us to shutter, stutter and utter “What will I do with my hair?!” And that’s just any old bad hair day. Now think about your wedding. That’s the day a bad hair day turns into an epically bad hair day. But wait! No panicking, ladies. Bridal hair is definitely more complicated than your everyday ‘do but you’ve got this. I swear.

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Coiffeur confusion? Doesn’t have to be your bridal reality. Here are some expert wedding hair tips from Gretchen Maurer, creator of Weddinghair.com:

1. Say yes to the dress! Maurer says to start with the dress because, “the bride’s total bridal look has to be taken into consideration – every thing must balance. The bride’s dress choice sets the tone for the entire ceremony and the hair design (and her bridal headpiece) has to be a part of that.”

babys breath bridal bouquet 42. Think in terms of texture. “Believe it or not the wedding gown can also dictate the texture of the finished hair design. A smooth, shiny bridal updo of curls or glossy stick straight hair complements a smooth satin gown. Where a gown of sweeping tulle is beautifully accented by soft flowing curls.”

3. See the final silhouette. “Your look from head to toe has a silhouette, either horizontal or vertical. A full skirt is horizontal and best balanced by a wider hair design and or full veiling. A vertical look being narrow and slim is complemented by a hair design of the same lines; it could be a bob tucked behind the ears or a narrow pile of curls on top of the head.”

lace wedding dresses4. Your look might have a history. “No, we are not back in school. But is there a period of history your gown reflects? Theme weddings such as renaissance or swing make a great excuse to have some creative fun with your hair.”

5. Practice proper proportions. “Again the full effect needs to balance. The bride with short hair who is wearing an ornate full traditional dress needs to remember to balance her look with the appropriate headpiece. Like wise the petite bride with too much hair might think about wearing it up to draw the eye vertically.”

bridal headpieces - wedding headbands6. And don’t forget the time of day. “Next to the dress, the time of day should have some bearing on the hairstyle and headpiece you choose.” Maurer suggests for a day or morning wedding less glitz and sparkle. “Save the crystals, sparkle and tiaras for more formal evening weddings. Bridal headbands, flowers, wreaths, and hats are perfect for day or morning ceremonies.”


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Putting Your Best Face Forward: Your Pre-Wedding Beauty Countdown

Brides, this is your guide to looking beautiful on your wedding day. It’s a timeline because, as we all know, beauty is a process. I mean just consider that if you’re waxing, you need to grow your hair out first. If that’s not work I don’t know what is. The good news is most of the items on this wedding beauty timeline are simple – and sometimes even fun when you do them with your besties. Facials, anyone?

With that in mind, here’s your long-term guide to looking great on your wedding day:

bridal facial - bridal skincare3 Months Before: The Skincare Stage

  • Schedule facial treatments every 4 to 6 weeks starting now
  • Drink A LOT of water
  • And start “eating clean”

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2 Months Before: Let’s Talk Nails

  • Enhance and strengthen your nails with a manicure every other week
  • Pedicures don’t hurt, either

1 Month Before: Hair, Hair, Everywhere

  • Color or do any other hair processes involving chemicals
    Grab a professional deep conditioning treatment

3 – 4 Weeks Before: It’s Game Time

  • Get a final haircut
  • Practice and experiment with different hair styles
  • Decide on a hairstyle and do a “trial run” with your bridal tiara and veil
  • Practice make-up with make-up artist (or)
  • Have a make-up lesson or practice on your own
  • Purchase all make-up you will need

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2 Weeks Before: Home Stretch T0-Dos

  • Get a full set if choosing acrylic nails
  • Schedule facials for you and your bridesmaids
  • Mention haircuts for the groom and the men in the wedding party

1 Week Before: Are You Excited Yet

  • Yet another pedicure
  • And waxing (lip, eye brows, underarm, leg, or bikini, eek)

1 – 2 Days Before Wedding: This Is Really Happening

  • Another manicure for you
  • A manicure for groom if he’d like
  • And a celebratory massage for the you

And then It’s Finally Your Wedding Day!

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Today it’s all about the makeup and the bridal hairstyle. All that drinking water, strengthening your nails, and eating clean has paid off. Your skin? Is glowing. Your nails? Are amazing. And you look beautiful even before your stylist gets started.

Congrats!


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Off-the-Shoulder Gowns Dominate the 2015 Wedding Runways

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Classic, ultra-femme and almost universally flattering, off-the-shoulder necklines are making a comeback on the Spring 2015 bridal runways pushing out strapless wedding dresses, cap sleeves, and asymmetrical styles in almost every collection. But lest you worry about emerging dowdiness in the bridal market, these necklines are being paired with modern silhouettes that make this look feel timeless. If you want to feel like a princess, you can do that. If you want to look fierce, you can do that, too. Romantic softness can be found and more surprisingly, super mod minimalist styles are also walking the runways. Have a look at just a handful of the off-the-shoulder styles brides will be wearing (or mimicking) next year:

Anne Barge Spring 2015

Anne Barge Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera 2015

Carolina Herrera 2015

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House of Mooshki 2015 Wedding Dress Collection

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Jenny Packham Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

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Marchesa Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Oscar de la Renta 2015 wedding dresses

Oscar de la Renta 2015

Pronovias 2015 pre-collection wedding dresses

Pronovias 2015 pre-collection

Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2015 wedding dresses

Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2015

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Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection

So how to you accessorize an off-the-shoulder wedding dress? Ready to get excited? Okay, then here’s the best news: massive amounts of visible decolletage means nothing for your bridal jewelry set to compete with. Anything goes – or just about anyway. With that much empty real estate your necklace and earrings can play center stage up top while your gown is the star of the show below!


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Must Have Wedding Photos: The Enveloping Bridal Veil

Brides wearing wedding veils take note! This is one of my favorite romantic wedding photo ideas. All you need is you, your veil, and the love of your life. A little wind can turn a veil into something more like a personal shroud for two in two seconds flat, but before you extricate yourselves have your photog snap a few pics. The results? Gorgeous. See for yourself:

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Ten 2015 Wedding Trends That You Need to Know About

1. Back to basics! Not every wedding has to be a production fit for the pages of the Rue Magazine wedding issue but you wouldn’t know that because Pinterest lies. And when I say consider having a simple wedding I don’t mean a wedding fit for the pages of Real Simple, either.

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2. Pearls! This mainstay of bridal fashion is back in a big way – possibly because brides-to-be really are going back to basics. Are pearls and pearl wedding accessories a wedding trend? I say they’re timeless.

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3. Simple ceremonies! Do we really all need the same rituals to feel wed? I do, you do, we do and we’re done – whether that includes your own vows or the standard vows of your people (whoever they may be) your guests will thank you for jumping on this wedding ceremony trend.

4. And simple wedding photos! The days of the overly processed wedding pics are numbered. Seriously, trends come and go but your wedding photos are forever. Trust me when I say it’s nice to look back at wedding photos in which you will look like you and not some filtered version of you.

5. Wedding cake! Like, just wedding cake. While it’s nice to offer guests options when it comes to edibles the idea that couples need to provide full-on buffets is pretty ludicrous. Have wedding cake alternatives or a full spread of sweets if you want, but don’t feel obligated. And candy bars? They’re a great way to end up with lots of leftover candy.

6. Personal hashtags! Wedding photo booths were definitely cute but all the pics of guests with faux mustaches are starting to look a little derivative. You’ll get more personal, more meaningful shots by snagging your loved ones’ IG pics thanks to your hashtag. Share it on your wedding invite and wedding website so guests know to tag pics from the ceremony and reception.

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7. Cinder blocks! DIYing your reception with pallets and rusty old bathtubs is way five minutes ago. The cool new DIY material can be found in the contractor aisle at Home Depot. Or check Craigslist for freebies.

8. Industrial weddings! Barns are out, factories are in. I’m so done with burlap and lace and mason jars – if that’s your absolutely favorite look great but if your goal is to be on trend then leave the farm to the chickens.

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9. Vibrant colors! Muted palettes were all the rage a while back and were nice but when I got to a wedding I want to be wowed. We’re loving bright yellows, raspberry, navy, rose gold, and tangerine on bridesmaids, on tables, in bouquets, and even on brides.

10. Bubbles! Wedding sparklers for reception send-offs were big but frankly always made me nervous. That many people with sparks around a wedding gown? Yikes, right? Meanwhile bubbles are fun for all ages (making them great for weddings that include kids), won’t hurt anything or anyone, and maybe most importantly ARE NOT ON FIRE.

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Yet Another Trend Alert: Blush Metallics

Rose gold? We’re sold! Remember how in our last post we said we were kind of so over pink? There’s a caveat. Merge pink with the metallics trend and you’ve suddenly got something that’s not only gorgeous, but also elegant. Blush metallics are the grownup answer to pink. A little daring. A little surprising. And a lot of wow.

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Who says the bride has to have a white wedding? A oh-so-light rose gold gown looks amazing next to deeper blush metallics on bridesmaids.

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Of course, if you’ve been dreaming of wearing white since you were a little girl your bridal shoes can be your pop of blush.

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Or your wedding accessories – we love this blush and gold side comb featuring hand wired enamel flowers in the softest of pinks.

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Don’t forget your bridesmaids! Pick blush bridesmaids dresses that have a ton of sparkle or just a tad. Either way, your girls are going to love you.

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How amazing is this table? Seriously.

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Or this one! (Just make sure if you outfit your reception cocktail hour tables in over the top blush metallics you don’t inadvertently have your ‘maids in matching dresses. No one likes walking into a space and realizing they look like a table.

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Not finding rose gold centerpieces that knock your socks off? How about making your own? All it takes is some pretty old bottles and a whole lot of blush metallic paint plus some candles. Too easy.

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And finally, when you’re outfitting yourself and your bridesmaids and your venue, don’t forget the cake! Rose gold looks gorgeous on wedding cake, too; especially if you can do something like edible gold foil. Très chic!


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Trend Alert: Pastel Bridesmaids Dresses

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Looks like pretty in pink is giving way to pastels from periwinkle to lavender and beyond, and that’s just fine by us. Not that there’s anything wrong with pink – it’s still one of our faves, as this selection of After Six Bridesmaid dresses shows. It’s just that pastels are back in a big way – expect to see them at plenty of 2015 weddings – and we’re in love with how brides are using them.

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While nothing says spring wedding like a bunch of bridesmaids dressed all in shades of post-winter blossoms there’s no reason not to explore pastels for winter weddings or in the summertime. Mint and peach both have grownup appeal – an important disclaimer for anyone worried that pastels are best left to newborn layettes.

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From beach to garden or even indoors, pastel bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous. Especially when brides and their girls mix it up a little! Pastels are so warm and inviting every shade above harmonizes beautifully with the bride’s gold wedding gown.

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Though the pastels worn by these bridesmaids look just as beautiful next to a more traditional white wedding gown.

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Even wedding accessories like shoes can get into the game!

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We just can’t get enough of how this brilliant bride coordinated her ‘maids and the simple flower arrangements they’re carrying!

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Alternate idea: put the flower girl in her very own shade of pastel dress. That way, she’s more likely to be able to use it again – trust us when we say her parents will thank you.

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And one more set of beautiful bridesmaids wearing pastel dresses, just because!

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Will your bridesmaids be wearing pastels?


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Beach Wedding Ideas for Every Couple

A beach theme wedding can certainly be a lot of fun but it’s no easier planning a beach wedding than it is planning any other wedding. It’s simply an opportunity to take advantage of the romance of the ocean and the fun of the sandy shore. You can have a formal wedding beach side at a cabana or at a beach side garden. Or you can have an informal beach wedding right on the sand. Here are just some ideas to get you started:

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Weddings on a sandy beach are beautiful with a white arch covered in flowers and ribbons. Even if you don’t have your wedding at the beach, you can use these ideas to convey the same feeling in a landlocked locale!

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Start with your invitations. Traditional invitations in a color scheme inspired by the sea will set the stage early for your beach theme. Have chairs set up for your guests, or even ask them to bring their own chair or towel (for more casual affairs). Remember to consider how you will get less mobile guests to the seating area – walking on sand isn’t easy for everyone.

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Decorate your reception and ceremony sites with sea shells and candles in beachy colors. Tiny sea shells sprinkled on tables or placed in colorful bowls will attract attention.

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Add shells, pearls, and other beachy stuff to your flower arrangements and your tables. Decorating with what Mother Nature provides can be a real money saver for the budget bride.

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Consider having a clam bake or lobster reception – or go all out with Hawaiian shirts and surf shorts. If you relax, your guests will, too! That said, there’s no reason a catered clambake has to be too casual. It’s all in the presentation.

Visit tourist shops near beaches for special items that will help set the mood.

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Bright coral-inspired colors, beach towels with summery designs, and scallop shell decor can evoke happy memories of lazy days on the beach. Don’t go overboard unless you really want to – after all, you’re already AT the beach so there’s no need to belabor the point!

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Add white chocolate sea shells to your wedding cake. Use a lighthouse or starfish as a cake topper. Don’t feel like you have to make your whole wedding cake into a beach scene, though. Pay homage to the sea with the colors you choose and a few well-placed embellishments.

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Don’t forget your wedding accessories! Ditch the shoes in favor of something that makes walking down a sandy aisle easier and choose beachy accessories like starfish hair pins and even a starfish bridal garter!

For favors, do guests a favor (ahem) and pass out small bottles of sunscreen tied with a ribbon. You can also have a bucket of sunglasses ready for guests as they arrive at the ceremony because so many of the people you care about will probably have forgotten sun protection.


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Brides, Roll with the Punches

The backstory: This couple was posing for their wedding photog when they were photobombed by a random gent. And the bride and groom are still smiling. Maybe even smiling bigger because that one photo has a little more flavor for the weirdness of the moment.

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Is every wedding misstep or mishap cause for celebration? Of course not. But no wedding is perfect. Not ours, not yours, no bride’s. You can get pretty close to perfect – if you’re lucky. Luck plays so much into it, honestly. Consider the weather.

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You can’t do anything about it if you’re planning to say your vows outdoors. Just like you can’t do anything about your mouthy Aunt Edna who says whatever comes into her head, come what may. Some things? You can control. You pick your bridal jewelry. You pick your wedding dress – which isn’t to say that something horrid can’t happen along the way because it can. But you can’t help moments like this one.

Point being, there’s no sense in getting incensed when the inevitable happens and something goes amiss. Bad things happen and as much as you’d like to plan for every wedding day emergency, you can’t. Maybe you open your garment bag and your gorgeous gown has a stain that came from who knows where but it’s there now. Maybe the best man never shows. The caterer delivers a sit down meal for half as many guests as you actually have.

Maybe the dock where you were taking pics sinks out from under your wedding party’s feet.

Or maybe it’s something as simple as a photobomb.

How you react to wedding day disasters big and small may just set the stage for how you react to the kind of everyday disasters every married couple has to deal with. The fridge goes bust. There’s a leak coming from inside a wall. Or you’re arguing about the dishes. Again. Make your wedding day a day where you practice a skill you’ll need for the rest of your life. Bad things happen; it’s how you deal with them that matters, now and for the rest of your marriage!


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