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

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.”