Letting It All Down… Including The Veil?

With my hair trial coming up, I need to really get on the ball about finding some hairstyles that I like! Currently, I am wavering between letting it all down and having my hair done half up and half down. I love the romantic look of having (deceivingly) perfect waves, such as these inspirations…

Summer in the O.C…
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Eva Longoria
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Jennifer Aniston
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And I’ve always been amazed by Jessica Simpson’s hair!
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I’ve also been considering wearing my hair half up as well, which I think may be easier to manage on the big day. My favorite inspirations below…

Jessica Simpson again, on her wedding day…
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And my best bud and bridesmaid, Amy, getting ready during her wedding day almost two years ago…
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I’m going to try to have my hair down for the trial and see how I like it, and then have the stylist put half of it up so that I’ll get a sense of how both styles would look.

While my preference at this point would be to have my hair down, the one question I have is how on earth to keep the veil on. Given some of the above pictures, it looks like it can be done, but I’ve tried it at the bridal salons and the veil constantly falls off! I also haven’t personally met that many brides who have had their hair down on the wedding day. I’m worried that even with a little bit of hair spray, the veil will slip off in no time.

Any tips on keeping the veil on when the hair is completely down? Would it stay for a prolonged period of time?

Oh and of course, I welcome any additional inspiration pics of long wedding hairstyles! smiley1097

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Mrs. Daffodil

Location:
Los Angeles
Wedding Date:
May, 2008

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    jen, Guest @ 4:13 pm

    I wore my hair all down, similar to the photos you have here. And it stayed for as long as I wanted – even during my jumping up and down during our first dance (my emotions took over). I had a mantilla veil. Anyway, what my hair stylist did is, once you put the comb in, then use bobby pins to pin the comb to your hair. Also, b/c it was a mantilla, the sides went out a little to much, so she used additional bobby pins through the larger holes in the lace on the side of my head. I hope this helps! Good luck.

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    tanya2s 412 posts, Helper bee @ 4:13 pm

    I’d get a couple of tiny barrettes and attach them to the veil. Then you can have your stylist do some back-combing on part of your hair, and spray it so it’s a little matted and stiff. The barrettes should clip in and stay in, at least more securely than if your hair were smooth and slippery.

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    Serendipity 7829 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:16 pm

    I would love to wear my hair down, or part down but now sure how it would stay for the day. If you can do it, though, I would…it’s so beautifl!

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    dbee, Guest @ 4:25 pm

    Depending on the type of hair you have and the skill of the stylist, you can definitely wear your hair down and still have a veil stay in. A couple stylists told me it was impossible, but I found one that said it could happen and after all the hairspray, combing and pinning it securely to the hair, mine stayed in with no problem! Plus, at the end of the night, there wasn’t a hundred bobby pins to take out of my hair!

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    Jess, Guest @ 4:28 pm

    I’m going to have my hair down and wear a veil. For me the veils on combs stayed put pretty well but my hair is thick and curly. Maybe once you curl your hair it will stay better, if you use pins and hairspray and whatnot. Or maybe you could attach it to some sort of headband instead of a comb so that it would stay more securely?

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    Jenny, Guest @ 4:35 pm

    Ugh, I wanted Summer’s wedding dress so bad, but I never found out who the designer was. Boo!

    I think I am going to wear my hair down like that too.. Maybe. I’m still thinking about it. It’s going to be so humid on my wedding day I dont know if it will stay looking good. I have no suggestions on the veil because I am not planning on wearing one. Good luck with it tho!

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    SoCalBeachGirl 398 posts, Helper bee @ 5:00 pm

    You’re getting married in L.A., which means great resources. Stylists have magic tricks to keep veils in place.

    Are you wearing the veil only during the ceremony then taking it off for the reception, or planning on wearing it forthe whole thing?

    If it’s the first option, the veil only needs to stay in place for a short period of time. But you might want to consider having the stylist be there to take off the veil and make sure your hair is perfect for the reception. Good luck!

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    DragonflyC, Guest @ 5:04 pm

    I’m not married yet, but I do like to wear my veil around the house. It’s on a comb, so I put a clip in barette (one that you pinch to open, not with a clasp that would crease my hair) near where I want the veil. The comb slides into my hair and behind the clip and seems to stay pretty well that way.

    I’m just wearing the veil for the ceremony (if that–I remain undecided), so you might want something sturdier if you’re going to wear yours all night.

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    Cassidy, Guest @ 7:04 pm

    Totally random but I think I know your friend Amy from college! I was reading through your post and all of a sudden-a familiar face!! Small world…

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    wsukarebear, Guest @ 12:28 am

    Click my name and I have pics in my blog (under the hair link). I also wore my hair half up for our wedding last July (also in my blog).

    I know what you mean…but be aware the perfect waves are hard to achieve! Even starting with the tight curls I did, they never really fell. :-)

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    Emma, Guest @ 4:51 am

    I can’t remember where I saw a very clever way to keep your veil in but it’s out there. How it worked was to lift a section of your hair, put four or five tiny hair elastics on the section beneath to make little miniature pony tails and then lower the top hair again. You can’t see anything but the elastics and ponytails are there to hold the comb of your veil. I haven’t tried it but it looked pretty secure.

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    Emily, Guest @ 11:17 am

    Have your hair stylist lift up the section of hair where the comb is going and make several teeny tiny braids underneath. Then have him/her place the hair back over top and stick the comb into the braids. It will definitely stay put!

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