The PWC (or post-wedding chop) is a phenomenon that happens in the bridal world. Women get engaged, grow their hair out for the wedding and then cut it off once they get back from the honeymoon.

When Mr. T and I met, I was a freshman in college. My hair was super long after years of growing it out because of an unfortunate experiment in layering in 8th grade.


Me and my bridesmaid L (and Yoda) at a dorm party freshman year

That summer, I decided I needed new look. I finally got over my fear of layers and chopped off about eight inches.


With Mr. T (before we started dating!) and our friend T at a ND pep rally in 2006

It stayed at pretty much this length for the next four years, when I got it cut really short.


With my friend (and our accompanist!) N in NYC

Right before we got engaged, I started to grow it back out. (Writing this blog post is making me realize that every five years or so, I get bored with either short or long and want to have the opposite.)


At a White Sox game a few weeks before we got engaged

Then we got engaged and I was like, “Perfect! I want to make sure I have long hair for the wedding so I can get whatever I want done to it!” So, I let my hair get nice and long.


Engagement picture by Andrew Collings Photography

But, the thing is, I hate having long hair. I don’t know what to do with it, so it ends up either going in a ponytail or just hanging there. And when it just hangs there (which is most of the time), it gets stuck under my purse or backpack straps. The only thing I like about long hair is that I can braid it. For the past two months or so, I’ve been grumbling about how I can’t wait to chop all my hair off after the wedding.

So, today, I decided to go from this:


Side note: How awesome is my shower curtain? Mr. T better not make me throw it away when I move in with him.

To this:


So much better! My hair looks bouncier, healthier, and—best of all—more like me. Sure, I may have limited my wedding hair options, but I decided it wasn’t worth three more months of hating my hair for a single day. My PWC was a PRE-wedding chop, and I don’t regret it for a second.

Besides, my awesome friend K horrified her mother when she chopped all her shoulder-length hair off a few months before her wedding, and she looked hot.


Did anyone else do a PWC (pre-wedding chop)?


Mrs. Treasure

Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    cheeks225 441 posts, Helper bee @ 10:12 am

    I have never really understood why people who don’t have long hair and never will grow their hair out for weddings! Don’t you want to look like yourself? It’s one thing if you go back and forth, but I have had a short bob for about 5 years now and am keeping it that way for my wedding.

    I like your medium length hair much better, it has much more shape!

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    MrsRose 643 posts, Busy bee @ 10:13 am

    I had a friend who had long hair (down to her butt almost) for most of her life and right before she got married she chopped it to about shoulder length and it looked gorgeous! She has since grown her hair back out but I’m in full support of the PWC!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:15 am

    I like it, and is not that short, you can still pull it back for the big day.

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    RyantheGirl 41 posts, Newbee @ 10:15 am

    I got all my hair chopped off (went from shoulder length to a pixie cut) three days before we got engaged (but I had no clue we were getting engaged). I love it so much that I’m going to be a pixie cut bride!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:24 am

    @Cheeks225: I thought I wanted long hair again, but once I had it, I remembered why I cut it all off in the first place.

    @Miss Toadstool: I had to resist the urge to cut it even shorter because I do want to be able to put it in some sort of updo for the wedding.

    @RyantheGirl: I wish I had enough courage to rock the pixie!

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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 10:32 am

    I chopped mine in early June. Figuring I had plenty of time to get a bit more length for my Jan wedding. I knew I had to chop it then or risk chopping it about a month before the wedding b/c there was no way I could keep it that long for that long. Plus I had a great up-do for Bro & SIL wedding and my hair wasn’t too much longer than it is now.

    It felt so good. Healthy, happy, shorter, summer hair!

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    dragonlover 578 posts, Busy bee @ 10:36 am

    @Cheeks225: That’s a really good question!

    I’ve always had really long hair – Down to my waist, nearing my butt. On a regular, busy day-to-day basis it probably doesn’t look the best. Forced to dry in a bun to prevent frizz, it’s kinky wavy.

    However, I love when I bother to actually get done up that it falls in long, loose spiral curls naturally.

    No need to grow it out. No pre-wedding chop.

    However, there might be a post wedding chop, if FH won’t kill me :)

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    stephanieelise 239 posts, Helper bee @ 10:36 am

    It looks beautiful!! I love it.

    I agree with you about the long hair; I am fighting with my long hair right now and I want to chop it all off right now.

    And Go Irish! So glad to see another ND Lady in the Bees. :-)

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:39 am

    I think your hair looks beautiful :)

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    Chipmunk78 18 posts, Newbee @ 10:46 am

    I was totally thinking of doing that this weekend because it’s been so hot. I hate the hair on my neck and I hate wearing a ponytail everyday. I was going to do extensions for the wedding anyway, so why not???

    B.T.W. It looks great!!!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 10:46 am

    I’m just waiting ’till payday for my pre-wedding chop! I cannot abide my hair in its current horrid state any more.

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    Elm tree 519 posts, Busy bee @ 10:49 am

    It’s a lovely ‘do. It does look better than the other one.

    I am doing a PWC but it’s dual purpose; I had been trying to grow it out for my fiance to see it as long as I had it when I was younger before he proposed. Now that he has seen it long I plan to do what I did when I got bored last time, donate it. I plan on donating it soon after the wedding.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:53 am

    @Elm tree: I had been thinking about donating my hair after the wedding, so I’m bummed I didn’t get to do that.

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:56 am

    I love the short hair! I seem to change my hair every 4 years or so. I go from having it really really long to a super short bob. I do tend to like my hair shorter, it’s so much easier!!!

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    39bride, Guest @ 11:09 am

    I’m about 7 weeks out and getting tired of the length–halfway between my bra & waist. I like it long-ish but right now it’s too long to look good when it’s down and curled (curl falls right out because of the weight). So, it’s pretty much just a braid or a ponytail these days. If not for the fact that I let it down in more “private moments” and he LOVES the long hair, I’d cut it to shoulder-length right now!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:13 am

    @39bride: Mr. T likes my hair longer, but it’s not his body, so it’s not really his choice. I say cut it! It’ll always grow back.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:34 am

    I love your chop, it looks great on you and there are still so many great ways to style your hair for your wedding :)

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    prairiedog 455 posts, Helper bee @ 11:39 am

    you look great! i’m a long hair girl all the way…plenty of options for updos…but i left my hair down on our wedding day because i ALWAYS have my hair down! i wouldn’t look like me with an updo :)

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 12:09 pm

    Your hair looks great!! I will not be doing a pre wedding chop, but I want the look of long hair

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    7monthbride 961 posts, Busy bee @ 2:18 pm

    So funny to read this post because I was just thinking about a PWC for the umpteenth time. I haven’t decided yet…

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:38 pm

    I’m glad you stayed true to yourself and cut your hair. Short(er) hair looks beautiful on a wedding day. Your friend proves that you don’t need an updo to look fabulous on your wedding day.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:17 pm

    Good for you for doing what makes you feel good instead of feeling blah just to have long hair for the wedding. Your hair will still be plenty long enough for an updo, and you’ll feel better about other pre-wedding events when you look and feel your best!

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