Hair Change-Up?

I absolutely LOVE styling hair. If I wake up one day and decide I hate my job (unlikely) and need a career change…hellllo salon! I change up my hairstyles all the time…curly, tight, loose, barrel waves, natural, straight, waterfall braid, fishtail braid, French. You name it, I’ve probably tried it (Bumpits = fail).

Needless to say, I am overwhelmed at the thought of choosing ONE hairstyle for one of the most important days in my life.

In general, my go-to style is hair down with loose curls:


Personal photo


Personal photo

I came across this picture, and it was the first time I thought something like this still feels like me, but looks more formal, or wedding-tastic, as I like to think in my head:


 Image via Hair and Make-up by Steph / Photo by Ciara Richardson


Image via Hair and Make-up by Steph / Image via The Shoot Shoppe

I know a lot of brides have a “costume change” for the reception, but how do you guys feel about a hair change? My aunt is a hairstylist and I bet she could throw together a quick updo for me while my dress is getting bustled. Hmm…

I am not so into the really tight updos. They look very polished, but I must have an oddly shaped head or something because loose styles seem to be so better for me. I love the loose tendrils hanging down in the picture below. Honestly, it is so feminine and romantic.

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Image via Hair and Make-up by Steph / Photo by Ciara Richardson

Or this…so adorable. I have been very intrigued by the faux bob trend that has been happening lately.


 Image via Bella Sugar

Let’s be honest, I could always rock a top knot like the best of them.


 Image Via Hair and Make-up by Steph / Photo by Ciara Richardson

Is anyone else considering a mid-reception hair change? Is it worth the hassle to have two looks?

Mrs. Squirrel

Tampa, FL
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May 2013
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  1. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:36 am

    I think it’d be great, as some brides take off their veil, changing your hair is a great option. I wanted to be the same the entire day so I didn’t take anything ofd, but that is just me.

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    miss narwhal 1297 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:54 am

    I love the idea. If your aunt is capable of whipping up a gorgeous updo than why not!

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 11:56 am

    I love your choices, especially the faux-bob look, and think a hair change is an awesome idea!!

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    proverbs131 221 posts, Helper bee @ 12:12 pm

    I am wearing my hair up for my ceremony but plan on letting it loose for the reception.. a minor change but will represent my change from being an uptight lady in waiting to a footloose and fancy free wife ready to get her boogie on

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 12:14 pm

    I love the idea of a hair switch! I am thinking of doing the opposite, a loose up-do for the ceremony/pics, and then a quick hair change to let it down for the reception. You have gorgeous hair so I’m sure whatever you decide will look beautiful!!

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    Angela MagnottiAndrews, Guest @ 12:15 pm

    I think down for the wedding and up with tendrils for the reception is a great idea. I also feel that loose tendrils are best for my face shape…not so good with sleeked back lines. Got any tutorials on loose updos with tendrils for those without hair dressers?

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    fzesguer 1090 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:15 pm

    I’m not doing one, but that sounds awesome! The hair-change could be a personal representation of you if your friends and family know you love variety in hairstyles. Love the faux-bob look.

    Instead of doing an updo at the reception, would you consider starting with an updo at the ceremony and then letting it down for the reception? That’s what I see a lot of brides doing, only because some updos take a while, even the relaxed-looking ones.

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    WoodenShoes 389 posts, Helper bee @ 2:18 pm

    Are you going to get a trial done for your first hairstyle? It would probably be a good idea to practice at least once to go from hairstyle A to hairstyle B. That way you have an idea of how long it would take and also to be sure you arent sitting there waiting to go into your reception rocking your fab updo, and then look in the mirror and decide that you don’t actually like it that much.

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    JujuBear 47 posts, Newbee @ 2:29 pm

    I’m from Brazil and here almost every bride does a hair change for the reception. They usually wearthe hair up for the ceremony, and let the hair down for the reception. I think it is a great idea!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 2:40 pm

    @Angela MagnottiAndrews: I don’t personally have one, but check out, she has LOTS of awesome tutorials!
    @fzesguer: Yea, that is a good point. Hmm…my only concern is that I plan to dance up a storm and I figured the updo would be better because of the sweat factor. But now I worry the up-do would just be ruined. Decisions, decisions :)
    @WoodenShoes: Good call! I will definitely do that! Genius!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 3:30 pm

    Really sleek, tight updos look terrible on me. I have a weirdly shaped face and ears that stick out. It’s not a flattering look! I’m thinking of going with the loose, messy updo instead. Also, how do you get your hair to look like it does in that first picture? I am a total failure at hair and I never can curl it without making a hot mess.

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    kitakitten 241 posts, Helper bee @ 3:36 pm

    I personally think that the tendriled, loose low-pinned updo would look perfect on you. It wouldn’t be too much of a departure from your usual style, but is still bridal and romantic.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:17 pm

    A hair change for the reception sounds like a great idea, I wouldn’t want it down and in the way when it’s time to get my dance on.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 6:57 pm

    I agree with kitakitten that the tendril, loose bob would look fantastic on you. Side note, I love your curls and it’s very cool you know how to do so many different hairstyles.

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    Angela MagnottiAndrews, Guest @ 7:09 pm

    @Miss Squirrel: @Miss Squirrel: Thank you so much for the link. I found her tutorials and have bookmarked them for when I have time to practice.

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    desiree.0615 772 posts, Busy bee @ 9:37 pm

    Im considering a transitional hairstyle! Except I want my hair to possibly be in an up do for the ceremony, but I want to be able to let it down for the reception! Not sure how it will work though! I have very tightly curled hair and it tend to poof up in humid environments… I am getting married in Tucson Az!! So I am a little worried about my hair period! Haha

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 10:26 pm

    I’m all for a second ‘do!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:11 am

    I love the second to last photo, with the girl from Modern Family – the loose updo is so dreamy. I can’t wait to see what you choose! I’ve never heard of a hair change, but if you’re wearing your hair down for the ceremony, it will definitely be nice to get it off your neck for the dancing part!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:03 pm

    i just pinned a bunch of these – good choices!

  20. mssquirrel Member
    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 6:40 pm

    @dazymechelle: HAHA random, but awesome!

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 8:44 pm

    I want a hair change too! But I don’t have any stylus friends or family. :( down with veil and loosely up with a flower would be my choice.

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 8:45 pm

    ** stylist ** weddingbee hates iPad :(

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    ccyamada 133 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:08 pm

    I am lucky enough to have a friend that’s a hairstylist (and that loves me :)) I actually had her change my hair twice hehe. I had my hair up for my tea ceremony, down for my wedding ceremony, and back up again for our reception. I know it’s a bit excessive but I couldn’t make up my mind on one hairstyle. So I say if you want to change it up go for it. Especially if you have someone in your family that can do it :).

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    Nurse_Bee 940 posts, Busy bee @ 8:14 am

    I love the idea of a hair change between ceremony and reception. I think if you started with an updo and moved to a downdo (?) it would be faster and would be like hey I’m here to party! I totally get the sweat factor, though. Maybe if you had your hair down for the ceremony you could do like a sideswept ponytail? Just see if your aunt could do a quick trial and time her lol. Just kidding. Mostly.

    BTW it’s great to see a fellow Tampa bride on the Bee! Yay!

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