I’ve shown you the trial and now I’ll be showing you the inspiration. I know that’s not typically how it goes, but that’s ’cause I need your help! What on earth do I do with my hair?
During the wedding, I’ll be using an MUA and hairstylist who’ll be coming to us the morning of. They’ll be dolling up a whopping eight women that day, so it’ll be a busy morning!
Now, the most I’ve done to my hair is tie it up and call it a day. I’ve never straightened it, curled it, or done anything remotely fancy to it. In fact, these are photos from our engagement photo shoot and pre-wedding videography session respectively:
As you can see, no styling. At all. So when it came time for the wedding, my first thought was: Where do I start?
When I had a look at wedding-day hairstyles, I was blown away by the zillions (I may be exaggerating) of hairstyles in existence. The waterfall braid, the half-up ‘do, the chignon, the ballerina bun, the boho braid, etc. I had no idea where to start.
So as usual, I turned to an inspiration board:
As per usual, I went through a lot of uhming-and-ahing about the hair I wanted for the wedding.
First, I wanted a half-up, half-down look. The main reason for this was because I didn’t want to look too dissimilar to my everyday look. But then, I got to thinking that I should maybe have a low updo—because it’s more “bridal” and I don’t have to pile it ON TOP of my head (which is what I hated most about updos). I could wear it low and messy and still look like me, especially as I’ve been wearing my hair up more lately.
And then, finally, I thought that maybe I should attempt to compromise between the two. After perusing my Pinterest board, I thought about using a two-for-one hairstyle. What’s a two-for-one hairstyle? Well, it’s something like this:
The reason I could have this, I thought, was because I’d be having a touch-up session during the midday of our wedding since our wedding will run basically all day and my skin is far from good. So with that in mind, I began to look at different up styles and down styles.
The up styles I was drawn to were, as previously mentioned, low buns. I don’t think a ballerina bun would look particularly appealing on my head. So a low bun it was, like these beauties:
From left to right, top row: Every Last Detail, photography by Rustic White Photography; Southern Weddings, photography by Christian Oth; Hair & Makeup by Steph, photography by Ciara Richardson Photography. Bottom row: Image & photography via Closer To Love Photography; Wedding Chicks, photography via Erich Mcvey Photography; Bridal Musings, photography by Ed Osborn Photography.
As for the down styles, I found myself drawn to such beauties as this:
However, after going through my trial, I decided that the touch-up session was a no-go. There were a few reasons for this, but the main ones were (1) the touch-up session added extra costs, (2) the timing of the touch-up session was difficult to pinpoint, and (3) Mr. Big seemed quite anxious about taking an hour from the day.
So now, hive, I have to decide on the kind of hair and makeup I want! It’ll be hot, so I’m leaning more toward a low bun.
But honestly, do you think this face would do well with all of that hair pulled to the back?
So, what do you think, hive? Should I go up, down, sideways? Can anyone give me pointers? I know a lot of you ladies are way more fashionable than I am. HAAALP!
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Postgraduate Student & Aspiring Writer
- Wedding Date:
- February 2014
- The Hunter Valley Gardens & Tamburlaine Organic Wines