Hair-spire Me Hive!

G’day hive!

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:

I am a poser

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:

bridal hair inspiration

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:

two for one_hair

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:

weddingbee_down hairstyles

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!


Mrs. Bighorn Sheep

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wedding Date:
February 2014
Gallery of the Day: December 2, 2013
Road Trip Honeymoon: Four Parks, Five Days
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  1. Member
    cateyes 550 posts, Busy bee @ 10:28 am

    i really love the way your hair/face looks in the pre-wedding videography session picture…it looks much more natural than your makeup/hair trial picture (haha, probably bc…it is?) the wispies around your face look good, but in the hair trial the curled wispies didn’t look quite right? maybe you want a much looser/subtler wave in those pieces? if you did a low bun that started with a half up sectioning and then sort of built on that (maybe like this picture: and just left it up?

  2. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:37 pm

    @cateyes: Yup, I totally agree. I think you will LOVE having all of your hair pulled back, because it’ll let you dance and have fun without worrying about curls falling out, hair getting sweaty on your neck, etc. Especially if you’ve never had your hair curled before, I honestly think you’d be pretty uncomfortable wearing your hair down or half-down in curls. I curl my hair all the time and I still tend to play with it, worrying about my curls falling out – you want your hair to be the last thing on your mind on your wedding day! The best thing to do is choose a style that works on someone with hair similar to yours. I really really love the loose updo in the photo you posted in the low buns inspiration board, in the lower left corner. It would look natural (not being too tight or being too high on your head!), it would frame your face, and it would be super comfy all night. Not sure whether you’re planning on wearing a head piece but that clip with that updo is beautiful too!

  3. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:38 pm

    Also, one reason I love that photo is that the bun is slightly to the side – that looks stunning in photos! Maybe you’d like that better than your trial updo which was very symmetrical and centered?

  4. bighornsheep Bee
    bighornsheep 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:27 pm

    @cateyes: I actually got my face all done up for the pre-wedding videography session 🙂 But you are totes correct, I told them to ‘go natural’, hahah! 🙂 The wispies in the hair/makeup trial did look sort of weird on my face. My friend told me I looked older than I was (booooo). I do like your idea though – get half my hair pulled back to get my ‘natural’ fringe falling out and then building up a nice low chignon! Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I do like the side-do sort of look. :)It gives more character to the normal sort of symmetrical/centred styles (and I like character!). Also, sweaty neck is not fun – not fun at all. I think an updo it will be! Also, I do have a hair piece! <3 Two actually, and I don't know which one I'll be using (d'oh!). Thanks for the suggestions Mrs W <3

  5. orchard Bee
    orchard 72 posts, Worker bee @ 8:10 pm

    Hair pulled back and to the side is the best of both worlds and it will look both fun and elegant somehow!

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