I have been a hairdresser for 10 years and have done hundreds of bride’s hair for the “big day”. I actually specialized in weddings for the first half of my career. Stepping away from the chaos of wedding bliss to focus on the clientele I spent years building. I have learned over the years some very important things that will keep you picture perfect for hours into the reception.
1. Be realistic about what your hair will do! If your hair does not hold curl don’t ask for your hair to be left down and soft curls, especially in the middle of July. Weather is a huge factor in how your hair will act that day so consider the possibilities (Rain, wind, heat, humidity) Hairdressers have hair spray not magic potions.
2. Duration. All of those magazine you are flipping through probably have picture perfect brides whose hair is loose with soft flowing curls. They have this because their hairdresser just did their hair and is standing behind the camera ready with comb and spray in hand for any touch ups that might be needed. Consider how long your ceremony, pictures, dinner and reception will be when picking a style. (And how long you need to be picture perfect for)
3. Have a trail run at least one month before the wedding date and try at least two different styles. I have had lots of brides bring in one picture, be very set on how they want their hair and when it’s finished completely change their minds. Sometimes they feel it doesn’t suit them or maybe it’s uncomfortable. Bring lots of picture, bring style options and be open to suggestions.
4. If you see something being done you don’t like tell your stylist right then, you don’t have to be rude about it, but ask if it could be different or say you may prefer it another way. There are a lot of pictures being taken of you that day and you will have them for a very long time.
5. Last but not least if a bobby pin has been put in and it hurts, is pulling, pinching or just feels weird say something so it can get taken out! That pin will only feel worst as the day goes on so speak up when you can.
One little tip on make-up as well. I always feel that the make-up you wear on your wedding day should be a little darker and heavy then you normally wear. It is better for showing up in pictures and it will suit what you are wearing. (It is usually the most dressed up you will ever be). BUT!!!! It should still look like you to the people you are with that day and see you in real life. It should be a balance between the people who are giving you closes hugs and kisses and the photographer who is capturing those keepsake shots.
Those are my thoughts from my experience – hope they help J