If you are planning your wedding, you don’t just want a good hair day, you want the BEST HAIR DAY OF YOUR LIFE. Just think of all the pictures you will be seeing for years to come. Enjoying your wedding day means selecting the right vendors and setting shared expectations for both of you. Believe it or not, yours truly, the GHDG was recently a bride; and I took away some important lessons from the experience. Thankfully, as far as my hair/makeup went, I couldn’t have had a better experience. I’d love to impart on you some bridal beauty wisdom…
Brides-to-be, please consider the following:
Begin by deciding if you want/need a hair and makeup stylist. Most people these days do, but to each their own. Once you know that much, you’ll want to find a stylist that can accommodate your:
C) The size of your bridal party (if your bridesmaids and other important ladies will also be getting services)
D) “Bridal vision”/style
Finding the right stylist for you may take some research. Don’t be afraid to ask friends for recommendations. If you’ve attended a wedding recently and admired the hairstyles of the bride and her bridesmaids, perhaps ask the bride who styled her. You can also ask your regular hairstylist if they have any recommendations. Perhaps your normal hairstylist is who you’d like to do your hair. If so, that is great and saves having to find a vendor, but I’d still make sure they can accommodate your needs (as listed above) and have some type of portfolio documenting their wedding-related styling. Be sure to have a conversation about your needs; don’t just assume because you see them every six weeks for a trim that they can accommodate your wedding specifics.
Another option is checking out reviews on sites like weddingwire.com, theknot.com and sites dedicated to vendor reviews. If you do find a stylist that appeals to you via one of these sites, Google them! Check out their website. Look for an online portfolio or blog that will showcase their work. You should definitely see some proof of what they can do before you hire them.
Once you know who you want to hire, don’t waste any time in reserving them and completing a service contract for your wedding date. Stylists’ schedules book up well in advance and you’ll want to lock them in as early as you can- even if you are still unsure what you want your hair to look like… which brings me to my next point…
Pinterest is a goldmine of inspiration for all things wedding. I honestly think I lost days of my life to Pinterest while planning my own wedding. I’d highly recommend you spend some time (in moderation J ) familiarizing yourself with Pinterest and window shopping for hairstyles that appeal to you. You don’t need to narrow it down to one specific style, but try to determine a general look.
Don’t forget to consider weather and climate as a factor in deciding on your style. Heat, humidity, wind and potential precipitation can pose major threats to hair- especially if not pulled back or into an updo. Also consider your level of comfort. Will you be too hot with your hair on your shoulders? A sweaty, wind-swept bride doesn’t look so hot in wedding photos.
I cannot stress my next point enough. SCHEDULE A TRIAL RUN. I highly recommend you do this for your makeup as well…at the same time, if possible. Fortunately, my hairstylist was also a makeup artist, so the one-stop-shop option made things easy and convenient.
Take the time to meet with your hairstylist and have a full consultation with them prior to the wedding day. Share any photo inspiration that you have- including photos of the dress and overall wedding vision, so that they can create a style that compliments it. Be sure to discuss your plans for a veil or any other headpiece. I took two of my bridesmaids with me for my trial appointment. It was fun to have them there, but they also helped the stylist get to know me and my personal style better. I also had them take photos of my hair that I could keep and use as I pulled together the entire look.
In the months leading up to your wedding day, don’t lose sight of your long term “hair goals” and stay on track. Be mindful of the length you want/need your hair to be, the color, etc. Make appointments regularly in the months leading up to your wedding to maintain your goals. If your hair is color-treated, you will want to schedule an appointment a week or so before your wedding to touch up any roots and have the color looking fresh. I’d suggest not making any major changes in the months before your wedding. It’s probably not the best time to experiment with purple dye, asymmetrical bangs or anything gutsy.
Purchase a veil or other bridal hair accessories. Inform your hairstylist of your headpiece veil situation so that they are aware.
Follow up with your bridesmaids to confirm how many ladies will need hair and makeup services on wedding day. Keep track of this so that you can let your stylist know ahead of time.
Four to six weeks before your wedding, contact your bridal hairstylist to confirm the details for your wedding day, including:
– The address and location details for the salon or the location where you’re getting ready
– The day’s itinerary and timeline so you can determine the start time for styling (usually determined by what time you and the girls will need to start pictures with your photographer)
– The number of women who will be having their hair and makeup done
– Their recommendations for how your hair should be day of (clean, dry, wet, dirty, etc.).
– Details of payment- what you owe and what forms of payment they accept
– Any changes from your initial consultation or trial run
Lastly, enjoy the final weeks and days leading up to your wedding day. They are filled with fun, anticipation and excitement and they go by SO fast. Don’t stress over little stuff. You will have an amazing wedding day so don’t let last minute hiccups steal your confidence in the planning and hard work that you have put into it. You’re getting married and you’re going to have the best hair day of your life. What else could matter?