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Wedding season

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The recent warm weather has me thinking about my favorite time of year: wedding season. I am one of those rare hair stylists who actually loves weddings and updos, and I have been privileged to be a part of some truly gorgeous and amazing weddings. I work exclusively with Amber Small from Sweetest Thing weddings, and that has brought me to some great locations to do wedding hair. In Maine, that is usually the coast, and it makes for a pretty great day at the office. As I started preparing for the upcoming season, I began thinking about what the upcoming trends would be and what brides would be wanting this year. As I was doing some searching on Pinterest and Google, I thought more about what not to do with your hair on your wedding day. There is so much to consider when it comes to your hair for your wedding.

When and where are you getting married?

The location of your wedding and the time of year are crucial details for every aspect of your big day, but especially for your hair. If you are planning a wedding outside in August, then I would insist that your hair be put up. Don't plan on a long, curled hairstyle that you want to leave down in the hottest and most humid time of the year. What you will be left with is a flat mess.

Even updos are hard when it is hot and humid. But putting it up is a more weatherproof hairstyle.

You have to consider the weather and location of the wedding. There are some beautiful and popular outdoor locations in our area, and many of them are very windy no matter what time of year. I have actually seen a bride's veil fly off during the ceremony. Just take the time to consider this when choosing your wedding hairstyle, and always consult with your stylist.

What style of dress do you have?

The style of your wedding dress should dictate your hairstyle choice. A bride chooses her wedding dress because she falls in love with it, and then tends to separately choose a hairstyle for the same reason, not thinking about the combination of the two.

If your dress is classic and simple, then anything goes for your hairstyle. Think about why you chose the simple style dress. If your wedding follows and also is simple, than keep the hair simple and classic as well. But, if your wedding is a bit more formal, go for it with your hair.

Have you ever considered sporting two hairstyles on your wedding day? Try wearing it up for the ceremony and down for the reception. You hear of brides changing dresses; try changing hairstyles. But remember, this will require your stylist to attend the wedding and may come with an extra fee.

If your dress is more formal and has a ton of detail, you need to make sure your hair is more simple. You should also take into consideration your veil and headpiece if your dress is more complex. After all, it really is all about the dress isn't it? You don't want to take too much attention away from the lavish details in your dress. A big veil and head piece along with an over-the-top up-do is going to do just that. You don't want this type of situation to leave you looking at your pictures 20 years from now saying, "What was I thinking?" Remember the '80s?

Things you definitely should not do

Don't expect to have your hair styled exactly the way it is going to look on your wedding day. It just isn't going to happen. Hairstyles never come out the same twice and it will leave you disappointed. Definitely schedule a full run-through with your hairstylist - look at pictures, talk, show her your dress, etc. You can play with hair and try different types of curls and even "loosely" style it to get an idea of what you want but don't set yourself up for disappointment.

Another personal pet peeve of mine is a half-up, half-down hairstyle. Do you know what half-up and half-down is? Half-done! I am talking the legit half-up, half-down styles, not the loose pull back with a few free pieces style which is great. What happens to this type of style is that top half stays looking great and the rest falls flat.

Miss Kate Middleton did this on her big day too, and in my opinion it looked like she did her hair in five minutes.

Your wedding day is without a doubt the biggest day of your life. By considering the things I have mentioned here today, you can be assured you will look your absolute best and years from now will still think so when you look at your photos. Congratulations to you!


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