If you have just got engaged, firstly congratulations! After the excitement and your feet have landed back firmly on the ground an enormous amount of emotions will be going through your mind. One of the first things people will ask you is, ‘Have you thought about your dress?’, and once you start thinking about your dress, you will soon start thinking about your hair. ‘Hair?’ I hear you cry! The answer is yes, because it is NEVER too early to start thinking about your hair. Having your hair is just as important as having the right and perfect dress which is also complimented by your perfect make-up, to make you feel your very best for one of the most important days in your life.
Wedding trends come and go and hair trends for 2019 have had some significant influence from Royalty. The princesses are certainly setting the trends and paving the way with classic, yet still modern approaches to their hairstyles. Due to their modern approach to the Royal family and popularity on social media we seem to see more visual aids that encourage us to duplicate whatever seems to be on trend with them. Royal hairstyles is not just for Royalty. Royalty means and feels classy, effortless and feminine. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have clearly had a powerful impact when it comes to this years wedding trends. Think classy with a modern day feel and when you think of makeup…try thinking natural tones to emphasise your features, with some brides ditching the lipstick and applying a light gloss, which Meghan Markle rocked beautifully last year at the Royal wedding, last year to Prince Harry. Think natural but chic and just be sure to embrace this years top five wedding tends.
The Bridal Ponytail
All girls like a Ponytail or Bridal braid as it is sometimes known. This style is a great way to add that ‘cool’ girl style to your wedding outfit. If you like Modern or Romantic or a more quirky Boho Chic kind of look why would it be different for your bridal hair? With a variation of styles from a low ponytail with texture and volume or a high Ponytail which is smooth and polished, just like how Kate Middleton often chooses to wear her hair. As mentioned there are countless variations to suit your fancy and the great thing about this style is that the Ponytail keeps your hair completely off your face, especially for those summer or beach weddings. It’s very feminine and chic in every way! The Ponytail also works well with most facial shapes and wedding dresses well. Proving to still be quite popular especially for, many brides in 2019.
The Low Bun with Centre Parting
The low bun. Two words. Classic and chic. Once again Meghan Markle’s staple look and she has nailed it down to perfection. Often seen with a centre parting this look is suitable for that quiet low key wedding or that lavish church wedding with the seven bridesmaids! Keeps your hair off your face and will emphasise your cheekbones. If you wanted to add more texture you could play around with this look to achieve a more romantic and sophisticated relaxed look. This look works equally well with or without a veil, for a more simple but classic version create a simple low bun to the side of your head and a beautiful flower to finish off the look.
Soft Romantic Waves
This classical look is very popular for 2019. And our very own Kate Middleton achieved the look gracefully when she married Prince William back in 2011. There are so many variations of this style. Starting with the look being very polished or taking a more contemporary stance with lots of volume with messy waves with a clever bohemian appeal. This style is great for either long or medium hairstyles. You can either entertain long waves, long loose messy waves or that glamorous Hollywood waves for that classical bridal styling and setting.
Textured and Twisted Hairstyles
Braided hairstyles are always really popular as they are very versatile, especially when thinking about having a ‘beach’ style wedding or a wedding abroad. 2019 sees the return of the braid with a more textured updated twisted look; which can go two ways. Glamorous or Boho Chic. Texture plays a part with twists that will add to this look alongside the different variations and challenging the perfect updo, add a twist and break the conformity with some subtle twisted detail at the sides or across the bun will help to transform this look.
It is not surprising that the effortless updo that Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie wore so well have become one of the most iconic hairstyles of 2018. Perfectly pulled back with an effortless middle parting. ‘A knot or coil of hair arranged on the back of a woman’s head’. The chignon is a very popular wedding hairstyle. The word “chignon” comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou”, which means nape of the neck. Add a stylish headband or bow. The chignon is elegant and stylish in every single way.
Things every bride should consider
ONE YEAR BEFORE
It is not too early to start thinking about your hair and makeup. Book yourself in for a Bridal Consultation, even if you haven’t yet decided on your exact style.
SIX MONTHS BEFORE
Continue to proceed with any advice that your hairstylist has given you. One main thing to think about is NOT to get a haircut, dye your hair or make any drastic changes, which could have a major impact on your hair.
BE TRUE TO THE REAL YOU
Your wedding day is the one day that you should feel amazing, do not just copy a style because you have seen it on a celebrity or in a magazine. It has to suit you and feel right. Be open and vocal about what you want from your stylist with allowing them to offer you the best advice.
TO VEIL OR NOT TO VEIL
Firstly what is your dress like? If your dress is open an open back design show it off with a ponytail or braid to show your back off. If your dress is dramatic make your hair simple, likewise if your dress is simple dramatise your hair and complement it with an extravagant accessory. Wear a veil or not? You may choose to not wear one, if you want to show off your textures or having a beach style wedding it maybe too much. Stick with the basic rule of your hair should not compete with your dress it should compliment it.
THINGS YOU SHOULD TAKE TO YOUR TRIAL
Create a mood board with your ideas and pinterest is a great way to make one. There are also many ideas that you will be able to acquire from pinterest. There are so many decisions that it can be a little overwhelming. However by the end of your consultation you will feel reassured and have more of a direction.
7 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
- Mood board with ideas and inspiration and any photos you may have.
- A picture of your dress, this can be inspiring for the stylist . There may be certain styles that she can suggest that will suit the dress.
- Tell your stylist the colours and theme of your wedding.
- Any hair accessories that you have or ideas.
- Make sure you wear make up to your trial, this will make you feel like yourself and get a feel for the day and will give the make-up artist an idea of what you usually look like.
- Make sure your hair is freshly washed and dried before you arrive.
- It’s a good idea to bring someone with you for support and advice on making a decision.
- Travel cost
- Number of other guests (bridesmaids, mother of the bride etc)
- Time to arrive and depart
- How the stylist wants you and the guests to prepare your hair for the day
- Your stylist will then touch base with you before the wedding just to finalise details and any changes you may wish to make.
THE BIG DAY
On the morning of your wedding you should shampoo your hair just before your stylist arrives. They will blow dry with products to make your hair hold and it will be easier for them to create the final look. If it is possible it would be handy if you could create a space with a few chairs and a power point. Then all that is left for you to do is enjoy your big day and look the most amazing you have ever looked.