Getting Married?

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 updo’s. It really is one of my favorite things to do. Most often I get to travel to the brides wedding location to do her and her bridal parties hair and in Maine that is usually the coast. I have been privileged to be a part of some truly gorgeous amazing weddings. As I started thinking about this upcoming season, I started to think 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 and decided I needed to pass this information on. There is so much to consider when it comes to your hair for your wedding. Here are my top 3.

1. When and where are you getting  married?

If you are planning a wedding outside in August than I would for certain 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 updo’s are hard when it is hot and humid. But, putting it up is a much more “weather” proof hairstyle. You have to consider the weather and where you are getting married. 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 brides veil fly off during the ceremony after I tried to tell her she shouldn’t wear it. Just take the time to consider this when choosing your wedding hairstyle.

2. What style of dress do you have?

The style of your wedding dress dictates your hairstyle more than you know. I know this first hand because I see it all the time. What brides do is chose their wedding dress because they fell in love with it and they separately chose a hairstyle for the same reason, not thinking about the combination of the two. Does this make sense?

If your dress is classic and simple, than really anything goes. If it is a simple style than you can be more adventurous with your hairstyle, veil and hair piece. What to consider here is 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 than go for it with your hair. Anything goes with your hairstyle at this point. Have you ever considered two hairstyles? Try wearing it up for the ceremony and down for the reception. I love this idea and so far have only talked one bride into it and she looked amazing. You hear of brides changing dresses, try changing hairstyles. This will require your stylist to attend the wedding, but I am sure they would love to.


If your dress is more formal and has a ton of detail than 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? If your veil, hair and accessories are over the top as well, it will take away from your dress. When you look back at your pictures 20 years from now, you will say “what was i thinking?” Remember the 80’s? Ever see a bride who got married in the 80’s? That is kind of what I am talking about,except the dresses today are so much more beautiful. The point is when too much is just too much.


What is your hair type and texture?

Most of the time Brides show me pictures of hairstyles that really just are not possible with their hair, usually because the model has long thick hair. When you look at pictures of hairstyles you like, think about what it is you REALLY like about the hair. A lot of times we don’t realize we really just see the beautiful model and don’t think about what that would really look like on US. If the hair is longer than yours it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You are going to have to consider the added expense of hair extensions. This is something you will need to discuss with your stylist. Look carefully at the color as well. Hair color can really accentuate a hairstyle and without a similar color to your picture, it won’t look the same.

Things I consider a “DON’T”

There are a couple of things I need to share with you as things I would NOT do. First is schedule a full run-through with your hair. I definitely think you should meet with your stylist, 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 if you want it up or down, side bangs, no bang etc. What you should not do or expect is 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. The second thing I want to point out and really it is just my personal preference and that is Half-up Half-down hairstyles. Do you know what half-up and half-down is? HALF-DONE! This really is a pet peeve of mine. I am talking the legit half-up, half-down styles. NOT, the loose pull back a few pieces style (which is great).  What happens to this type of style is that top half stays looking great and the rest falls flat. Trust me, this is how I wore my hair on my wedding day and I regret it! A certain Kate Middleton did this on her big day too and my personal opinion is that is was awful and looked like she did her hair in 5 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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2 Responses to Getting Married?

  1. elise says:

    can you discuss what the difference is between half up and half down and the “loose pull back a few pieces style.” I am thinking of something similar for my August wedding- i will not have long enough hair to do a nice up do by then -it is barely shoulder length now.

    • Gina Leonard says:

      The difference is literally putting the top half of your hair up. Just pulling a few of the front pieces back is more natural and flattering. If your hair is not long enough than you need to look into extensions and clip-in extensions are a great solution for that.

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