As you consider your wedding day hairstyle, also consider your stylist. Your regular styling guru knows your hair and what products and styles flatter it most. But maybe the wedding is out of town, or the style is as elaborate as a three-tiered wedding cake with spun-sugar rosettes -- in which case, you might ask him or her to recommend a wedding hair specialist.
Either way, start the process with a consultation at least three months before the wedding. You need to learn about your options and what they entail in order to make sure you have the time and money to do your chosen style right. You may need a dry run to work out any bugs and fine-tune your preparation. Now's the time to find out that the up 'do that shows off your swanlike neck also makes your veil stick out like a circus tent.
You also want someone who shares your views on hair care and beauty. For instance, suppose you sport a bob now but envision flowing tresses by wedding day, six months from now. Given the average rate of hair growth, the best you can hope for is about 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) more in length. Will the stylist encourage you to look at shorter styles? Suggest ways to create the illusion of length? Urge you to get hair extensions? Unlike class pictures, you won't get new wedding pictures every year (we hope). You want to be happy with what you see.