Every bride deserves to feel like a princess on her wedding day, but it takes more than just a great dress to create the perfect look for your big day. Sure, the dress is important, but brides want to look beautiful from head to toe. This means choosing the perfect shoes and accessories, and topping off your look with a fabulous bridal hairstyle. But with the cost of the average wedding approaching $30,000, many brides are turning to DIY hairstyles that can help shave hundreds of dollars off wedding bills.
Of course, the last thing you need on your big day is more stress, so frugal brides should focus on simple styles that will hold up throughout the ceremony and reception. Need ideas? Try one of these five fuss-free 'dos to finish off your wedding day look without a trip to the salon.
A simple chignon offers the perfect wedding day hairstyle for brides who want to create a cool, casual look. For DIY hair you can style in minutes, try a modern twist on the classic chignon. Think loose and breezy, not tight and perfectly coiffed. This style works best with medium to long hair and can be worn with any type of veil.
To create your chignon, start by pulling hair into a low side ponytail, then flip the ends of your hair through just above where you placed the rubber band or ponytail holder. If you like this look, leave it as it is and accent with a small sprig of flowers or a sparkly barrette. If your hair is on the long side, twist it up into a loose chignon or side bun, then use a pretty clip to hold it in place. Leave a few wisps of hair free to frame the face, or curl these front sections for a soft, romantic look.
Hair worn half-up and half-down serves as the perfect balance between elegant updos and free-flowing, unstructured styles. Wearing hair half-up allows you to showcase your face while maintaining a sense of femininity that can only be achieved with long, loose locks. This choice also represents one of the most versatile wedding day styles, as it works on all types of hair lengths. If you have your heart set on a gorgeous tiara or headband, the half-up half-down style can help to highlight these accessories, without letting them take over. Brides can choose to have straight or curly hair, and veils can be worn either on top of the head or in the back depending on how the front half of the hair is pinned up. Best of all, keeping the front of the hair pulled back eliminates the need to completely restyle hair once your veil comes off for the reception.
It's hard to imagine a wedding day hairstyle that requires less skill or maintenance than the classic bun: It keeps the focus on your dress and makeup, and it's great for summer weddings where the heat can wreak havoc on your hair. This understated style gives brides a smooth, sleek appearance that's especially suited to modern weddings. Ladies looking to keep wedding day stress to a minimum will appreciate the lack of maintenance associated with this style. A well-done bun will take you from pre-wedding photos through the last dance with little to no retouching, and you won't have to fix your hair after you take off your veil. If you're worried about creating a bun that'll stay put or you have very long or thick hair, try a styling tool made for buns and chignons. These accessories wrap around your hair and snap in place, creating a perfect-looking bun with minimal fuss.
To keep hair styling efforts and touch-ups to a minimum, curly-haired girls should embrace the natural texture of their hair. Nothing says romance like large, loose curls, while tighter waves produce a slightly more modern appearance. This look is ideal for casual ceremonies, particularly those at the beach or in an exotic locale. Tuck a freshly cut flower beyond the ear to complete this relaxed, tropical style. If you plan to wear hair loose, make sure to choose a veil that can be worn on top of the head, as pinning your veil in the back can leave curls looking frizzy.
Brides with naturally curly hair can minimize frizz and keep hair smooth by adding a small amount of de-frizzing serum to wet hair, then allowing hair to air dry. Those with hair that's naturally straight or only slightly wavy can create large, soft curls using hot rollers in a variety of sizes. All brides should keep a curling iron on hand at the venue to help tame uncooperative tresses.
For classic wedding day elegance and glamour, nothing beats the classic updo. The updo is a mainstay of formal, traditional ceremonies, and contrary to popular belief, almost anyone can create their own DIY version of this style. The key to mastering the updo lies in plenty of pre-wedding practice, combined with a bit of experimenting to find a style that highlights your best features.
Start by pulling hair into a high, loose ponytail on the top of the head (women with short hair should create two or three smaller ponytails rather than a single large one to achieve this look). Next, pull small sections of hair up and pin them in place along the back of the head. Try twisting or curling some sections to add variety, or include some small braids for a change in texture. Use sparkly pins or barrettes to accessorize and draw attention to your handiwork. A wedding day updo can be as simple or complex as you want to make it, and part of the fun comes with wearing your hair in a style that's uniquely yours.
Take a look at this photo album to see all of our style suggestions for the unique and unexpected style bride!
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