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Hair: Crowning Glory

Your hair is always your greatest accessory, but never more so on your Big Day. Therefore, before choosing between the traditional updo or the blowout, think about which style will complement your dress and wedding style to maximum effect. There are numerous beautiful options to try but read our handy guide below for a head start in finding the perfect one for you.


If you have chosen a modern, minimalist dress you have complete creative freedom when it comes to your hair. Former first daughter, Barbara Bush recently wed in a custom Vera Wang slip gown of ivory silk crepe and wore her hair down in a very natural style. Alternatively, when Carolyn Bessette married John F. Kennedy Jr., she paired her ultra simple slip with a low, messy chignon. A sleek bob or a polished ballerina bun with on-trend earrings would also create a very contemporary tone.


Whether your wedding is fully vintage themed or even if your dress just hints to a bygone era with capped sleeves or a sweetheart neckline, reflect this vibe with a birdcage veil or tumbling Hollywood curls. For her wedding, Gwen Stefani channeled her signature retro look with a high coiffure (think Grease) and trademark red lipstick. Pin curl updos are newly popular and offer an alternative to the classic updo; they also work for all kinds and lengths of hair.  


When supermodel Kate Moss married, she wore a custom Dior bias-cut 1920s dress featuring a medley of Jazz Age details including a lace overlay, gold embroidery, sheer accents and metallic detail. Kate wore her shoulder length hair in soft waves but a finger wave bob would have also completed her stunning dress. Real or faux (long hair pinned into the style) is easy to wear and looks picture perfect accessorized with diamond brooches and sparkly hair slides.


A bride wanting to create a boho-chic look might opt for a free-flowing gown with pretty embroidery, a cheeky 1960s inspired shift or even a Bianca Jagger pantsuit. So when it comes to hair, loose curls, accessorized with fresh flowers or a floral crown, French braids twisted into a messy updo or a wispy loose bun all work to match the relaxed tone. A high bouffant bun will reflect a 1960s feel and long, center-parted locks recall 1970s glamour.


Layers of diaphanous chiffon, delicate swirls of tulle and pretty lace overlays are all hallmarks of a romantic wedding dress. Soft, feminine hair makes the perfect partner. Tumbling curls work well with a lower neckline or a strapless dress. A higher neckline or halter neck (think Meghan Markle’s dress for her evening reception) is complemented by a soft, messy updo or chignon. For the bride looking to add whimsy, a swinging ponytail with wisps of hair framing the face can complete this dreamy ensemble.


The new classic has become an off-the-shoulder figure-hugging silhouette with a ball gown or fishtail skirt. Bare shoulders leave plenty of opportunity to wear hair long and down, curly or straight, accessorized with a tiara or individual fresh flowers. A timeless effect can also be achieved with a beautiful messy chignon dressed on the nape or to the side of the head; delicate slides or pins add a personal touch. A half updo, think Kate Middleton’s wedding day style, is relaxed and sophisticated at the same time and is easy to take down for the evening festivities.


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