Finding the perfect wedding dress is only the first step in putting together your look for the big day. You’ll also need accessories, makeup—and to figure out what to do with your hair. And certain gowns will look best with certain hair styles, says Marlene Montanez of Latest-Hairstyles. Here are some of their ideas for pairing your wedding day hair with your dress.
Backless Dress. Backless wedding dresses are on trend right now, and whether it’s completely open in the back, partially so or just the illusion of an open back with lace detailing, you’ll likely want to show that part of the dress off. Consider an updo for your wedding day hairstyle to give your back the spotlight. If you aren’t feeling an updo, but still want something that’s flattering, you can also try a longer hairstyle where your hair is pulled and styled to the front and side. Think an ultra-glamorous low side pony.
Strapless/Sweetheart Dress. Strapless and sweetheart-neck dresses are still some of the most popular wedding dress styles. The good news is, they not only flatter just about every figure, they work with just about any hairstyle, too! If you are having a church ceremony or concerned about showing too much skin, consider wearing your hair down–even in a sleek, straight style or long, loose curls, instead of a formal updo.
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The Ultra Glam Gown. A super dramatic dress with lots of embellishments needs a more sophisticated style. Whether you choose to embrace the glamour with a sleek updo or play the contrast game by going with a more loose, natural look, almost anything goes. But you’ll want to stay away from trendy dos like braids.
Boho or Beach Dresses. If you are having a beach wedding or a more casual affair, embrace the afternoon vibe with a non-fussy look. Long hair styled in beachy waves or even loose braids pulled back are perfect for beach weddings. And brides with long or short hair can experiment with some pretty bridal hair accessories, like flowers, headbands and even the new feather hair pieces.
The Understated Dress. If your dress is simple, sophisticated and elegant, you can play up the drama with your hair. For down hairstyles, that means lots of volume and for updos, that means pretty bridal hair accessories and glamorous styles that incorporate lots of curls.
One-Shoulder Gown. A one-shoulder gown is great for showing off fabulous arms and a little skin, so don’t want your hair covering that up. A half-up, half-down wedding hairstyle is a great way to balance off this asymmetrical look. If your wedding is a bit on the formal side, an updo works really well with this look, too.