Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks

A bad hair day on your wedding day is simply not an option. Seek professional help to get gorgeous bridal tresses.

1.Come Prepared

When you’re meeting with your wedding hairstylist for the first time, keep in mind that since they don’t know your personal tastes, you’ll need to show as well as tell. The best way is to gather photos of hairstyles you like from magazines, Pinterest and other sites online. You can even bring pictures of yourself that show the way you want to look—anything that will give them a hint about what kind of style you’re seeking.

Another smart idea: Wear white to your consultation (even a white T-shirt) so you can see how your hair color looks paired with a white hue. You could also choose a shirt with a neckline similar to your gown, since different hairstyles lend themselves to particular necklines. It’s also important to bring along any accessories you plan to wear in your hair, whether it’s a headpiece, hairpin or veil (if you’re wearing one)—it will make your hairstyle look different. If your hair accessory hasn’t arrived yet, if a friend has something similar, ask her if you could borrow it. Or bring along a photo, so at least the stylist knows what to expect.

2.Document It

Speaking of photos, you’ll want to snap a few with your phone. Once the stylist starts manipulating your tresses, ask them to take a photo of each finished look from four different angles: front, back and both sides. That way, you’ll be able to see how you look from all views, and you’ll get an idea of how the stylist’s work translates to photographs. If there’s one particular style you like, ask them to write down exactly which products and techniques were used. Since a wedding consultation can take place months before your actual event, it’s important to keep notes and take pictures so you can both remember what worked.

3.Know How To Hire

Before you hire a stylist you need to decide a few things: Do you want them to come to you on your wedding day, or would you rather go to the salon? Will they only do you hair or the bridal party’s as well? Do you want them to stay with you throughout the day to do touch-ups before the photo session and reception? Discuss these options with your stylist. Of course, how long you hire a professional to stay with you depends on your budget and their time limitations.

4.Do The Do

When the wedding day arrives, put your undergarments on under a button-front shirt so you’ll be ready to slip on your dress when your hair is done and your headpiece and veil are in place. If your stylist is coming to you, set up a place for them next to a low table and sit in a chair with a low back so they’ll have easy access to your hair. And make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances like hair dryers, curling irons and electric rollers. If necessary, have an extension cord handy.

5.Be Open

Your hair trial gives you the chance to live with a look and discover whether you feel comfortable with it. If your hair artist suggests looks that you hadn’t considered before, don’t feel pressured to follow their advice—but while you have their expertise at your fingertips, you may as well give it your consideration.

6.Extend Yourself

Don’t shy away from having hair extensions for your wedding day; it’s way less of a drama than it may sound. And no one needs to know—it can be our secret! Extensions are great if you want a little more length or fullness, or if you or your artist is worried about your hair holding a particular style all through your wedding day. Even if your own hair falls, the extensions won’t.

7.Be Product Free

On your trial day and wedding day, have clean, dry hair. Avoid using a lot of conditioner that morning, especially a leave-in one. Stay away from silkening products that weigh your hair down and make it slippery to work with.

8.Be Flexible

Say it rains or a wind suddenly springs up on your wedding day, and that down style you had your heart set on just isn’t working. Don’t worry—last-minute changes can be okay, so long as you and your artist are prepared. When you come in to Bombshells Hair Studio for a trial, your artist will show you a couple of styles and variations so that you have options on the day.



Sources: The Knot, Once Upon A Bride,

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