Doing this has the benefit that there will most likely be NO surprises on the day of
the wedding, and it gives your stylist a chance to brief everyone on what to do or not do to their hair before coming in to be styled
for the wedding. Besides, the evening will be a lot of fun, and makes a great idea for a bachelorette party for those who aren't big on
clubbing and wild parties.
Of course, you won't expect your stylist do all the extra work for free, but the added cost will
more than pay for itself on the day of the wedding, when things go much more smoothly. It's well worth a little more money to have
so much less stress. Most stylists will even offer a "package deal" which can save you money when compared to the 'a la carte'
pricing for the same services in the salon.
We all know that the most important person at any wedding is the bride. After all, it IS her day.
This should also be kept in mind when deciding on hairstyles for the bridal party. The bride's hairstyle should be the most involved
style of any member of the wedding party, or if the bride is wearing a very simple hairstyle (for example a sleek and smooth chignon
at the nape of the neck) then her bridesmaids should have nothing fancier. It would be acceptable in the case of a very simple bride's
hairstyle for the bridesmaids to have the same style, but any accessories worn by the bridesmaids should be smaller and more subdued than the bride's.
In addition, bridesmaids' hairstyles should have at least some element of uniformity, ideally
(i.e. the same type of up-style, the same accessories, etc.) although in many cases, this is not easily achieved. There
is an allowable variance for the maid or matron-of-honor. The maid-of-honor's hairstyle can be a little more elaborate
than the other bridesmaids' styles, but should never outshine the bride under any circumstances.
Tips for Choosing the Hairstyles:
A couple of summers ago, a childhood friend married in a lovely afternoon garden wedding. The
hairstyles worn by the bride and her party are a good example of what I'm trying to describe. The bride wore her hair in a braided
circlet at the crown of her head with a fall of spiral curls coming from inside the circlet and wispy curls at her temples.
The braid offered a sturdy anchor point for her tiara of pearl-beaded flowers and veil. Her maid-of-honor wore her hair in
a double French braid whose ends were coiled into a knot at the nape of her neck. This was adorned with a small spray of flowers and a
tail of ribbons in colors to coordinate with the bridesmaids' dresses. The remaining three bridesmaids all wore their hair in French
braids that had been woven with the matching ribbons and were accented with small sprigs of baby's breath along the braid.
As you see, the bride's style was by far the most elaborate. The maid-of-honor and bridesmaids all
wore styles that were similar, with the maid-of-honor's style being slightly more detailed. Another point was that the bridesmaids'
hair was all of different length, but all had hair long enough to create a French braid.
Now that we've determined the hierarchy of the hairstyle designs for the bridal party, we should
address the issue of what type of style is appropriate to different wedding settings.
Nighttime/Evening weddings or Fall/Winter weddings are generally the more formal
affairs. Styles for an 'after-dark' wedding or for a wedding held in the Fall/Winter months call for sleek and sophisticated or more
elaborate hair designs. For these occasions, an up-style is almost always called for, though an afternoon/daytime wedding in the
Fall/Winter months would allow for wearing the hair down if the wedding is outdoors.