November 19, 2015

Choosing Your Best Wedding Hairstyle | Updo Vs Down

Choosing your best wedding hairstyle might seem like a daunting task, so I’ve written these tips to help with your decision. Now, this information is great, yet what will make the smartest move for your wedding day hair is having an incredible professional hairstylist for your wedding day.

I’ve seen a lot of instances where a well-reviewed pro wasn’t hired and either I could see every bobby pin in the bridal party and bride’s hair or the hair didn’t hold all day. These things show up in your images and can very likely be avoided by choosing a talented pro. You’ll be so glad you did!

Choosing Your Best Wedding Hairstyle. How to choose the best hairstyle for your wedding: updo vs down and curled.
Consider doing a hair trial 2-3 months before your wedding day. Once you’ve booked your hair trial appointment, you’ll have to get an idea how you want your hair, in an updo, down, a braid, etc.

Wearing Your Hair in an Updo

There are some pros and cons to having your hair in an updo on your wedding day. By having your hair in an updo, it’ll stay out of your face. Also, if your gown has a lot of intricate features around the neckline, an updo ensures your hair won’t hide any of that beautiful detailing. I always encourage brides who are wearing a gown with a high back, keyhole back, or ornate backs to wear an updo for that reason.

One downside to having your hair up is that there is a large possibility that it could loosen and start to fall as the day goes on, especially if your hairstyle is loose to begin with. If your pins fall out, pieces of your hair could fall out of the updo. Well-trained stylists will set it to stay the best it can, although some hair types won’t hold a loose updo shape as well as others. One tip – extensions will give you volume and will help an updo hold its shape!

Within the updo category are many styles – braided or just curled and pinned or just a straight but shaped bun. There are also simply bridal ponytails whether high or low.

French Countryside Chateau Wedding in Jongieux, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom portrait, Santalux Club wedding reception, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Wearing Your Hair Down

Wearing your hair down might feel more Old Hollywood or just more like the regular “you.” Also, if your dress has a bare neckline, it can be nice to fill the space with more hair – an updo might leave you looking too bare if your gown is strapless, for example.

Consider your hair’s natural habits. If it easily frizzes, like mine, then having your hair down on a summer day is probably not a good idea. Or if you’re getting married at a venue that has a lot of wind, opting for an updo might save yourself from tangles and hair in your lipstick.

Bouquet and asymmetrical floral arch with pink and ivory roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, carnations, and greenery with a pink painterly backdrop. Twigs and Honey gold floral embellished veil paired with Kelly Faetanini crepe sweetheart neck off the shoulder fit to flare gown from The White Flower. Cavin Elizabeth Photography - film photographer in San Diego.
Rancho Valencia spa. Bride with medium hair curled in spaghetti strap Martina Liana gown. Bride holding Large pink and yellow bridal bouquet shot on film with coral charm peonies, roses, and ranunculus. Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Whatever style you choose, just rock it with confidence and you’ll be sure to feel as beautiful as ever. You can always choose half up, half down if you can’t choose between the two!

Bride in Carolina Herrera silk v neck gown and groom in black tuxedo for a wedding at Rancho Valencia. Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bouquet with pink and ivory roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, carnations, and greenery with a pink painterly backdrop. Kelly Faetanini Daniella (beaded embroidery, tulle, and organza ball gown with a full, lightweight sheer skirt and sheer top) gown from The White Flower. Hair half up and curled with dainty floral Brides and Hairpins comb. Cavin Elizabeth Photography - film photographer in San Diego.