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wedding hairstyle basics

There are so many choices when it comes to wedding hairstyles and the process can seem overwhelming -- after all, your wedding hair will be highly photographed! Fortunately, we've got all the tips and tricks to gorgeous bridal hairstyles you need. The first step to choosing the right hairstyle is to gauge your hair type. Obviously, there are plenty of wedding hairstyles for long hair, like natural styles with romantic, loose curls and formal wedding updos. But there are also a lot of fun options for short wedding hairstyles, like sparkly hairpins or even trendy headbands. Next, you'll want to start collecting photos of wedding hair styles that you love (check out our wedding hairstyle photo gallery!). Once you have an idea of what you want, you'll need to find a wedding hair pro in your area, keeping in mind that the same person who cuts your hair isn't necessarily the best person to style your wedding hair. Do your homework -- once you've found someone you like, schedule a hair trial appointment. This is your opportunity to share the photos of bridal hairstyles you like and to determine whether your stylist's vision matches yours. This is especially true for wedding updos! When you go to your hair trial, make sure to bring along your veil or any hair accessories you're planning to wear so that your stylist can recreate the exact look you want. Once you've nailed down the perfect style, book their services, keeping in mind that wedding hairstyles for long hair often take several hours (so be sure to give yourself enough time to get ready before your wedding ceremony). If you plan on changing your hair before the reception, ask your hair stylist to teach one of your bridesmaids how to help you.

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Our Wedding Hairstyles Editor, Jennie M.