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Wedding Hairstyles: Choosing a Wedding Hairstyle for Your Wedding Headpiece

Long loose wedding hair and a wedding veil? A French twist and a wedding tiara? Matching your wedding hair and wedding headpiece takes a plan -- and some expert wedding advice.

A beautiful headpiece should be the icing on the cake of your stunning wedding look. But choosing a headpiece that fits the style of your gown, your hair and your wedding itself can be a daunting experience. Below, four steps to headpiece success:

Seek Expert Advice

Before you set out on a headpiece shopping excursion, schedule an appointment with your hairstylist to talk about the type of headpiece you may want: tiara, headband, wreath, bun wrap, or crown." You should ask your stylist which type is right for your hair, head size, and face shape.

Consider Your Options

Don't buy the first headpiece that the salesperson puts on your head -- though it may go beautifully with the dress you have chosen, it might not be right for you or for the hairstyle you want. Instead, look around at different shops, trying on several different styles at each place.

Know Your Hair

Consider your hair texture and thickness: If you go for a bun wrap, will you have enough hair to fill it out? If the answer is no, and you have your heart set on a bun wrap, don't worry: sewn-in extensions and hairpieces can fill out buns and updos beautifully and give thinner hair the extra volume and texture you need.

If the idea of sporting fake hair on your wedding day makes you want to call the whole thing off, find a way to work with what you've got. For example, if you have really thick hair and a lot of it, make sure you get a headpiece that balances it in size and weight. You won't want to go with a really light, delicate wreath or it will end up looking like it's floating on your hair, not sitting on your head. Try a heavier crown or bun wrap. Likewise, if you have thin or short hair, go with something that can be easily secured. A horseshoe-shaped headband or a tiara are best for short or thin hair.

Practice Makes Perfect

Once you think you've got the right headpiece and a hairstyle in mind, make a return visit to your stylist and tinker a bit to learn which angle and placement of the headpiece works best on your head. Bring along your veil, as well -- it can be attached to almost any headpiece, then detached later, if you'd rather not wear it for the reception.

One bride -- who has asked to remain nameless but shared her story in the name of brides everywhere -- didn't try on her veil with a stylist until the day of her wedding, only to discover the manufacturer of the veil sewed the clip on upside down. After a minor (read: major) panic, the stylist had to literally sew the veil into the bride's hair to keep it in place.

-- Amy Burrous

-- The Knot

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