Bridal Hair Dos & Don’ts: Tips for Picking a Style and Accessorizing your Hair

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Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day, and one of the most important factors in achieving an overall flawless appearance is the perfect hair to complement your look. We’ve all had a bad hair experience, where you walked out of the salon feeling like your hair didn’t come out the way you had imagined it would. To help all you brides out there avoid that catastrophe happening on the most significant hair day of your life, we’re outlining the more important “Hair-Dos” and “Hair-Don’ts” of bridal hair and accessories. No matter if you’re laid-back or super-glamorous, keeping these tips in mind will help you accomplish your ultimate “Hair-Do” on your wedding day!

Hair-Do: Complement your dress; Hair-Don’t: Be stuck on one style

off the shoulder

Are you the type of person who wears your hair the same way everyday? After years of experimenting with curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers, and beyond, you feel like you’ve finally mastered your ideal hair-do. Although, you might have accomplished a great every-day look, it’s important to consider your dress style when landing on your wedding hairstyle. For example, off the shoulder dresses are complemented best by up-dos. If you are absolutely set on one style, keep it in mind while shopping for your dress. A general rule of thumb however, is to pick your dress before deciding on a particular hair-style; this way you can choose a hair-do that will be complementary to your overall look.

Tip 2: Hair-Do: Be yourself; Hair-Don’t: Overlook the details

down with veil

Although we recommend complementing your dress style, the most important characteristic of bridal hair is that it makes you feel beautiful! If you like how your hair looks down the best, then by all means wear it down! There is no use in forcing yourself into a dress-complementing up-do if it doesn’t feel right to you. That being said, your big day isn’t the time to disregard accessorizing entirely. Your wedding day is one of the only days in your life that you can completely justify adding a sparkly hairpiece, flowers, or a veil. We say: “Go for it, girl!”

Tip 3: Hair-Do: Personalize!  Hair Don’t: Over Accessorize


The amount of hair accessories available to brides these days make’s personalizing your hair-do extra fun! For example, if you’re a going for a more natural style, adding flowers can really add some organic flair to your look. Likewise, incorporating special items, like a sentimental brooch or family veil can add a level of personalization to your ‘do. When adding personalized hair accessories it is crucial to think about the size and impact your additions have on the overall appearance of your look. Just as a large heavily embellished gown can become a distraction to your natural beauty, so can too many large accessories.

Tip 4: Hair-Do: Add Bling! Hair-Don’t: Clash Colors


Whether it be a veil, headpiece, sparkly comb, decorative bobby pin, or brooch, hair accessories that shine are a great way to add some sparkle to your look. Once again, when deciding on these details you should consider the dress you’ve picked! It’s important to remember that the color of your accessory should complement the color of your gown. For example, if your wedding dress has beadwork that is off-white or silver, a gold hair accessory may be distracting. Furthermore, think about the other jewelry you plan to wear on your big day. If you’re going to wear a sentimental pair of pearl earrings, look for a hair accessory that has pearl details that will match your look rather than clash.

Tip 4: Hair-Do: Consider your hair texture; Hair Don’t: Force it for fashion

Young bride getting her hair done before wedding

When choosing a hairstyle or accessory it’s important to consider your hair texture. Thick hair will be able to hold a large embellished clip better than fine hair will. Likewise dainty pins are more easily visible in fine hair than they are in thick hair. It is important to not only consider your hair texture while deciding on accessories, but also in picking an overall hairstyle. Forcing your hair into a fashionable style that it doesn’t naturally comply with can cause some serious day-of discomfort!

Tip 5: Hair-Do: Have a Trial Run; Hair Don’t: Wing It!


We cannot stress the importance of this tip enough! A trial run allows you to make-sure you like the look and feel of your hair before the day-of. It is important to communicate any adjustments you’d like to make to your hair to your stylist at this time. This trial run is also helpful in figuring out if your style is comfortable for you. As we mentioned in our Tip 4, forcing your hair into a fashionable style can sometimes be uncomfortable. Trying your style in advance gives you the opportunity to wear it for an extended amount of time and see how it holds up. Rather than wing it, and potentially walk down the isle unhappy and uncomfortable, have a trial run!


We hope that you will remember these bridal hair Dos and Don’ts from the day of your dress purchase until the day of your wedding (or hair consolation!). The right wedding hair has the power to pull your entire look together. With these tips in mind you’re sure to accomplish your perfect bridal hair-Do!

Photo Cred:

Image 1 by Lin & Jirsa, Image 2 by Michael Radford Photography, Image 3 by Sophiegee, Image 4 by Kristina Adams, Image 5 by Abigail Bobo Photography, Image 6 by Downright Domestic, Image 7 and Image 8 by Drybar.


  1. I like how you mentioned keeping an open mind about style for your wedding hair. I’m trying to figure out the details of my wedding, and the next thing I want to get lined up is my hair. I have an idea for a hairstyle, but I’ll definitely talk to a stylist and keep an open mind so I don’t feel restricted to one thing.

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