How do you ‘do?

Whether it’s an updo, natural or somewhere in between, here’s how to have luscious locks on your wedding day
Mar. 28, 2011 | By: Jill Kwasniak

Whether a bride is deciding on a classic updo or playing it low key with waves, her hairstyle is one of the most important things to plan in advance of the wedding day.

Gayla Matos, a wedding coordinator with Leave the Details to Me, says brides should avoid getting hairstyles with high maintenance. "I did have one bride who actually had her hairstylist come with her for the day," she says. "By the time that night was over, I don't know how she ever got all of the hair spray out of her hair. She was constantly fussing over it."

Matos says more brides are going for the natural look instead of the traditional updo. "If they've got nice long waves in their hair, a lot of them are wearing their hair down and just in those natural waves instead of a look that is totally foreign to them," she says. "If it's a style that you're always worrying about, then it's not the right style because you don't want to be fussing over your hair all day."

Matos suggests brides practice their hairstyle before the wedding day. "How they do the hairstyle can totally change their whole look and they might love it or they might hate it," she says. "You don't want to find out the day of your wedding when you turn around and look in the mirror and hate the style you got."

Matos said it's worth every penny to do a practice run, preferably with the makeup and headpiece. "Definitely put the money into a practice run unless you are just doing it yourself and going with a more casual natural look," she says. "If you're going for something like an updo, a French twist or a side bun, you definitely want to have a trial."

Matos' advice for brides colouring their hair is to get it done a few months in advance to make sure the colour is right.

Matos says weather is an important consideration when it comes to hairstyles. "If your hair is naturally straight and you're putting curls into it and you know it's the mid-summer and the chance of it being humid is high, you're going to have to go through a lot of hairspray to keep those curls in," she says. "You obviously can't guarantee the weather, but you should at least think about what it might be like."

Gayla Matos is a wedding coordinator with Leave the Details to Me in Waterdown, Ont.

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