The hairstyle you choose for your wedding day will play a huge part in your overall look, whether it’s boho waves or a classic chignon. But as you choose a style with your bridal hair pro, the big question is: up or down? This is the dilemma faced by every bride. While some know exactly what they want, others struggle to decide which look is right for them. The main questions to ask yourself are how you normally wear your hair (and what makes you feel most comfortable and beautiful), as well as what dress style you’ll be wearing. And if you’re still not sure, it’s worth thinking through the pros and cons of a bridal updo. Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks to consider!
The Pros of a Bridal Updo
A bridal updo is incredibly versatile. There are so many beautiful, creative options for updos, from simple and classic to incredibly detailed and fashion forward. Buns, braids, ponytails, rolls – the list goes on! Bring hair accessories into the equation and you have even more options. Talk to your pro hair stylist – they’re sure to have lots of ideas!
An updo is lower maintenance. While some bridal updos may take longer to achieve, they also tend to last better throughout the day. If you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding, especially, an updo will keep your hair from blowing in your face or getting matted and tangled. Up styles are also less affected by humid or wet conditions, and should hold their shape all day (depending on your hair texture).
A bridal updo makes it easier to attach a veil. If you’re planning to wear a veil, then an updo will provide an anchor point to attach it easily. A soft down style may not have the texture needed to secure a veil, or need extensive pinning.
An updo may provide more options for the bridal party. Updos don’t just have more options for the bride, they also create more versatility for the bridal party while still allowing your hairstyle to stand out.
You can change up your look for the reception. If you love both up and down looks, you can always change your style for the reception. It’s far easier to start with an updo and then let it down for the evening (rather than the other way around).
The Cons of a Bridal Updo
An updo might not suit your face shape. Unfortunately, updos aren’t universally flattering. That style you fall in love with on Pinterest might look very different on you. This is why it’s so important to have a hair and makeup trial. Be sure to look at the results from different angles. Remember, you’ll be photographed from every side!
Or it may not suit your wedding dress. Bridal updos are a good choice for many types of gowns, especially those that have intricate back or shoulder detail or lots of sequins or beading. But it can work the other way too. If you’re wearing a gown that’s very simple, for example, an updo may look too plain at the front. Hair down can also frame certain styles (like sweetheart necklines) beautifully.
An updo can be painful to wear. An intricate bridal updo with lots of pins can be painful to wear all day, especially if you’re not used to wearing your hair up. You don’t want to spend the whole day nursing a cracking headache!
An updo may be messy. While an updo should hold all day when done properly, some looks may not last as well. Your hair texture will also play a big role. For example, heavier hair lends itself to sleeker styles than soft, ‘undone’ looks. Again, this is where a hair trial can play a big role.
Ultimately, the decision is best made in consultation with your bridal hair stylist, who will be able to give you the best advice for you. If you’re still looking for the perfect pro, be sure to check out our directory!