Spring has sprung, and that means lots of beautiful blooms showing their faces again. But fresh flowers aren’t just for your bouquet and centrepieces! They can also add a lovely touch of romance and whimsy to your wedding day hairstyle. They’re incredibly versatile too, and suit a wide variety of bridal styles. Whether you’re a bohemian bride dreaming of a crown of wildflowers, an elegant English rose who will tuck a few simple flowers into an updo, or a glamorous vintage bride who’ll opt for a single, bold bloom, you’re sure to look amazing. But be warned: working with fresh flowers in your wedding hairstyle can be tricky. It’s important to do your homework and follow a few guidelines. Here are our top tips, along with some gorgeous inspiration from the Make Me Bridal pros.
Pick your flowers wisely. The most important thing is to carefully consider which flowers you will be using in your hair. Some may look beautiful, but wither quickly when cut from the stem. Flowers with strong stems and sturdy petals like orchids, or dryer varieties like lavender or babies breath are ideal. Also consider the weight – flowers like roses can be deceptively heavy! Chat to your florist to get their advice, and don’t forget to take any allergies into account.
Consider the rest of your bridal look. It’s always important to take your dress and other elements into account when choosing a wedding hairstyle, and those with flowers are no exception. For example, if you have a back detail you want to show off, an updo is your best bet. If you’re wearing a very ornate gown, then bold statement flowers may look out of place. Whether or not you’re wearing a veil is another important factor to consider. Your hair stylist will be able to give you the best advice specific to the look you want to achieve.
Choose your wedding hairstyle ahead of time. Some brides leave their hair up until the last minute, but if you’re wearing fresh flowers, it’s extra important to be prepared! Your florist may need to create a special hair fastening for the flowers, and this may differ depending on the actual style. You may also want to ask your florist to create a dummy for you that you can test out at your hair and makeup trial.
Keep fresh flowers refrigerated. Wedding days (especially in the summer) are long, and even the hardiest of fresh flowers can start to look a little worse for wear. Give them their best chance by keeping them in a refrigerator for as long as possible before placing them in your hair.
Save them for last. Flowers should be the very last thing you add to your bridal look, including shoes. This is not just so you can keep them cool for longer, but because that last spritz of perfume or hairspray can ruin your blooms. This is due to the alcohol and polymers they contain, which will damage the petals.
The most important thing is to consult with the pros. Your florist and hair stylist will always be able to give you the best advice, and have you looking like a garden goddess on the big day!