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The bride making a big entrance as she walks down the aisle has long been part of wedding tradition. Recently, however, some brides chose to extend that wow-factor into surprising their guests with a dress change between ceremony and reception. Some changed up their styling too, changing an updo into loose waves or a party ponytail, or adding a unique hair accessory. Now, in 2023, some brides are upping the ante yet again. Enter: the ‘wedding chop’.

So what is the ‘wedding chop’? Quite simply, it involves the bride stealing away halfway through the wedding day to get a surprise haircut. Dubbed the wedding chop trend on TikTok, this daring beauty move is one that definitely makes a statement! Whether you're looking to add a bold twist to your already stunning look or just wanting to switch up your hairstyle, the wedding chop is one trend that's sure to have your guests talking. And, while it might seem extreme, most brides tend to grow their hair out for the big day and are usually really ready for a change by the time the wedding day arrives, so why not change it up at the event?

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Before you take the plunge and chop off your locks, there are a few things to consider.

Choose Your Cut

The wedding chop requires some careful planning. It's important to consider what kind of haircut you want. Are you looking for something drastic and dramatic like a bob or fringe, or something more subtle? You don’t have to go very short to make an impression. It may also be a good idea to do a style you are familiar with and have had before, so you know you’ll be happy with the results.

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Plan Ahead

Once you know what kind of haircut you want, you’ll need to plan out when and where you’ll get it done. Find a moment within your timeline where you can take a break from your guests for 30 minutes to an hour. While many brides choose the break between ceremony and reception, you could also plan it around your meal, the cutting of the cake, the after party, or the exit. Just be sure to give your stylist ample time to work their magic.

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Choose a Professional

It’s important to choose a hair professional that you can trust to help you execute your vision. Make sure you choose someone who is experienced in bridal styling and is also familiar with the wedding chop trend and willing to be on hand to make the cut. Talk to them about your ideas and how much time will be needed for cutting and styling.

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While the cut itself is the grand statement, that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little something extra with a gorgeous accessory! Bows are on-trend at the moment and look great with a bob, or opt for some sparkly clips or a hairband to finish off your look.

Get Ready for the Reveal

The wedding chop is all about the big reveal, so make sure you’re camera-ready and have your bridal party and guests ready to share in the moment. Prep your photographer to capture people’s reactions, especially your spouse’s (if it’s a surprise to them).

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The wedding chop is the perfect way to add a unique, personal touch to your bridal look. So go ahead and make a statement on your big day!

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