…with thanks to Meghan Carlson at Julep.com!
The colour of the napkins, the shape of the chairs, whether the envelopes have liners or not… there are just certain wedding details that really aren’t worth the worry. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself, as my wedding planning has (slowly) progressed. Personalized cocktail stirrers sure would be cute, but would anyone even notice them?
But one wedding detail I won’t be under-thinking? My hair. Besides the dress, your hair is a huge part of bringing your whole bridal look together. And unlike the dress, you don’t have to spend a bundle on a bejeweled crown or an on-site stylist to make a stunning statement. If you’re on a tight budget, why not enlist the help of your bridesmaids or do your own hair on the big day? You totally can, and it can totally look amazing. These do-it-yourself wedding hair tutorials prove it!
And even if you do opt to leave your bridal hair up to a professional (a wise investment for many brides), having a step-by-step tutorial to show your stylist at your run-through will still be helpful to ensure that you get the result you’re looking for. These tutorials would also be lovely for bridesmaids or your pre-wedding events, like the bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.
1. Soft Twisted Updo
This gorgeous photo has been haunting my dreams since December. This style would be stunning at an outdoor garden or rustic wedding, and the tutorial looks so easy! Head over to 100 Layer Cake for the full rundown.
2. Half-Up & Braided
If you want to showcase your long, flowing waves but want to add a little fancy flair, this tutorial from Irrelephant is a great option, and you can easily add a veil or sparkly barrette to snazz it up even more.
3. Twisted & Rolled Garden Goddess
Refinery29 shared this messy-done-right look, and added little flowers all over for the full garden-party effect, but I think it looks equally gorgeous without. Your wedding, your call.
4. Tuck and Cover French Braid Half with a Bun
Phew. Though its name is a real mouthful, this tutorial from Missy Sue actually looks pretty achievable—and you get to pick out a fancy bridal headband! If this look isn’t for you, Missy hastons and tons of beautiful hair tutorials that you might like.
5. Hollywood Waves
Go ahead, girl, let your hair down. As Grey Likes Weddings illustrates with this tutorial, sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful thing.
6. Half-Up Halo
Another half-up tutorial that’s full-on gorgeous! It also works on any hair length. Head over to 100 Layer Cake for the easy step-by-step.
7. Retro-Inspired Fancy Ponytail
If there was ever any doubt, Olivia Palermo officially put it to rest: bridal ponytails are très chic. And I love this retro-inspired version from The Beauty Department. It’s so sweet, romantic, and…bouncy.
8. Loose Braided Updo
Do you want to look like a fairy goddess who descended from her golden altar right before the ceremony? Then definitely follow this tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes. The wispy pieces falling down are my favorite part, but you could easily tuck them up and in for a more ‘done’ look.
9. Waterfall Braid Bun
This style would be gorgeous paired with a sleek, modern wedding gown. And it’s ideal for showing off a pair of sparkling statement earrings. Once Wed has the full tutorial.
10. Twisted Low Bun
This tutorial from Anne Sage might be the easiest of them all—and I still think it’s one of the most beautiful! I’d probably jazz it up with a few delicate flowers in back, or a full-on flower crown in front. What do you think?