You did it! You found the perfect dress for your wedding day, and you can’t wait to wear it on one of the most special days of your life. But wait—there’s one small thing. Your dream dress has a unique neckline, and you’re not sure how to wear your hair to best complement the dress, your face shape, and your personal style.
Whether your dress is a glamorous old-Hollywood gown with a sweetheart neckline, a boho-chic beachy lace moment, or a modern and sleek column dress with a minimalist feel, there’s a hairstyle to suit any neckline and vibe. All you need is a little inspiration and some pro tips from an expert stylist.
Before embarking on your journey to the perfect wedding hairstyle, envision how you want to feel on your day and think of images and moments that inspire you. “This should be your princess moment where you feel the most beautiful,” says hair expert Britt Dion. “[I ask brides,] ‘When did you feel most beautiful? When you look at pictures, what do you gravitate towards, and what imagery do you find beautiful?’ That gives us a starting point.” Once you have an idea of your overall aesthetic, you can fine-tune your look and land on a style.
Meet the Expert
- Britt Dion is the North American artistic director for hairstyling for Aveda.
According to Dion, no detail is too small for your wedding stylist. “I spend the first 15 to 30 minutes [of a consultation] just discussing their wedding. Any information about the actual wedding [is helpful]—where it is, is it a big sit-down wedding that should be more formal?” she explains. “Sometimes people get lost in their dress and their hair doesn’t necessarily match their environment.” Where you’re getting married is just as important as what you’re wearing. Think about the weather if you’re getting married outside, too—wind, humidity, and rain can all impact how your hair looks and feels on your wedding day.
Of course, the dress is a majorly important deciding factor, too. Dion advises thinking about every aspect of the dress: Where does it fall on your body? Is the neckline a sweetheart style, straight across, or asymmetrical? Is it low in the back and do you want to show that off? Is your dress more casual or more formal? Each aspect of your gown will play a role in creating your bridal beauty look, so make sure you have photos handy to share with your stylist.
You should also be sure to tell your stylist what you don’t like. If you hate wearing your hair up or don’t feel comfortable with anything “too perfect,” be sure to let them know.
Need a little inspiration for your wedding-day hairstyle? Check out these gorgeous dresses and the hair looks that make their equally beautiful brides really shine on their special day. These are some of the best hairstyles for any dress neckline.