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Guest contributor (and celeb hair stylist) Sarah Potempa is back with another bridal hair how-to, this time in a vintage glam theme.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1. Create your clean, deep side part, while smoothing out any fine hairs that may pop up, with your comb. TIP: For more volume, apply smoothing gel directly to brush. Using a blow dryer and a brush, pull hair through brush in upward motion. 

Step 2. Take the Beachwaver Styling Iron and begin to curl in a roller-set style. Set each curl with a clip.

Step 3. After the sections are complete and cooled, take hair down.

Step 4. Spray a light movable hairspray directly onto brush. Begin to brush out curls using a smooth, downward motion. For lasting results, pin hair with a large silver clip in each crease of the wave. Remove all clips and spray one final time.

For the reception, you can change it up by teasing the hair from mid-strand to ends to create fullness and volume. For an extra-glam step, gather hair to one side and create a thick braid. Add a fun, vintage hair accessory—even a necklace will work.

Check out the must-have hair tools that created this look, and then try it at home for yourself!

Celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa is always coming up with new creations for her clients to rock on the red carpet. (Fun job, right?!) Here, she shares a how-to for one of her favorite glamorous styles—with a bridal twist.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1. Create a 2-inch middle part and section out hair at the crown. Tease at the root.

Step 2. Brush the top section of hair into a half up and secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 3. Take The Wrap Up, pull hair through, pinch closed and roll to one side (think of a French twist). Bend the bottom end up and the top end down. Secure with bobby pins at the crease.

Step 4. Using the Beachwaver Styling Iron, take large sections of hair and curl toward the end of the piece.

Step 5. Gather the remaining bottom portion of hair into a ponytail. Tease a little from middle to end. Secure with a small, plastic elastic at the tip.

For the reception, take down the ponytail portion of the style and let bottom half loose. Or you can create a second bun by gathering hair to one side and rolling into another Wrap Up.

Check out the must-have hair tools that created this look and then try it at home for yourself!

If you have your wedding dress, shoes and jewelry, what’s next for your big day look? Your hairstyle! So what’s it going to be…up, down, half up? Veil, fascinator, pins, clips, headband? We’ve got you covered with the ideas in our bridal hair lookbook.

Here, take a peek behind the scenes of the lookbook photo shoot to see the creation of these hair and accessory pairings. And read below for some important do’s and don’ts for creating wedding-worthy hair!

DO pair the right hairstyle with your dress style. Think about what will be around your shoulders–dress neckline or straps, jewelry, veil–and wear your hair up or down accordingly.

Don’t wait until the wedding day to perfect your style! Work with your stylist or practice on your own long before the wedding day. It’s one less thing to worry about and leaves more time to sip champagne and relax with your girls!

DO plan to freshen up your cut and color about two weeks before the wedding. But don’t make any drastic changes–there may not be time to fix it if something goes wrong.

Don’t forgot to bring touch-up products (hair spray, bobby pins and a brush) so you can make adjustments if needed throughout the night.

DO work with a wedding stylist to find the perfect hair accessories. Our stylists are happy to help with even the smallest details, and they have great advice after working with hundreds of brides!

Forget basic curls or the fall-back bun. Our friends from mywedding.com—wedding planning site extraordinaire—are here to share two unique, modern hair style ideas worthy of the big day. Before you finalize your bridal style and hair accessories, you’ll want to check these out!

Not only do we get to see the styles, but with these handy videos, we actually get to watch the step-by-step process of how a professional stylist creates each look. The steps are quick and easy to follow–take them to your hair stylist or even have a friend help you. Just remember, a crazy amount of bobby pins and hairspray are must-haves!

Boho Braids: Adorn this style with a floral wreath or sparkly headband. Or, add a few sparkly hair pins for some extra bling.

Tousled Twist: Top this ‘do with a traditional or birdcage veil during the ceremony. Or, add a vintage-inspired hair comb.

Find more hair inspiration on mywedding.com—and at the same time, build your wedding website, search for vendors, and even plan your honeymoon…it’s all in one place!


In her fifth Brideology post, Cara ponders a floral headpiece for her big day.

There is one accessory I know I want to be part of my wedding-day style–a floral wreath for a headpiece. I’m probably getting a-“head” of myself here (pun intended, of course). I don’t have a dress yet, but I just love the earthy, feminine look of a floral crown. Plus, my mom wore one, and it would be really nice to give that nod to my parents’ wedding. Hers mixed pink and white flowers and had ribbons down the back. She still has it today!

The boho bride in me has always loved this idea, but since seeing current versions on the runway at Claire Pettibone and on Kate Moss’s bevy of flower girls last year, I’m now obsessed.

Here are some of my favorite fresh flower looks:

These big blooms: WOW. “Statement headpieces” are just like a statement earring or necklace–they work well on their own to dress up an outfit.

Orange & Red | Green & White | Green & Purple

These daintier versions are lovely too, and could be paired with more jewelry or a busier dress without looking over-accessorized.

Multicolored | All White | Lavender & Blue

Keeping the overall wedding color palette in mind is important when picking out flowers for headpieces. I love matching the crown to the bouquets–either exactly the same flowers and colors or just similar elements. These images kind of make me giddy, they’re so beautiful.

Matching the bouquet to the crown makes your look instantly photo-shoot-ready!

Green & RedOrange & Green | Lavender & White

A traditional veil is also very special, and I wouldn’t want to miss out on my only chance to wear one! So now I’m thinking flower crown AND veil, like the images below. With a very light, simple veil and a crown that has some white or light colors, it totally works. I would probably wear it just for the ceremony.

Three options here: veil in the back, under or over the crown. It works every way!

Behind crown | Under crown | Over crown

One thing I worry about is that the flowers may not stay intact for the whole night, especially through the dancing! I also like headbands that are floral-inspired, or even a sash tied around as a headband. I would probably wear it more forward on my head. I tried it out a few ways below:

Anyone have experience with a floral crown? Or did you go with a headband? How did you wear it?

Until next time!
Cara