With wedding season behind us and engagement season on its way, brides tying the knot in 2012 are in full wedding planning swing! And while crucial components like setting the date, booking the venue, and finding the dress must come first… it’s never too early to start fantasizing about what type of wedding hairstyle is perfect for your big day. And a great place to start is here—as we look back at some of the most popular wedding hairstyles of 2011, and predict if they’ll be in or out for 2012!
The retro-inspired side swept waves hairstyle that was all the rage this year may be played out by the time you walk down the aisle. It’s easy to understand why brides love this ‘do—it oozes celebrity appeal and spotlights long, thick hair. But too much of anything is never a good thing… and once this coiffure had been done time and time and TIME again, it started to feel a bit dated. The reference to the popular cut from the 1970’s may be attractive, but it lacks the timeless appeal you want for your wedding day. Of course, if this is the style you want then you should go for the gold, but before pulling the trigger… consider the alternative wedding hairstyle below, perfect for brides with long, luscious locks.
The low ponytail was all over the Fall Fashion Week catwalks and may be 2012’s top choice for weddings. It delivers where the wavy side swept look falls short, by appearing natural, easy, and highlighting the beauty of the bride’s face. Customize this ‘do by incorporating a low bun at the beginning of the ponytail, or pump up the volume and drama with extensions. If you have long, medium to thick hair, this wedding hairstyle is perfect for you.
Both hairstyles (retro waves and low ponytail) are reminiscent of popular 1970’s ‘dos, but the ponytail exudes more of a free-spirited, bohemian chic vibe, a style 2012 brides are flocking to. And because of its natural look and timeless appeal, the low ponytail will never become a wedding hair don’t five, ten or 20 years down the road.
For brides with shorter hair, you can make the low ponytail work if you’re willing to get extensions. And if you’re not, the formal chignon is an excellent choice. This French-inspired updo is timeless and elegant and works swimmingly with a traditional bridal veil. Bonus? It’s slimming to round faces.
A French twist (similiar to a chignon) will bring the hair up to showcase an exquisite wedding dress back. Although it was popular in 2011, it’s a perennial favorite and never seems to go out of style. It can be worn with our without bangs and adds a voluminous appearance to normally thin hair. Whether this hairstyle will remain a top choice for 2012 is anyone's guess, but the previous decades suggest that this will always be a classic style for brides.
Which wedding hairstyle is closest to what you envision?