Bridesmaid Hairstyles for all Lengths

The bride is not the only woman who needs to look good on the wedding day. All the guests get to choose their own hairstyles, but bridesmaids have a responsibility to not only feel good, but look good – for their sake, and the bride’s.

Of course, the most important thing is that you know what hairstyle the bride is going for. If it’s simple, you go for something simpler. If it’s complicated, then you can’t out-shine her. Simple is always the best option. Natural hair colours work best at weddings, so don’t surprise the bride with a bright colour, especially if she’s not expecting it. If you plan on dying your hair before the wedding, make sure you do it 4-5 days beforehand, as you don’t want any stains or weeping on your dress. Of course, for the most vibrant colours, you need to only wash it a few times a week, certainly not every day. Surprisingly, this works particularly well for weddings, as most styles work best if your hair hasn’t been washed within 24-hours, and will also require far less hair-product.

Pixie-cuts

The obvious choice for pixie-cuts is to mess it up with product, and lots of it. If this is how you usually wear your hair, then the bride should be fine with it. Always check if you’re unsure. Remember, not too much product and not too much messiness. It’s a wedding, not Halloween. We recommend a good mousse and a comb to slightly back-comb your hair and give it texture.

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Fascinators do not often work well with pixie-cuts, due to the lack of hair to fasten it to. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t accessorise. You can always accessorise. You can stay dainty with some simple hair-clips or hairbands, or you can rock it like a hippie-princess and wear a flower-crown. We recommend a metallic or seasonal colour to suit your dress, regardless of what you go for. You can find suitable accessories in most good clothing stores, but places like Etsy can add that special, personalised touch.

Short hair

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For many, short hair can be a curse – it’s just about long enough to get in your way, but is always too short to do anything interesting with. Well, that’s where you’re wrong – short hair is a blessing, and always shall be. If you can’t figure out anything to do with your short hair, you’re not thinking hard enough.

We personally wouldn’t recommend tying you hair up, as it usually won’t hold your hair. This is a wedding, not gym-class. No beanies, either. Not even a sparkly beanie.

No, instead we recommend soft curls. You can’t go wrong with soft-curls. Whether you choose to do so with a curling wand, iron or rags, you’re sure to look wonderful. If you feel that simple curls aren’t for you, there’s always the fringe-plait, such as this.

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Of course, there’s also the option of accessories. Again, fascinators don’t work too well with this length hair, as is covers most of it. However, thin or chunky hairbands work especially well. Try and aim for neutral colours, or those that suit your dress. White is the bride’s colour, but if it’s barely noticeable, we’re sure she wouldn’t mind.

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Long hair

Long hair. Bane of your life or gift? Gift, definitely gift. You can do almost anything with it! Plait, bun, curls, straight or even something more elaborate. And on top of that, it’ll keep you warm during winter weddings! Hoorah!

Hair-crowns are all the rage for ladies with long-hair at the moment. Of course, it’s the bride’s special day, so that’s why you accessorise less. A simple hair-crown isn’t so simple to make, so it’s best to visit a stylist that knows what they’re doing, so that pieces of hair don’t stick out randomly. Therefore, this isn’t a great style for people with lots of layers, unless you’re willing to use lots of hairpins. Not only does it look good from the front, but from the back, too! This works especially well for those with short foreheads (you can’t have a fringe to hide it) and long faces. Unfortunately, pairing this with round-faces makes them look even more round, a bit like the rings of Saturn.

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Fear not, if you do have a round-face, and prefer fringes, it’s best to have a style that frames it. Avoid straight-styles. Straight styles can often make the head look an odd shape, which is not what you need on a day you’ll be having lots of photos taken during. Curls and bangs work best – side-fringes also work well, if you’re not quite brave enough to face the full-fringe quite yet. The random bouncy-ness of curls make the face look slimmer, especially for the larger ladies. This also applies to shorter styles.

If you’d like to look younger, then layered, long hairstyles often forgive the face’s flaws. If you don’t have the patience to deal with long-hair 24/7, then you can always consider extensions, which some hairdressers offering to hire-out!

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Buns

Of course, another option for ladies with slightly longer-hair is a bun. Buns are often use by the bride to look refined and youthful. However, this shouldn’t mean you have to avoid them. For weddings, the most popular bun is a side-bun. If you want to avoid tightness, then avoid top-buns. Another disadvantage of top-buns is that they make you look like a super-strict maths teacher, which certainly isn’t the best look. Accessorise with flowers to match your dress, or small diamantes within the bun for a more subtle look.

Ribbons tied around buns are also very cute, but often hard to secure.

Of course, if you have layers, then buns aren’t obviously the best idea. HOWEVER… there are solutions to this. Donut-rings can add volume and the correct shape to even the saddest-looking buns. They’re available in many colours and are relatively easy to put up, even on your own. However, they still gave the tendency to fall out, so make sure to secure them with some pins. Accessorise further by turning your fringe into a mini-plait. CUTE!

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Top 10 Bridal Hairstyles for Short Hair

Not everyone wants to have long hair for their wedding. After all, if you typically wear your hair short, why would you want it different for your wedding? Extensions can be tricky to put in, and hell to take out.

Why compromise? There’s plenty of ways to decorate your short hair, and here are 10 of our favourites, in no particular order.

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1. Not only is she rocking red lips to go with her red hair, this lovely bride is sporting a delicate rose flower-crown. Personally, we love flower-crowns. You can create your own, or buy them from most accessory shops. Of course, you can always buy them on Etsy, too. Most Etsy creators will be happy to customise your crown for you, typically for no extra fee.

As well as a flowery headband, we also recommend delicate makeup, to maintain the ‘innocent’ look. Most types of earrings also work well with this look, but we love the chunky gems this bride has chosen. If you prefer something a little more subtle, we suggest simple studs, instead of hoops.

If you have a pixie-cut, you probably know that the key is to accessorise. For weddings and other occasions, here are a few more ideas to keep an eye out for.

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2. Though fascinators are often donned by the mother of the bride, this modern veil alternative should not be ignored. Fascinators can be worn with long or short hairstyles, but we personally prefer them with bobs or pixies with straight hair – otherwise the netting might get tangled!

If flowers aren’t quite your thing, then we suggest this Etsy listing – it’s slightly more sparkly, and is described as a ‘birdcage’ design.

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3. Floral. We love floral. You probably already know that by now, but it’s true. Floral headpieces work perfectly for weddings – they add a delicate elegance to any ceremony, and almost any colour combination works. We recommend adding volume to your hair so that the flower accessory can stay in place (regardless of whether the flowers are real or fake), and so that it can fall more softly. There’s nothing worse than a floppy flower in your hair.

These are also a good way to keep costs down, as the fake accessories cost around £10. Ask your florist for advice on real accessories.

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4. If you fancy something a little more complicated than simple flowers, try out a pixie-cut with material flowers and metal attachments. The adorable swirls are not only quirky, but draw a nice line from the eyebrows to the rest of the accessory. The delicate hooping earrings add to the intricacy of this style, which complement the subtle lilac eyeshadow and light lipstick.

The lilac colour suits the auburn hair the model has, but of course, this kind of accessory can be altered depending on your colour scheme. We find it is best to contrast hair and accessories – if you have light blonde hair, we recommend a darker/bolder accessory. Same applies for dark brown/black hair – we recommend a bright or pale colour, such as yellow, or white. White always works well for the bride, regardless.

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5. Don’t be put off by the picture looking like it’s from the 1990s. This look is wonderfully subtle, and helps frame the face particularly well. We understand some people prefer to keep fringes for weddings… it’s typically the best way to cover an acne breakout or a bad eyebrow job. However, if you have an enviably good complexion and fab brows, this might be the look for you.

Many girls with short hair find it hard to create, let alone maintain, soft curls such as this. If you’re trying to save money and want to do your hair yourself (without buying any gadgets), then we recommend rag curling. It’s relatively hassle free – it’s cheap and it’s heatless!

Here is a YouTube tutorial for all lengths of hair.

We understand that the YouTube clip is hardly professional, so here are some more detailed steps.

For the cute looking hair clip, we recommend a petite, vintage look – perhaps a family heirloom you could borrow? We think a hairband would also work well, as long as you can keep it in place.

6. We love flower crowns. You’ve probably figured that out by now… but we really do love them. There’s so much variation, and so very much to do with them.

For instance, this one is particularly good for an understated look – straight, uncomplicated and natural. Even though we call it a flower crown, it’s more a flower-headband.

Don’t know where to find things like this? As always, check out Etsy.

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7. Kind of like a flower crown, but not quite. Underwater flower crown? We’re not sure what to call this look, but we still think it’s cute. The pinned back hair, we presume, is held in place by some clips and a small plait, which is quite traditional – even if the starfish isn’t. The starfish isn’t real, by the way!

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8.  As all the beauty adverts seem to be telling us, loose curls are indeed ‘in’ this year. The thick hairband adds a certain sense of innocence to the look – white is pure, and all that. We love the way this includes a fringe.

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9. For the Greek goddess in every girl… We personally feel this works best for people with natural curly dark hair. If you still like the idea but have paler hair, we recommend a laurel wreath – a real one. Your local florist should be able to create something you like, but if you fancy making your own, just make sure you don’t use poison ivy. Another thing about a laurel wreath? They smell great!

10. And finally, a plait and curls. A plait is simplistic and a very popular bridal hair feature, particularly with younger brides. There is also plenty of volume in the back, which can be created by slightly back-combing, adding in volume inserts and using masses of hair product. Even though this may seem like a simple hairstyle, we recommend having a hairdresser do it for you, just to make sure it’s tidy and hangs correctly.

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Wedding quotes for invitations and speeches

Sometimes a good quote is just what you need to get the tone of your invitations or your wedding speech over to your audience. When you’re not good at coming up with your own words, what better than to simply use someone else’s. We’ve collected together a bunch of quotes that would not only go down well in these situations, but also when you’re just looking for something to say to your special someone. Just don’t tell them you saw it on here.

  • “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.” – Cassandra Clare
  • “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “When love is not madness it is not love.” – Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • “And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.” – Charles Dickens
  • “The Very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.” – Jane Austen
  • “The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss.” – Jarod Kintz
  • “Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ” – Elinor Glyn
  • “I belong to my beloved, and my beloved is mine.” – Jamie McGuire
  • “With my last breath, I’ll exhale my love for you. I hope it’s a cold day, so you can see what you meant to me.
” – Jarod Kintz
  • “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” – Stephanie Perkins
  • “One word, frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” – Sophocles
  • “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson
  • “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” ― Oscar Wilde
  • “We loved with a love that was more than love.” ― Edgar Allan Poe
  • “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” ― William Shakespeare
  • “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” ― John Green
  • “Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s beautiful.” ― Milan Kundera
  • “The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” ― Marilyn Monroe
  • “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.” ― Jess C. Scott
  • “You are the one girl that made me risk eveything for a future worth having.” ― Simone Elkeles
  • “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope” – Maya Angelou
  • “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart” – Jane Austen
  • “Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet” – Katharine Lee Bates
  • “When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise” – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • “In short I will part with anything for you but you.” – Mary Wortley Montagu
  • “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ― A.A. Milne
  • “You are every reason, every hope and every dream I’ve ever had” ― Nicholas Sparks
  • “I love you and that’s the beginning and end of everything” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “To be your friend was all I ever wanted; to be your lover was all I ever dreamed.” – Valerie Lombardo
  • “Within you, I lose myself. Without you, I find myself wanting to be lost again.”
  • “To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you are the world” ― Bill Wilson
  • “You may hold my hand for a while, but you hold my heart forever”
  • “You give me hope in my times of trial, joy in my saddest hours and love in all I do.”
  • “My six word love story: I can’t imagine life without you”
  • “If I had to choose between breathing and loving you I would use my last breath to tell you I love you” ― DeAnna Anderson
  • “My love for you is a journey, starting at forever and ending at never.”
  • “By night, Love, tie your heart to mine, and the two together in their sleep will defeat the darkness” ― Pablo Neruda
  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”-Mignon McLaughlin
  • “Marriages are like fingerprints; each one is different and each one is beautiful.” -Maggie Reyes
  • “The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn’t marry me.” -Robert Brault
  • “Happily ever after is not a fairy tale. It’s a choice.” – Fawn Weaver
  • “Love is the greatest gift when given. It is the highest honor when received.” -Fawn Weaver
  • “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” -John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • “Enjoy the little things in life… For one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” -Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Marriage is getting to have a sleepover with your best friend every night of the week.” -Christie Cook
  • “Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.”
  • “It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” -Thomas Mann
  • “There is only one happiness in life; to love and be loved.” -George Sand
  • “Anywhere with you is better than everywhere without you.”
  • “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • “Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle
  • “Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.” – Euripides
  • “Love has no age, no limit; and no death.” – John Galsworthy
  • “Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing.” – Torquato Tasso
  • “Love is a game that two can play and both win.” – Eva Gabor
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How to choose and save money on your wedding flowers

Picking the wedding flowers for your big day can be confusing and expensive. If you don’t know the difference between your roses and your carnations, then you could be spending far more than you need to. Let us take you on a journey through the most popular wedding flowers, and then give you some tips on how to save money on your wedding flowers and keep costs in control.

Most popular types of wedding flowers

Roses

Wedding Roses

The colour of rose you choose can say a lot about you. Pink and red are best for a feeling of love, and are therefore great for weddings. If you’re a traditionalist, white is the way to go – they represent both marriage and purity. If you’re a little bit more quirky, and also hope to save some money, orange and yellow roses are the best for you, and they also represent joy and enthusiasm for the new part of your life!

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

In Chinese symbolism, sunflowers represent good luck, long life, vitality and intelligence. If you’re a devoted Christian, this is arguably the most appropriate flower to have at your wedding – not only a symbol of happiness, but represents an unwavering faith and belief in God.

Orchids

Wedding Orchids

Orchids best represent love, luxury, beauty and strength. Orchids are seen as very elegant, and are perfect for those of you hoping to hold a stately yet stylish wedding. Of course, for this, you’ll have to spend slightly more.

Green Bouquets

Green Wedding Flowers

Of course, these aren’t composed of one flower alone. However, green bouquets are fantastic for outdoor weddings due to their highly natural look. If you aren’t so sure on choosing all green bouquets, then they’re excellent for giving to other people – they represent optimism and good fortune. (Photo Credit: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs – Amazing looking San Diego wedding florist).

Paper Flowers

Paper Wedding Flowers

Surprisingly, these don’t give you as many paper-cuts as you would expect. However, these might not be as cheap as you’d hope. Of course, you can make them all on your own, but very few people have time for that. You’ll need to make thousands of flowers, and the high quality card doesn’t come cheap, either. You can get friends to pitch in and help, but these will take months to make, and are very inconvenient to store. Don’t water them, as that can only end badly.

Plus side? You get to keep the flowers, and you can give some to your guests. If you suffer strongly from hay-fever, these are probably quite a good idea.

Tissue Flowers

For those of you a little less willing to spend months of your life creating paper bouquets, there are always tissue flowers. Unfortunately these aren’t the most stable creations, and are therefore best as hanging ornaments.

If you’re really that sure of wanting bouquets in this style, the link shows a quick tutorial of how to make them. Practice makes perfect. Of course, you can keep these too!

Book Flowers

Wedding Book Flowers

Are you a fan of books? If you are, these are certainly the option for you. Of course, if you absolutely hate books and simply want to destroy every single one in sight, these are also good – they require an awful lot of torn pages. Again, these aren’t usually that cheap to make, especially considering the amount of books you’ll need to buy to make them, let alone if you’d like ornaments to place inside of them. Best place to get these? Etsy, of course. If you want to make them yourself, then you can find books for cheap at your local charity stores – we don’t recommend buying directly from bookstores.

Wildflowers

Wildflower Bouquet

Wildflowers make beautifully quirky bouquets. If you have a field nearby, you can collect a lot of them yourself. Of course, make sure they don’t already belong to someone owning the field. Perfect for outdoor weddings, but not so much for those with mad hay-fever.

Daffodils

Wedding Daffodils

Are you Welsh? If so, make your family proud and use their national flower. If it’s spring, these are some of the best options for your wedding – they grow wild and last a long time, so you can even collect some yourself. As a spring flower, Daffodils represent life and vitality, so are also suitable for things such as christenings.

Carnations

Wedding Carnations

Carnations burst with simple colours, and are beautiful editions to weddings. They’re also relatively cheap. Since Ancient Greek times, these have been used to mark life celebrations, and are therefore wonderful for weddings. The meanings vary with colour, but are often linked to love and pride.

How to save money on wedding flowers

  • Use more greenery than flowers – this works especially well with wildflowers and green bouquets.
  • Buy flowers which are in season, abundance means lower prices.
  • Look for cheaper alternatives to your favourite flowers, sometimes you’ll just have to compromise on the type, as it may then allow you to keep your chosen colour.
  • Try and keep to as few types of flower as possible. This works especially well for carnations, which can look very different simply by changing their colours.
  • Use a combination of flowers and decorations, such as paper lanterns.
  • Fake flowers – cost roughly the same amount, but can be re-used and re-sold.
  • Bridesmaids don’t need to carry flowers – they can carry ribbons, fans, paper umbrellas or even just pieces of fabric. This can add a whimsical touch to your wedding, and can often be kept as mementos.
  • Use herbs for cheap alternatives to flowers.
  • Want something really different as a centre-piece? Use coloured bottles with a single flower inside, handmade items or even just nice candle-holders.
  • Potted plants work well as centre-arrangements.
  • Use cactuses instead of table-ornaments – they live for years and can even be given as gifts to the guests! Best take them out of the way before the heavy drinking comes along, though.
  • Use mirrors as centre-pieces so that you can use less flowers, and make the most of your space.
  • Use bridesmaid bouquets as centre-pieces, so that they don’t go to waste.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your florist – they are there to help. Sure, they may want to get as much money as possible, but in the end, a sale is a sale. Shop around if you’re unsure.
  • Hire a professional wedding-planner – they know how to haggle!
  • Look for ‘all-inclusive’ wedding deals – flowers may be re-used, but at least you get them included, with far less hassle.
  • Buy in bulk – discounts galore!
  • Don’t be afraid to visit the local markets in the few days before the wedding, as it’s a surprisingly good way to score something wonderful you didn’t expect.
  • Decide your budget before you browse. Best to know the prices up-front than be surprised or disappointed later.
  • Use vegetables as centre-pieces – you can even eat them afterwards.

Candles are cheap, and they make the whole place smell nicer. You don’t need flowers everywhere!

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