One of the hottest trends for brides is to transform their look between the wedding ceremony and reception. This change can be as dramatic as slipping into a totally different dress for the reception, or the transformation can be as simple and symbolic as literally “letting your hair down”. These are some great ideas on how to take your wedding hairstyle from the ceremony to the reception.
The general idea of changing up your look before the reception is to go from a more demure or formal ceremony style to a more relaxed or festive look that says “party” for the reception. Having a second wedding gown can be great, but there is no need to go to such extravagant lengths to transform your look. There are a number of wedding hairstyles that can be quickly reworked between the ceremony and the reception.
The easiest way to change your wedding hairstyle is to remove your veil and replace it with a bold hair ornament. You can choose something like a dazzling piece of bridal hair jewelry worn with a dramatic pair of handmade Swarovski crystal earrings. This can be a fantastic option if you like the classic effect of pearl bridal jewelry for your formal ceremony photos, but want something more festive for the party. With the veil removed, a big sparkly crystal comb in your hair, and a hot pair of handmade Swarovski earrings, you will be ready to dance the night away!
There are also some hairdos that lend themselves to a quick changeover. A modern loose updo secured at the nape of the neck can be unfurled for a romantic cascade of hair for the reception. Choose a hairstyle that will still be pulled back in the front once the back is let down. It would be a good idea to have one of your bridesmaids come to your hair trial to practice the release so she knows just which pins to remove. A bonus is that you won’t have to deal with a loose twist or bun springing loose later on when you are dancing and ending up disheveled.
Another hairstyle that can make a pretty transition from formal to relaxed is a braid. This works particularly well for brides with very long hair. First the stylist braids your hair and pins it up either in a loose and chic twist or in a more classic bun. After the ceremony photos are complete, it is simply a matter of removing a few pins, and letting the braid down. This look is wonderful for a beach or country wedding.
Braids are in fact very popular for bridal hairdos right now, especially when done in a less expected fashion. A very pretty ceremony style is to have several small braids along the side of the head which are pulled back into a twist. Before the reception, it would be a simple matter of letting down the twist, while leaving in the braids on the sides, which can be pulled back into a half up style. Pop a pretty comb or a few hairpins into the place where the hair is gathered at the back, and your look will be divine.
Last but not least, consider the option of wearing your hair down for the ceremony and pulling it back for the reception. Long hair worn smooth and sleek for the ceremony looks very chic. For a great reception look, simply pull it back into a stylish low ponytail. Finish it off by wrapping a few pieces of your hair around the elastic band for a polished and sophisticated ponytail that will look fantastic all night long. With your transformation complete, you will be ready to kick up your heels and really have fun at your wedding reception!