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Hair & Beauty, MD, DC and VA

Deciding on your wedding-day hairstyle can be stressful to say the least. Up or down (or half-and-half)? Curly or straight? Add a tiara, flowers, feathers or nothing at all? I asked Ashley Riddle of Catonsville, Maryland-based Up Do's For I Do's to share some advice and trends. —Kim Forrest, Assistant Editor, Brides Local Magazines

When should a bride book her stylist? When should she go in for her consultation?

We typically book weddings 6 months to 18 months in advance. Frequently brides contract their wedding date a year in advance and follow up with a consultation within 90 days prior to their wedding day. This allows the bride to secure a date and have plenty of time for a full trial and if needed an additional trial...

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What factors should be considered when choosing a wedding day style?

The bride's natural hair texture, color, and length, all contribute to the wedding day look. For example, a bride with extremely pin straight hair will not have success wearing her hair down with soft curls. If her hair doesn't hold curl naturally, it is most likely not going to last the whole evening. Brides should also be aware that hairstyle examples duplicated from magazine photos may not look exactly the same on her as on the magazine model, regardless of the precision of the stylist.

What types of styles are brides asking for?

We see a lot of Carrie Underwood photos at our studio. Brides love the soft side part, height at the crown, and long loose curls! This is great for brides who have awesome hair color and great length. For those brides lacking in hair length, temporary extensions are a great accessory. We are also seeing a similar version in an up-do, keeping the soft side part, adding height, and pinning loose curls at the nape of the neck. This look is often complimented with fresh flowers. Some brides are sporting a more exotic look with small white feathers and birdcage veils.

What do you think is going to be the next big thing in bridal hair?

The continued use of fullness and height is something that works for almost every bride and photographs well. I envision future brides enhancing their every day style with volume, soft color and dainty accessories.

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