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Bridal Hair - Updo Placement

Are you getting married soon and already know for certain you want your hair "up and out of your way"; then don't stop reading now. I have taken the time today to breakdown all the placement options for you!


I am certain by this point you have spent hours on Pinterest looking at all those dreamy hair inspiration pictures, engaged or not! Am I right? {lol} Most stylist would agree, there is a love hate relationship when it comes to Pinterest. Between over editing hair color and stunning hairstyles that require hours of time to execute or A LOT of hair extensions. I imagine it can be a bit overwhelming finding an option perfect for you.


Let me give you two pro tips for searching inspiration pictures:

1. Search styles of "like" hair color - What do I mean? If you're a brunette - look up "brunette bride styles" - texture, braids and more all look different on different hair colors.

2. Search styles of similar texture, density or length. I know that it is hard to tell the difference between someone with extensions vs not OR what their hair length is when it is in an updo - but finding styles that are similar to your hair texture is always a more realistic approach. Texture examples are described as: Coarse or Fine

Ladies, you can keep swooning over those beautiful styles, just make sure you're realistic in your choice and expectation. Ask your bridal stylist for input prior to your trial if you're unsure. They want to serve you and help you!

Placement option 1:

I like to call this one the "Cinderella Style" placement - This is styled higher on your head and typically brides request some kind of cascading wispies for added texture. Isn't Madison so beautiful!

Bridal Portrait: Asterisk Photography


Placement option 2:

Often referred to as a "low updo" and is the most requested style! The best part about this style is you can create a smooth look or a more textured style.



Placement option 3:

This would be the "The best of both worlds". If you're wanting a style that is "off your neck" but don't like the higher style, choosing this style that is more centered just above the nape may be your best option.

Photo(s) L-R: Molly Price Photography, Allie Broderick Photo & Film, Mike Moon Studios


Placement option 4:

The final option would be "off set" to the side - left or right, typically favoring the side your hair is parted towards. So if your part is far right, your style would be placed on the left side. This is a common bridesmaid style request.

Photo Courtesy of Stevi Clack Photography


Choosing the placement of your updo shouldn't be a daunting task. I know after you spend hours on Pinterest your mind can quickly become overwhelmed with identifying your exact "hairstyle" preference. Our biggest suggestion is finding something you love, be realistic, and then begin narrowing your search options within that style.

Like smooth vs textured - part vs no part.


I would love to hear from you. Are you choosing an updo for your wedding day? If so, tell me which placement is your preference.

Photo Courtesy of Hannah Michelle Photo

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