Unless you are one of those annoying people whose hair looks 100% perfect 100% of the time, you will need to add ‘find an awesome wedding hairstyle’ to your wedding to-do list. While it may feel overwhelming to choose a hairstyle for one of the biggest days of your life (and one that will be in photos forever)– we are here to help! Here is how to find the perfect hairstyle for your wedding day in 6 easy steps.

Step 1: Do your research

Before you hire the first hairdresser that comes up on Google– head to the ‘Gram. Search for wedding stylists in your area and save posts of styles you love. Finding a stylist that is already skilled at what you want will help put your mind at ease on the day. Not sure where to start? Head over to Pinterest and go down some dreamy rabbit holes!

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Step 2: Consider your dress

You’ve invested a lot of time into finding your dream dress, so you want to show it off in the best way possible! Finding the perfect ‘do’ to complement the style of your dress will make all the difference in ensuring your dress (and you) look awesome on the day. For instance, more dramatic necklines call for elegant up-do’s while softer, more bohemian styles pair well with long soft curls.

Step 3: Ask for referrals

Chances are, you’ve already been to ample weddings and have likely seen a hairstyle or two you’re a fan of. Now is the time to call up your friends and ask them who they used. Now is a good time to ask about the pros and cons of working with them, and whether they would recommend them!

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Step 4: Think about the weather

When it comes to your wedding day hairstyle – the weather will play a big role in how you wear your hair. For instance, if heat and humidity are on your guest list – opt for low maintenance styles that won’t make you uncomfortable.

Step 5: Be realistic

When choosing the perfect wedding hairstyle hair texture, thickness and length all come into play. Chat with your stylist to see if your hair will work with your desired style and to see if you need to enlist the help of extensions or other accessories.

Step 6: Book a trial appointment

Say you have your heart set on a dramatic up-do, but the results are less-than-flattering– or you really want those beachy waves but they end up falling flat. The last thing you want is to find this out on the morning of your wedding. Booking a trial appointment allows you to experiment with all available options. Remember, you’ll want to be wearing a top with a similar neckline to your gown so you can envision your whole look.