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Vintage-inspired wedding hairstyles

I like a lot of hairstyles to wear at our wedding.  A lot.  So it's helped me to think about, for my hair and my bridesmaids' hair, a theme: since a lot of the wedding details are vintage and retro-ey, how about 50's and 60's hair on us, too?  At least a little retro-inspired.

I AM going to wear a birdcage veil, that much I know (tutorial coming soon!).  I want to wear my hair mostly down, which may be a bit of a challenge--so often I see great birdcage veils with the low side bun, or an up-do.  Here are a few examples of how it can work with hair down-ish:
All from Ruffled
And to rock the hair-down, vintage-inspired style, I'm thinking about hot roller curls.  Maybe something like one of these?

And for the bridesmaids, maybe something a little bit more 60's.  Their dresses are a little more 60's/2010's and mine is more of the full-skirted 50's-inspired look.  They have all different lengths and types of hair, of course, and I don't really care if they all wear theirs down or up.  A few ideas...
There are some 50's-ey looks in there, and just beautiful curls with interesting parts.

What do you think?  What did you and your bridesmaids do, or how do you feel about unity of the bridal party?


  1. I've been a bridesmaid a few times, and the time it was the most fun was when we picked out our own dresses and did our hair however we wanted. Since you're allowing the styles of your bridesmaids to show through in the uniqueness of their dresses, hair shouldn't be a big deal.
    Though, having been a long-haired bridesmaid who stupidly wore her hair down, I've got to plug updos. You stay cooler that way.
    It's why I chopped my hair off short.
    The Christina Hendricks look you posted is probably my favorite.

  2. Anonymous7/08/2011

    As a three-time bridesmaid myself, I really appreciated the two brides who allowed as how her friends were not paper dolls or a matched set of props and gave us free rein to do our hair how we wanted. I've always preferred half-up/down myself, but then there's always the chance that it could go limp, explode with humidity, get tangled....Up-dos keep hair out of the way.
    They'll want to look and feel their best, but they'll want to look and feel like themselves, also. Since you've let them select their own style of dress, that's a pretty good indicator that you realize this! Odds are, even if you give them carte blanche to do what they what, they'll decide on a common effect among them.
    I've been the opposite of Maggie: a short-haired bridesmaid among a posse of long-haired 'maids. The bride asked if I would grow my hair to "match" her other 'maids. My answer: no ma'am.

  3. Have just been having a look at your etsy shop. I don't have an account so I couldn't contact you there, but was wondering whether you woul ship patterns to the UK, and for how much. Thanks.

  4. Hi, I got married 2 weeks ago and made my dress, lace bolero and a birdcage veil. I really enjoyed the experience and it meant I got exactly what I wanted. I used a vintage 1930's evening gown pattern as the basis for the dress although I did alter it slightly. I used the tutorial on this website as the basis for making the veil:
    It worked pretty well actually. I added some lace from the bolero, a silk flower and some feathers and I was so pleased with the result. I needed a friend to help with adding the decorations to ensure they sat right, something you can't check yourself when the veil is sitting on your own head. I wore my hair up, but it's an individual choice.
    I will try to post some pics on your flickr group at some stage.
    Happy sewing :-)

  5. I love the birdcage veil idea! So elegant!

    Since your bridesmaids are all having individual dresss, why not their hair as well.... Although, I do wedding hair and make-up and I would have to suggest up-do styles, or even half up as a down style can look very untidy very quickly. And also, there's nothing to ruin photos than hands pulling hair off faces or strands across the eyes :)

    I love the second style, personally, even for bridesmaids as it allows for beautiful embellishment.

  6. Wow, it is really good to hear your input. A partial updo may be best. I'll play around with it soon and see what all works... and my bridesmaids all have different hair anyway, so it will be great if they all have different styles that they like. Although I would love if they all had vintage-ey looks!

    @Sharyn, I would LOVE to see your pics in the Flickr group!!

    @jadestar, yes, I will happily ship to the UK. The cost depends on the item but it won't be too much more. Let me know and I will post that item with the UK shipping option.

  7. I tried to send you an e-mail but it came back. I have some wonderful dresses from the 60s I'd love to send you if you'd like them. You seem like such a lover of vintage, I really would like you to have them. A couple are silk, one is a geisha-type, a couple are designer samples (the shop I bought them from used to get these and occasionally I could afford one). They're all 8/10, although in the 60s that was smaller than today. My e-mail is Caroline

  8. I think the bridesmaids definitely need some height to their hair. A little backcombing to make a bouffant would be AMAZING! Half up, half down for sure.

  9. When I got married I told them all to do whatever with hair and makeup. They all looked lovely and they were not pressured to have to get their hair done at the salon if they didn't want to. I find if you go with all having the same hair there is always one girl who's hair looks far better than the others...

  10. Wow! Back to the old times. Really a great collection of Weeding hairstyles.




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