The Bride Guide

by Your Favourite Frame

YFFUK Phil Endicott Wedding Photographer - Be My Friend
YFFUK Phil Endicott Wedding Photographer - Be My Friend
The Bride Guide – by Your Favourite Frame

“The Bride Guide”


Your Favourite Frame

Hairstyles and your stylist

One of the key things in the morning of your wedding day is having your hair styled, to make you feel beautiful (even though you already look it!).  Here are some thoughts and questions you should consider as part of making this as easy as possible.

Hair Style and your dress

Think about which hair styles will work best with your chosen dress.  For example, if you have an open back dress, to show this to its best potential you should consider having your hair up.  Equally if you’ve got a long flowing dress your hair could be free flowing as well with limited pinning to mirror the dress effect.   Start to discuss this well in advance with your hair stylist and get their opinions on what would work best for you but also what is going to make you feel comfortable and look amazing.  Don’t forget to take few pictures of your dress, ideally worn by yourself, to show and discuss with your stylist.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Gee Stanwick Hotel Courtyard Northamptonshire bride holding her bouquet during sunny outside speeches
YFFUK Phil Endicott Tarry St Marys Church Orlingbury Northamptonshire bride by a red telephone box groom is inside

To Veil, or not to Veil?


Remember that wearing a veil will impact upon your hair style.  Think carefully about whether your hair style or your veil is more important to you and then speak this through with your hair stylist.  This way they can make sure that they complement each other perfectly but also that the pinning style of the veil is appropriate to the hair style.  By way of example, a low pin veil would match best with an “up” style, whereas a high pin veil would match better with a “down” flowing style.



Take into account the season of your wedding.  Realistically if your wedding is in the heat of summer you will probably want more of an “up” do to help keep you cooler.  Also think about how, with a few subtle extra pins, the style could evolve into the evening (and be an easy quick change to add something different).  As always this is to your taste, but is something worth discussing with your stylist.  

YFFUK Phil Endicott Collier St Marys Church Higham Ferrers Northamptonshire signing the wedding register in the knave
YFFUK Phil Endicott Rosam Stanwick Hotel Courtyard Northamptonshire bride having her final hair fit before putting on her dress

Hair trials

Given the purpose of the hair trials is to get as close to perfection for you, you may need more than one!  Talk with your stylist about these trials, how many they think is appropriate taking into consideration the dress and your thoughts, but also what options you have for more trials should you wish them.

Your stylist should be more than accommodating to help you get close to perfection for you:  they want you to look your best. Then chose a day you have a date or going somewhere out to make the most of the nice hair do and “road” test it.


For your bridesmaids consider if you would like their styles to be uniform, or if you’re happy for them to all have their own individual styles.  As the bride this is your choice, but be prepared to discuss this with your bridesmaids to make sure they’ll all be happy with this.  Also consider whether their hair length lends itself to the style you are thinking for them:  again photos of them sent to your stylist will massively help them work with you to know if it can be achieved.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Flinders Whittlebury Hall Northamptonshire bridesmaids hiding under multicoloured umbrellas all different style and colour dresses
YFFUK Phil Endicott Hodkin Talbot Hotel Oundle Northamptonshire brides hair being fixed by her mum and bridesmaids

During the wedding

It is always advisable that someone has spare grips and hair spray in case of an unexpected hair slippage:  the last thing you’d want is for a problem as you prepare to walk down the aisle or as you take to first dance.


As a photographer I’ve always carry spare hair grips and hair bands with me:  however if your photographer does not do the same your mother are likely to be in the front row, and that your bridesmaids are always with you who can.


Proof it does happen: luckily the lovely Hannah had Mum and her bridesmaids on hand to make everything good again!


After the wedding


Do bear in mind that you’re likely to have a fair few hair pins in your hair during the wedding.  Therefore these have to come out at some point!  In all seriousness make sure your fiance is able to help you remove them, or alternatively have a bridesmaid on hand!

YFFUK Phil Endicott Heywood Grendon Lakes Northamptonshire couple cudding under the lit up eaves

The most massive of thank you’s to the fabulous Emmy Pinto for her help with this article.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Emmy on several occasions and her attention to detail and care is second to none.  If you haven’t already got someone lined up for hair I definitely suggest you reach out to Emmy for some ideas and creative input.  Emmy is on 07595 043533.