I also knew that I didn't want to worry about brushing my hair having it in my face, it getting stringy when I sweat from dancing, etc. So I definitely knew I wanted to wear my hair up, secured, and sprayed with a gallon of hair spray.
But.....with my baby fine hair, there wasn't much to pull up, so I knew some kind of hair piece or extensions would be needed.
My initial inspiration was from my fave person in the world ever, ever, ever...Gwen Stefani. When I saw this photo of her from fashion week back in 2010 I think, I knew I wanted some variation of this. Love her.
But I wasn't sure I wanted the 'bun' part to be that big or boxy - it could come off as a hat. I really had no idea what I was going to do and spent hours doing Google searches until Pinterest came around about six months before my wedding - whoo hoo.
So I started pinning all kinds of top knots and hair ideas.
I really liked this one that is still floating around Pinterest...
I also decided I didn't want a slicked back look in the front. I have a really big, round head... lol..and I knew head on in pictures it would look awful if I had all my hair pulled back -- so I knew I wanted to do something with the shorter hair in the front. I found this pin that I was drawn too of Reese Witherspoon...
The girl who did my hair really pulled through for me. I didn't have extensions or anything for my trial, so we did a "this is kind of what it will look like" look. I had to trust her for the real thing.
She showed up on my wedding day with clip in hair extensions that matched my hair and a round sponge, bun thing (that I still use - it's awesome). Somehow she pulled my hair up, clipped in extensions, put in the 'sponge' and teased my hair to a giant top knot perfection.
And here's the final product!
My veil comb went right in the front and I loved the way it looked.
And for the reception, I bought a beautiful ivory flower clip that I attached on the side.
I loved it! It was messy, but suited me well I think. I looked like I had WAY more hair than I do and it stayed put!
It stayed put so well, it just about looked the same the next morning! Ha!
Read the rest of my blog posts about my Winter Wedding in Birmingham, AL on 12.10.11.