What to do about the hairdo

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Even though I have five months until the Big Day, one thing that's been stressing me out lately is what on earth I'm going to do with my hair. Sounds stupid, right? (This is what happens when you have most of the wedding already planned and there's little left to worry about).

But seriously, when you're planning an outdoor ceremony (which is stressful enough on Vancouver Island, even in July), there's a lot to consider when it comes to your hair.

With our ceremony being on the ocean, I'm thinking the odds of it being windy are pretty good, but how windy? That's a question I can't answer until probably two days before the wedding, and by then it's too late and you've already had your trial with your hair dresser and you're set on something.

I've been to ocean-side weddings before where the bride's veil is flying all over the place, flapping into the groom's face, whipping around the Justice of the Peace and refusing to stay put. Imagine what that wind would do to my long hair?

The reason any of this is an issue for me is because I've always wanted to wear my hair down (or half-up) for my wedding. I've been growing my hair out for the past year, and it hasn't been this long since I was 19. This is a big deal, you guys.

My ideal bridal hairdo would be mostly down set with big, soft waves, while two pretty braids woven into the sides of the head meet at the back for a nice veil setting. Simple, but pretty.

But if there are gale-force winds that day, I'm doomed, especially when the wind tends to blow to the southeast where our ceremony is, and as the bride, I'll be standing facing southeast as well at this particular location, with my back to the wind.

As such, if it's windy my hair and my veil will be all over the place, likely blowing into David's face for the entire ceremony, and I'll walk away from the ceremony married, but also looking like I got sucked up into a tornado. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a seagull stuck in my hair.

So what do I do?

One thing I'm considering is a back-up plan; to go with my original hairstyle, but keep an eye on the forecast. If it calls for wind or rain (or both), have my stylist put my hair in an up do that can be transformed into the original style I wanted for the reception with the removal of a few bobby pins. Not ideal for me to have it up, but it will save my hair, and a lot of unnecessary stress.

To this silly column, some might say, "Oh it's just hair, the most important thing is that you're getting married." Maybe, but I still want to look nice while doing so! It's not 'just hair'; it's MY hair, and I haven't been growing it down to my waist for nothing, people.

Call me silly all you want, but like Jo March from Little Women, I've often considered my hair my "one beauty," and I'm not about to cast that into the wind on the biggest day of my life. I don't care if my veil blows into the sea; so long as my hair still looks good, I'll be fine with that.

So if any my readers have any advice or tips for bridal hairstyles in such situations, please do pass them along. I can assure you they'll be much appreciated and useful in relieving this 'hairy' situation.

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