Natural Hair Tutorials to Try Yourself

We love natural, timeless, elegant hairstyles.

Today we’ve compiled 15 of our most popular hair tutorials that are so easy you can literally do them yourself (click the links for full tutorials).

If you’re so inclined, you could just as easily pass the photo and instructions along to your hair stylist. Either way, we think you’ll find these styles so gorgeous that you’ll want to use them beyond your bridal moment.

They would also look beautiful for a night out, girls lunch, bridal shower, or they’d even work on members of a bridal party.

Many of these tutorials we created ourselves because they were in our imaginations, and we just had to create the tutorials in order to share them with you. Let us know which ones are your favorites, and hope you enjoy!

Article by Once Wed regular contributor Caroline Boneham Roche.

03.18.16 / DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Peaceful Wedding Morning in Paris

No matter where you wake up on the morning of your wedding, we hope that you’re able to have the luxury of time to enjoy each of your emotions, while being pampered as you prepare for the day itself. And of course, if you happen to be waking up in Paris as in this case, then we doubly encourage you to soak it all in, with soft robes, delicious pastries and coffee, and time for peaceful bridal portraits that your soon-to-be-husband will cherish forever.

Read on for more from the event planner and designer, Loli Events:
“We all know the wedding day is one of the more special days in a woman’s life. We have this dream in our head of the perfect dress, beautiful flowers, and a joyful event with all our family and friends.

As planners, we know that the wedding day can also be overwhelming and stressful, especially when it’s a destination wedding…there are so many emotions for a day that inevitably goes by very fast. That is why we wanted to show future brides that their wedding day doesn’t necessarily start when they walk down the aisle or during the “First Look.” This day should be special from the moment they open their eyes.

And what a better city to wake up in than Paris? We created this shoot to inspire brides to take time for themselves while getting ready. We wanted them to picture a beautiful room in a Parisian Palace, open the curtains and through the window, admire the City of Lights. Getting married in Paris is a dream come true, and brides should get the Paris excitement from the very beginning of their wedding day.

Brides should have time to relax and enjoy every second of this day by having a yoga session or a warm bubble bath. Then sit down with a nice cup of tea and some yummy pastries. How many brides don’t even take the time to eat on their wedding day? Taking the time will actually make you realize how precious this day is.

Getting ready to on your wedding day should be exciting, fun and amazing! Don’t miss a second of it.”

Planning and Styling: Loli Events | Venue: Le Bristol | Photographer: Shannen Natasha | Dress Designer – Anna Kara from Plume Paris | Florist: Lily Paloma | Hair & Makeup: Harold James | Stationary: Joy from Studio French Blue | Hat & Veil: Jennifer Behr | Jewelry: Boucheron | Pajama & Kimono: Madame Aimé | Lingerie: Ysé | Cardigan Designer: Madame Seguin | Perfume: Guerlain | Bag & Shoes: Artetfacts | Bride’s makeup: YSL Beauty | Model Agency: WM MODELS

03.17.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Modern Pin Curls Tutorial


When women regularly wore pin curls in the 40’s, the look always evoked an elegant glamorous feel. We love the idea of updating this classic style to better suit a looser, more organic aesthetic that women today are seeking. While a little time-consuming, this style is easy to mimic and so beautiful!


DIY Modern Pin Curls

-Flat iron
-Pin curl clips or bobby pins
-Hairspray, medium hold
-Paddle brush

1. Start with a side part.
2. Taking 1-2 inch sections, roll hair around fingers into a curl, toward the face.
3. While holding the curl, gently flat iron the curl off and on for 3-5 seconds, and pin in place when complete.
4. Continue to section, curl, and pin until entire head is pinned.
5. Allow to cool and set for 10-15 minutes.
6. Gently remove pins and allow the curls to fall naturally.
7. Brush out the curls to create soft waves, and spray with hairspray.

Photography: Shannon Moffit | Video: Lovell Productions | Makeup: Leah Laviano | Hair: Stephanie McDonald | Model: Melanie Blankenship

03.16.16 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Cake Alternatives We Adore

Wedding cake can seem like an obvious staple in your wedding day festivities. Often couples forget that you can do just about anything at your wedding and there are no rules about how you should enjoy your day or your dessert for that matter! There are so many wonderful options for wedding day desserts. Why not forgo the wedding cake and try these sweet alternatives instead:

You can find our full guide here.

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03.15.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning