Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair Tutorial

 Wedding hairstyles for long hair…easier said than done, right? Especially if you’re planning to do your own hair for your wedding. Lora Kelley sent over this great tutorial for any gal looking to get those loose, beautiful curls we all seem to pine after, but have the hardest time executing on our own at home. Looking for more hair tutorials? Check out this other great wedding hairstyle for long hair here.

Hot tools 1? Curling Iron

Metal Double Prong Curl Clips – Available at Sally’s Beauty Supply or online here

**note, the double prong is important.. Holds WAY better than the single prong**

Redken Spray Starch – Available at Ulta

Frederic Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray


Divide your hair into sections, beginning with the bottom section, Create 3-4 smaller sections of each section – about 1? x  2?, Spray first sub-section with Spray Starch Spray, lightly (and each piece as you curl them).


1. Starting at the root, begin to curl hair, twisting the hair, and adding more until the entire iron is covered with hair.

2. Gather the curled section and pin with metal clip

3. Continue to do this to the bottom section, moving up through the entire head, until the head is completely set. *reate sections around your part, curl the front away from the face, to achieve a softer, modern look.

4. Let hair set for 20 minutes, spray lightly with fekkai hair spray.

5. Start releasing the hair from the bottom up, keeping the curl intact as you go and spray hair, lightly, after all the curls have been released.

6. Gently, with your fingers, pull through the end of the hair to soften and release the curl.

Extra tips: Use the curling iron to adjust any curls that look droopy, spray with Fekkai Spray, and avoid touching it too much, unless you want it to fall out a little more.

Photography: Eric Kelley // Styling, Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley // Film Processing: Richards Photo Lab // Top: Elizabeth and James Crosby Top

12.31.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured

How to Make Herb Boutonnieres

 This post was originally published 2 years ago on Once Wed, but I’ve been seeing it pinned a lot on Pinterest recently and thought it complemented yesterday’s story on drying herbs really well…

Herbs are casual and aromatic and perfect for a late summer or fall wedding. As far as ingredients go, the sky is the limit! Here I’ve incorporated blueberries with lavender thyme, oregano and sage and wrapped them with a sweet dotted ribbon for contrast. The best part is that the boutonnieres could be dried and used for cooking later, making them completely Eco-friendly! - Chelsea Fuss of Frolic

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Wedding Hair Updos Hairpiece DIY

 With a little ingenuity, a few dollars, and maybe a little patience, you could be well on your way to a beautiful, wedding hair updos hairpiece like this one from the recent Nashville rustic wedding we featured on Once Wed. I can’t promise it’ll look exactly the same but if you’re on a tight budget, I think it will do the trick. We found this great tutorial for a wedding hair updos hairpiece on one of our reader’s blog, the paper dialogues, and thought it was so good we wanted to share it with you!

Top Left Photo: Tec Petaja // Hairpiece Tutorial: The Paper Dialogues

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DIY Rustic Wedding Napkin Rings

DIY Rustic Wedding Napkin Rings
 Here’s a simple (and free!) way to bring a little more nature to your rustic wedding table. Just find some pretty, delicate, and pliable greenery around you and wrap it around your napkin roll. It can be a little tricky to get them to stay so experiment with what you’ve got until you find a method that works for you. Some of them kind of self-tied while others we had to pin into place. From left to right we used: a long grass, an olive branch, wire vine, and rosemary. Have y’all found any other great resources for rustic wedding ideas?

Photography by Ali Harper // Styling by Joy Thigpen

12.31.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured