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Our fashion + style maven Marissa is back, and this week she’s tackling styles and accessories for short hair brides! Take it away, Marissa! — Emily

Thanks, Emily! (Doesn’t she give the best introductions?)

Let’s jump right in, y’all! Do you remember the Jennifer Aniston “Rachel” cut, the Nicole Richie bob, Victoria Beckham’s posh pageboy or the famed Farrah Fawcett feathered flip? Yep, I’ve had all of them! (OK, maybe not the Posh!) Haircuts help define our personal style. So, as opposed to showing you styles that might require growing one’s hair out, we thought it would be fun to focus on styles and accessories for those short-haired brides who plan to keep it cool on their wedding days (pun intended)!

Let’s start with the super short-haired beauties. With very short hair, it is sometimes hard to affix long veils, which is why I suggest opting for lightweight fascinators, ornate headbands or birdcage veils. If you’re looking for a more traditional look with a long veil like Jen Fariello’s gorgeous bride below, bobby pins can be your best friend. Spraying the hair with an inexpensive hairspray and then crisscrossing the pins over the top of the veil’s comb creates an anchor for a heavier veil to hold onto.

Image credits clockwise from top left: Gia Canali, Abby Rose Photo, Chudleigh Weddings via Style Me Pretty, Lauren McGynn, and Jen Fariello.

Oh, the bob, how I love thee! This chin-length cut always looks so polished and sophisticated to me. This haircut is great for brides with oval or heart-shaped faces. It’s also the perfect canvas for a bird cage veil or large flower. Hair at this length is easier to secure your favorite accessory to. Quick tip: placing the fascinator or base of the bird cage veil on the same side as your part can create a more balanced aesthetic than placing it on the opposite side. Also, don’t forget to add a generous amount of pomade or anti-frizz serum to tame flyaways.

Image credits clockwise from top left: Kim Ashford (see more of this darling wedding here), next two photos Lauren Larsen, Merge Weddings, Scott Piner (see more of this Southern beauty here + here) and Rebekah Westover.

And last, but certainly not least, is the long bob. This modified version of the traditional bob brushes right along your collar bone. It’s a long time celebrity favorite due to the versatility and universally flattering style. This cut can be curled for a more modern look, or blown out straight to create a soft face-frame. With its versatile length, the long bob can be pulled into a low updo near the nape of the neck for a dramatic stunner; another stylish option is to tease hair at the root and pin at the back of the head. (Didn’t I tell you bobby pins would be your best friend?) This will create a secure location to attach a longer or heavier veil like The Image is Found‘s glowing bride below. Quick tip: to avoid hair looking like it’s hot off the curling iron, have your stylist curl the hair from top to bottom without the clamp. This will create a looser, more natural curl.

Image credit clockwise from top left: The Image is Found, Project Wedding, Jose Villa for Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding, Melissa Oholendt and Lauren Larsen.

What would a short hair inspiration post be without a few inspiring accessories? I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below:

A. Candy Band B. LoBoheme “Claudine” ($130), C. Twigs & Honey Style No. 023 ($65), D. Crystal Swirl Bobbi Pin ($130), E. Handle & Spout Five Flower Set ($65), F. B. Poetic Pretty Little Veil ($50), G. Untamed Petals “Eden” Flower Girl Halo ($48), H. Tessa Kim “Dawn” ($89), I. Twigs & Honey Whimsical Bridal Halo ($160), J. Twigs & Honey Tulle Sheer Birdcage Veil ($40), K. BHLDN Feathered Corsage Birdcage Veil ($300), L. Tessa Kim Tulle Birdcage Veil ($129), M. Emersonmade 3″ Wild Rose Clip ($42), N. Untamed Petals “Aurelia” ($115)

Until next time, here are few tips to remember: do your homework, bring in photos of what you want to your stylist, ask a ton of questions and get your final trim and color touch-up at least two weeks prior to your wedding. No matter how you plan on wearing your hair, be sure to go in for a trial and take a ton of photos to bring with you on your big day.

How about you? Will you be keeping it cool with a short style at your wedding? Will you be growing out your short locks for a glamorous updo? Let me know by leaving a comment in the section below. Either way, I know you’ll look beautiful!

I want to hear from you! Have an idea for a future column or a question for me? Leave a comment below or send me an email. I also enjoy random notes!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Amanda reply

    LOVE! I’m a mid-to-long-bob girl, and I was frantically googling yesterday for some wedding hairstyle inspiration. Thanks for the post.

  2. avatar Robyn Pigott reply

    Gorgeous inspiration! It almost makes me want short hair. I love the birdcage veil and the bob. Though, I really just love birdcage veils in general.

    I’d love to see a post just on hair accessories. Thanks for the post!

    ~ Robyn

  3. avatar melissa oholendt reply

    If anyone knows hair, it’s you Marissa! I’m totally sending this to all my 2011 brides with shorter hair.

    Oh, how I wish Southern Weddings had been around when I got married and spent days scouring celebrity photos for short-to-medium hair updos.

  4. avatar paloma reply

    I am bookmarking this for the future! As a graduated bob girl who frequently has (serious) long hair envy, this is such a welcome post! i can still be me and rock it! :)

  5. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    Okay, what I want to know? WHERE was this post when I went to get my haircut two months ago???? Bookmarking this NOW.

  6. avatar Jubilee Lau reply

    Love the short hair beauty!!! So refreshing to see these hairstyles!

  7. avatar courtney reply

    i love love love this! growing your hair out for your wedding is craziness! i have a short bob, long in front short in back and heavy bangs straight across. it defines me and gives me a little edge. i will be wearing a custom desinged gown that is incredibly modern. at first i wanted my moms catherdral lenght veil but instead, we are having her veil made into a birdcage veil. it will so chic!

  8. avatar Sarah reply

    Thank you!! I finally got the nerve up to get a super short cut, loved it, and then the proposal happened! Glad I don’t have to fret about growing it back in time- I still have cute options!

  9. avatar Lara reply

    You are officially my stylist from now on. Seriously. This makes me want to cut my hair short!

  10. avatar Kimber reply

    I have a variation of the Pob, and I’m planning on keeping it short. I’ve been scouring the internet for any short hair ideas, and all I could wind up with was ringlets…Seriously.


    This post has lifted my spirits!

    • avatar Adrienne reply

      I just cut my hair short, now its a nice soft afro. I am wearing a birdcage veil.

  11. avatar Jess reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I have always envisioned long hair for my wedding, but cut 15 inches off for Locks of Love the day before my then-boyfriend proposed! We’re having a short 5-month engagement and, needless to say, I’m going to be a short-haired bride. It really bummed me out until I saw this. Brides can be so beautiful with their short hair styles! You’ve encouraged me to rock mine on the big day. Thanks so much.

  12. avatar Desiree Oftedal reply

    Very nice, Marissa. I love that no matter what the bride’s day to day style is, there is a veil that captures her essence for her wedding day. So many varieties, long OR short hair :) love them all.

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Ladies and gents, please give a warm welcome to Marissa! She’ll be joining us about every three weeks to talk about fashion and style, and Southern fashion and style in particular. Marissa has a great eye and a knack for tracking things down, so if you have a question or a suggestion for a future topic, don’t hesitate to get in touch either by leaving a comment or shooting us an email! — Emily

Thanks for the great introduction, Emily! For those you that don’t know me, I’m Marissa! I’m new to the blog, but an old hand around SW. I’m a bit of a fashion addict with a healthy obsession with style — Southern style, especially! Classic wardrobe staples and vintage finds are a few of my particular favorites. I’ll be dropping in from time to time to give you a little fashion love!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to kick off this feature with the color red! I’m going to show you some simple and stylish ways to add a splash of this bright and cheery color to your big day.

Let’s start with red lipstick. A long-time favorite of celebrities on the red carpet like Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon, red lipstick can actually make your smile appear brighter. Choosing a blue-based red balances out pink undertones and makes teeth appear whiter. If you’re red-shy, try a berry or wine hue for your big day.

Image credits from top: Jose Villa for Once Wed, Simply Bloom, Justin and Mary and The Nichols, and Lark Photography. The last image is from one of my absolute favorite parts of SW V3, the Amelia Lyon Sweet Love feature. See more of this gorgeous editorial here.

Much like red lipstick, we’re seeing red nails make their way from the red carpet to wedding days more and more. Even our own KTW got in on the action at her recent nuptials by donning cherry-apple red polish (“I’m Not Really a Waitress” by OPI, for those of you who are wondering!). Also a fan of red, Katherine Heigl kept her make-up classic + clean, but glammed up her entire look with red nails at her winter wedding. Just a few tips: be sure to buy the same color that your manicurist uses to touch up unwanted chips, keep your nails short and square and remember the color in the bottle will appear a bit darker on your nails once the traditional two coats is applied and completely dry.

Image credits clockwise from top left: Our Labor of Love (see the rest of this awesome wedding here), Jasmine Star, Sarah E. Evans, OK! Magazine, The Image is Found, Tanja Lippert and Shannon Nicole Smith.

Now we’re on to the fun part, y’all…the shoes! Lots of brides are opting for pops of coordinating color to peek out from under the hem of their dress, but I think there’s just something especially exciting about red shoes! And since this feature is about Southern style, I couldn’t resist two very Southern shoe options – the wellie and the cowboy boot. Wellies are a fun and stylish option for rainy day weddings like the one below from Gregg Gibson. Ditching the heels for a pair of cowboy boots? Be sure to check out Katharine and Emily’s great round-up of boot options here. A couple tips for the road: be sure to bring any shoes you plan on wearing to your dress fittings to be sure the hem lies just so. Wear your wedding day shoes around your house with a pair of socks on under them, which will help to break the shoes in without blisters.

Image credits, clockwise from top left: Gregg Gibson, unknown via Michelle Rago, Jagger Photography and Elisabeth Millay.

Looking for your own perfect pop of red? We’ve rounded up a few options below!

Okay, that’s more than a few options. We couldn’t help ourselves! Where to find these beauties:

A. Hunter Wellies ($125), B. Christian Louboutin Lady Bow ($735), C. RSVP Carol ($62.30), D. Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ($395), E. Carlos Santana Prestige ($71.96), F. Pour La Victoire Irina ($260), G. RSVP Larisa ($89), H. Kate Spade Darla ($298), I. GUESS Rapine ($90), J. Toms Wedge ($68.95), K. Unlisted Natural Glow ($59), L. MAXSTUDIO Sxishi ($128.95), M. BP Romantic ($69.95), N. BP Summer ($69.95), O. Badgley Mischka Randall ($200), P. Kate Spade Kamille ($325), Q. Via Spiga Marilla ($198), R. heart shoe clips ($25), S. RSVP Angelique ($95), T. Valentino Bow Thong Sandal ($295), U. Keds Champion Canvas ($35), V. Nina Electra ($92.95)

Lastly, I just couldn’t leave out these handsome beaus. Their burst-of-red ties works perfectly together with their subdued grey suits. So dapper, no?

Photo by: Heather H. Photography

Readers, weigh in! Did you or would you add a splash of red to your wedding day? How will you incorporate pops of color into your design? Will you be donning red nails or lips? Tell me about it in the comment section below!

I want to hear from you! Have a question or an idea for a future column? Leave a comment below or send me an email! P.S. I also enjoy love notes.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Erin reply

    Great shoutout to OPI’s “I’m not really a waitress” red! I’ve rocked that color on my toes for probably two years straight, now! It’s *the perfect* red!

  2. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    oh how pretty! talk about daring, but gorgeous!

  3. avatar Lauren @ ELD reply

    Looooove all of this Marissa! I adore your style- hopefully I can get some style tips for general everyday style too! :)

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  5. avatar *holly. reply

    such a cute post….love the red! thanks, marissa!

  6. avatar Lara reply

    Love love LOVE!!!! I want ALL of those shoes! So happy to see this feature, M! xo

  7. avatar Jean Cotten Schnaak reply

    Simply beautiful!!! I love my red lipstick….so glad to see its return to the main stage!

  8. avatar Paloma reply

    What a great new feature! Those Valentino bow flip flops are out of this world.

  9. avatar Stefanie reply

    Yay, Marissa!!!!! So excited for your new column and all that you add to the SW team! Been making good use of my red wellies with the all the ice + snow down here!

  10. avatar Patti reply

    I love the emphasis on red. It really makes the traditional “wedding white” pop. My daughter is getting married in May and she has opted for bright pink shoes under her dress – I was a little skeptical at first, but now I think it’s a great look! Too bad we can’t get the groomsmen to wear bright pink ties! And the cowboy boots are great!

  11. avatar Sara Kauss reply

    How FUN Marissa!!! Great article. Just because of this article, I’m going out right now and buying those amazing Louboutin’s in red. :)

  12. avatar Emily reply

    I keep re-reading this post because I love it so much! Great job, Marissa!

  13. avatar Marissa reply

    Thanks for the warm welcome and all the kind words!! This was such a fun feature to work on and I’m so glad y’all like it!

  14. avatar Annie reply

    What a great article! I’m so glad that you are here, Marissa! I think you have a great perspective and I’m really excited to read your next article. A great addition!

  15. avatar Kathy reply

    What a great article! I loved all the pictures! I used to wear red lipstick and thought it had gone out of style. I’m pulling it out of the cupboard!

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  18. avatar Kristin Vining reply

    So excited for you, Marissa!! It is a GORGEOUS spread!! I feel the love!! CONGRATS!! xo

  19. avatar Lori reply

    I have been looking for the perfect red nail polish… I am going on the hunt for OPI’s “I’m not really a waitress” tomorrow! I swear by OPI polishes, in the rare event my nails are actually polished, and it sounds like this is one in need of being added to my collection.

  20. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    Ah, love this post Marissa!

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