Retro Wedding Hair

Retro wedding hairstyle inspiration

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Make sure you look the part at your retro themed wedding by choosing a retro inspired wedding hairstyle! We’ve gathered our top ten retro wedding hairstyles from hairstylists, makeup artists and bridal headwear designers from across Ireland and the rest of the world!

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  • Beehive with FlowersBeehive with FlowersThis look from Emma McManus Bespoke Vintage Designs is a dream for all retro brides, especially if you’re not a fan of veils! The gorgeous floral headpiece is the perfect match for the 60s inspired beehive and bold eye makeup. If you opt for this style, make sure to keep a mini can of hairspray around for evening touch-ups and choose waterproof makeup if you’re prone to tears!

    For more information visit: www.emmamcmanus.com
  • Glitzy BunGlitzy BunIf you’ve got a lot of hair, consider a wedding hairstyle that keeps it out of your face. This look has a retro style high crown, with lots of volume, and a neat bun at the back. Add a touch of glamour with a sparkly hair slide like the Foxtrot from Lou Lou Belle Designs. This style would work well for bridesmaids, or for a bride looking for an understated hairstyle.

    For more information visit: www.louloubelle.co.uk
  • Art Deco Head BandArt Deco Head BandAdd a serious dose of glamour to your wedding hairstyle by opting for a 1920s inspired headband that goes across your forehead. This statement headband from Flo & Percy would suit a simple, loose hairstyle and a figure skimming satin wedding dress. The diamante details on the side of the headband balance out hair that is styled to one side.

    For more information visit: www.floandpercy.com
  • Birdcage VeilBirdcage VeilFor a true retro wedding look, add a birdcage veil! This look, styled by Galway based professional makeup artist Sara Duffy, is the definition of vintage glamour. A bold red lip always makes a statement, especially when paired with a white wedding dress and dramatic lashes. If you don’t fancy an elaborate hairstyle, a birdcage veil is a great retro alternative and adds a glamorous 50s feel to any look.

    For more information visit: www.saraduffymakeup.co.uk
  • Maximum VolumeMaximum VolumeThey say the bigger the better, right? That’s definitely the case with this amazing hairstyle from the Wedding Hair Expert. Use additional hair pieces to get maximum volume for a retro beehive hairstyle that makes a true statement. This hairstyle is so bold it doesn’t need any hair accessories — simply team it with drop earrings and retro makeup!

    Model: Danielle Phipps Fogarty; Photographer: Tiara Rad @ Photography Mill; Hair: Veronika Byrne @ Wedding Hair Expert; MUA: Louise Kaiser; Dress & accessories: Dirty Fabulous; Flowers: Olga Apine @ Floral Beauty

    For more information visit: weddinghairexpert.com
  • A Full FringeA Full FringeOne of the easiest ways to add a retro twist to your wedding hairstyle is to incorporate a full fringe. If you have fine hair, consider a clip in fringe to add density. A fringe balances out a beehive or up do perfectly, and is a great option if you feel a bit naked with all your hair swept away from your face. The ‘Audrey’s Dream’ tiara from Flo & Percy adds bridal sparkle to this look.

    For more information visit: www.floandpercy.com
  • Pearl HeadpiecePearl HeadpieceThis beautiful hairband from Jo Barnes is the ideal way to dress up an up do. It would also work with loose curls, all swept to one side. Choose a large headpiece with pearls or crystals for a glamorous and retro 1920s vibe. You don’t need any other jewellery with such a statement headpiece, so it’s the perfect choice if you don’t wear much jewellery in your day to day life.

    For more information visit: www.jobarnesvintage.com
  • Gold AccessoriesGold AccessoriesThis elaborate, curled up do is inspired by a popular style in the 1940s. It is a great way to keep longer hair up and away from your face, but could work for short hair too with the addition of hair pieces. The unusual gold hair accessory from Emma McManus Bespoke Vintage Designs complements the shape of the hair style perfectly!

    For more information visit: www.emmamcmanus.com
  • Side Swept HairSide Swept HairIf you want your hair down on your wedding day, it’s still possible to do that and have a retro twist. This look, styled by Sara Duffy, shows you how! Curled hair, swept away from your face on one side and secured with a glamorous hair comb, is a beautiful take on retro style. The addition of the lace edged veil keeps the look traditionally bridal.

    For more information visit: www.saraduffymakeup.com
  • Retro GlamourRetro GlamourIf you want your wedding look to be all about retro glamour, then be inspired by this look from the Wedding Hair Expert. The elaborate hairstyle features subtle details, such as the plaited section across the front, which adds texture and interest. Paired with the alluring eye makeup and bold lip, you’ll look like a Hollywood screen siren as you sashay down the aisle!

    For more information visit: www.weddinghairexpert.com

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