Attack of the Short-Haired Bride

When I announced my engagement, several people told me there are two things ‘every’ bride does: grow her hair long and go on a diet. Me? I did neither. I admit part of the reason I didn’t grow my hair out was…well…it was already as long as it goes, which is about hip length. That seemed like plenty of hair for my purposes, anyway.

Still, in reaction to comments like that, a tiny piece of me wanted to go out and get a buzz cut.

I didn’t, though I’ve had one before and rocked it pretty well, actually. But that gives you an idea of just how much it annoyed me to be informed that only long-haired women were welcome at the altar.

The attitude seems to carry on to this day, too. In a google image search for ‘short-haired bride’ I found three measly pages of images. In one for ‘short hair’ + ‘bride’ I got a lot more pages…and at least 90% of them were of long-haired brides. One image presented for my consideration was of Nicole Kidman’s wedding to Keith Urban, where his hair wasn’t exactly short, either. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against long hair on a man. In fact, Mr. Twistie’s hair has been considerably longer than mine numerous times. It’s just that wasn’t what I was looking for.

What I was looking for was images of brides rocking the short locks and looking fabulous – particularly if they did so while not adding hairpieces or making faux long styles. Well, I found a few. These I pass on as inspiration to brides who wear their hair short and don’t want to grow it out for the wedding.

First off, what could be prettier or more feminine than a sassy birdcage veil and a smile as wide as all outdoors? She’s striking in the best possible way. Simple, sleek hair doesn’t need to change. Just add an accessory that shows it off to its best advantage.

Or, there’s this more traditional veil worn low on the head. I’m surprised at how much I love this look, but I really do.

Of course you don’t have to wear a veil. I didn’t, and I’ve always been completely happy with my choice. Maybe you prefer a jeweled headband and a touch of added volume to your hair.

Or you might prefer to keep your volume at the same level and add the less expected touch of a feathered headband. I don’t know about you, but I’m really taken with this one.

Of course you can do the traditional flower in the hair, even if your hair is far from traditional. That heather spray makes me smile, and so does her gloriously spiky do.

Short hair doesn’t mean you won’t look like a bride. It just means that you’ll look like a bride with short hair. Take good care of it in the weeks before your wedding, make sure you get a really good cut, and accessorize in a way that makes you happy. Then smile and have a wonderful wedding!

7 Responses to “Attack of the Short-Haired Bride”

  1. My husband’s stepdaughter, M, got married last summer. Her hair is short and she looked adorable. Well, she looks adorable all the time, so it wasn’t difficult. I would post photos of M’s wedding but I told M not to invite me so M wouldn’t have to deal with the issue with her mother, who did not know I existed at the time. (For the record, my husband left M’s mother five years before I met him. I am not a homewrecker.)

    Then her mother insisted that my husband, who raised M from the age of 11, put her through college and was asked by M two years ago to walk her down the aisle, not attend the wedding.

    But M showed us photos of her wedding when she came to our wedding in September. And she looked lovely in her veiled short-haired glory.

    Man. I just cannot stick to the point, can I? But there is so much I really cannot blog about because my blog is open to my family and friends! I need a top-secret blog!

  2. LPC says:

    Those short hair brides are just so classic, so WASP, so Jackie O, so Roman Holiday.

  3. Melissa B. says:

    Twistie, thanks for this! I have chin-length hair (similar to the bride in the last photo) and I flirted briefly with growing it out, but I realized I really do look much better with short hair so I decided to leave it as is. (I used to have hair almost down to my waist, so I know the short hair is a better look for me!)

  4. Twistie says:

    LPC, I wasn’t trying to go so white, but those were the images I found. OTOH, I can’t see where you’re getting ‘classic’ or ‘Jackie O’ out of the bride with the very spiky hair and the exuberant tattoo on her arm.

    Class Factotum, I’m sure she was lovely on her wedding day…and that she is the rest of the time, too.

    Melissa B., there are women who just look better with shorter hair. If you’re one of them, then don’t worry about what others expect; be the best Melissa B. After all, he’s marrying you because, well, you’re you, short hair and all. And I bet you’re going to be a superfantastic bride. So there.

  5. YO! I actually just posted about this a couple of days ago! If you’d like some more fun pics, come on by! The post is “Why “I’m growing it out for the wedding” can be lame-o”, posted Mar 26th, over here. Enjoy!

  6. Myami says:

    I like ALL of these, especially the heather spray (they look so relaxed & happy together – bonus!) and the feathered band, which if I’d only heard it described, I would’ve though “Ugh, no”.

  7. Liz says:

    Great article! Thanks for giving us short haired brides some adorable ideas!