3 Gorg DIY Wedding 'Dos That Inspire

Among a laundry list of other expenses, a bride-to-be also needs to budget for a knockout hairstyle — one that won't overpower a veil, yet can stand on its own once that puppy comes off and you're cutting up a rug like a dancing fool. But, between the cost of the trial run and the real deal, your 'do can cost a lot of dough. So, to help you save some hard-earned coin, wedding hair expert Stevie Smith of Smith & Davis salon showed us three easy DIY styles that only look like you spent a lot of money and time.
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The '40s Wave
A set of hot rollers and about 30 minutes is all you need for this simple-yet-sophisticated 'do.

Model: Jessica Larusso of Ford Models
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Make a dramatic side part and lightly spray your hair with a medium-hold hairspray. "In order to make the S-curve wave, the way you set the rollers is very important," explains Smith. So, the first two rollers on the heavy side of the part (the model's left side in this photo) will be responsible for the wave.

Using medium-to-large sized rollers, start rolling at the the top of the scalp, making sure to start at the roots, not at the ends. "This ensures that there is even heat from roots to ends," says Smith.
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After you roll the top section, start at the bottom by making rows of about three-to-four rollers until you reach the top of the scalp.

"When you roll the back, don't start at the top," explains Smith. "Start lower (as pictured) so you don't get that poofy look." You don't need the volume here since you're creating an old-school glam look with a dropped crown.
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This is what your hair should look like when it's completely rolled.
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Keep the rollers in until they completely cool — about 10 to 15 minutes. When you remove each roller (starting at the bottom), cradle each curl and give it a light spritz of hairspray before letting it go.
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Take a boar-bristle brush and lightly comb the curls into S-waves using gentle strokes.
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Take about a one-inch strip in the middle of the non-part heavy side, and lightly backcomb. "This helps the hair comb stay in place," explains Smith.
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On the same side, smooth the hair behind the ear while twisting under.
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Push a bobby pin into the twist.
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Push the comb into the twist. Lightly spray the entire style with a medium-hold hairspray.

BHLDN hair comb.
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We love this look so much, we'd wear it even if we weren't getting married!
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The Romantic Pony
Outdoor wedding on the beach? Gorgeous, this is for you!
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Make a low side part. Then, gather the heavy side of the part into a section that ends at the top of your ear.
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Pinch hair and roll up into a twist.
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Secure the twist with as many bobby pins as needed. Take the end of a ribbon (ideally, one that is lacy so that it's easy to secure with the bobby pins) and secure one end into the twist.
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Start to wrap the ribbon around the hair from the twist.
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Continue the twist across the back of the scalp, adding hair as you go. "If you're more advanced, you can braid the ribbon into the hair," says Smith.
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Keep introducing more hair as you twist until you reach the opposite side of the scalp.
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Make a final twist and secure with bobby pins.
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Brush and lightly spray the opposite side section.
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Pinch the section above the ear and proceed to twist and roll away from the ear.
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Pin the twist into the first section. Grab all of the hair together, and start to wrap the ribbon around the ponytail.
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Secure the ribbon with bobby pins under the ponytail.
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Lightly backcomb the ponytail for extra texture.
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Now, this is what we call the perfect destination wedding 'do!
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Don't forget to soften the twist by lightly tugging on the sections in between the ribbon.
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Look 3: Garden Goddess
This easy updo is perfect for the bride who wishes to have a more traditional style, but with a modern-day twist (and it's totally hot off the runways — check out Zac Posen's spring look!).
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Spray hair with a sea-salt spray like Ocean Mist from Sachajuan. Scrunch the hair from roots to ends.
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Continue scrunching the hair while blow-drying on a low setting. "After you heat the hair, lift and hold it until it cools," explains Smith. "This will help retain the volume and eliminate frizz."
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Apply a volume powder (not a dry shampoo) at the roots. "A dry shampoo can dry out clean hair, whereas a volume powder will add the right amount of oomph," says Smith.
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Start at the top of the head by rolling small bunches of hair, making sure to leave out a "tail." Secure each twist with a bobby pin. "Don't over think this step," says Smith. "There's no right or wrong place to twist!"
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After you make a few smaller twists at the top, begin twisting larger sections in rows across the scalp — about three twists per row. Secure each twist with bobby pins.
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Make sure your twists are above your ears.
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As you can see, no brush was used to smooth out the hair — just fingers. This keeps the 'do from looking over-styled.
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Once you reach the nape of the neck, you'll take even larger sections. Twist until the hair begins to coil, and pin into place.
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This is a good example of how large the sections should be towards the end.
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Continue twisting, coiling, and pinning the hair. This is what your hair will start to look like once you're almost done.
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Give your head a light shake. Secure any areas you feel need more attention with bobby pins.
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Note how the twisted "bun" in the back is actually your three larger twists. This will be the most important part to secure.
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Using your fingers, soften the hair in between the twists.
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If you're not into flowers, you can stop right here, and you'll still look gorgeous — but for the full garden-party look, continue on to the next step!
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Nestle in the flowers and pin (on the wire) in a perpendicular fashion.

"If you're using faux flowers, they already have a wire, so you're good to go," says Smith. "But if you'd like to use real flowers, take them to a florist and have them wired."
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You can place as many or as few as you wish! "If using real flowers, choose spray roses, orchids, jasmine, palm daisies, or freesia — these flowers last the longest," says Smith.
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And there you have it! A stunning 'do that will still look gorgeous even if Mother Nature chooses not to cooperate on your big day.

Need a little more confidence before doing your own hair? Smith teaches DIY wedding hair lessons! Contact Smith & Davis for details.
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