There are a thousand and one things to organise once you’ve responded with an emphatic yes to a marriage proposal, but few of these are as fun as planning the ultimate wedding hair do for the big day.

With your own version of the paparazzi snapping your every move from the opening chord of the Wedding March until you drive off into the sunset, having a bad hair day is simply not an option. Whether you aspire to be a traditional, modern, casual or off-the-wall interpretation of the blushing bride you should aim to look like you- only the A-list version and not arrive at the altar virtually unrecognisable.

Getting your hair in shape can be labour intensive particularly if you are the type that sees your dentist more often than you do your stylist.  A growing spree should commence at least 12 months before your wedding day if you want your hair significantly longer.  If you still need help- hair extensions are an option , not just for length, for volume and colour too, but don’t try them for the first time on the day itself.  You can have clip in temporary extensions which can be worn up or down. Also there are a range of hair ‘pads’ and pieces to help accentuate fuller ‘up-do’ styles.

You will undoubtedly need to book for the big day well in advance as you may be competing with other brides for our services. Particularly in the wedding high season that is British Summer Time.

Trial runs with the dress, veil or headdress worn together are essential and best staged approx 1 month before the wedding  just in case the style isnt as envisaged and you need to rethink. However doin it too far in advance will not give u the true illusion as of course hair grows!  Capture your hairstyle on camera from all angles to make sure it’s as photogenic as you anticipated.

The shape of the neckline of your dress is key when considering your hairstyle. With strapless gowns almost anything goes as far as wearing hair up or down.  High necklines and halter-necks will work best with ‘up-do’s, bobs or short styles.  Sleek chignons, pleats and ballerina buns are all timeless, elegant ways to wear long hair without being too over the top and overpowering.  Anything too contrived or cutting edge will date really quickly which is not ideal if your wedding day portraits are to be displayed prominently on various mantelpieces for years to come.

Whatever ‘do’ you choose, if you’re not wearing a veil the back of your head will be coming in for a lot of scrutiny from the congregation so introducing some interesting detail, pin curls, flowers or bejewelled slides could make it a real winner.

Don’t overlook hair colour.  A week before the big day, touch up your roots and highlights and remember to apply a semi-permanent gloss three to four days in advance for a dazzling natural looking sheen.  Try not to over-process your hair with chemicals.

Over-elaborate styles can be inappropriate in a casual, naturalistic setting – from sunflowers to sunsets.  Royston Blythe and Nick Malenko, alias the Dream Queens are wedding hair maestros and say, ‘The secret is to keep hair looking loose and modern – soft curls are always an option. Simply pin curls into the desired shape for a romantic look that will last all day.’

Romance is the aim of the day.