How to find the perfect match – dress and hairstyle – for your wedding day.

The music starts. You take your first step and it feels as if you’re floating. The walk down the aisle on your wedding day is the one dreamy moment you’ve played over in your mind a thousand times. All eyes will be on you, and the silhouette you create when you enter the room.

What makes a picture-perfect bride? You must match your curly coif with the style of your wedding gown, says curl expert Christo of New York’s Christo Fifth Avenue salon.

It’s a critical step in creating the overall look on your wedding day. In fact, Christo says he always asks to see a bride’s dress before even considering how to style her hair.

Here we provide several sensational style options to match the five most-popular dream dresses. Whether you envision a wedding day steeped in elegant tradition or dazzling drama, you’ll find a solution that best suits you!

Allover beaded lace gown with empire waist from David's Bridal


STYLE: A Renaissance dress with a raised waistline placed just below the bust, while the rest of the gown flows freely to the hem.


This captivating gown is reminiscent of the Victorian era. (Think of Ang Lee’s movie “Sense & Sensibility.”)

“This is my favorite dress for naturally curly hair, because you can leave a lot of curls showing,” Christo says. “You can wear your curls either tied back or loose, and it’s very romantic.”

If you choose to wear your hair half-up, half-down, Christo suggests taking small sections of curls — starting from the temples and then ear to ear — and tie them into small knots (as you would a rope). To sprinkle in more romance and innocence, adorn the ‘do with baby’s breath or miniature roses.

“You can also add extensions for a more dramatic look, as long as they match your hair texture,” Christo says.

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Teri Evans
Like Regina posted. It's not Victorian or Renaissance. Dresses with the waist just below the bust are called Regency or Empire since they were fashionable from the French Revolution through the early 1820s. Victorian is the big hoop skirt like in Civil War pictures--Not Sense and Sensibility. I might be too picky but making a mistake like that so early in the piece makes me want to discredit the rest of what you are saying.

Could anyone tell me the designer of the wedding dress in the first picture of this article- the empire waist, "Renaissance style dress"? And info on the headpiece would be wonderful too. That is my perfect dress!

Okay, the section on empire dresses cracks me up. It's a Renaissance Victorian dress, like from Sense and Sensibility? Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility was set in the Regency era... which came before the Victorian era (which actually didn't have as much in the way of empire waists), and after the Renaissance. Just so you know.