Say Yes to the Tress! Event Recap of Tresses & Dresses Soiree
Your special day is approaching. Everything should be perfect. Perfect partner, perfect venue, and the dress is a whole YAS! As a curly, kinky hair bride-to-be, your hair deserves to be perfect too. When you look through Pinterest and bridal magazines, however, it seems that all the hair inspiration is for straight hair. What’s a curly bride to do?
At Cubicles & Curls, our motto is “Curls for Every Dress Code” and your wedding day should be no different! The Tresses & Dresses Soiree came correct with all the answers and inspiration for natural hair brides. Hosted by TresseNoire, the on-demand, in home salon service, & Black Bride Magazine, this event featured demos, bridal Q&A, black-owned wedding vendors, and even a bridal gown fashion show!
Felicia Leatherwood, celebrity natural hairstylist to stars like Issa Rae, Teyonah Paris, and Ava DuVernay was first in the line-up and answered all of our natural hair bridal questions. Best wedding day style? An intricate updo that shows your face but isn’t going to act brand new in humidity or wind. Advice for brides on communicating with their stylist? Let your stylist know if you want your style to last longer than the day of, if weather is a concern in your wedding destination, and if the stylist will be responsible for other members of the bridal party. Advice to stylists? Have an assistant who can show up early to get the bride prepped before you arrive and do a video recorded run through of the style at least 4 months before. Felicia then did a demo of a bridal style on long loc’d hair. She pointed out that the intricate style was great because it allowed the bride to be versatile in wearing it all up or partially down. Felicia also put us on game to the hair pins we should be using — Frenchie’s Flocked Hairpins for their soft velvet texture that matches ours and blends in better than shiny metallic pins.
Next up, Keyaira Kelly from Madame Noire interviewed a soon-to-be wed couple on relationship and wedding planning advice. This couple’s biggest challenge: trimming the guest list. Accommodating guests can drive up wedding costs significantly. The groom-to-be’s philosophy was to narrow the list down to people who have visited the couple in the last two years and people from out of state/country who have visited the couple when they come to town. When you think about it, you want to share your special day with people who prioritize you the same way you prioritize them. Another gem shared by the couple was on balancing your expectations with family expectations. Especially in families with strong cultural traditions, it can be hard to keep everyone happy. The couple took their favorite elements from their families’ cultural traditions to truly make their wedding unique.
Finally, the soiree ended off with a bridal gown fashion show which featured black-owned designers Amsale & Pantora Bridal, as well as Israeli plus-size designer Studio Levana’s gowns for brides, bridesmaids, and flower girls. Not only were the dresses stunning but the models also wore beautiful bridal hair styles to fill your Pinterest boards for days.
Although I won’t be in any bridal parties or attending weddings any time soon, I just had to check out this inaugural event to see the latest natural hair bridal styles for myself. The event featured so many-black owned vendors and really created an atmosphere of black beauty, self-love, and womanhood. Can’t wait to attend next year!