In order to create the perfect wedding hair, there are a few things you'll have to do in advance to ensure your hair is in the best possible condition. I've put together a timeline you should follow for the 12 months leading up to your wedding.

If you don't have that much time, then just consolidate the steps into whatever shorter timeframe you've got. The most important thing is to make sure you have a trial, you don't want any nasty surprises on the day!

Eight - Twelve Months to Go

Begin thinking about your bridal hairstyle. Check out magazines and the internet. Take into account the time of year you will be married. For example, how will the weather impact; is it likely to be hot and humid or cold, wet and windy?

Three Months to Go

Have your first consultation with your hairdresser. It should take around 15-30 minutes and be free of charge. If you don't have a picture of your gown, you'll need to give a full description of it. You'll also need to mention any jewellery you plan to wear, and the type of shoes (they may need to add height). If you're trying out a new hairdresser, you can have as many of these consultations as you wish with no obligation to commit (it pays not to get too carried away though, so perhaps visit three different hairstylists).

When you've chosen a hairstylist, book a trial appointment for one month before your wedding, or you could book two tirals over a period of two months prior to the day. You should also book your wedding day appointment at the same time.

If you're having a cut, trim or color, book for these as well. If money isn't an issue and it's practical, you could also book trial appointments for your bridesmaids. However, it's usually enough for the hairstylist to meet your bridesmaids prior to the day to see their hair texture and length etc. Don't delay in making your appointments, as the good hairstylists book up quickly.

One Month to Go

Have your trial. This should take around an hour and most hairstylists will charge for it.

On the Day

Remember not to wash your hair (do it the day before). Reserve around 50 minutes to an hour and a half to have your hair styled. Wear a button up top and if you're visiting a salon, take all your hair accessories with you. Relax and enjoy looking beautiful!