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Picking out an updo hairstyle for your big day is an exciting decision but we also understand that it can be a stressful affair. And it’s not the lack of choice that is the problem, quite the opposite: there are just so many gorgeous wedding updos to choose from it’s almost impossible to decide!

Not sure where to begin looking? We’ve pulled together 23 beautiful bridal updo ideas that will help make your walk down the aisle totally unforgettable.

1. Boho braid

Wedding updos: Back view of a blonde bride with a bohemian Dutch braid updo
You can’t beat an effortless, bohemian bridal updo. Credit: Instagram.com/sabrinadijkmancolor

For the bohemian bride, this Dutch braided bridal updo is a perfect fit. Keep some strands loose around the front and pancake your braid to give it a more undone feel. Credit: @sabrinadijkmancolor

Editor’s tip: The secret to long-lasting braided wedding updos? Hairspray, of course. So, try using the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray on your mane after styling, to help keep your hair on-point all day.

Next read: More boho hairstyles for festival season & beyond

2. Chignon

Wedding updos: Close up shot of two models with low knotted bun, wearing pink gowns and posing in a bedroom
This wedding hair updo has you and your girl squad’s name written all over it. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

When it comes to bridal updos, this elegant chignon is a fail-safe option for ladies who like everything to stay in place. But the best thing about it? It works for all hair types, and is guaranteed to make you feel extra special.

3. Tiara updo

Wedding updos: Photo of a brunette bride with a low bun hairstyle and a leaf design tiara, wearing a strapless white dress
Not a veil kind of bride? Try a tiara instead. Credit: Instagram.com/taniamarasbridal

If a veil isn’t quite your style, why not consider a tiara instead? We love the contrast of this simple style with the intricate floral crown and it guarantees all eyes will be on you. Credit: @taniamarasbridal

4. Headband rolled updo

Wedding updos: Brunette model with hair tucked chignon/headband roll Blumarine 17
Headbands make light work of trickier updos. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If it’s simple elegance you’re seeking, this gorgeous headband rolled wedding hair updo won’t disappoint. The trick to this hairstyle is finding a headband that fits your head comfortably enough that you can wear it all day and night and one that goes well with your dress.

Editor’s tip: Want to make your wedding updos shine? Spray them with a shine-booster like the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray. This will give your hair a luxurious high-shine as well as protect it from frizz.

5. Bun with bangs

Wedding updos: Side view of a blonde woman with her hair in a high twisted bun with a long fringe and a pink flower hair slide
This style works amazingly with a fringe. Credit: Instagram.com/lenabogucharskaya

From Bardot bangs to choppy styles, fringes are a huge trend right now and luckily, there are plenty of stunning wedding updos that incorporate a fringe into the look. Take this bride’s soft bun with wispy bangs and pretty in pink flower hair clip, for example. Credit: @lenabogucharskaya

6. Retro rolled updo

Wedding updos: Close up shot of model on the bridal runway with low rolled updo with a flower in it, wearing white open back wedding dress
Give your rolled hairdo a retro twist with some flowers. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Work the aisle like a retro queen by pairing a Gibson tuck updo with a large, single blossom. Then, with your hair swept up, why not dial up the drama with an open back wedding dress?

Up next: Vintage updo hairstyles to copy

7. Floral updo

Wedding updos: Back view of a brunette woman with her hair in a twisted updo with pink, peach and white flowers in
A beautiful way to match your hair to your bouquet. Credit: Instagram.com/labicyclettebordeaux

Getting married in the woods? Give your mane a whimsical, fairylike touch with this floral-adorned updo and pair with a flower braided bun to complete the look. Credit: @labicyclettebordeaux

8. Donut bun

Wedding updos: Close up shot of model with donut bun updo, with a floral headband around it, wearing wedding dress and posing in a studio
The secret behind this bridal updo? A hair donut! Credit: Hariono Halim

Looking for voluminous wedding hairstyles? Updos that are created with a hair donut, like this classic one, are your best bet. Just don’t forget to leave some romantic tendrils out at the front for a soft and feminine finish.

9. Side twisted updo

Wedding updos: Side profile of an Asian woman with brunette hair styled in a side twisted updo with loose strands, with a flower hair accesory
Twisted details and loose tendrils are a romantic hair pairing. Credit: Instagram.com/asakiyok

Twisted details and a flower headpiece make this understated bridal look an instant classic. Credit: @asakiyok

10. Ballerina bun

Wedding updos: A brunette with a ballerina-inspired bun hairstyle Carol Hannah FW 17
Ballerina hair, don’t care! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Refined ballerinas spring to mind when we think of the classic high bun, so it comes as no surprise that it’s made it onto our updos for weddings list, too.

This cute hairstyle works across all hair types, but it’s especially ideal if you have thick hair, as this makes it easier to form a full, neat bun.

Up next: How to create the perfect ballerina bun.

11. Sleek bun

Wedding updos: Back view of a brunette with a sleek low twisted bun, wearing statement earrings
Offset a dramatic dress with a sleek style. Credit: Instagram.com/lenabogucharskaya

For the fashion-forward bride, try slicking your hair into a low knotted bun with plenty of shine for a style that makes an impact. Credit: @lenabogucharskaya

Editor’s tip: To achieve a really sleek-looking low bun, use a gel like the VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel to define your parting and smooth down any frizz or flyaways.

12. French twist

Wedding updos: Back view of a brunette model at Matthew Christopher Bridal show FW17 with a modern French Twist hairstyle
Why not try a French twist for your big day? Credit: indigitalimages.com

Now, we’ll be honest with you: almost nothing can beat the sheer elegance of a classic French twist. Perfect for straight hair, this look would be the pièce de résistance at any classic white wedding.

Editor’s tip: If you aren’t blessed with straight locks and plan on using heat to achieve this wedding hair updo (or any others mentioned in this article), don’t forget to prep your strands with a good heat protectant.

We suggest you try the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Spraybecause it helps protect hair from 7 types of styling damage, including heat damage from heated tools.

13. Knot updo

Wedding updos: Back view of a redhead with a knotted updo with flower hair accessory and loose strands around her face
Tie the knot (literally!) with a knotted wedding hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/topknothairstylist

Sometimes the catwalks really are the best place to look for inspiration for wedding hairstyles. Updos with knotted details have been spotted all over the runway and they’re a really stylish way to give your updo the extra edge. Credit: @topknothairstylist

14. Messy, swept-back bun

Wedding updos: Close up shot of model with wavy bridal updo, wearing white dress and posing in a studio
If it’s good enough for Meghan, it’s good enough for you. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Messy updos for a wedding can totally work — and, one glance at this loose, swept-back bun, above, should be all the convincing you need. Plus, it’s similar to the style Meghan Markle herself wore at her wedding to Prince Harry, so you know it has the royal seal of approval!

15. Unstructured updo

Wedding updos: Side view of a woman with ash blonde hair in a disheveled unstructured updo, wearing a white lace choker
This unpolished look is full of texture. Credit: Instagram.com/grace_loves_lace

If you hate the thought of overly-styled updos for your wedding, this messy, unstructured style could be a contender. Soft and natural, with this look you’ll look and feel like the best version of yourself.  Credit: @grace_loves_lace

16. Sleek bun

Wedding updos: Close up shot of model on the bridal runway with slicked back low bun, wearing v-cut wedding dress
There’s nothing with rocking a red carpet look to your wedding. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

You deserve an Oscar-worthy wedding hairstyle for the big day and this sleek and sophisticated bridal updo has your name written all over it.

Even after some tousling by the wind during your photos, it’ll still look polished for dinner and dancing in the evening.

17. Updo with a veil

Wedding updos: Blonde bride with a low chignon and a veil
A delicate lace veil is the perfect finishing touch. Credit: Instagram.com/saracoronaphoto

Always dreamed of wearing a veil? Traditional meets modern with this effortless low bun and tulle lace veil combo. Credit: @saracoronaphoto

18. Side bun

Wedding updos: Brunette model with hair worn to the side in a bun at eddyk FW17
Style your bun with a little bit of sass by moving it to the side. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Want to wear your bun differently? We suggest you work it in an off-centre fashion by moving it to the side, like this runway model has done.

This wedding hair updo is great for thinner tresses, because unlike high and classic low buns, it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit smaller.

Up next: Side bun hairstyles for any occasion.

19. Upside down braid

Wedding updos: Back view of a brunette with an upside down French braided updo
The detail in this upside down braid will look amazing as you walk down the aisle. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyjeandarkchidiac

An upside down braid into a bun makes a classic braided updo all the more exciting and is sure to wow your guests. Wondering how to do it? Well then, you’re in luck as our tutorial, here, shows you exactly how to get the look! Credit: @hairbyjeandarkchidiac

Editor’s tip: Worried your braid won’t last? An easy way to give your strands more grip is by spritzing with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray before braiding – that way, you won’t have to worry about it falling out.

20. Fishtail milkmaid updo

Wedding updos: Close up shot of woman with messy fishtail braid, wearing floral wedding dress
Looking for braided wedding updos? Try this one out!

When it comes to romantic wedding updos, our absolute favourite is this snazzy fishtail + milkmaid braid combo.

You can make this style as messy or as polished as you want to suit the vibe and theme of your wedding. Ready to try this look? Just follow these steps.

21. Low braided bun + ribbon

Wedding updos: Close up shot of model on the bridal runway with a braided low bun, complete with white ribbon around, wearing a white wedding cape and drop earrings
Ribbons and bridal updos do go together. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Want to try out a braided bun hairstyle but not sure how you can give it that truly bridal twist? Say hello to the wedding hair updo of your dreams: the low braided bun.

This style is full of fashionable flair and made wedding-perfect with the addition of some white ribbon. Here comes the braid!

22. Crown braid updo

Wedding updos: Close up shot of model on the bridal runway with crown braid hairstyle, with a veil wrapped around it, wearing white dress and posing
Your crowning glory? This hairstyle! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you want your make-up to be the focus, this regal-inspired crown braid will help you show off your wedding day glam.

23. Wavy side-swept ponytail

Wedding updos: Back view of a woman with long dark hair in a side twisted ponytail with pearl accessories wearing a white back detail wedding dress
This bridal updo works best with some pearly accessories. Credit: Hariono Halim

Love an accessory? Us too, and with some pretty pearl accessories and this wavy side ponytail, you’ll be able to show everyone just how on-trend and fun bridal updos can be.