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Picking out an updo hairstyle for your big day can be a lot of fun, 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!
Not sure where to begin looking? Then you should probably stick around because we’ve pulled together 13 bridal updo ideas that will help you make an unforgettable entrance…
Wedding hairstyles: Updos that will make you want to say ‘I do’
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 your day feel extra special.
2. Headband rolled updo
If it’s simple elegance you’re seeking, this gorgeous headband rolled wedding hair updo won’t disappoint. The only trick to this hairstyle is finding a headband that fits your head comfortably and 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.
3. Retro rolled updo
Up next: 7 vintage updo hairstyles you should copy.
4. Donut bun
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.
5. Ballerina bun
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.
6. French twist
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 Spray, because it helps protect hair from 7 types of styling damage, including heat damage from heated tools.
7. Messy, swept-back bun
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 it has the royal seal of approval!
8. Sleek bun
Can’t muster up the courage to rock an undone hairstyle on the big day? Then this sleek and sophisticated bridal updo has your name on it.
Even after some tousling by the wind during your photos, it’ll still look polished for dinner and dancing in the evening.
9. Side bun
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.
10. Fishtail + milkmaid braided updo
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 7 steps, here.
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.
11. Low braided bun + ribbon
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!
12. Crown braid updo
Not a fan of wedding hair updos with tiaras? You can still be the queen of the day with this fancy crown braid hairstyle. And guess what? We’ve got an easy crown braid tutorial, here for you to follow along with.