13 flattering wedding updos that are worth trying

All Things Hair | 07 June 2018

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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’


updos for wedding: 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

1. Chignon

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.

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

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.

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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.

bridal 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

3. Retro rolled updo

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: 7 vintage updo hairstyles you should copy.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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!

bridal 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray

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.

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

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!

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

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.

wedding hair updo: 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

13. Wavy side-swept ponytail

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 glamorous and fun bridal updos can be.

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