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
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.
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
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
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
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
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7. Floral updo
8. 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.
9. Side twisted updo
Twisted details and a flower headpiece make this understated bridal look an instant classic. Credit: @asakiyok
10. 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.
11. Sleek bun
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
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.
13. Knot updo
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
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
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
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
Always dreamed of wearing a veil? Traditional meets modern with this effortless low bun and tulle lace veil combo. Credit: @saracoronaphoto
18. 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.
19. Upside down braid
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
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
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
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
24. Easy tousled updo
If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a classic tousled updo! This style is also effortless and romantic.