When it comes to bridal hairstyles, the pressure is really on to find the right one as of course, you want to look your best on the big day. But fret not, because your search is about to come to an end, as we’ve pulled together an array of gorgeous braided wedding hair ideas we think you’ll love.
No matter if you’re going for a pared-back affair, or even an all-out extravaganza, rest assured that we have a woven hairstyle that’ll suit you and your wedding theme to a T.
So, if you are a complete braid junkie like us take a look at our absolute favourite wedding braids, below.
23 utterly romantic wedding hair braids to see you down the aisle
1. Braided tuck
Tucked hairstyles like the Gibson tuck and the French twist are iconic wedding hair looks. Adding a braided element gives these classic styles a modern update for the perfect balance of timeless and on trend. Credit: @the__brides__mane
2. Pull-through braid
Love the intricacy of wedding hairstyles with braids in them but maybe you’re planning on doing your own hair and need something DIY-friendly?
As much as this pull-through style may look like a braid, it’s actually more of a ‘faux braid’ as it’s made up of a series of ponytails. Then just tuck the ends up into an updo and bam, you’ve got yourself a stunning bridal look! Credit: @sabrinadijkman
3. Milkmaid braids
Editor’s tip: Finish your look with a generous spritz of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, as this will lock in your style for extra staying power.
If you have layered hair, you can also use a small amount on your fingertips to smooth down any bits of hair that may be escaping the braid.
4. Waterfall braids
Waterfall wedding braids have been popping up on all our social media feeds recently, mesmerising us with their impressive, flowing effect!
5. Reverse halo braid
This reverse halo braid will make a great option for any bride to be. Perfect for a glorious summer wedding, reverse halo braids are flirty and full of boho-chic vibes.
6. Braid with bangs
Jumped on the current bangs trend? You can still wear wedding hairstyles with braids with a fringe!
Compliment a choppy fringe with a loose, simple braid, remembering to leave some wispy strands of hair free at the front to help soften the transition from your fringe into the rest of your hair. Credit: @danielatreffermakeup
7. Side twist bun
This will ensure all eyes are on you without losing the essence of this classic wedding look. Credit: @roodlaila
8. Pancake braids
Wedding braid hairstyles don’t have to be polished to perfection, don’t you know? If you prefer something a little looser and more carefree, a neat trick to try is to pancake your finished braid.
By gently tugging at the sections of your braid with your thumb and forefinger, you’ll ramp up the volume of your look and give it a more undone feel. And for the final touch, leave loose strands around your hairline to frame your face. Credit: @emmachenartistry
9. Pinned back braids
Simply create 2 braids on either side of your centre-parted hair and secure together at the back. Add soft waves to your remaining tresses for a boho-inspired finish.
Editor’s tip: To work this relaxed-looking hairstyle apply a few pumps of the VO5 Volume Foam to your damp locks. You can choose to let it air-dry naturally or use a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment – either way, you’ll have tousled waves in no time!
10. Centre braid bun
Keep your wedding hair braids sharp by going for a centre braided style and pull into a high bun. This updo will look stunning with a high neck wedding dress and will keep all your strands out of your face! However, if you prefer to keep your tresses loose, blogger Nikki Phillipi has the perfect video tutorial for you.
11. Braided bangs
Why wear a headband when you can create one using your hair? Whether you’re growing out bangs or simply want to keep your hair away from your face, you can create this look following or step-by-step guide, here. Credit: @ninezeroone
12. Side braid
If you’re lucky enough to be having a glorious beach wedding, and need beach-inspired braided wedding hair ideas, then why not opt for a loose side braid? Hang your side braid over one shoulder and team with a strapless wedding dress for the ultimate beach-bride look. Credit: @emmachenartistry
13. Braided curly ponytail
Just because ponytails are such an easy everyday style doesn’t mean they can’t be glammed up for a special occasion. This full Dutch braid and curly pony combo is great for the more relaxed bride, or those wanting to show off high neckline dresses. Credit: @mvc_summer
Yes really, pigtail hairstyles are not just for the playground anymore, as they’ve been spotted at bridal fashion week for several seasons now. Just give your pigtails a wedding day twist by teaming them with a flower crown or weaving intricate fishtail plaits instead.
15. Mermaid braids
Wedding hairstyles with braids don’t get much better than mermaid braids. Quickly becoming the go-to braided style for all occasions, mermaid braids are far easier to create than they first appear, yet still pack a huge style punch!
Editor’s tip: The trick to this look is to add plenty of texture to the hair beforehand. We suggest using the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray as this will help amp up any layers and leave your mane looking tousled.
16. Unicorn braid
Not the chignon type? Plumped-up unicorn braids give off an edgier feel without taking away from the chic wedding vibes.
With its wrapped detail and tousled, textured ends, this look is one worth trying if you’re looking for less conventional wedding braid hairstyles. Credit: @roodlaila
17. Fishtail half-up, half-down braid
18. Fishtail side bun
If you’ve been searching high and low for elegant wedding braids to no avail, then look no further, as this fishtail side bun will be your new BFF. Braided buns are always popular for weddings but this fishtail variation offers a fresh twist.
19. Low wrapped ponytail braid
If sophistication and refinement are on your wedding agenda, and you need a hairstyle that embodies these traits, then you’ll love this wrapped ponytail braid. While it may be minimal, the sheer perfection of the style will make all your guests envious!
Editor’s tip: Give your tresses a glossy finish by applying a few pumps of the TONI&GUY High Shine Drops to help tame frizz and flyaways, and give an extra glossy sheen!
20. Cornrow braided bun
This trendy cornrow braided bun will look stunning on any bride, especially those wearing a veil. Tuck your veil into the front of the bun and allow it to hang loose down your back. This way, you’ll perfectly show off your braided ‘do in all its glory.
21. Bubble braid
If you prefer something a little different to traditional plaits then you should consider bubble braids. Unconventional yet just as stunning as any other braid, this Instagrammer shows just how elegant and stylish the look can be! Credit: @emmachenartistry
22. French braid
Start the braid from the front of the right side, braiding back until you reach the nape of your neck on the opposite side. Finish the look by adding floral accessories and leave loose strands of hair to fall romantically around your face. Credit: @melrose7777
23. Floral headband braid
Big, glamorous curls are really popular for brides but if you’re someone who curls your hair a lot, it might not feel all that special.
To give your curly look that bit of extra detail, create a headband braid and adorn with floral hair jewellery. This way, you’ll feel comfortable in your go-to curls but also know your look is extra special. Credit: @destinyandlight