23 braided wedding hair ideas to consider for your special day

Whether you are a hair pro or complete rookie, we have the perfect wedding braid hairstyles for your big day!

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.

back view of a woman outside in the grass with her brunette hair in a braided tuck wedding updo wearing a white v back wedding dress and holding a bouquet
Combining two popular wedding styles, the braid and the tuck, in one. Credit: Instagram.com/the__brides__mane

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

back view of a blonde woman with her hair in a pull through braid updo
This pull through braid updo is the perfect pairing for a dress with pretty back detailing. Credit: Instagram.com/sabrinadijkman

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

blonde model wearing a blackfloral mesh top with her hair in a milkmaid braid updo with loose face-framing pieces of hair
Milkmaid braids are the latest hair craze we love. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Milkmaid braids

This boho-inspired style is loved by Vanessa Hudgens and Sienna Miller, and is one of our top wedding braid hairstyles for this wedding season.

Take a look if you have medium-length hair or longer and want to know how to do a milkmaid braid.


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.

behind view of a woman with straight blonde hair styled in a waterfall braid
Our entire Instagram saved collections is full of waterfall braids. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyrobyncolello

4. Waterfall braids

Waterfall wedding braids have been popping up on all our social media feeds recently, mesmerising us with their impressive, flowing effect!

This fun and stylish hairstyle will look amazing on any hair length and can be styled in a number of ways; from this uber-straight look, to a wavy, beachy finish. Credit: @hairbyrobyncolello

woman with medium brown hair with blonde highlights with reverse halo braid
Say I do to this reverse halo braid. Credit: Instagram.com/kristin_ess

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.

And guess what? All it takes to achieve this look is to upgrade your halo braid by swapping a traditional 3-strand technique for a fishtail plait style. Credit: @kristin_ess

bride with dark blonde hair with a fringe and simple braid
Pair a choppy fringe with a simple loose plait for a soft style. Credit: Instagram.com/danielatreffermakeup

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

back view of a blonde woman with her hair in a twisted detail updo with a bun
Upgrade a classic chignon with twisted side details. Credit: Instagram.com/roodlaila

7. Side twist bun

Chignons are a popular wedding hair look for bridesmaids and wedding guests alike, so to make sure you stand out as the bride, go for twisted sides to add extra detail.

This will ensure all eyes are on you without losing the essence of this classic wedding look. Credit: @roodlaila

dirty blonde hair with londe sunkissed highlights and pancake side braid into low messy bun
If you’re not pancaking your braids then you’re missing a trick. Credit: Instagram.com/emmachenartistry

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

Blonde model with long wavy hair and pinned back braids
Pinned back braids are the easiest way to style your hair for the big day. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

9. Pinned back braids

This hairstyle really is for everyone. From short tresses to lengthy manes, pinned back braids can be tailored to suit your personal style.

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!

woman with dark brown hair with centre braid in high bun wearing a floral jacket
Prefer an updo? Then why not consider a centre braided bun.

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.

blonde in a wedding dress with side braided bangs into an updo
Braided bangs are perfect for keeping hair away from the face. Credit: Instagram.com/ninezeroone

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

model with dark blonde hair with sunkissed highlights and loose side braid
Add waves to your side braid for a carefree soft finish. Credit: Instagram.com/emmachenartistry

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 

back view of a brunette with her hair in a curly wedding ponytail with a braided detail
This romantic style proves a ponytail can absolutely be wedding worthy. Credit: Instagram.com/mvc_summer

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

runway model with dark brown hair with braided pigtails under large flower crown and veil
Pigtails are given a runway update. Credit: indigitalimages.com

14. Pigtails

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.

mermaid braid on medium - long dark brown hair
This mermaid braid is much easier to create than it may look.

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.

blonde woman with her hair in a unicorn braid curly ponytail wedding hairstyle
Unicorn braids don’t have to just be for festival season! Credit: Instagram.com/roodlaila

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

long brown wavy hair in half-up, half-down fishtail braided hairstyle
Fishtail braids are a super popular choice for weddings. Credit: Instagram.com/kristin_ess

17. Fishtail half-up, half-down braid

Are you working with medium to long-length locks? Then listen up, as this fishtail half-up, half-down hairstyle is super easy to achieve and looks utterly incredible when worn in highlighted hair!

To get the look, follow our simple 6-step tutorial and remember to pancake your completed plait for a fuller finish. Credit: @kristin_ess

model with light brown bronde hair with smooth side fishtail braid bun
This elegant fishtail side bun is sure to be a huge hit.

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.

Braided wedding hair - thick long dark hair in low ponytail with braided finish
Simple yet elegant low ponytail braid.

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 polished finish by applying a few pumps of the TONI&GUY High Shine Drops to add an extra glossy sheen.

brunette bridal model on the runway with her hair in a high bun with triple cornrow detail
Runway perfection at Berta FW17. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

long wavy dirty blonde hair with light blonde highlights in pinned back bubble braids half-up,half-down hairstyle
Update your normal braided style with a bubble braid. Credit: Instagram.com/emmachenartistry

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 

blonde curly hair in french braid swept over one shoulder with floral accessories
How perfect does this curly French braid look for a wedding. Credit: Instagram.com/melrose7777

22. French braid

This French braid style will look gorgeous if you have naturally curly hair or if you’re looking to curl your straight mane.

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

close up of a brunette with voluminous wavy hair with a braided fringe with a floral headband accessory
Florals and braided headbands add that extra something to a glam head of curls. Credit: Instagram.com/destinyandlight

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


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