The day your daughter decides to get married, you’ll undoubtedly go through a range of emotions. Joy at hearing the happy announcement; anticipation for the big day; nervous about what you will wear and how to style your hair. But with us around, you won’t have to worry about a thing, because we’ve gathered together 24 gorgeous mother of the bride hairstyles for inspiration!
So, if you’re desperately seeking fancy mother of the bride hairstyles for short hair (or mother of the bride hairstyles for long hair!), there’s bound to be a look you’ll love for your daughter’s big day, here.
1. Curly updo
For a traditional mother of the bride hair look, an elegant updo is always a good idea. Curl your hair before styling for added texture, leaving a couple of strands free at the front to soften the look for a picture-perfect finish. Credit: @hairandmakeupbyrosa
2. Twisted half-up half-down
If you usually like to wear your hair down but want to update your go-to style for the big day, give this twisted half-up half-down hairstyle a try. The ideal look for your mother of the bride hair, it’s a timeless classic. Credit: @doitupsc
Editor’s tip: Worried about how you’ll make your hairstyle last the whole day and night? Use the VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray to set your mother of the bride hair and the ultra-fine, strong-hold spray will keep your hair looking like perfection.
3. Sleek ponytail
4. Pinned-back blowout
If your hair is on the shorter side you may feel like your options are slightly limited in the fancy hair department, but don’t worry, that’s not the case!
If having an updo isn’t on the cards for the big day, why not go for a big, bouncy blowout? This will instantly inject an element of glam to any outfit, and effortlessly take you from church to reception. Credit: @styles_bymarcella
5. Relaxed chignon
High neck dresses and soft chignons make for a dreamy wedding day combination that’ll work just as beautifully on both short and long hair. Credit: @sharonmariestudios
6. Side-swept curls
Style your locks into classic glam curls and pin them to the side for a divine formal look. Credit: @the_beehive_five
7. French braid updo
Braided styles make the best mother of the bride hairstyles for long hair as they’re able to withstand whatever the day throws at you and stay looking amazing. Credit: @alex_haircraft
Editor’s tip: Make your hair easier to braid and give it more grip by applying some of the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm to either damp or dry hair before styling.
8. Bouffant updo
Whoever said that mother of the bride updos weren’t in fashion anymore clearly hadn’t come across this beautiful bouffant updo. It’s simple, classy and just perfect for a wedding!
9. Low roll chignon
10. French twist
When it comes to classic mother of the bride hairstyles, you really can’t go wrong with injecting a little je ne sais quoi into your mane, with this French twist hairstyle.
To give your ‘do an extra boost of feminine charm, simply pair the look with a pretty pink rose. Blooming beautiful, right? Credit: @bechcam
11. Fishtail braided bun
If you’re after a fail-safe mother of the bride hairstyle that looks stunning on women of all ages, then give the fishtail bun a go! Not only is this hairstyle the perfect choice to finish any wedding look, it can also be adapted in so many beautiful ways with different types of braids.
12. Wavy updo
If the big day is taking place on a beach, make your short hair sand-appropriate, by rocking this romantic wavy updo, that’s effortlessly romantic and chic.
This playfully modern mother of the bride hair look will keep your strands out of your face and allow your dress to do the talking! Credit: @riawna
13. Vintage waves
Are you a sucker for all things vintage? Looking for mother of the bride hairstyles for long hair that reflect this? Then prepare to fall in love with this picture-perfect ‘do – gorgeous, isn’t it? Credit: @verafursova
Editor’s tip: After creating your vintage waves, give your mane a once over with the Toni&Guy Finishing Shine Spray and just watch as your strands start to gleam!
14. Accessorised pixie cut
15. Low ponytail
Attending an outdoor wedding? Keep your long hair from getting blown away, by styling it into a neat low ponytail hairstyle.
This timeless mother of the bride hairstyle is easy to create, runway-approved and sure to impress all the guests! Credit: @blohaute
16. Vintage curls
Is that a retro-inspired short curly ‘do we spy? Add a sparkly accent to your vintage look and just watch as the compliments come pouring in. Who knew mother of the bride hair could be this easy? Credit: @foxanddoll
17. Smooth blow out
When it comes to elegant, upscale affairs like weddings, you can really pull out all the stops. And if you’ve chosen a failsafe blow out for the day, make a big statement with a glitzy hair accessory. See? Mother of the bride hairstyles for long hair don’t have to be complicated to look good! Credit: @les_allures
18. Glam fauxhawk
This playful short hairstyle is full of creative flair and bound to make you stand out. Nab this stylish look for yourself, right here! Credit: @kyamirwa
19. Floral Gibson tuck
For a classic mother of the bride look, you really can’t go wrong with a Gibson tuck hairstyle. Leave it plain and simple or decorate it with some flowers. Either way, the look is utter perfection. Credit: @vintage_frills
20. Half-up beehive
21. Elegant pineapple
While most people may think that the pineapple hairstyle is reserved only for the gym, it actually makes the perfect mother of the bride look, too. Don’t believe us? Just one glance at the lovely picture, above, and all doubts will melt away. Credit: @msnaturallymary
22. Ballerina bun
Low-slung ballerina buns may be known for their sleek and slick aesthetic, but with some extra va-va-volume, they make one of the best mother of the bride hairstyles!
Editor’s tip: Keep any annoying flyaways from ruining your flawless style with the TONI&GUY Flyaway Taming Wand. The perfect size for popping in your clutch bag on the day, use it to comb down any unruly strands or frizz.
23. Low milkmaid braid
Looking for braided mother of the bride hairstyles for short hair? Say no more. After creating 2 small pigtails, simply cross them at the back of your head to get this romantic, low milkmaid braid. Credit: @victoria_ralphhair
24. Beachy waves
Let your hair down and look as fresh as the sea with this youthful, beachy waves look. Not only is it perfect for all hair lengths, but by adding a classy flower-adorned hat, you’ll make this casual style even more elegant — bonus! Credit: @chrisgreenehair
Editor’s tip: Use a natural-looking hairspray like the VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray to maintain your beachy waves without leaving them crispy or overdone.