47 stunning wedding hairstyles for all brides

All Things Hair | 07 April 2019
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Wedding hairstyles that’ll make you say yes!

Let’s be real here, wedding planning can be a highly stressful process. From finding a location, the right menu and, of course, the all-important bridal dress; you simply have a million and one things to think about! But if your wedding is fast approaching, and you’re yet to find a hairdo for your big day, don’t fret: we’ve uncovered 30 Pinterest-worthy wedding hairstyles that we’re sure you’ll fall in love with.

1. Classic wedding curls

Classic wedding hairstyles: Woman with long bleach blonde hair styled into loose curls, wearing sweetheart wedding dress and holding flowers
Looking for classic wedding hairstyles? Try this. Credit: Instagram.com/kelseycombephoto

Classic wedding hairstyles like this elegant, curly one, will always win over the crowd (and pair perfectly with all sorts of dresses!). So, you really can’t go wrong with giving this charming curly hairstyle a go for the big day. Credit: @kelseycombephoto

2. Smooth blow out

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with long golden blonde hair styled into a smooth blow out, wearing lace wedding dress and holding flowers
Who doesn’t love a good blow out? Credit: Instagram.com/weddingdressesguide

Prefer polished wedding hairstyles? Then, you’ll fall head over heels for this ultra-glossy smooth blow out, which is taken up a notch with some soft curls at the ends. Credit: @weddingdressesguide

TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum

Editor’s tip: The secret to shiny blow out? The TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum, of course! This nifty serum will boost your hue’s natural shine and make styling your hair super easy. So, just apply it to damp hair before blow-drying to get the look.

3. Wedding waves

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with long bronde beachy waves with flower crown, wearing wedding dress and posing in a bedroom setting
Boho-lovers will adore this wedding look. Credit: Instagram.com/weddingready

Wedding hair and makeup don’t always have to look classic. In fact, you can channel modern boho vibes with loose beachy waves and a flower crown, like this. Credit: @weddingready

4. Loose wedding braid

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with long chestnut hair styled into a loose braid with flowers in it, wearing wedding dress and posing outside
Talk about princess-worthy! Credit: Instagram.com/hayls_martin

What’s not to love about braided wedding hairstyles? This gorgeous loose plait with flowers is a knock out option that will make everyone believe you’ve just stepped out of a fairy tale book. Credit: @hayls_martin

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Editor’s tip: If you’re a braid-obsessed bride-to-be, make sure your braid is well prepped for the big day with a texturising product like the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. Sea salt sprays are ideal for braiding as they add grip to the hair, making it easier to braid in the first place but also giving your style more hold so it stays looking pristine.

5. Half-up, half-down braid

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with golden blonde long hair styled into a half-up, half-down braid with flowers in it, wearing a white wedding dress
Long hair? Show it off like this! Credit: Instagram.com/haroldjamesparis

No need to choose whether to wear your long hair up or down — just fashion your mane into a half updo for a delicate and memorable bridal look. So, if you’ve been searching for new wedding hair ideas, you know what to do! Credit: @haroldjamesparis

6. Retro half-up, half-down braid

Wedding hairstyles: Woman medium-length dark brown hair styled into a wavy half-up, half-up braids with flowers
You can’t talk about wedding hairstyles without mentioning this. Credit: Instagram.com/ashleykelemen

Nothing beats an accent braid with a cascade of retro curls! This hairstyle is an ideal fit for your rustic-inspired or outdoor wedding. Credit: @ashleykelemen

7. Voluminous ponytail

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with long blonde golden hair styled into a bouffant ponytail, wearing a pink suit jacket and posing outside
Volume-seekers need this look in their life.

If you want your wedding day hair look to be full of sexy volume, we suggest you give this Bardot-worthy ponytail a chance.

8. Undone bun

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair with highlights with her hair styled into a messy updo, with flowers in it, wearing a wedding dress
You can’t go wrong with this ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/weddingforward

Soft curls, loose tendrils and a small floral pin beautifully show off this bride’s backless wedding dress. And, if you’ve been looking for a wedding hair look to do the same, you can’t go wrong with this Grecian-inspired updo. Credit: @weddingforward

9. Sleek updo with pin

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with platinum hair styled into a sleek low bun, wearing a clip
This is how you can make your favourite bun wedding-worthy! Credit: Instagram.com/as_ever_photography

Straight wedding hair never goes out of style. Whether you’ve got naturally straight hair or need straighteners to get it, you’ll love this elegant low bun and glitzy gold hairpin. Credit: @as_ever_photography

10. Short half-up bun

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with half-up, half-down short wavy hair, wearing a white dress and holding flowers
Short hair, do care! Credit: Instagram.com/easyweddings

Half-up hairstyles are a short-haired girls new BFF, especially for a wedding. For a quick wedding hair and makeup look, fashion your mane into this ‘do and team with a sweep of red lipstick. Credit: @easyweddings

11. Swept-back hair

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with medium-length natural curly hair wearing it swept back
Anyone else getting Solange vibes from this look? Credit: Instagram.com/corbingurkin

If you ask us, free-flowing wedding hairstyles always make for an effortlessly romantic wedding day look! Keep it classy and chic with a swept-back style like this, to show off your lovely face. Credit: @corbingurkin

12. Natural ponytail

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with low, long sleek natural ponytail, wearing white dress and holding flowers
You’ll love this look. Credit: Instagram.com/blackbride1998

You can’t talk about black wedding hairstyles without mentioning this popular look! This natural ponytail is particularly stunning on girls with long black hair. Credit: @blackbride1998

13. Pearl hair slides

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with long dark brown hair styled into retro glam waves with trendy pearl hair slides
Because you can have an elegant and trendy style at the same time. Credit: Instagram.com/hannahmonkhairandmakeup

This might be the easiest way to give a retro wedding hairstyle a modern upgrade. So, we suggest you accent Hollywood waves with on-trend pearl slides to really amp up your wedding hair’s wow factor. Credit: @hannahmonkhairandmakeup

14. Wedding veil updo

Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day with her dark hair in a low messy bun with a veil and tiara
Meghan’s magical wedding day look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking for wedding hairstyles that’ll work with a veil? Meghan Markle’s (or should we say, The Duchess of Sussex’s) elegant updo is a great style to consider, as it works perfectly with traditional wedding dresses.

And in our books, the low bun with wavy, wispy strands and a sparkling tiara, is a wedding day winner.

15. Side braid

side braid long brown hair bridal
Side braids are perfect for beach wedding settings.

If you prefer wedding hair styles that let you show off your length, then you can always fashion your mane into a romantic side braid.

The great thing about these ‘dos is that they can be rocked with any number of plaiting techniques: be it a fishtail braid, a French or Dutch braid, or even a quirky inverted take on the look. You can really make it your own!

16. Messy bun

messy bun and headband bridal hairstyle
Messy buns are always a good idea!

In need of wedding hair ideas that are chic yet casual? Why not draw inspiration from the coveted messy bun? While you may think that this classic style is reserved for the gym (or for lounging around at home), it’s actually a very popular bridal look, too!

17. Retro beehive half-updo

model on the runway with a half up beehive wedding hairstyle
Channel those ’60s vibes with a voluminous beehive! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Whether your big day has a throwback theme or you’re just a fan of ’60s styles, retro hairstyles for a wedding have never been so in vogue!

Take your mane to new heights with this half-up, half-down look, which boasts sky-high volume at the crown, accompanied by sleek straightened hair at the ends.

18. Floral crown braid

strawberry blonde bridal model with her hair in a delicate floral updo
Why limit flowers to just the bouquet?! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Bouquets, floral arrangements, flower girls; weddings are all about the flowers. With that in mind, why not take it one step further and wear them in your hair, too?!

Even the simplest of hairstyles (like this crown updo) can be jazzed up with a few floral accessories, plus you can coordinate them with your colour scheme for a mix and match effect.

19. Edgy braided bun

woman on the runway at bridal fashion week with a braided bun
Braided buns are a fashion week favourite! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Planning how to wear your hair for a wedding, but want to try and avoid the obvious, cliche styles? Braid and bun combos crop up on the catwalk season after season, being the perfect way to toughen up your look for a less conventional bridal style.

20. Glam ponytail

blonde bridal model with her hair in a curly ponytail with a hair accessory
Who said ponytails couldn’t be glam?! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Okay, you might be thinking “a ponytail in a wedding round-up, seriously?”, but this isn’t just any ponytail.

By curling your hair beforehand, and adding a wrap detail to the base of your ponytail, you’ll take your pony from everyday to elegant in an instant! Plus, they’re also a great one to bear in mind if you need wedding hairstyles that’ll show off back details on your dress. Convinced now?

VO5 Tame & Shine Spray

Editor’s tip: To give your ponytail all of the shine, spray it with a shine-booster like the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray once you’re done styling. This will add a glamorous high-shine to the look as well as protecting it from frizz.

21. Crowning glory

bridal model with a plunging gown and tiara
If you can’t be a princess on your wedding day, when can you?
Credit: indigitalimages.com

Thanks to stars like Rita Ora and Maisie Williams, tiara hair accessories are officially fashionable. And really, when better to rock the princess trend than your wedding day?! Whether you decide to wear your hair up or down, a tiara is a perfect addition to any bride’s look.

22. Floral wedding hair

three bridal models with flower crown hair accessories
Flower crowns: Not just for festivals!

Thought flower crowns were just for Coachella? Nope! Flower crown hairstyles for a wedding are a wonderful idea for both bridesmaids and brides alike, adding a girly touch to even the most basic of styles.

23. Mermaid waves

brunette model with wavy long hair with a glitzy hair accessory
Make waves with this mermaid-like look.

If you’re someone who always wears your hair down, don’t feel obliged to go for updo wedding hairstyles just because everyone else is!

Curling your hair into flowing mermaid waves looks just as pretty; and if you feel like it needs a little extra pizzazz you can simply pin some flowers or embellished hair accessories in for added detail.

 

VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: For a hairspray that holds your curls without making them look or feel hard or crispy, we’d recommend the VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray. The fine mist formula is easy to brush out so you won’t have to worry about trying to wash it out at the end of the night.

24. Not-so-basic bun

blonde bridal model on the runway with a simple updo hairstyle
Keep it classy with an understated style. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Chosen a showstopping gown and want to ensure all of the focus stays on your outfit? Then you’ll no doubt be looking for wedding hair ideas that are a little more parred-back.

This simple-yet-sophisticated ballerina bun won’t pull any of the attention away from your ensemble, but still looks classy and beautiful – everything a bridal style should be!

25. Elegant side chignon

brunette bridal model on the runway with a side chignon hairstyle
Your only issue will be choosing which side to go for! Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you have long hair and want to ooze sophistication and class, opt for this side chignon. Ideal for those of you with an off-the-shoulder dress, this updo is simplistic, yet elegant, and is totally easy to create – just follow our step-by-step guide to creating a chignon, here!

26. Fishtail braids

three bridal models with fishtail braid hairstyles
Aiming for boho vibes? Look no further!

Outdoor, festival-themed weddings are becoming more and more popular, and thankfully we’ve got the perfect wedding hair styles for the occasion! Fishtail braids are a more impressive alternative to traditional 3-strand braids and they’ll keep your hair in place all day. It’s a win-win situation if we ever saw one.

27. Dainty details

blonde bridal model with her hair in an intricate updo with a veil
The devil is in the detail!

It’s not every day you get married, so make the most of the day by going all out with a dazzling, detailed updo, like this one. Sure to turn heads and being perfectly photogenic, you’ll be able to look back on your day (and hair!) with joy for years to come.

28. Cute-as-a-button curls

bridal model with brunette curly hair in a bun hairstyle
Curly hair? Embrace it!

If you have naturally curly hair, embrace it! Try working your curls into an elegant chignon bun, or into a big, beautiful bouffant – these styles will help you to show off your natural hair type, while still keeping your curls under control!

Tip: The key to this look, is to make it feel as undone and effortlessly chic as possible, so don’t be scared to pull a few loose tendrils free from around your face – they’ll only help add to the carefree aesthetic.

29. Twisted half-up half-down

brunette bridal model with her hair in a twisted half up half down hairstyle with floral hair accessory
Amp up your alter style with this gorgeous half-up. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Half-up, half-down styles have always been popular with brides, giving you the absolute best of both worlds. This twisted rope braid design has a beautifully feminine air about it and looks amazing with this backless gown, wouldn’t you agree?

30. Wedding headband

brunette bridal model on the runway with a white headband in her hair
Haven’t you heard? Headbands are back people! Credit: indigitalimages.com

The word on the street is that ’90s headbands are officially making a comeback. So, if you’re after hairstyles for a wedding with an on-trend touch, all you need is a chunky headband and you’re good to go! That’s one less expense on your wedding list – phew!

31. Milkmaid braid

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with milkmaid braid with loose tendrils at the front, wearing a white wedding suit while posing outside
Looking for updo hairstyles for a wedding? Try this! Credit: Instagram.com/yourbraids

Call them milkmaid braids or halo braids, we at All Things Hair can’t get enough of this braided hairstyle, which couldn’t be more perfect for a wedding if it tried.

This bridal hairstyle will look great on long tresses and, despite its complex look, this hairstyle is super easy to achieve! If you’re not convinced, learn how to create milkmaid braids, right here. Credit: @yourbraids

32. Rapunzel braid with flowers

Wedding hair ideas: Shot of woman with dark brown long braided plait with flowers in it, wearing a wedding dress in bridal showroom
Rapunzel, is that you? Credit: Instagram.com/ulyana.aster

This flower power hairstyle is perfect all year round but looks especially great when worn in spring. Simply pull your hair back, braid it and then work in some floral hair pins for a beautiful finish. Credit: @ulyana.aster

33. Pinned back Dutch braid

Short wedding hair ideas: Woman with short wavy bronde bob styled into a pinned Dutch braid, posing in a studio
When in doubt, pin it back! Credit: Instagram.com/yourbraids

If you’re after a short wedding hairstyle to keep your hair off your face, this cute pinned back Dutch braid style is all you need. Credit: @yourbraids

34. French Twist

Wedding hairstyles: Side shot of woman with bronde blonde hair styled into a French twist updo with velvet bows, wearing statement earrings and black dress
Channel French girl vibes for the big day. Credit: Instagram.com/justinemarjan

You can’t talk about elegant wedding hairstyles without mentioning the French Twist! Making the ideal wedding day hairstyle for classic brides, this timeless ‘do can also be given a modern update with the addition of velvet bows. Credit: @justinemarjan

TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm

Editor’s tip: Want to give all your French twist major volume? Try prepping your hair the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening BalmThis system works to plump each strand and instantly help hair look thicker!

So, evenly spread this balm through damp hair before blow-drying to get your desired voluminous style.

35. Afro flowers

Black wedding hairstyles: Woman with dark brown afro with baby's breath flowers in it, wearing purple satin dress while posing in a bedroom setting
Make your Afro look like a work of art on your wedding day. Credit: Instagram.com/haley.mclain

This gorgeous floral afro hairstyle is destined for a summer wedding. Credit: @haley.mclain

36. Half-up bubble ponytail

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with chocolate brown hair styled into a half-up, half-down bubble ponytail, wearing white top and posing outside
This look is perfect brides who want an unconventional ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/official_minkpink

Bubble ponytails are super hot right now and this half-up, half-down hairstyle will seriously have you swooning! This eye-catching bubble look will give a unique, boho edge to your big day look. Credit: @official_minkpink

37. Ballerina bun

Wedding hairstyles: Model on the runway with a polished and shiny ballerina bun, wearing wedding dress with drop earrings
You can’t go wrong with this simple and sophisticated updo. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Choosing a hairstyle for your wedding day can be stressful, so why not uncomplicate matters by choosing this simple and fail-safe ballerina bun for your big day?

38. Rope braid updo

Wedding hair ideas: Woman with honey blonde hair styled into side rope braid twisted chignon
Rope braids make a great alternative to classic wedding styles. Credit: Instagram.com/wb_upstyles

Braided updos have become a standard wedding look, so why not opt for a twisted alternative like this rope braid ‘do. This 2-strand braid may look intricate, but is actually deceptively simple; created by wrapping the 2 large sections of hair together in opposite directions. Credit: @wb_upstyles

39. Vintage bob

Vintage wedding hairstyles: Woman with short hair styled into retro curls, wearing a dress and holding flowers
Vintage wedding hairstyles are super charming. Credit: Instagram.com/thebalayagebae

If you’re having a vintage-inspired wedding this season, you’ll want to maximise those retro vibes. How? With this neatly curled bob, of course!

40. Indian wedding hair

Indian wedding hairstyles: Woman with long flowing dark brown and highlighted hair styled into a half-up bubble with flowers in it
You can never have enough flowers! Credit: Instagram.com/bridesofinsta

Indian wedding hairstyles are known for being intricate, stunning and super extravagant, so it’s wonder we’re including this dreamy Indian-inspired ‘do into this wedding hairstyles round-up.Credit: @bridesofinsta

41. Fishtail braid updo

Bridal hairstyles: Fishtail side bun on long dark hair from side profile.
Fishtail side buns are a modern marvel. Credit: Instagram.com/luonglastingbykim

If you’re after a head-turning wedding updo, look no further than this fishtail braided side bun. Credit: @luonglastingbykim

42. French braid

Bridal hairstyles: Woman with long mahogany coloured loose French braid with side flowers in it posing in a studio
How fancy is this French braid? Credit: Instagram.com/yumimua

This woven hairstyle oozes elegance and is more than just your standard French braid. On closer inspection, you’ll notice that the sides of the hair have been rope braided and entwined within the main 3-strand braid. It’s the careful attention to details that make this a great option for blushing brides to be! Credit: @yumimua

43. Beach waves

Bridal hairstyles: Woman with long golden blonde side swept waves, wearing drop earring and posing
Beachy waves are great summer weddings. Credit: Instagram.com/emmachenartistry

If you’re opting for one of those picturesque beach weddings (not that we’re jealous or anything!) then these casual wavy locks will work for your big day. Credit: @emmachenartistry

44. Low tuck

Bridal hairstyles: Woman with golden blonde hair slicked back into a low tuck bun updo
Keep it classic with this sleek low tuck updo. Credit: Instagram.com/cassandra.de.bruin

If an extravagant hair look isn’t for you, why not choose a low-key hairstyle with plenty of style points? This straight wedding hair look is elegance personified! Credit: @cassandra.de.bruin

45. Low braided wrap

Bridal hairstyles: Woman with silver blonde hair styled into a low braid wrap
This low braid wrap hairstyle will earn you extra style points. Credit: Instagram.com/yourbraids

Just when you thought we’d covered every braided hairstyle possible, we come along and surprise you with yet another gorgeous braided ‘do. This low braid wrap is intricate, stylish and will sit perfectly underneath a veil. Credit: @yourbraids

46. Bouffant updo

Wedding hairstyles: Woman with golden blonde hair styled into a low bouffant bun with loose tendrils at the front
This soft and romantic bouffant updo has a timeless appeal – just what you want on your wedding day. Credit: Rupert Laycock

No list of bridal hairstyles would we complete without a bouffant. Suitable for just about all hair types, this volumised look provides sultry vibes and refinement in equal measure! Just remember to keep a few tendrils of hair free for that extra undone touch.

47. Floral chignon

Bridal hairstyles:Woman with dark brown hair styled into floral chignon surrounded by red floral accessories
Say ‘I do’ with this hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/zubhabeauty

Needless to say that chignons are one of the most popular hairstyles for brides to be. They can be sleek and sophisticated or loose and ethereal and can be adapted to suit your personality by adding flowers, a jewelled hair grip or a veil. Credit: @zubhabeauty

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