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55 Dreamy Wedding Hairstyles For Your Big Day

All the wedding hairstyles you'll need for your post-lockdown nuptials.

Let’s be real here, wedding planning can be a highly stressful process. From finding a location and right menu to the all-important bridal dress; it’s easy to feel like you have a million things to think about.

Next on the agenda? Your hairdo. We’ve done the hard work for you, uncovering 55 Pinterest-worthy wedding hairstyles perfect for your nuptials.

From classic chignons to half-up, half-down bridal hairstyles, there are so many styles to choose from, so keep on scrolling and save your favourites for your big day.

Beautiful Pins

Woman with pins bride
How divine? Credit: hair_styles_arina

If you’re looking for wedding hairstyles you can do yourself, try this gorgeous look! All you need to do is fashion your hair into a low bun and embellish your locks with your favourite hair slides, easy!

Bridal Hair Scarf

Bridal head scarf
It’s a yes from us. Credit: grace_loves_lace

If you want to add an instant supermodel feel to your wedding updo, you’ll need to get in on the hottest bridal hair trend right now, hair scarves.

Timeless Half-Up Hair

Timeless bridal half up half down hairstyle
This look will never go out of style. Credit: bridal_hairstylist

For brides who can’t decide, you really can’t go wrong with this timeless half-up, half-down look. The best thing about it? It’s perfect for all hair lengths and textures.

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Editor’s tip:  Thinking of curling your hair to achieve this look? Don’t forget to use heat protectant. Our current fave? The TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray!

Bridal Pineapple Updo

Pineapple up do bridal hair
A standout bridal look. Credit: sojazzaye

A pretty option for brides wanting to flaunt their natural curls, a pineapple updo can easily become wedding-worthy with the right makeup and accessories.

Bridal Tuck Hairstyle

Bridal tuck hairstyle
Neat and pretty. Credit: onefabday

Channel vintage vibes with this gorgeous bridal tuck hairstyle. To avoid any frizz and untamed strand, we recommend TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray to finish styling your stunning updo.

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Short Bridal Hair

Short bridal hair
Short but sweet. Credit: leletny

Looking for short wedding hairstyles? Try this dazzling braided look that features some chains.

Bridal Curls

Bridal curls woman with curly hair
Credit: hairbyruslan

A great way to give your wedding day style the extra wow-factor is by making sure your curls look super defined and bouncy, like this.

Halo Braid

Woman with halo braid bride
Credit: hair_styles_arina

Keep hair stylishly off your face with this beautiful halo-braid.

Classic Wedding Curls

Classic wedding curls
Looking for classic wedding hairstyles? Try this. Credit:

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.

Smooth Blowout

Woman smooth blowdry for bridal hair
Who doesn’t love a sleek blowdry? Credit:

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.

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Editor’s tip: The secret to a shiny blow out? The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oilof 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 blowdrying to get the look.

Beachy Wedding Waves

Bride with beachy wedding waves
Boho-lovers will adore this wedding look. Credit:

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. 

Simple Wedding Braid

Bride with simple wedding braid
Talk about princess-worthy! Credit:

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.

Half-Up, Half-Down Braid

Half-up, half-down wedding braid
Long hair? Show it off like this! Credit:

There’s 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.

Retro Half-up, Half-down Braid

Retro half-up, half-down wedding braid
You can’t talk about wedding hairstyles without mentioning this. Credit:

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

Voluminous Ponytail

Voluminous ponytail hairstyle
It’s all about the volume, brides. Credit: ap.hairartistry

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

Undone Curly Bun

Undone curly bun briday hairstyle
You can’t go wrong with this ‘do. Credit:

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. 

Sleek Updo With Pin

Sleek Updo with Pin bridal hairstyle
This is how you can make your favourite bun wedding-worthy. Credit:

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 with a glitzy gold hairpin. 

Short Half-up Bun

Short half-up bun bridal hair
Short hair, do care. Credit:

Half-up hairstyles are your BFF if you have short hair, 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. 

Swept-Back Bridal Hair

Swept-back bridal hair
Can we sport this look everyday?Credit:

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.

Natural Ponytail

Bride with natural curls
You’ll love this look. Credit:

What a dazzling look! This natural ponytail is particularly stunning on girls with long black hair.

Pearl Hair Slides

Woman bridal look with pearl clips
Because you can have an elegant and trendy style at the same time. Credit:

This might be the easiest way to give a retro wedding hairstyle a modern upgrade. So, we suggest you pair Hollywood waves with on-trend pearl slides to really amp up the wow factor.

Classic Wedding Veil Updo

Wedding veil updo Meghan Markle
Meghan’s magical wedding day look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking for wedding hairstyles that’ll work with a veil? Meghan Markle’s elegant updo is a great style to consider, as it worked perfectly with her traditional wedding dress.

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

Side Braid

Woman with side braid hairstyle
Oh-so-beautiful. Credit: beautyby_shirley

If you prefer wedding hairstyles that let you show off your length, style 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, French or Dutch braid.

Messy Bun

Woman with messy bun hairstyle
Messy buns are always a good shout. Credit:

In need of wedding hair ideas that are chic yet casual? 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.

Retro Beehive Half-Updo

Beehive hairdo catwalk model
Channel those ’60s vibes with a voluminous beehive! Credit:

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.

Bridal Crown Braid

Bridal flower braid
Why limit flowers to just the bouquet? Credit:

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.

Edgy Braided Bun

Edgy braided bun catwalk model
Braided buns are a fashion week favourite! Credit:

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.

Glam Ponytail

Glam ponytail bridal hairstyle
Bridal ponytails are glam. Credit:

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 it 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? So are we. 

Crowning Glory

Model on catwalk with wedding dress and tiara
If you can’t be a princess on your wedding day, when can you?

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.

Floral Wedding Hair

Bride with flower crown
Flower crowns: Not just for festivals! Credit:

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

Long Mermaid Waves

Long curls mermaid waves
Make waves with this mermaid-like look. Credit:

If you’re someone who always wears your hair down, don’t feel obliged to go for updo wedding hairstyles.

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


Not-So-Basic Bun

Model on catwalk with wedding dress and bun
Keep it classy with an understated style. Credit:

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!

Elegant Side Chignon

Woman on catwalk with side chignon and wedding dress
Your only issue will be choosing which side to go for! Credit:

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.

Fishtail Braids

Woman with fishtail braids
Aiming for boho vibes? Look no further. Credit: styled.byjordan

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 an impressive alternative to traditional 3-strand braids and they’ll keep your hair in place all day. It’s a win-win situation if you ask us.

Dainty Details

Dainty details bride with clip in hair
Small, but makes a big impact. Credit: glam.agatabalawender

It’s not everyday you get married, so go all out with a dazzling, detailed updo, like this one. A perfectly photogenic hairstyle, you’ll be able to look back on your day (and hair!) with joy for years to come.

Cute Curls

Bride with curly hair
Curly hair was made for brides. Credit:

If you have naturally curly hair, embrace it! Try working your curls into an elegant chignon bun, or into a big, beautiful bouffant. Alternatively, just rock those curls naturally!

Half-Up Twisted Updo

Half-Up hairstyle bride
Amp up your alter style with this gorgeous half-up ‘do. Credit:

Half-up, half-down styles have always been popular with brides, giving you the 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?

Wedding Headband

Bride catwalk with headband
Haven’t you heard? Headbands are back people! Credit:

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!

Milkmaid Braid

Milkmaid braids wedding hairstyle
Looking for updo hairstyles for a wedding? Try this! Credit:

Referred to as milkmaid braids or halo braids, we just 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, it’s super easy to achieve.

Rapunzel Braid With Flowers

Rapunzel braid wedding hair bridal
Rapunzel, is that you? Credit:

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.

Pinned Back Dutch braid

Pinned back Dutch braid bridal hairstyle
When in doubt, pin it back! Credit:

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.

Sultry French Twist

Bridal hairstyle French twist
French girl vibes are ideal for the big day. Credit:

We 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

Afro Flowers

Afro bridal hairstyle with flowers
Make your Afro look like a work of art on your wedding day. Credit:

This gorgeous floral afro hairstyle is destined for a summer wedding.

Half-up Bubble Hair

Woman with half-up bridal bubble hair
This look is perfect brides who want an unconventional ‘do. Credit:

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.

Wedding Bun

Wedding bun bridal hairstyle
You can’t go wrong with this simple and sophisticated updo. Credit:

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?

Rope Braid Updo

Woman wearing rope braids
Rope braids make a great alternative to classic wedding styles. Credit:

Braided updos have become a standard wedding look, so 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.

Vintage Bob

Woman wearing vintage bob hairstyle
Vintage wedding hairstyles are super charming. Credit:

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!

Indian Wedding Hair

Indian wedding hair long curly waves
You can never have enough flowers! Credit:

Indian wedding hairstyles are known for being intricate, stunning and super extravagant, so it’s no wonder we’re obsessing over this dreamy look right now.

Fishtail Braid Updo

Fishtail briaded updo wedding hairstyle
Fishtail side buns are a modern marvel. Credit:

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

Elegant French Braid

Elegant French Braid
How fancy is this French braid? Credit:

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.

Beach Waves

Beachy waves long wavy hair
Beachy waves are great for summer weddings. Credit:

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.

Low Tuck

Low tuck hairstyle
Keep it classic with this sleek low tuck updo. Credit:

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.

Low Braided Wrap

Low braided wrap hairstyle wedding bridal
This low braid wrap hairstyle will earn you extra style points. Credit:

This low braid wrap is intricate, stylish and will sit perfectly underneath a veil.

Bridal Bouffant Updo

Bridal Bouffant Updo
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.

Floral Chignon

Floral chignon bridal wedding hairstyle
Say ‘I do’ with this hairstyle. Credit:

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.

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