55 Dreamy Wedding Hairstyles To Try In 2021
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 (especially, as we’re all in lockdown and can’t plan them as easily!). 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 you’ve yet to find the right hairdo for your big day, don’t fret: we’ve uncovered 55 Pinterest-worthy wedding hairstyles perfect for post-lockdown nuptials.
From classic chignons to half-up, half-down bridal hairstyles, there really so many styles to choose from, so keep on scrolling and save your faves for the big day.
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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 then embellish your hair with your fave hair slides, easy!
Bridal Hair Scarf
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If you want to add an instant supermodel feel to your wedding updo, you’ll need to get in on 2020’s hottest hair trend: hair scarves.
Timeless Half-Up Hair
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For brides who can’t decide, you really can’t go wrong with this timeless half-up, half-down look. The best thing about this bridal hairstyle? It’s perfect for all hair lengths and textures.
Editor’s tip: Thinking of curling your hair to achieve this look? Don’t forget to use heat protect! Our current fave? The TRESemmé Hear Defence Spray!
Bridal Pineapple Updo
A pretty option for natural brides, a pineapple updo can easily become wedding-worthy with the right makeup and accessories.
Bridal Tuck Hairstyle
Channel vintage vibes with this gorgeous bridal tuck hairstyle.
Short Bridal Bride
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Looking for short wedding hairstyles? Try this dazzling braided look that features some chains.
A great way to give your wedding day style an extra wow-factor is by making sure your curls look super defined and bouncy, like this.
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Keep hair stylishly off your face with this beautiful halo-braid.
Classic Wedding Curls
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
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
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.
Beachy Wedding Waves
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
Simple Wedding Braid
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
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.
Half-Up, Half-Down Braid
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
Retro Half-up, Half-down Braid
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
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
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
Sleek Updo With Pin
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
Short Half-up Bun
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
Swept-Back Bridal Hair
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
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
Pearl Hair Slides
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
Classic Wedding Veil Updo
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.
If you prefer wedding hairstyles 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!
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!
Retro Beehive Half-Updo
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
Long Mermaid Waves
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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,.
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.
Half-Up Twisted Updo
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?
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!
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
Rapunzel Braid With Flowers
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
Pinned Back Dutch braid
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
Sultry French Twist
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
Editor’s tip: Want to give all your French twist major volume? Try prepping your hair the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm. This 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.
This gorgeous floral afro hairstyle is destined for a summer wedding. Credit: @haley.mclain
Half-up Bubble Hair
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
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
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
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 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
Fishtail Braid Updo
If you’re after a head-turning wedding updo, look no further than this fishtail braided side bun. Credit: @luonglastingbykim
Elegant French Braid
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
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
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
Low Braided Wrap
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
Bridal Bouffant Updo
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.
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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