Forget choosing the dress, deciding how to wear your hair is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding. And when it comes to wedding hairstyles for long hair, it’s made even harder because there’s a bazillion different looks to pick from.
To make your search more manageable, we’ve put together the best bridal hairstyles for long hair. Plus, there’s plenty of wedding guest hairstyles for long hair, too.
Whatever part you’re playing in the nuptials, we promise there’ll be something for you.
21 perfect bridal hairstyles for long hair
1. Big bun
Pretty, simple buns will always be a bridal staple but they work especially well on long wedding hair. Why? Well, the more hair you have, the fuller your bun will be and we don’t know about you, but we’re never ones to turn down extra volume. Credit: @juna_limani
Editor’s tip: Whichever one of these long wedding hairstyles takes your fancy, hairspray is an absolute wedding day must.
We rate the TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray, which doesn’t feel heavy or stiff on the hair but provides just the right amount of hold and shine to maintain picture-perfect hair all day.
2. Half-up bow hairstyle
Next read: How to get a bow hairstyle.
3. Braided ponytail
Need long hair wedding styles that’ll let you wear your hair up for the big day? A braided ponytail is a stunning way to wear your hair off of your face if you’re not a fan of traditional, full-on updos. Credit: @pswithlov3
4. Braid into chignon style
Pair with low back dresses and delicate jewellery for a look that’s completely captivating. Credit: @julia_alesionok
5. Bubble ponytail
Already been to multiple weddings this year and getting bored of all of the usual wedding guest hairstyles for long hair? Pull yourself out of your hair rut and go for something more playful, like this fun bubble pony look – you won’t regret it! Credit: @jessivaleri
Psst… Discover more ways to channel the bubble pony trend, here!
Editor’s tip: One of the things we love about this look is the contrast between the super sleek roots and the puffed-up ends.
To emulate this yourself, try using the TONI&GUY Shine Gloss Serum just at the roots – it’ll give you a slick, ultra high-shine finish but don’t worry, it won’t look greasy.
6. Side braid
The best wedding hairstyles for long hair should make you feel like the most beautiful version of yourself, without you feeling over done.
7. Clipped half-updo
Blur the lines between aisle and red carpet with A-lister inspired clipped half-up hair, as seen on stars like Gigi Hadid. Besides, if not on your wedding day, when else are you going to get this glammed-up? Credit: @hairbylinbuck
8. Curly twisted braid
Thought you couldn’t braid curly hair? Whether they’re natural or styled, curls and braids actually make the dream hair pairing, adding an extra dimension to any long wedding hairstyles.
Just make sure your curls are well combed through beforehand, as any tangles will make it harder to braid. Credit: @tmy_o3.pugmi
9. Beachy fishtail
Next read: How to create a fishtail plait.
10. French hawk updo
For brides wanting to go down an edgier route with their big day beauty look, let us introduce this rocking French braided faux mohawk. It’s just what you need to balance out an ultra feminine dress without going too wild. Credit: @alex_haircraft
11. French twist half-updo
Traditional French twists are a go-to wedding hairdo but for something more modern, look no further. This look has all of the elegance of the classic updo, in a fresh, undone way. Credit: @hanna_does_hair
12. Hollywood waves
There’s no denying that Hollywood waves are the epitome of glamour. And the good news is, they also make the ideal wedding guest hairstyles for long hair – particularly if you want to channel a sophisticated, vintage-inspired vibe. Credit: @zivamsalem_official
Editor’s tip: For voluptuous film star waves, spray each section of hair with the VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray before curling to help create the wave from root to tip.
13. Knot half-updo
Wedding guest hairstyles for long hair need not be predictable. Taking classic looks and adding new details, like this twisted knot, gives them a new lease of life and a more unique style. Credit: @ashfrankestyles
14. Vintage pinned updo
Vintage bridal hairstyles for long hair are having a resurgence right now, and they really add something more to your wedding look.
This pinned updo is calling out to be worn with a lace dress and art deco earrings. Credit: @evalynparsonsweddings
15. Pull-through braid
You may be surprised to find out that many of the braided wedding hairstyles for long hair that you’ve seen online might not actually be braids at all, but ponytails.
16. Rose ponytail
If flowers are a key part of your wedding day, why not tie the theme together with an accent flower braid? They can be added to all kinds of ponytails and half-up styles to add a whimsical flair. Credit: @gulnazismayilova_
17. Straight and sleek
In some cases it’s best to let the wedding dress do the talking but that doesn’t have to mean neglecting your hair. Bumped-up and tucked behind the ears, this sleek style is the ultimate example of straight hair styled well. Credit: @hairbyclouise_
Editor’s tip: The VO5 Flyaway Touch-Up Wand is fantastic for popping in your clutch bag for on the go touch-ups and smoothing down flyaways.
18. Barely-there waves
Soft, touchable waves are well-suited to brides looking for a minimal approach to their wedding day beauty. If you’re thinking about getting your hair coloured too, consider getting ombre – the waves flow beautifully from the dark to light shades. Credit: @nofar_gerichter_makeup_hair
19. The textured pony
Bored of intricate wedding guest hairstyles for long hair? If you want an effortlessly undone look that’s still wedding-worthy, why not try this ultra chic messy ponytail?
20. Topsy turvy ponytail
We’re not sure whether it’s the topsy turvy twisted details or the dainty hair vine accessories that make this look so gorgeous, but it’s surely a fairy tale hairstyle if ever we’ve seen one. Credit: @ulyana.aster
21. Waterfall braid
Waterfall braids look best when paired with undulating curls and their ability to look so good on their own takes away the need for any fancy accessories. Credit: @deanna_khair
Next read: Master the waterfall braid.