Wedding hair updos: 5 Elegant looks perfect for the occasion

All Things Hair | 02 July 2016

Looking for wedding hair inspiration? We’ve got you covered!

Your wedding day is arguably one of the biggest days of your life, so it’s important that you look and feel like a million dollars – and that includes everything from wearing the dress you love, to having the perfect wedding hair.

So once you’ve chosen the clothes, the venue, the flowers and, of course, your army of bridesmaids, it’s time to start thinking about how you might want to wear your hair on the big day. No doubt you’ll soon come to realise that there are hundreds of options out there that can complement the look you’re going for. So where on earth to begin?

Updos are great for keeping your hair off your face (ideal if you’re getting married abroad in the sunshine, and even more so if you’re here in windy old Blighty!) and showing off all those beautiful details on your dress, but the question is: which one should you go for? Well, luckily, we’re here to help you decide. So don’t panic: check out these 5 elegant wedding hair updos that are all perfect for the occasion.

5 Stylish wedding hair updos


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Slightly ‘undone’ chignon.

The (slightly undone) chignon

It would seem this classic wedding updo never loses its timeless and effortless appeal, plus it looks particularly pretty if your dress features a high neck. This year, the chignon has made a significant comeback, although this time round, it’s shunned its stuffy attitude for a slightly more casual, contemporary stance, hence we’ve dubbed it “the (slightly undone) chignon”. With its ability to add a generous dose of glamour to your look without being too prim and proper, this updated classic – which also allows plenty of room for customisation – makes the perfect choice for just about every bride-to-be.

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Elegant topknot hairdo.

Elegant topknot bun

Simple but stunning, a bridal top knot bun is the ideal wedding hair option for those who’re looking to channel understated glamour. And not only is it super easy to do, it’s also ideal for keeping you cool if you’re getting married on a hot summer’s day!

Tip: To keep your top knot in place, lightly spritz your hair with Toni&Guy Classic Firm Hold Hairspray to achieve that subtle, healthy sheen and last-all-day style.

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The subtle side chignon.

Side chignon

If you’re planning on wearing a hair accessory on your big day, a side chignon is a great way to ensure it gets the attention it deserves. Ideal for creating an effortless, asymmetrical look, this classic hairstyle never loses its timeless appeal.

Top tip: a bejewelled headband always looks amazing with this updo, especially if you’re looking to add a healthy dose of old Hollywood glamour to your overall look.

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Voluminous pony. Credit:

Voluminous pony

Clean, simple and utterly modern, a sleek ponytail is perfect for all occasions, but if you want to and amp it up a bit for your wedding day, we suggest turning up the volume! Ideal for those with naturally straight hair, all you need to pull off this wedding hair updo are bobby pins, TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray and a confident diva attitude to boot. Easy, right?

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Wedding updo with braided hairline.

Braided hairline

Want to add a fresh, exciting dimension to a standard low bun? Try braiding along your hairline at the front to create a crown effect! It can help keep any stray strands off your face, while adding elements of romance, glamour and polish to your wedding hair updo. If ethereal elegance is what you’re after, why not try weaving delicate, fresh flowers through the braid for a cool bohemian twist to finish the look! And don’t forget to seal the style with a generous spritz of VO5 Classic Styling Strong Hold Hairspray.

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The accessorised chignon. Credit: Liberty In Love

The accessorised chignon

As you’ve probably gathered, the chignon is a popular hairstyle choice for brides-to-be. But what can really make your updo pop is the help of an embellished hair accessory. In particular, hair vines help to bring a touch of glamour to a classic chignon ‘do. If you’re stuck on ideas on where to find a suitable hair accessory, try Liberty In Love – they’ve got a wide range of dainty, bedazzling hair pieces that will be sure to wow the crowd on your big day!


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