12 wedding hairstyles for short hair you’ll love

Who says you need long, flowing hair to rock a beautiful wedding 'do?

Short hair can be chic, cool and elegant – but how do you style it when it comes to your big day? Good news: you don’t need to spend months growing it out or resort to extensions to get a fabulous nuptials-appropriate look. Discover 12 of our favourite, gorgeous wedding hairstyles for short hair to complement your unique style below.

1. Flower crowns

bridal hairstyles for short hair floral headband
Accessorise your short crop with a delicate floral crown. Credit: indigitalimages.com

A wild, bohemian-style flower crown can help transform your cool short cut into an uber-feminine style in an instant, whatever your length – from close-cropped pixies to chic, short bobs.

Delicately intertwined flowers of varying sizes can add a fey, woodland vibe to your look, ideal for summer weddings in the country.

2. Bardot updo

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman with short blonde hair in a half-up half-down with Bardot fringe wearing a wedding dress on runway.
Bardot who? Credit: indigitalimages.com

Looking for short wedding hairstyles to pair with a fringe? Check out this ’60s-inspired half-up, half-down hairstyle complete with classic centre-parted bangs.

Style tip: Backcomb your roots for added volume and extra Bardot vibes.

3. Slicked-back waves

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman with brown shoulder length hair with big bouncy blowout curls wearing a wedding dress and jewelled earrings.
Bouncy waves. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Short hair can still look uber chic with slicked-back waves – but don’t just take our word for it. Pair your sleek, glamorous waves with a pair of bedazzling drop earrings, and you’ll be the belle of the ball!

4. Vintage-style wavy bob

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman with vintage wavy shoulder length copper hair wearing wedding dress on runway.
Go vintage. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Vintage hairstyles can make for the perfect formal occasion look. We love how a Gatsby-inspired ’20s bob immediately evokes the feel of hedonistic glamour and high society frivolity, not to mention it’s a fantastic option when it comes to bridal hairstyles for short hair.

Editor’s tip: Give your vintage curls extra staying power with the VO5 Invisible Firm Hold Hairspray.

This ultra-fine fast drying spray offers frizz control with UV filter and humidity protection, plus it has a coconut fragrance which we love!

5. Natural afro hair

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman with large natural afro hair wearing a strappy wedding dress doing makeup in the mirror.
Au naturel. Credit: Instagram.com/grace-loves-lace

Instead of working against your hair type, follow this bride-to-be who worked with her natural hair for the most beautiful short hair wedding style. Credit: @grace-loves-lace

6. Sleek bun with a headpiece

sleek bun with headpiece bridal hairstyle for short hair
Princess-worthy hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Headpieces can help to create a beautifully feminine look – and they’re not just for long hair. Placing your hair into a sleek updo is perfect for pretty much any wedding.

Editor’s tip: Use a good shine spray, like the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray to help make your updo look sleek and polished. Once you’ve secured your bun, apply an embellished headpiece to tie the whole look together.

7. Sharp bob

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman wih straight light blonde bob wearing a wedding dress and delicate headband
Simple and stylish. Credit: Instagram.com/sosageblog

Don’t be tricked into thinking this hairstyle is too every day for a wedding. Wearing a hairstyle you are used to will make you feel more confident and this sharp bob is timeless. Credit: @sosageblog

8. Classic centre part

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman with a dark brown wavy bob wearing a wedding dress.
Understated classic. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Who would have thought such a small tweak could make such an impressive difference to your hairstyle? Swap your regular side parting for an elegant middle part, and lightly curl your hair.

Style tip: You could even tuck one side of your hair behind your ear for a perfect and utterly foolproof wedding hairstyle for short hair – and a great way to show off a delicate pair of earrings too.

9. Loose waves with a headband

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman with blonde wavy long bob with red headband accessoryy wearing a wedding dress.
Boho babe. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re a dab hand with the curling tong, then try this softly-tousled look for your wedding. Curl your hair away from your face in small sections to create an effortlessly chic short wedding hairstyle.

Style tip: Apply a heavily embellished headband to your short wedding hairstyle (try opting for one with colour to really make your hair pop).

10. TWA

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman with short natural afro hair wearing aoff the shoulder wedding dress standing in front of a large plant
Short hair, don’t care. Credit: Instagram.com/shimmerandspice

Wondering how to style natural short hair for weddings? Rock a TWA to your wedding nuptials for a fuss-free hairstyle that is beautifully elegant. Credit: @shimmerandspice

Editor’s tip: Ahead of your big day, be sure to give your tresses extra TLC so your curls look nourished.

We suggest using the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Mask once a week to help detangle and hydrate hair.

11. Pearl updo

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Woman with short dark blonde hair in low updo with pearl hair accessories wearing a wedding dress on the runway.
Pretty pearl updo. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Can’t quite get your hair in a sleek bun? Fear not as this pearl-adorned bridal hairstyle for short hair will give you all the benefits of a bun.

12. Long pixie

Wedding hairstyles for short hair: Two women wearing wedding outfits holding hands laughing.
Androgynous charm. Credit: Instagram.com/vaultandvine.events

We couldn’t do a round up of short hair for weddings without including a pixie cut.

This long variation looks lovely styled with a side-parting. You can also add a jewelled hair clip to give your short hair a wedding feel. Credit: @vaultandvine.events