25 elegant wedding updos for long hair

All Things Hair | 03 August 2018
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Make your wedding day extra special by wearing one of these bridal updos for long hair!

 

Looking for the ultimate wedding updo? Also dealing with Rapunzel-worthy tresses? Luckily for you, we’re stepping in to help relieve some of your pre-wedding jitters with these idyllic wedding updos for long hair.

Click through our gallery or scroll below to see all of our beautiful bridal updos for long hair.



25 wedding updos for long hair you can always rely on



 

Wedding updos for long hair: Side shot of a bride with long brown hair styled into intricate braided ponytail, wearing a white dress and holding flowers, posing outside.
Are you ready to feel like a Disney princess? Credit: Instagram.com/chialimengartistry

1. Rapunzel braid

When it comes to wedding updos for long hair, braids are definitely a top pick for the aisle. Our current fave (and soon to be yours, FYI!)? This ravishing Rapunzel braid. Credit: @chialimengartistry

Wedding updos for long hair: Back shot of a model with long dark ginger hair styled into a French braided ponytail, wearing a dark dress and posing outside.
Consider this beautiful braid and ponytail combo.

2. French braided ponytail

You wouldn’t call this French braided ponytail basic, would you? With its romantic waves and pretty braid detailing, you’ll be ticking all the boxes when it comes to #hairgoals.

TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray

Editor’s tip: The secret to braided wedding updos for long hair? Texture, of course!

The TONI&GUY Texture Creation Hairspray is all you need to give your mane extra definition and texture, plus it’ll give you the grip needed to create the perfect plait.

Wedding updos for long hair: Back shot of a bride with long dark hair styled into twisted ponytail, complete with pearl hair accessories, wearing a white lace dress and posing in a studio.
Struggle with braiding? This twisted ponytail is all you need. Credit: Hariono Halim

3. Twisted ponytail updo

Can’t braid? Don’t fret: this elegant, twisted ponytail updo is super easy to DIY and decorate (be it with pearls or flowers).

blonde woman standing in the snow with her hair in a french braid mohawk style
French braids are a timeless favourite. Credit: Instagram.com/aurorabraids

4. French braid

If you’re looking for long hair updos for a wedding and want to match it to the neat detailing on the back of your dress, the French braid is a solid choice.

Classically chic, it’ll allow you to make the most of your bridal gown, while also showing off your intricately woven strands. Credit: @aurorabraids

Wedding updos for long hair: Side shot of a model with long dark red hair styled into rose braided bun, wearing a white lace dress and posing outside.
Rose braids are the prettiest trend blooming around.

5. Flower braid

Feeling inspired by this season’s flower trends? Then you’ll be excited to discover that flower braids, like this rose braid, are the latest plait style brides are obsessing over.

Recommended: 10 flower braids to fawn over.

Wedding updos for long hair: Back shot of a woman with red-haired woman with her long hair in a sleek low braided bun style
Amp up a classic bun with a pretty braided detail. Credit: Instagram.com/theupdogirl

6. Braided bun

Looking for bridal updos for long hair, but don’t fancy anything too over the top? This subtle braided bun could be perfect for you!

Simple yet intricate (thanks to the addition of the braided detail), it’ll ensure all of the focus is kept on your showstopping gown. Credit: @theupdogirl

Wedding updos for long hair: Back shot of a woman with auburn hair in an upside down braid updo.
Upside down braids are a catwalk (and bridal) favourite! Credit: Instagram.com/seletienelatrenza

7. Upside-down braid

Want wedding updos for long hair that also have a high-fashion edge? Why not try an upside-down braided top knot?

Sleek on top and edgy underneath, you can show your wild side with this 2-in-1 style! Credit: @seletienelatrenza

Wedding updos for long hair: Close up shot of a woman with long dark brown hair styled into a simple low chignon updo with a flower hair accessory.
You can’t go wrong with a classic chignon. Credit: Instagram.com/ave42style

8. Classic chignon

Ah, the chignon. It’s timeless enough that you’ll look back at your wedding photos and still love it because chignons are utterly failsafe bridal updos for long hair.

Want to know what the best part is? They can easily be jazzed up with hair accessories of your choice for a more unique effect. Credit: @ave42style

Wedding updos for long hair: Back shot of a woman with long dirty blonde hair styled into a low, half wrapped bun, wearing white dress and posing in a bedroom setting.
Style this half wrapped bun with bold earrings. Credit: Instagram.com/missysueblog

9. Half wrapped bun

Looking for sleek updos for long hair? Wedding hairstyles like this wrapped bun are sure to make church bells chime if you decide to make this ‘the one’. And wee don’t know about you, but we can’t stop staring. Credit: @missysueblog

Bridal updos for long hair: Close up shot of a woman with long medium brown hair styled into vintage-inspired curled updo hairstyle.
Fan of all things retro? Try this! Credit: Instagram.com/dannielle_robeson

10. Vintage-inspired updo

This playful look incorporates 1930s pin curls and a twisted bun, making for a fun look that’s just perfect for retro-themed weddings. Credit: @dannielle_robeson

VO5 Shine and Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Ready to make this look (or any of the other long hair updos for a wedding mentioned here) truly shine? Try the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray for a glossy, frizz-free finish.

Wedding updos for long hair: side shot of a woman with long blonde hair styled into a fishtail braid
Try this fancy fishtail!

11. Fishtail braid updo

If there’s one hairstyle that always gets people talking, it’s the fishtail braid. Fishtail braids can be worked into wedding updos for long hair in a number of ways, but our favourite has to be this flawless fishtail bun.

Wedding updos for long hair: Front facing shot of a bride with long chestnut brown hair styled into a fishtail braid, wearing a wedding dress and posing outside.
Show off those lengths with this fancy fishtail braid. Credit: Instagram.com/lily_archontaki_brides

12. Fishtail side braid

You can also breathe life into your tried-and-true side fishtail plait, just like this. Credit:@lily_archontaki_brides

Recommended: 9 celeb looks to inspire you to try side braids.

Wedding updos for long hair: Back shot of a bride with long chocolate brown hair styled into a rolled updo, complete with a pearl tiara, wearing a white dress and posing outside.
Roll up with this lovely wedding ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/allegressewedding

13. Rolled updo with tiara

Vintage wedding updos? Long hair will seriously look the part when styled into this retro rolled updo, complete with stylish tiara hair accessory. Credit: @allegressewedding

Wedding updos for long hair: Side shot of a bride with long golden blonde hair styled into a wavy vintage updo, complete with a veil, wearing white and posing
The best part? All of these wedding updos team perfectly with a veil. Credit: Instagram.com/theveiledbeauty

14. Vintage updo with veil

Long hair updos for a wedding (like this glamorous vintage updo) can be easily taken to elegant heights with a traditional veilCredit: @theveiledbeauty

Wedding updos for long hair: Close up shot of a woman with long dark brown hair styled into a Gibson tuck hairstyle, wearing a yellow sundress and posing outside
Gibson hair, don’t care!

15. Gibson tuck

The perfect dress deserves the perfect hairstyle, and the Gibson tuck is a seriously strong contender! Although it originally became popular in the Edwardian era, it’s still just as much of a crowd-pleaser today and, surprisingly, it’s one of the simplest wedding updos for long hair too.

Wedding updos for long hair: Close up shot of a model with long medium brown hair styled into a milkmaid braid updo, wearing pink glittery top and posing outside.
Perfect for outdoor weddings.

16. Milkmaid braid

Throwing an outdoor wedding? We can’t think of a better look to covet than this milkmaid braid. It’s fun, feminine and full of woodland charm —  meaning it’ll fit in with your theme.

Wedding updos for long hair: Close up shot of a woman with long dark brown hair and bangs, styled into a fishtail crown braid updo.
Bangs and braids make for a match made in heaven! Credit: Instagram.com/brooklyncardenas

17. Fishtail updo + bangs

Rocking a fringe? You might think that it would get in the way of your perfect updo, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!

As you can see from the Instagrammer, bangs can add an undone softness to bridal updos for long hair, giving your look a face-framing, feminine finish. Credit: @brooklyncardenas

woman wearing grey with her brunette hair in a crown halo braid updo
Charm your guests with a heavenly halo braid. Credit: Instagram.com/tatianakarelinaofficial

18. Halo braid

Why wear a tiara when you can transform your mane into a crown?!

Halo braids are great bridal updos for long hair, as they’ll turn your strands into a work of art worthy of everyone’s attention. Credit: @tatianakarelinaofficial

brunette woman with a bouffant bun wedding updo
Take your wedding hair to new heights with this sky-high bouffant style! Credit: Instagram.com/aliceportermua

19. Bouffant bun

Worried about how to style your fine hair? If you’re not blessed with masses of volume, but still want to rock an updo for your big day, try a bouffant bun.

This ‘60s-inspired style is great for giving your locks extra lift – not to mention it looks super glam. Credit: @aliceportermua

TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm

Editor’s tip: To create extra volume, prep your strands with the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm. Spread an even amount of this balm through damp lengths before blow drying, to help plump up your strands.

Wedding updos for long hair: Front facing shot of a bride with long honey brown hair styled into a sleek donut bun, wearing white dress and posing outside.
Last minute hair, don’t care!

20. Ballerina bun

We can’t talk about bridal updos for long hairwithout mentioning this trusty, sophisticated ballerina bun.

Whether you create it with a hair donut or without, is up to you, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll look picture-perfect.

Wedding updos for long hair: Side shot of a woman with long blonde hair styled into a French twist, complete with a floral hair accessory.
Ooh la la! Credit: Instagram.com/ewhairandmakeup

21. French twist

They say that Paris is the city of love and romance, so why not channel the Parisian vibes with a French twist? This classic style won’t let you down on your big day. Credit: @ewhairandmakeup

Recommended: 7 ways to rock French girl hair.

Wedding updos for long hair: Side shot of a woman long brown hair styled into a textured bun, complete with a barrette hair accessory.
There’s so much we love about this undone bun. Credit: Instagram.com/chialimengartistry

22. Messy updo

Go for this understated, swept-back style if it’s Meghan Markle vibes you’re after. And if you’ve got naturally wavy tresses, it’s a great way to show off your texture. Credit: @chialimengartistry

Wedding updos for long hair: Close up shot of a woman with long dark brown hair styled into an updo bridal style with a white flower crown.
Flower crowns aren’t just for festivals! Credit: Instagram.com/carolabelleetlatete

23. Flower crown

Flowers are a key part of any wedding, but why limit them to just the bouquets? Trust us: flower crowns are a simply stunning way to top off any wedding updos for long hair. Credit: @carolabelleetlatete

brunette woman with her hair in an updo with braided bang details
Give your look a subtle yet pretty twist with this gorgeous style! Credit: Instagram.com/ingacuzin

24. Braided bangs

Now, we’re a fan of braided bangs all year long, so it wouldn’t be a true All Things Hair round-up without us mentioning them!

This really is an ingenious way of making it look like you’ve put loads of effort into a simple bun, yet is easy enough that you can DIY. Anyone planning to do their own hair on their big day should definitely give this one a try. Credit: @ingacuzin

brunette woman with her hair in a side braided chignon updo
Side chignons are sweet and stylish. Credit: Instagram.com/akbeautybridal

25. Side chignon

Few wedding updos for long hair are as well-loved as the side chignon – and it’s not hard to see why! Great for both the bridesmaids and the bride-to-be, this look should be in every bridal party’s shortlist. Credit: @akbeautybridal

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