48 Bridal Hairstyles to Inspire Your Wedding Day Look

All Things Hair | 18 June 2017
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Gorgeous collection of bridal hair ideas for your big day.

We get that wedding day preparation is intense. In addition to those critical planning details, you’ll have to figure out the perfect bridal hairstyles so that your ‘do taps into your personal style, but also compliments your dress and overall theme. However, we know at the end of it all that this big day is all about having fun and celebrating this special moment! To help take the guesswork out of figuring out how you’re going to wear your hair, we rounded up a collection of some of the best bride hairstyles ideas to inspire you for your big day.

Our Favorite Bridal Hair Ideas

triple buns for bridal hairstyles
This simple style is a breeze.

1. Triple Low Buns

This is one of our favorite bride hair ideas of all-time because it’s so elegant but so easy! Perfect for the bridge going the DIY route, you are essentially twisting together three even buns, creating a romantic and on-trend hairstyle. To achieve this look check out our hair buns with twisted rolls tutorial. Just make sure that you have a bunch of bobby pins on-hand to ensure that your buns stay secure throughout the ceremony. And it’s not just a great look for long hair, short hair also looks great in this easy updo.

bridal hairstyles with flowers on blonde hair
Loving the Parisian vibes.

2. Croissant Bun

Here are two of our favorite things combined: an elegant croissant bun and real flowers decorating updos. A croissant bun is another great choice for DIY brides, we just suggest getting a little help for the flower arranging. You can follow our tutorial for this dreamy pastry-inspired updo. Just make sure to set your style for the occasion before adding in the flowers. We suggest the Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Hairspray for extra protection to lock in this style.

fishtail braids for bridal hairstyles
This gorgeous fishtail braid is made for weddings.

3. Fishtail Braided Half-Updo

This fishtail updo is what dreams are made of. We love how the texture of the large braids contrasts yet complements the tighter curls. This braided updo is made even more special by stopping every few inches. This gives the braid even more texture and helps to have it stand out. That gorgeous hair accessory doesn’t hurt either.

classic fishtail bridal hairstyles
Try an asymmetrical style for an interesting wedding look.

4. Classic Fishtail Braid

For a more simple take on the fishtail braid, just go for one! A style like this classic side-fishtail braid is perfection. We’re especially big fans when worn with a strapless dress, to give a little more interest. As an added bonus, side-swept styles are great for outdoor weddings in spring when it’s a bit warm! Bonus: you’ll keep cool and collected, all while rocking a cool braid.

bridal hairstyles with the modern top knot
The perfectly voluminous top knot.

5. Elegant Top Knot

Another way to keep your hair off your neck in total style? This gorgeous top knot updo. This style is gorgeous on every hair type and face shape, so it’s a safe option if choosing a style is stressing you out. If you don’t have the most voluminous (or long) hair, don’t fret! A hairdresser can easily help create a voluminous style or work in extensions to give your hair a little more bulk to create this voluminous top knot.

bridal hairstyles with a flower crown
A large flower crown balances these body-ful curls.

6. Oversized Curls With Oversized Flower Crown

This style is here for our mega-glam brides to be! We’re thinking the bigger, the better goes for both your hair and flowery accessories! These voluminous curls can be created with a larger, two-inch curling iron. After letting the curls set, you can tease for even more volume. Top it all off with a larger-than-life flower crown, and hit that aisle baby!

bridal hairstyles side-swept braid
A different take on a side-swept style.

7. Side-Swept Hair

We did say we’re loving side-swept hair this season! If braids aren’t your thing, try it with some loose curls or your natural texture instead. Wearing your hair all over one shoulder makes it stand out from your everyday hairstyle. For outdoor weddings with your hair worn down, we suggest setting your look with some hairspray. That way, if your spring day is a little more humid and hot than you were expecting, you’re still covered.

bridal hairstyles texturized hair
Scrunch in a little sea-salt spray for even more texture.

8. Simply Textured Tresses

For an even more elegantly simple style, wear your natural hair texture but with just a little bit more oomph. A little light teasing here or there, or a windswept take on your hair is just the ticket. Top it off with a headband to match your dress to make sure your whole wedding look is nice and cohesive.

bridal hairstyles with curls
Rock that gorgeous hair.

9. Natural Curls

The exact same thing goes for naturally curly girls! We adore natural curly hair and think it should be shown off, especially on special occasions. We suggest that curls have a little extra protection from the elements to keep a defined (non-frizzy) look. Just prep your hair with some of the Dove Absolute Curls Supreme Creme Serumbefore drying with a diffuser for best results.

bridal hairstyles in chignon
A sleek style for formal affairs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Slicked-Down Chignon

For a totally different take on our styles we’ve shown so far, try a slicked-down look. We’re a little bit obsessed with the wet hair look ever since fashion week. Wear with a stick-straight center part and a tight chignon for a refined, demure look.

bridal hairstyles with a flower
Need a simple style? Top it with a headband.

11. Simple Headband

We’ve had our fair share of simple bridal hair ideas so far, but we’re pretty sure this one takes the (wedding) cake. For the ultimate in low maintenance looks, just pop on a headband to match your dress. Of course, we have a soft spot for florals, but you could go for a cool pearl headband or a pretty blinged-out, glitzy headband.

bridal hairstyles coiled hair
The perfect coil. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

12. Twirled Chignon

How totally perfect is this twirled chignon? It’s the thing ballet buns dream of! We highly suggest getting a helping hand creating this style because your average twist and secure isn’t going to cut it. A stylist can help you create that perfectly coiled look while hiding the bobby pins to make sure nothing disrupts this perfect style.

best bridal hairstyles with brown waves
Pretty waves are always in style.

13. Cascading Waves

We love a waterfall of wavy hair because it will never go out of style! We think timeless hairstyles are best for wedding hair, especially for not cringing at the photos in 20 years. You can create these big waves by curling your hair with a large two-to-three-inch curling iron. The larger the curling iron, the wavier your curls will be!

crown braid bridal hairstyles
Wear that vintage-inspired style.

14. Crown Braid

A crown braid is one of those super-trendy styles that we’ll concede for wedding hair. It’s mostly down to similar milkmaid braids that have been popular through the ages. We love simple crown braids, for the DIY bride. Or, if you’ll have a little help on the hair front, we say go all out and wear a voluminous and textured crown braid like this one.

bridal hairstyles low wavy ponytail
Chic, low ponytails are so in this year.

15. Curly Low Ponytail

Our last style is a nod to our favorite popular hairstyle of 2017: the low ponytail. Made for a bridal situation, we think romantic twists and curls are your best bet. To get a piecey effect and help curls stand out, we suggest applying just a little bit of TRESemmé Flawless Curls Extra Hold Mousse to your curls. It will keep those curls defined without having them feel sticky.

curly braids: textured braids
Textured styles are big at the moment. Get the look with braids and curls.

17. Romantic Braids

Your wedding is supposed to be the most romantic day of your life, and it’s only natural that your look followed suit. Braids are an awesome, feminine hairstyle that also shows you have your pulse on current fashion trends. Directional yet traditional, romantic braids can be interpreted in a myriad of ways and can go on a wide spectrum of hairstyles and hair types, even. Loose, flowing hair can be updated with waterfall braids, while basic ponytails find a more fashion-forward revamp with a fishtail. And if you’re not an accessory girl, braid updos such as the crown and halo braid are accessories in itself, and make sure you look nothing short of queenly on your big day.

high braided updos for long hair
A high braided bun perks up your normal off-duty style.

18. Whimsical Updos 

We love women who take the natural hair route on their big days—it’s a confident, earthy look that serves as a beautiful foil for a bridal gown. Worn bare, without any accessories, it posts a striking picture (a shine serum helps keep it gleaming and frizz-free from the ceremony to the photos). Those who want to prettify their natural hairstyles with accessories can do so by adding some whispies and floral touches near the earline, which looks both sophisticated and ultra-feminine, but also a tad cheeky.

ballerina bun bridal hairstyles
So perfect (and veil-friendly), especially when nestled into the crook of your nape. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

19. Polished Chignon

Traditionalists might love the neat, buttoned-up aesthetic of a strict chignon. However brides of all proclivities, read on: the beauty of this look lies in its diversity. With super-minimal outfits, the overall look is conservative-formal, even ecclesiastical; with bigger, more princess-y dresses, it gives a grounding effect. It should be remembered though that a tight, well-formed bun is always a good idea for any red-letter occasion, as its a sophisticated look, yes, but also relatively simple to create. Best of all? It’s all-weather-friendly.

best bridal hairstyles knotted updos
Knotted updos are the romantic bride’s friend: big curls, low twists and even half-updos are fair game.

20. Knotted Updo

A knotted updo that takes a less-traditional route than a chignon, such as a top knot or twist, is a contemporary, yet stylish, way to keep your hair out of your face. Top knots and half-updos usually carry a more regal and polished vibe, as the hair is usually brushed up in a more refined, uniform manner. With twists and other trendy variations of the updo however, you get a younger, more free-flowing take on the updo, which may also be more forgiving on wavy and curly hair types. Either way these kinds of bridal hair trends are most flattering on romantic dresses and themes.

low ponytail bridal hairstyles low pony
Another modern twist: metallic hair ties. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

21. Sleek and Edgy

Our fave options: slicking your hair back, rocking a razor-sharp middle part, or putting hair up in a sleek side-parted ponytail. These are for the modern (and even slightly minimalist) bride not afraid of pulling the punches in terms of straightening her hair to the hilt. Emphasize your newfound sheen with a shine-enhancing product to keep it looking luxurious. Wet-look hairstyles are best worn with equally avante-garde or architectural necklines, and might need a bit of tending-to in humid or windy venues. As far as the sharp ponytail though, it’s only second to the chignon in universal appeal—what it loses in originality, it makes up for in veil-versatility and sheer staying power, especially when teamed with a hardworking hairspray such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Maxximum Finishing Mist.

messy braids bridal hairstyles
Create a elegant fishtail braid for your bridal hairstyle.

22. Messy Braids

A attractive look for long-haired brides, braids are a fantastic way to showcase a classic and feminine style through many variations. This could include the fishtail, French braid, waterfall braid, side braid or sleek braid. Another option is to create a crown braid that serves as a chic headband, that entails you braiding hair at the hairline and crown, following the pattern of your part and finally securing on the side opposite where you started for an incredible look. Finish off with some light hairspray to maximize its hold and to make it last till after the reception. You can also vary the standard braid by creating braided buns or half-up styles, depending on your preferences. Bonus: Once this look is created, you will barely need any maintenance throughout the entire ceremony.

23. Low-Slung Braided Bun

Another hairstyle that looks perfectly put-together is the low-slung braid bun. A variation on the regular chignon, this variation gives depth and personality to hair via a signature braided look that’s hung low, with wispy pieces of hair loosely escaping and softening the frame. The woven style also creates a romantic feel that can be enhanced with accessories or small hair jewels.

bridal hairstyles beehive hair
Go for a stylish bouffant for your big day. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

24. Stylish Bouffant

For a vintage look, we adore the puffed out bouffant bun. A take on hair from the ’50s, the bouffant bun creates volume in the front of your head that is controlled with a loose bun or ponytail, much like a beehive hairdo. To achieve a signature bouffant look, blow-dry your hair using a round brush on the underside of your strands. As you blow-dry your hair upwards, spray the pouf with some hairspray to keep it intact. Try the Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray whose formula can add some serious hold and shine to your wedding day bouffant. Then all you have to do is pin the bouffant down with some bobby pins and work in a half-pony, pony or bun using the second-half of your hair.

halo braid bridal hairstyles
A stunning halo updo for your wedding.

25. Twisted Halo Updo

For a simple look that shines, we love the twisted halo. Great for all hair types, this look gets your hair out of your face as you create a smooth look on the crown and bottom half of your tresses. To create the look, twist each side of your hair and join the sections together to create a half pony or piece both together with a cute clip.

bridal hairstyles with accessories
Rock those curls on your wedding day. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

26. All Over Curls

For girls who love volume, creating big curls could be a great option. This style works for all hair types, and those who are naturally curly can even let their locks roam freely. Ladies with straight or wavy hair can work with their texture to create this look as well. For those that have waves or straight hair, a curling iron or rollers can help achieve the look. Enhance this look with a jeweled headband or some delicate, glittery accessories, and be sure to lock in the style by using some hairspray.

side bride bridal hairstyles
A side pony is so easy and oh, so elegant. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

27. Side Braid + Ponytail

Another easy idea for your wedding is the side ponytail with a twist. Unlike your typical weekend hair look, this braided side pony can be curly or super straight. Simply start by creating a slick and evenly brushed side-pony which is then refined and straightened (or curled) even more with an iron. Ed’s tip: Try out a direction that’s opposite your typical style for a quirky take on this look.

retro bridal hairstyles
Style your hair for your wedding with a retro edge.

28. 1950s Waves

If curls aren’t your thing, subtle waves that feature a modernized nod to the ’50s might be up your alley. Achieving these waves starts by creating curls and volume with a curling wand. Next, lightly brush out the curls for a softer molten look. Lightly spray the curls with some hairspray and secure your hair waves with some large bobby pins. In about 20 minutes the new curls will be set, creating a smoother, more mellow wave. Check out the full hair tutorial on how to make your own ’50s waves here.

playful curls bridal hairstyles
Let those short curls be free for your wedding. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

29. Playful Short Curls

Short-haired gals can also have fun with their ’do on their wedding day. In addition to trying a variation on all of the styles listed above, they can create a charming look with accessories. This can be especially stunning if you have a pixie cut or a bob that you and embellish with some flowers or a beautiful headpiece. Getting creative with your short haircut is surprisingly easy and only requires some cute accessories to dress everything up. After you create your style, smooth out any frizz or flyaways by using some serum

bridal hairstyles blonde crown
Add some flowers to your hair to complete the look.

30. Floral Crowns

Look regal on your big day with a floral crown. There are tons of variations on the crown where you can opt for big or a subtle use of flowers.

light waves bridal hairstyles
Simple and chic styles are always a great idea. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

31.The Light and Airy ‘Do

Thinking of keeping things simple for your wedding? Consider this free-flowing hairstyle. This look is so easy to create on your own where you can remove hairstylist from your wedding budget and allocate the funds to something else, like your gorgeous dress? After washing and conditioning your hair, prep your hair with a heat protection, then create touchable waves with a flat iron and set the look by spraying some hairspray throughout your finished ‘do.

bridal hairstyles romantic twisted updo
Looks expensive right? A stylist would probably charge you a hefty price for this look. Do it yourself! It’s easy! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

32. The Romantic Twisted Updo

This romantic look reminds us of the dreamy half-updo twisted style that was created for the Charles Youssef SS17 collection. And since we’ve got the inside scoop on creating the runway look, why not reuse it for your big day? Before creating your style wake up your texture with a salt spray like Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt SprayStarting from the top of your hair, begin twisting small sections of hair, coiling them against your head and pinning in place. Continue this method until you’ve reached the bottom and set this look in place with a firm hold hairspray.

side updo bridal hairstyles on blonde hair
Gorgeous bouffant-inspired ‘do that you or your bridesmaids can create in a matter of minutes. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

33. The No-Fuss Face-Framing Side Bang Updo

It’s not every bride that wants to turn her beauty look into an entire production. Keep it simple with this chic and classy updo style. To jazz the look up just a teeny bit, give your style some height at the crown. Steal some tips from our beehive tutorial to learn how you can create this look.

bridal hairstyles with middle part
You’ll only need a stylist for half of this style. The rest is free! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

34. Long Layered Waves

Although we’re looking for ways to cut cost when it comes to creating your own bridal hairstyle, there are some things you cannot skimp on like a proper cut. Go to a stylist with clean hair to get a layered cut and style the look on your own. See what we did there? You’re only paying to get a haircut, not for washing and not for styling! Score! When you get home, practice creating the wavy look you want with different heat styling tools. Here’s a tip: Use a hair wand on one side, and a flat iron on the other side and compare the two looks. Whichever look you love best is the winner!

very long ponytail for bridal hairstyles
This extra long pony is anything but basic and to get the look won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

35. The Dreamy XL- Ponytail

Yes, your favorite updo ponytail hairstyle is a great style idea for your wedding. However, spruce it up a bit by adding some extra length for a fuller and thicker look. Go easy on the styling products to keep your pony light and fluffy.

bridal hairstyles with half updo
Try your hand at updating fall bridal hair trends like this half-updo style with wedding hair accessories. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

36. The Half-Updo

Two things that can change the trendy half-updo hairstyle into a formal look: The outfit that it’s worn with, and how it’s accessorized. It’s up to you how you want to create the formal version of this style. In the mood for something non-traditional? Consider wearing the succulent accessory trend that’s sure to add the right amount of oomph to your look.

bridal hairstyles curly hair
Strut your stuff down the runway with a look that stays true to you. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

37. The Curly Wedding Hairdo

Your wedding should reflect your personal style. If wearing your natural curls is the look you’re thinking of debuting down the aisle, don’t let anyone talk you out of doing just that. But let us talk you into getting the best curls ever for your big day! To enhance your curls, apply some of the TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel, onto your hair that’ll help you create polished and bouncy curls.

curly updo bridal hairstyles
The curly updo has been a mainstay season after season. No wonder it’s one of the top Fall bridal hair trends. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

38. Curly Chignon

Would you believe us if we told you that this look will only set you back 20 minutes? You literally can whip this bridal look into shape in no time! Create drop curls all over your hair with a one -inch barrel curling iron, set with a hairspray for hold and pin your curls up into a cute chignon.

bridal hairstyles with messy bun
This hairstyle will take you from bachelorette party to the morning of your wedding. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

39. The Mussed Up Bridal Bun

Too much partying the night before your wedding? We get it! Turn your party hair into a hairstyle that’s on trend and suitable for walking down the aisle. Tease your hair by back-combing, then create a high ponytail and wind the ends into a bun. If you want to turn it up a notch with braids, create three French braids at the center of your hair.

pulled back bridal hairstyles
Turn a simple low bun into a regal look with hair charms. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

40. Face-Framing Hair Charms

We saved the best for last! If there is any way to upgrade a low chignon for a wedding, it’s definitely with this cool wedding day hairstyle. Gather your hair into a super low bun, smooth a gel along the base of your hair and allow it to dry. Insert hair charms of your choice along the edges of your hair and there you have it. A regal low bun hairstyle!

messy ponytail bridal hairstyles
Girly looks not your thing. Get inspired by dark and romantic looks. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

41. Messy Face-Framing Bridal Look

If you’re planning on having a wedding in a space inspired by Middle Ages Gothic architecture, go for a dark romantic look. On the other hand, if you just want an udpo and makeup combo that doesn’t scream girly, this slightly disheveled style with face-framing bangs is the perfect match. To create the look, curl your hair with a 1/2″ barrel curling iron for big, loose curls. After allowing your curls to cool, finger-comb your hair to separate then gather hair into an undone low bun. Set your style with some hairspray.

mother of the bride bridal hairstyles
A simple straight bob haircut is perfect for casual and intimate wedding settings. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

42. Unconventional Style for Mother of the Bride

Or maybe you’re having a super low-key wedding ceremony with just the parents? One look we love for Moms is fresh bob cut a.k.a a super simple hairstyle that’ll complement your casual wedding. The day before the wedding, wash and condition your hair to ensure that the style will stay sleek, straight and smooth throughout the ceremony and the reception. Spray your hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray for protection, then flat iron it flat. Finish off your style by setting your hairstyle with a strong-hold hairspray.

vintage hair bridal hairstyles
How to do a wedding like the French? Opt for a French-inspired updo. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

43. Unconventional Bridesmaids Hairstyle

This hairstyle is ideal for a French-inspired wedding. The modern spin on the French roll updo will look gorgeous against lace fabrics and feminine pastels. Got a bridal party that loves a D.I.Y hairstyle? This look is simple to create and not to mention, budget-friendly, too!

To get the look, wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, then blow-dry. Section off and clip away your bangs as you focus on the back. Create a high ponytail, that you fasten into a bun using hair pins. Unclip the bangs and swoop to the side. Wrap the ends of your hair around the base of the bun and pin your hair in place.

flowers bridal hairstyles
Enhance your wedding hair with flowers.

44. Floral Bridal Headband

Bridal headbands are always a low-key way to incorporate accessories into your look. Tap into your earth goodness self by rocking a bridal flower crown. If you’re having an outdoor wedding this look will fit in with the theme of your wedding as you feature a collection of flowers around your hair. Make sure to smooth out any frizz or flyways before you apply your floral band by using some of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Creme Serum.

bridal hairstyles headband
Go for a bold accessory for your wedding look.

45. Golden Bridal Headband

You glow girl! Showcase your golden aura by wearing a metallic or golden headband. This pairs beautifully with wavy hairstyles and chic wedding updos. To enhance your waves, use some mousse to provide your hair with some lift while also providing it with a polished finish.

subtle thin headband for bridal hairstyles
Sometimes subtle is the key to a wedding look.

46. Thin Bridal Headband

For something simple yet elegant, opt for a thin headband. We love the jeweled headbands that give off the right amount of elegance and grace for your wedding day look.

bridal hairstyles regal hair
A regal look indeed!

47. Jeweled Bridal Headband

For some serious glamour for your wedding day, opt for a bridal headband that starts off at the front of your hair and then wraps around into a chic updo or an elegant ponytail. Be sure to lock in this awesome hairstyle by using some hairspray.

bridal hairstyles boho bride
Boho-bride ready.

48. Lace Bridal Headband

A classic hair accessory, lace was once adorned in the Victorian era that is quickly making a comeback. Not just to be adorned for vintage hairstyles, a lacy headband can frame your face on your wedding as you tap into some serious boho wedding vibes.

Looking for more bridal party hairstyles? Check out wedding hair flowers ideas.

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