24 Simple Wedding Hairstyles That Prove Easy is Best

Enough with the something old! These fresh, simple wedding hair looks breathe new life into traditional big-day style.

Have you ever leafed through a bridal magazine or scoured Pinterest and thought, hmm, all this froufrou just isn’t me? We hear you! There is no shade to the unapologetically romantic or traditionally feminine aesthetic, but we think the minimalist also got more time in the sun. A sleek silhouette is elegant and uncomplicated, and simple wedding hairstyles like easy buns and sweet half-updos remind us of a beloved era we can’t seem to rhapsodize enough over (cough, the ’90s).

Best of all? These are looks you can actually gasp and recreate yourself. If you ask us, Chic, economical, willing to D.I.Y.—all hallmarks of a bonafide stylish city bride! Read on:

24 Simple Wedding Hair Looks for the Modern Bride


Cardinal rule of unfussy brides everywhere: Never stress about asymmetry. So-called styling mistakes, such as rogue wisps, uneven hair partings, and even the occasional flyaway can’t and shouldn’t dampen the mood—in fact, they giveth, and not taketh away, from your look’s overall charm. The truly stylish minimalist knows that the only thing sexier than some imperfections is an understated glamour that never, ever seems untouchable.

1. Diffused Part

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Leave only the bottom parts of your ears fully exposed for your jewelry. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Softly parted with a fine-toothed comb, this off-center low bun hugs behind the ears for a romantic touch.

2. Twisted Half-Updo

simple wedding hairstyles twisted half updo
A twist echoes the neo-Victorian vibe of a lace neckline. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

About as romantic as it gets for the city bride, this shiny half-up twist is the perfect subtle foil for a lacy neckline.

3. Regular Half-Updo

simple wedding hairstyles regular half-updo
Boho glam, but without the crunch. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

’90s babes will appreciate the easy, boho-chic feel of a dainty, middle-parted half-updo.

4. Rich Girl Hair

rich girl hair simple wedding hairstyles
Contrast is sexy. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

We love the uptown-meets-downtown vibe of a classic white stunner of a dress paired with a modern, slightly staticky down-do.


Sometimes, a touch of flair on the hair is more than enough to make a (regal) statement, as these stunning accessories prove below. Ideal for softer silhouettes rather than more graphic gowns, easy-to-wear headbands—whether rendered in ballerina-worthy satin or lightly embellished to match your dress’ minutiae—are a quick and easy way to literally pull your entire look together.

5. Tiara

simple wedding hairstyles tiara
As you wish! There’s no mistaking whose night it is once you walk down that aisle. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

The trick to wearing wedding-day regalia without looking like a royal wannabe or worse, a Christmas tree: Keep things streamlined and on-theme, as seen in this matching filigree tiara and shoulder-duster set.

6. Quirky Headband

quirky headband simple wedding hairstyles
No reason you shouldn’t show off your bangs on your big day. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Play up those East Asian-inspired see-through bangs with a cute, youthful headband. Smaller, more understated details keep the look more grown-up.

7. Pastel Crown

simple wedding hairstyles pastel crown
Match with the squad, but still, let people know you’re Queen Bee. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A delicate, tastefully designed flower crown is a beautiful way to integrate your wedding theme into your own ensemble without looking extra.

8. White Crown

white floral crown simple wedding hairstyles
Florals are a lovely contrast to an artsy dress. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Or do a hers-and-hers version with your bridesmaids, with yours in white and theirs in color.

9. Satin Headband

satin headband simple wedding hairstyles
Calling all daddy’s girls and ballerina princess brides! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A simple, solid headband is the sweetest punctuation mark to a delicately embroidered, blush-tinged dress.


What’s not to love about a proper high bun? These neat, high-perching chignons are universally flattering and are 60-second facelifts, not to mention make great bases for non-cathedral veils. Fake that perfect fan with a bumper or a hair donut, or simply coil as you normally would, albeit with just a tad more hairspray. We love the extra control we get from TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray, which keeps things budge-free without the stiffness.

10. Bumper Bun

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Tuck hair underneath a donut or bumper for extra lift. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Finer, thinner hair types can achieve more fullness with the help of a hair donut or a foam bumper slid underneath a high pony before coiling.

11. Classic Top Knot

classic top knot simple wedding hairstyles
Brush hair thoroughly before twisting to ensure a smooth, shiny coil. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

No secrets to this look, except use a fine-toothed comb to create a smooth base and employ pins instead of a hair tie!

12. Spiky Top Knot

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Or: The classic top knot, post dance-floor. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

For a bit of an edge, leave some ends out to soften the look.


These looks feature more natural-looking bends and waves that are left a tad askew—a far cry from the artfully sculpted spirals and corkscrew curls seen in many a bridal party today. A slightly haphazard rumple makes this simple wedding hair looks a lot more forgiving than their more polished predecessors; loose, bouncy, and fun, these have a bit more personality and major after-party wearability.

13. Side-Parted Waves

side-parted simple wedding hairstyles
Sweetheart necklines look fabulous with side-parted hairstyles. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Like your usual night-out wave but dialed down a notch, this look features a beachier bend that starts from the jawline.

A small dollop of texturizing cream, like Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator, helps give texture and shape without the frizz.

14. Prom Princess Bends

prom princess bends simple wedding hairstyles
Tuck your minor part behind one ear for extra charm. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Long hair that’s been gently blown out and parted a tad off-kilter oozes understated polish (and a youthful, more relaxed sense of style).

15. Twisted Lob

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A middle part goes well with side twists too. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re caught in that awkward stage, go with the flow with some rope twists and an air-dried tousle.

16. Neo-Flapper

neo-flapper simple wedding hairstyles
A cool update to the traditional 1920s look features fluffier chunks. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

Upgrade your everyday chunky bob for the big day by creating a side part and tighter curls, which are then to be stretched while still warm.


Low chignons are probably one of the most popular simple wedding hairstyles we’ve come to know, beloved for their straightforwardness and ease of wear (no tension migraines, because the event is tricky enough!). They’re also more forgiving than a tight ballerina updo, while still keeping your face fresh and strand-free from the ceremony to the conga line. Bonus: They’re also a great foil for all sorts of jewelry and accessories across the board.

17. Spiky Middle Part

spiky middle part simple wedding hairstyles
Graphic eyeliner provides a trendy touch. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A one-two punch for brides who really like their ’90s-inspired hairstyles: a wide-set middle part and some spiky ends. Even better: a half-pulled-through knot!

18. Classic Low Bun

classic low bun simple wedding hairstyles
A crowd-pleaser, the low chignon can be upstyled with embellishments as desired. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Sweetheart, Sabrina, deep V, cap-sleeved, illusion—there’s no neckline that this look does not go with.

19. Bun-Twist

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Simple wedding hairstyles like these are super-cool options to pair with minimalist and graphic gowns. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Pull hair into a regular mid-height ponytail, and instead of tucking the ends into a complete circle to create the bun, leave the last bit parallel to the rest of the circle. Secure with pins on the underside.

20. Shallow Side Part

shallow side part simple wedding hairstyles
Love the symmetry of the side part with the overlapping pleated neckline. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A clean, classic side part that’s not too dramatic doesn’t take away from an intricate Art Deco neckline.

21. Graphic Side Part

simple wedding hairstyles graphic side part
That extra lift at the partline frees your base from looking too flat. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

On the other hand, you can add interest to a starkly simple halter neckline with a razor-sharp side part done with a bit of a bump at the crown.


Wearing a slicked-back look at your own wedding definitely imparts a certain sense of bravado and star power. This unusual bridal choice is best for those who love a good runway moment (even though the stages are a bit different this time around), and whose sense of style was never that of the rest of the pack.

22. Pulled Back

pulled back simple wedding hairstyles
There’s something so fresh and modern about a wet-look bun. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A genius (and tongue-in-cheek) way to rev up a conventional chignon is do render it in a wet-look finish.

23. Finger Waves

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Simple wedding hairstyles: The deeper the part, the more dramatic the look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Recreate a vintage-inspired 1920s wave by taking a flat iron to your bob and pressing down the tops with some gel.

24. Slicked-Back Volume

slicked back volume simple wedding hairstyles
Comb hair upward at a slight angle for a more flattering hairline. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A two-textured hairstyle is a fun way to update and modernize a classic bombshell ’do. Curl the mid-lengths to ends as normal, and comb through some sculpting gel, like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel from the hairline to just below the crown.

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