136 Exquisite Wedding Hairstyles For Brides & Bridesmaids

wedding hairstyles


I think you will agree with me when I say this:


Special occasions like weddings & proms are memorable but also extremely stressful at the same time.



Your wedding day will be one of the biggest days in your life. There is so much pressure on you to look your best, we can understand what you must be going through. Not only do you have to choose the perfect dress, hairstyle, jewelry and shoes for yourself, but you also need to make them all work well together.




Wedding hairstyles call for a grand look with elaborate hairstyles like updos & vintage hairstyles rather than your everyday-casual-hairstyle. You want something really elegant & flattering which should also be the best hairstyle in the venue.



I remember when I was in school, they would ask, 'What are you going to be when you grow up?' and then you'd have to draw a picture of it. I drew a picture of myself as a bride.
-Gwen Stefani


You owe it to the person that matters the most:



Your look will also make a lasting impression on your to-be husband, so you probably want a hairstyle so beautiful that it blows his mind off the minute he lays his eyes on you and he will definitely remember how beautiful you looked on the wedding day, for years to come.



So we’ve handpicked some really different & beautiful hairstyles to serve as an inspiration for you & your stylist for the big day. Enjoy the list and of course, your wedding. Congrats!

1. LOW HANGING BUNS ARE THE #1 HAIRSTYLE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS LIKE WEDDINGS

It's true:


Low hanging buns are the go to choice of hairstyle for special occasions. And here's the reason why...
Beautiful updo bun with accessories
A beautiful long hanging bun hairstyle for wedding, accessorised with a lot of jewelry





...low hanging buns look very elegant and offer so much room for creativity at the same time. You can add different accessories, jewelry and even a veil to the low hanging bun hairstyle.There are so many different styles in which you can wear buns and an added bonus is that it ends up being the perfect hair length for a lot of women. Neither too long, neither too short, just about right.



2. WEARING A LONG HAIRSTYLE WITH A VEIL HAS BEEN EVERY GIRLS DREAM SINCE CHILDHOOD

You cannot deny this one:


Since you were a little girl, right to this day today, you've fantasized yourself walking down your wedding aisle a countless number of times.
long elegant wavy hairstyle for bride
Long wavy colored hairstyle with a short veil worn by the bride

You've pictured walking gracefully down the aisle in the perfect white dress with the perfect long hair and with a veil long enough to put any princess to shame.





  




If you have long hair, finally it's time for you to realize those dreams you've held within you for years now.


3. NATURAL BLACK HAIR IS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE. YOU JUST HAVEN'T REALIZED IT YET

We know that:


You've been ridiculed for your hairtype and you yourself have cursed your hair countless number of times growing up.
natural wedding hairstyle for black women
A beautiful long natual hairstyle for black women to wear on their wedding day


But the truth is...



...black hair is fabulous. Your fault is, you've just being comparing it with wrong standards like blonde white women hair or setting unrealistic benchmarks like the women you see on-screen. 


Look:


While other hair types are trying hard to make their hair look different & special on their wedding day, you already have been gifted with a hair type that is naturally special & grand.


You do not need to ask for permission to wear a natural hairstyle on your wedding day, neither do you need to straighten it to "fit in".





Natural black hair is meant to stand out and it stands out in a good way. You can wear a natural hairstyle as beautifully as other hairstyles on your wedding day and still look fabulous.



4. DON'T BE SCARED TO ACCESSORIZE YOUR LOOK

Accessories can be awesome...

wedding hairstyle with accessories
A graceful accessorized hairstyle and look. Don't feel scared to do the same style



...of course provided that the accessories are high quality and suit your look.




Accessories will take not only your hairstyle, but your entire look up by a notch. You are meant to look special on your wedding day & accessories will add that special touch to your look.



So wear those headbands, ear rings and fabulous clips but remember what we said right at the beginning:


Nothing cheap or flashy!









5. BRAIDED UPDOS ARE ONE OF THE BEST HAIRSTYLES FOR BRIDES.

braided updo bridal hairstyle
A braided updo like this one will make heads turn at the wedding. Beautifully styled with a diamond headband, ear pieces and a veil. One of the best updo wedding hairstyles out there
Braided updos look perfect on brides.


Braids look awesome. Updos look awesome. But a braided updo combines the awesomeness of braids & updos into one single hairstyles.


If you search for wedding hairstyles, the braided updo will outnumber all other styles out there. 


The reason is...


Braided updos are the most beautiful and elegant hairstyles out there. There are infinite ways you can style them and they suit almost all face shapes and hair types. You can do updos for short hair as well as long hair. You can accessorize it. You can wear a veil with it. Braided updos will work wonders for most brides.










  


6. BANGS ARE A SAVIOR FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T WEAR UPDOS OR LONG HAIRSTYLES.

Women long face shapes will face one problem:


They cannot wear updos or long hairstyles that cut their face width.


The general rule of hairstyles is that, you want to find a style that contrasts your natural face shape. 


For example, if you have a round face, an angled hairstyle with the tresses cutting out the sides of your face will look good because they will make your face appear less rounder, that is thinner and longer.


Similarly...


People with long face shapes, should wear a hairstyle that contrasts their natural face shape and makes their face look less longer.
wedding hairstyle with bangs
Who says bangs are just for casual looks. Bangs can be a good choice for wedding hairstyle for those with long face shapes

If they wear an updo or a bun, the hair is fulled back and the forehead is exposed completely, making their face appear even more longer. They can't wear a long hairstyle which cuts the width of their face either because that again will make their face appear thinner and more longer.


So the best hairstyle for people with long faces is any hairstyle with bangs. The bangs will effectively hide the forehead and thus will provide the contrast needed. Bangs also work well for women with shorter hair.


We've already covered hairstyles with bangs on an another post on our blog, which you can check out for more inspiration & styles for bangs.



7. DON'T FEEL LOST AS A BLACK WOMAN WHEN IT COMES TO HAIRSTYLES

We know and we agree:


Thick black curly hair can be notorious to style.


I can see black women nodding their heads furiously to the fact that...

Long wavy black hairstyle by the bride
Gorgeous wavy long hairstyle with a beautiful necklace

...your hair will look wonderful when you are casually resting at home or on days where you have no important appointments. But as soon as you have to prepare for a special occasion like a party or a date, the hair looks completely messed up & horrible, as if it has a life of it's own.

medium length black bridal hairstyle
Beautiful black hairstyle ending just below the shoulders
This can be quite stressful to Black women with a wedding approaching soon. The last thing you want going wrong on your wedding day is your hair. 



8. LONG BRAIDED HAIRSTYLES LOOK REALLY ELEGANT ON BRIDES

We don't need to tell you this:

Long wavy hairstyle with curls

Long braided hairstyles look extremely feminine & elegant on most women.



There are different ways you can play around with the braids itself and the variety of braided hairstyles out there make it a great choice for your wedding day.





9. LONG WAVY & CURLY HAIR TYPES, THIS IS YOUR MOMENT TO SHINE

The magic of curly & wavy hair is:

Messy wavy bride hairstyle with accessory
Simple wavy hair can look so beautiful too

You can wear it simple & long and it will still look like a work of art.

Curly side swept hairstyle for the bride
Simple long curled up hairstyle. Looks perfect on the bride
If you have wavy or curly hair and you're wondering how you should style it, then a great choice is to just wear it simple.

wavy short wedding hairstyle
Who says short haired women can't wear wavy & curly hair well? Here's a bride looking so fine with short wavy hair
Of course, not as simple, that it looks like you're headed to the grocery store...


...what we mean is, you can still look good without having to do updos or braids.


You can get inspiration from the posts we've written for your particular hair type, layered haircuts and the one for long hairstyles to come up with the right hairstyle for yourself.

And an added bonus is, curly & wavy hairstyles look as good for short hair as they look for long hair and can work for different types of curls out there, ranging from wavy curly, right to the dreaded kinky curly hair types. Check out our post on hairstyles for curly & wavy hair for more.




10. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO AN INDIAN WEDDING?

This look was so beautiful, we couldn't stop ourselves from sharing it on here.


If you think American weddings are the benchmark of a fun wedding, you clearly haven't been to an Indian one.
Indian wedding hairstyle updo
Beautiful Indian hairstyle with a big updo
Indian weddings are extremely joyful & colorful with some of the tastiest food and last over a week traditionally. You will get to see some of the most beautiful bridal wear and hairstyles as well.


If you're an Indian bride or attending an Indian friend's wedding, this is a great hairstyle for you to wear. That big updo with roses is one of the most beautiful Indian hairstyles we've seen in a while.


11. A VINTAGE 50s HAIRSTYLE IS PERFECT FOR WEDDINGS

The 50s were known for:
Medium length vintage wedding hairstyle
Big curls were an integral part of the 50's look


Big, fancy, elaborate, over-the-top hairstyles.


But these hairstyles are also extremely elegant at the same time, which makes them a perfect candidate for wedding hairstyles.




 


















Check out our post on 50s hairstyles for more elegant vintage hairstyles.


14. HALF UP HALF DOWN HAIRSTYLES: THE BEST OF EVERYTHING

Braided half up half down variation hairstyle

Just like the braided updo combines the best of braids & updos...


...half up half down hairstyles combine the best of updos & long hairstyles.


"But can you add braids to them as well?" You may ask..


...and yes you certainly can! Braided half up half down hairstyles offer the best of all three worlds and something you should definitely check out for more















IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Make sure to try out the dress, shoes and hairstyle well before the day of the wedding. This gives you sufficient time for adjustments and alterations. Don’t be one of those brides who waits till the very last days and then carries a mountain of work on her head which results in a bad experience.

  • Make sure to select a hairstyle which will stay in place for hours. You don’t want to keep brushing tresses off your face or asking for a touch-up every ten minutes.

  • Take your wedding theme, dress and climate into consideration. The veil, neckline and dress pattern influence your look. You want your hairstyle to compliment it.
  • If there is sufficient time to your wedding yet, make sure your hair stays healthy. We’ve seen those brides with frizzy and rough hair on their wedding days that destroy their look despite wearing a good hairstyle. 

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT BRIDESMAID HAIRSTYLES

I think you will agree with me on this one:


Your bridesmaids play a big role in your wedding and are doing you a big favor by agreeing to be your bridesmaids.



Whether the bride gets to decide the hairstyle for the bridesmaid is something you should talk with them. If you have a certain theme designed for the wedding, you might want to tell them about your ideas beforehand.


Of course you need to take into consideration their hair type, face shapes, dresses and the wedding theme before you suggest a certain hairstyle for them. But you also need to take into consideration their own personal comfort and style.


We’ve made a list of few simple and flattering hairstyles for your bridesmaid as well which will make heads turn as all you beautiful women walk into the room 


1. FIND SOMETHING STYLISH BUT NOT TOO ELABORATE

The bridesmaid is supposed to look beautiful too...


...but they must not wear a hairstyle more elaborate and more grand than the bride.


Find styles that are cute and simple but which also look beautiful at the same time. Just downplay the regular hairstyles a notch to compliment the brides look & make her look more beautiful. 
Simple but beautiful bridesmaid hairstyle
Simple long side swept hairstyle with waves for the bridesmaid

Beautiful updo bun
While updo buns can be elaborate & grande, they can also be downplayed to look simple & stylish


2. A BRIDE & HER BRIDESMAIDS CAN WEAR THE SAME HAIRSTYLE, BUT JUST NOT AT THE SAME TIME

A bride can wear updo, so can the bridesmaids.


A bride can wear long hairstyles and so can the bridesmaids.


And the same applies for all wedding hairstyles. But the only rule is:


The bride and bridesmaid shouldn't wear the same type of hairstyle at the same time because it looks monotonous and boring.
Black woman low hanging updo bun
Beautiful side hanging bun hairstyle
For example if the bride is wearing a big updo, the bridesmaids can wear a long wavy hairstyle. Or if the bride is wearing a half up half down hairstyle, the bridesmaids can wear a simple bun. Compliment each other, don't clash your looks.

waterfall braids with curls for the bridesmaid
A half up half down waterfall braid with wavy long hair


3. LONG HAIRSTYLES ARE A GOOD CHOICE FOR BRIDESMAIDS


Long wavy bridesmaid hairstyle

Long wavy bridesmaid hairstyle



4. ...AND SO IS A MESSY SIDE BUN UPDO

Loose messy updo hairstyle


Loose side swept updo for bride & bridesmaid

Last but not the least, here are 28 more bonus bridal wedding hairdos to help inspire & help you before you leave

  







  






















  



 











  










    




  
   
We hope we helped you provide new ideas and inspiration through our list and that you have the best day of your life on your wedding day.