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43 Bridesmaid Updos That'll Look Amazing in Pictures

Pin, twist or braid your strands up into one of these stunning styles.
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by Maddy Sims
maddy sims the knot associate editor
Maddy Sims
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Updated Oct 20, 2020

If you're in a wedding party, you've likely selected your bridesmaid dress or outfit. But there's another key part to your wedding day look: your hair. If you prefer your hair up and out of the way, we've got you covered. We rounded up 43 bridesmaid updos for any hair length that are both pretty and practical. Updos look timeless, and they also keep your hair off your face and neck. (Read: you won't have to stress about the wind ruining your 'do, and you can dance the night away without worry.) Whether you have short, medium-length or long hair, we have a bridesmaid updo you'll absolutely love.

Should a bridesmaid wear her hair up or down for the wedding?

If you're trying to decide whether or not to wear your hair up, there are a few factors to consider. First, check in with the bride to see if she has a preference. She might have something planned (like matching hair accessories, for example) that requires a certain style. If she gives you the green light to go with any bridesmaid hairstyle, take the wedding season and venue into consideration. Hot summer weekends and windy outdoor venues tend to play better with updos. If you know you're going to be on the dance floor for the majority of the reception, you might want to take that into consideration too— a chic updo will keep your hair out of the way so you can bust a move with your bestie.

Bridesmaid Updos for Long Hair

If you have long tresses (or you're wearing extensions), your options for bridesmaid updos are virtually limitless. Check out our favorite twists, buns and braids for long hair, below.

Bridesmaid updo ponytail
JANELLE JAQUELINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Gather your long mane into a mid-height ponytail. The style is sleek, on-trend and effortlessly cool.

Bridesmaid updo high ponytail
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For a more glam alternative, place your ponytail up on the top of your crown. Wrap some of the hair from your ponytail around the elastic for a polished finish.

Bridesmaid updo loose bun
WE ARE THE BOWSERS

Have your stylist create a low, loose twist and pull out tendrils on the sides for a pretty boho look.

Bridesmaid updo ponytails
KAYLA LOVLI PHOTOGRAPHY

You can still rock a ponytail at a formal event. Slick your hair back into a glossy low ponytail. Add extra hairspray to hold the sleek style in place.

Bridesmaid updo ballerina bun
CASSANDRA CASTANEDA PHOTOGRAPHY

For a perfectly polished look, consider a low ballerina bun.

Bridesmaid updo bun
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Keep your look casual with a messy high bun. Pull your hair up into a top knot and gently pull on pieces around your face for an effortlessly chic effect.

Bridesmaid updos twisted bun
MERARI PHOTOGRAPHY

Have your stylist twist your hair back into a bun for an elegant vibe.

Bridesmaid updo bun with volume
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Give your updo a dramatic flair with added volume. Have your stylist tease the hair at your crown to achieve this style.

Bridesmaid updos chignon
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You can't go wrong with a classic. A low chignon with pieces pulled out is a pretty style you'll never regret choosing.

Bridesmaid updos bow bun
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Here's a simple bridesmaid updo we love. Have your stylist create a bow-shaped bun for an adorable spin on the standard top knot.

Bridesmaid updo retro bun
EMMA MCDONALD PHOTOGRAPHY

Going for a vintage vibe? Sweep your hair into a deep side back and create a voluminous chignon.

Bridesmaid Updos for Short Hair

Just because you have short hair doesn't mean you can't rock an updo. See our favorite styles for short-haired bridesmaids, below.

Bridesmaid updos slicked back
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Slick your hair back with gel for a fashion-forward style that will keep your hair out of the way the entire wedding.

Bridesmaid updo flower crown
ALCHEMY CREATIVE

Loosely pin curls to the back of your head and top with the accessory of your choice (like a flower crown, for example).

Bridesmaid updo themed accessory
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If you don't have much hair to work with, add in a show-stopping hair accessory to a simple bun.

Bridesmaid updos loose bun
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If your hair is too short to pull all the way back, leave the front half out and pin the back into a loose bun.

Bridesmaid updo edgy bun
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Looking for an edgy bridesmaid updo? Pin the sides of your hair back and pull out two long piece of hair in front for a chic '90s vibe.

Bridesmaid updo headband
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Give a simple chignon a glam upgrade by adding in a sparkly headband.

Bridesmaid Half Updo

Not sure if you want to commit to a full-on updo? Consider rocking a half-up style. It'll keep your hair out of the way and still show off your gorgeous tresses.

Bridesmaid half updo top knot
PERPIXEL PHOTOGRAPHY

One of our favorite styles is the half-up top knot. It's clean, creative and cool.

Bridesmaid half updo
JEFF BRUMMETT VISUALS

Loosely pin the front strands of your hair back for an effortlessly pretty style.

Bridesmaid half updo curls
LOVE TREE STUDIOS

Separate two pieces of hair from each side of your face, twist them back and pin them together at the back of your head. The result is a sweet, simple half updo.

Bridesmaid half updo pouf
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Create a mini pouf for some old-Hollywood glamor.

Bridesmaid half updo
NESSA K

A half updo fit for royalty. Sweep the top half of your hair around to the back of your head and leave some pieces out front for a wispy effect.

Bridesmaid half updo with braids
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For a unique spin on the classic half updo, have your stylist braid the pieces you're pinning back and leave a few strands out front.

Bridesmaid half updo braids
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Keep your hair full out of your face with a proper half updo. Gather the top section of your hair (starting from your ears) and secure it back behind your head.

Bridesmaid half updo twisted
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Create a twisted halo by twirling the front sections of your hair to the back of your head. Have your stylist expertly intertwine the ends for a never-ending halo look.

Bridesmaid half updo small braid
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Create two small braids on each side of your head and pin them back tightly for a sleek, pretty vibe.

Bridesmaid half updo with colored tips
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Rock a bold color, like bright blue. A simple half updo will show off your colored locks.

Bridesmaid half updo braided back
KEMP COLLECTIVE

Create two large French braids at the front of your face and pin them back for an edgy, cool-girl  vibe.

Bridesmaid Updos for Medium-Length Hair

Working with medium-length hair? Good news: your versatile length gives you plenty of bridesmaid updos to choose from.

Bridesmaid updos top knot
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If your hair isn't quite long enough for a dramatic pony, consider a top knot. Make it your own by adding in accessories.

Bridesmaid updos bun
MERARI PHOTOGRAPHY

A slicked-back bun looks equal parts chic and elegant. Plus, it'll show off your gorgeous outfit.

Bridesmaid updo ponytail with bangs
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Soften up a slick pony by leaving some pieces out in front. It'll look absolutely stunning.

Bridesmaid updo low side ponytail
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A low side ponytail is a popular bridesmaid updo for a reason. It looks gorgeous with any outfit, and it keeps your hair out of your way.

Bridesmaid updo low slick bun
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A center part with a low, sleek ballerina bun adds just the right amount of edginess.

Bridesmaid updo low bun to the side
EMMA CLEARY PHOTO & VIDEO

Pin your low bun to one side. It's a simple way to make a classic style more unique.

Bridesmaid updo low bun
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A small chignon at the nape of your neck is a simple bridesmaid updo that works great for mid-length hair.

Bridesmaid updo high ballerina bun
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Raise the classic ballerina bun up a few inches for a more modern spin on the classic style.

Bridesmaid Updo with Braid

One of the simplest ways to make an updo more unique is to add a braid. It'll add dimension, texture and an effortless, cool-girl vibe to your wedding day look.

Bridesmaid updos side braid
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For an edgier spin on the popular French braid, ask your stylist to create a Dutch braid. Since the strands are being braided in the opposite direction, the braid will have more  dimension.

Bridesmaid updo braided bun
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Add a small French braid to the front of your chignon for a unique look.

Bridesmaid updo ponytail with braid
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A low ponytail with a side braid is effortlessly gorgeous.

Bridesmaid updo braided halo
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Keep your hair completely out of the way with a braided halo updo. Ask your stylist to French braid the sides of your hair and intertwine them in the back of your head.

Bridesmaid updo braided headband
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Create your own hair accessory with a braid crown.

Bridesmaid updo side ponytail with braid
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Add a braid to your side ponytail for a pretty, playful vibe.

Bridesmaid updo fishtail braid
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Equal parts edgy and pretty, a fishtail braid is the perfect bridesmaid hairstyle for fashion-forward attendants.

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