35 Bun Hairstyles for Every Wedding Vibe and Style

From super soft and romantic to ultra sleek and modern, there's one for you.
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Updated Jan 09, 2024

Bridal looks and buns go hand in hand, whether a good side bun, a classic bridal ballerina number, or a messy boho top knot. The true beauty of any bun hairstyle for weddings is its versatility. They can be as simple and chic as you like, intricate and over the top, soft and romantic, or textured, boho, and braided. Wear your bun tight and high for a more sleek and modern vibe, or keep it loose, low, and curled if you're seeking a more classic or whimsical style.

Another thing to love about buns? They keep hair pulled back and out of your face so you can dance the night away worry-free. Hot out? Rock a fancy top knot. Buns also look killer with an open-back dress, though you can customize your bun to work with any wedding neckline or silhouette.

Without further adieu, we present you 35 beautiful bun hairstyles for weddings to inspire your own.

A Bombshell French Twist Bun

Bombshell French Twist Bun bridal hairstyle
Photo: @topknotsbyaimee

This super sultry, modern French bun hairstyle for weddings brings the heat. It's equal parts sexy and glam, with a little bit of volume at the crown, a slightly undone twisted bun in the back, and wavy side-swept bangs to frame the face. We can see this paired with a showstopping wedding dress for a major wow factor.

An Elegant Textured Low Bun

Elegant Textured Low Bun bridal hairstyle
Photo: @theresa_theposhbride

Dress up a simple low bun with a little bit of texture, a perfectly placed pearl and crystal hair piece, and curled tendrils to add to the romance of it all. We're swooning over this clean and shiny textured bun. So timeless!

A Romantic Twist

Romantic twist bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @stephaniegardnerstyles

This undone, twisted bun is giving major romantic vibes. Though "messy", it's done in such an intentional way, with immaculately curled pieces cascading from the bun, that it still feels polished. We love the little twisted section right above the low bun for something different.

A Clean Low Bun

Clean Low Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @theupdodarling

Low-bun hairstyles for weddings don't have to be complicated. This super clean and sleek low bun shines in its simplicity. It's perfect for the modern minimalist bride or the girl who wants her glam gown to be the center of attention.

A Chic Chignon

Chic Chignon wedding hairstyle
Photo: @renezadoriphotography

A chic chignon bun hairstyle for Indian weddings is not only practical, especially in high heat, but super pretty too. This bride's polished bun looks like royalty accessorized with statement-making accessories and a drop-dead gorgeous gown to match.

A Naturally Curly Messy Bun

Naturally Curly Messy Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @theupdodarling

Play up your natural curls for the big day with this effortlessly chic low bun hairstyle that's serious curly girl updo goals. It's messy in the best way possible with purposely pulled-out curls all around the head and natural curls loosely pinned to perfection.

A Braided Boho Top Knot

Braided Boho Top Knot wedding hairstyle
Photo: @stephaniegardnerstyles

If you're looking for the perfect messy bun hairstyle for your wedding, this too-cool top knot takes the cake. It's intricate while still coming off as effortless and features a loose braid embellished with pretty pearl and floral bridal clips.

A Half Up, Spiky Y2K Bun

Half Up, Spiky Y2K Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @riri_roya

What's old is new again! This super sleek and spiky, Y2K-inspired half bun hairstyle for weddings is the epitome of cool. It works best on long, straight hair with super sleek strands to frame the face. It's the best bun look for an edgy, unconventional bride.

Gorgeous Greenery

Greenery bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @stephaniegardnerstyles

When in doubt, weave some greenery throughout your bun for a fab foliage finishing touch. This look feels so fresh for 2024 and is the perfect whimsical alternative if you're tired of the traditional floral crown.

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A French Roll With Fringe

French Roll With Fringe wedding hairstyle
Photo: @hairandlashesbykaedi

If you have long bangs, try this utterly elegant French roll hairstyle, which piles on top of the head for a sophisticated statement style that feels slightly retro. This bun would be beautiful on brides with curtain bangs, as it's all about the face-framing fringe here.

Pearly Perfection

Pearl embellished top knot wedding hairstyle
Photo: @renezadoriphotography

Timeless and elegant, a sleek high bun hairstyle for weddings is always a do. This bride takes her bridal bun up a notch by adorning it with classic pearls in various sizes to match her overall glam look. Can we say stunning?

A Floral Bun Crown

Floral bun crown wedding hairstyle
Photo: @jenlagers

You don't have to wear your hair down to rock a floral crown. This delicate floral bun crown adds a fun and fancy, slightly whimsical element to this bride's overall bridal beauty look. You can opt for fresh flowers or decorate your bun with a bejeweled halo.

Big Finger Waves

Big Finger Waves wedding hairstyle
Photo: @styledbykat_

The best way to dress up a big bun? Big finger waves! This bride's retro glam wedding bun hairstyle for black hair is so sleek and simple yet statement-making. It's a classic look that pairs well with an equally classic gown. Adorn with a dazzling crystal hairpiece for even more glam.

A Sultry, Pam Anderson-Inspired Bun

Messy wavy bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @hairandlashesbykaedi

Sexy, messy, and perfectly imperfect, this bombshell bun inspired by Pam Anderson has a whole vibe. It's fun, and flirty and consists of wild curls piled on top of the head with wavy tendrils to frame the face. The bride pictured has shoulder-length fine hair so if you're searching for an effortlessly sexy bun hairstyle for short hair wedding inspo, this is it.

A Big, Bold Mid-Height Bun

Big, Bold Mid-Height Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @stephaniegardnerstyles

Mid-height buns def don't get enough love, but we're digging this big and bold, modern twisted take on the classic updo. It looks like several buns all rolled into one and has that effortlessly romantic essence that feels right on trend for 2024 brides.

A Vintage Touch

Vintage bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @renezadoriphotography

Calling all vintage brides! This perfectly polished low bun looks simply divine with a beautiful birdcage veil for all the sophisticated old-world glamour.

Textured And Twisted

Textured And Twisted bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @stephaniegardnerstyles

One of our favorite ways to upgrade a basic low loose bun hairstyle for weddings is to put a little twist on it. This textured updo is so dreamy with delicate pearl pins seamlessly woven in. It looks exquisite with this bride's sheer-back wedding gown.

Knotless Box Braids Bun

Box and knotless braids are the ultimate versatile black girl hairstyle. Whether you're tying the knot, standing beside the bride, or simply attending as a guest, swooping your braids back into an ethereal, ballerina-style bun is so good.

A Royally-Good Low Bun

Low bun with crown wedding hairstyle
Photo: @renezadoriphotography

Yas, Queen! If there was ever a time to channel your inner princess, it's obviously on your big day. While a crystal crown will pair well with plenty of fancy bun hairstyles for weddings, it looks especially glam style with this sleek low bun with face-framing tendrils and a dramatic dress straight out of a fairytale.

A Loose French Braided Side Chignon

Loose French Braided Side Chignon wedding hairstyle
Photo: @lalasupdos

This intricately French braided side chignon will have all eyes on you! It's effortlessly messy with a sophisticated elegance thanks to this bride's classic styling. There's tons of texture, a little bit of volume, and a whole lot of wow factor. It's low-key one of our fave loose bun hairstyles for weddings.

An Elegant French Twist

Classic french twist bridal updo
Photo: @maricruzhairstyles

As far as we're concerned, a French twist is always a do. This classic updo is super chic and timeless. Finish with several pearl or crystal hair pins to hold it all in place.

A Big High Bun

High bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @jenlagers

On the hunt for all the high bun hairstyles for wedding inspiration? Big buns are set to be big in 2024, and this slicked-back, bold bun is so chic without trying too hard. It's perfect for the minimalist boho bride who wants her hair out of her face and is going for a more natural beauty look.

A Slicked-Back Messy High Bun

Slicked-Back Messy High Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @jao__photography

This modern, big bun hairstyle for weddings is the best of both worlds. It features chunky, face-framing fringe, which is super on trend right now, and hair slicked back into a super high and messy top knot that's ultra-glam. This style would look stunning with a high-neckline dress.

Fancy Messy Bun

A messy bun hairstyle for the wedding, but make it fancy! If you're going for a more relaxed beauty look for your big day, this loose, mid-height bun with curly face-framing pieces hits all the right notes. It's elegantly undone without being disheveled.

A Sleek & Modern Low Bun

Sleek & Modern Low Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @haleyreedmakeup

It's all about the sharp center part here! For a super clean and contemporary look, keep it simple with this sleek, low bun inspired by Sophia Richie's sophisticated ballerina bun hairstyle for her wedding.

A Messy Romantic Chignon

Messy Romantic Chignon wedding hairstyle
Photo: @haleyreedmakeup

Add some texture and tousle to a classic chignon for a dreamy, garden-perfect party look. Top with an ethereal flower crown to turn the romance up a notch. This bun would be so beautiful with a floaty floral lace gown for an outdoor spring wedding.

A Big, Slick Bun

Big, Slick Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @ewestphoto

Slicked-back buns are all the rage right now, with practically every celeb, "It Girl" and influencer rocking a version of the style. To set yourself apart, try skipping the part altogether and slicking strands back into a big and bold statement bun like this bride.

Big, Beachy Embellishments

Big, Beachy Embellishments wedding updo hairstyle
Photo: @topknotsbyaimee

Hair done, nails done, everything big…including the accessories! If you're exchanging vows on the beach, try this big curly bun with statement coastal-inspired accessories, like this bride's pretty pearl-encrusted starfish hair clip.

Side Braid Chignon

Side Braid Chignon wedding hairstyle
Photo: @kristysartistrydesignteam

This chic, side braid chignon can work for so many different bridal styles. It's romantic, slightly messy, and with all the carefree, cool bohemian charm. Style yours with a side French braid or multiple mini loose braids pulled back into a low bun to really stand out.

Bedazzled Braided Bun

There are so many fun ways to do braided bun hairstyles for weddings, but we love a little bedazzle. To add some sparkle to your style, decorate the length of the braid and your bun with delicate hair pins or jewels to match your wedding vibe. Think pearls, rhinestones, crystals, or tiny flowers.

Soft, Textured Low Bun

Soft, Textured Low Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @theresa_theposhbride

If you aren't sold on the idea of a super sleek bun but don't want to go full-on messy, try this soft, textured low bun with several long, curly strands cascading out. We adore this romantic low-bun hairstyle for wedding guests too.

A Teased Crown

Teased Crown wedding updo hairstyle
Photo: @nxnhmuartistry

Pouf perfection! Take your bun to new heights by lightly teasing the crown of your head for extra volume. Unlike the big Snooki bumps of the early 2000s, this mini pouf feels super current, sophisticated, and seamless.

A Messy Curly Bun

Messy Curly Bun wedding hairstyle
Photo: @jenlagers

Embrace your natural curls for the big day by loosely tying them back into a mid-height bun. Leave a few curly strands out in the front to frame your face, and pair them with natural glam makeup for a wedding day glow-up.

A Modern French Twist

Modern French Twist wedding hairstyle
Photo: @stephaniegardnerstyles

The French twist is everywhere right now, and we're loving all the new and updated takes on the timeless style. This soft and elegant textured bun would be especially beautiful on the modern boho bride.

A Sleek, Modern French Twist

Sleek, Modern French Twist wedding hairstyle
Photo: @riri_roya

While romantic curls are cute and classic, shiny, slicked-back hair just gives off major cool girl energy. If you're looking for glossy and gorgeous updo bun hairstyles for your wedding, this sleek modern French twist is a 10/10.

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