The Most Beautiful Celebrity Wedding Hairstyles We've Ever Seen

From Ciara's luscious waves to Kate Bock's party pony.
Ciara and Sofia Richie on their wedding days
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Sarah Hanlon
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Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Jul 25, 2023

Ballet buns. Loose waves. Intricate updos. We've seen plenty of unforgettable celebrity wedding hair looks over the years, from Kate Middleton's elegant half-up 'do to Sofia Richie's viral slicked-back bun that took TikTok by storm. Much like celebrity wedding dresses go on to inspire couples around the world, their hairstyles (and accessories) do the same. Whether you've already booked your wedding hairstylist or you're still in the vision board phase, browsing celebrity wedding hairstyles can be a creative way to get inspired and find fresh ideas for your locks.

Here, we've compiled the most beautiful and unforgettable celebrity bridal hairstyles we've ever seen, from the 1900s to today. Look back on our favorite twists, ponies and cascading curls worn by celebrities and public figures, and let them inspire your own wedding hairstyle. After all, you deserve to feel like an A-lister on your big day too.

Sofia Richie's Wedding Hair

It was the bun that broke the internet. Every part of Sofia Richie's wedding went viral, from her dewy Chanel makeup to her stunning French venue—but it was her hair that got the most attention (and rightfully so). The bride opted for a slicked-back low bun, which was created by celebrity hairstylist Kathleen Riley. It wasn't a departure from her everyday look, as the model and influencer often gravitates to sleek buns and ponies with middle parts. After the ceremony, the bride swapped her updo for a true "party pony" with tons of volume, which was a perfect style for her raucous reception.

Hailey Bieber's Wedding Hair

Although her big day was in 2018, Hailey Bieber's wedding hair is still one of our all-time favorite looks. Similarly to Sofia Richie, the model opted for a low chignon with a sleek center part, though her 'do was accented with delicate pearl hair pins. She tapped A-list stylist Jen Atkin (who founded the popular hair brand Ouai) for her look, which was a fitting choice given their long history of working together. A low bun was the perfect complement to the bride's lace off-the-shoulder Virgil Abloh gown, which she paired with a trailing veil embroidered with the words "'Till Death Do Us Part."

Meghan Markle's Wedding Hair

Meghan Markle on her wedding day
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Meghan Markle's wedding hair was a nod to her signature piecey updo. Rather than wear something polished and sleek, the royal opted for an Audrey Hepburn-inspired look that was unfussy and simple. Along with her close friend and hairstylist Serge Normant, the duo landed on a loose, low chignon with face-framing layers and a center part. According to Normant, the style took just 45 minutes to create, which makes this an ideal celebrity wedding hair look to try recreating on your own big day.

Kim Kardashian's Wedding Hair

A stark departure from her usual red carpet style, Kim Kardashian's wedding hair was simple, sleeky, and oh-so-bouncy. The A-lister tapped hairstylist Chris McMillan (the creator of "The Rachel" for Jennifer Aniston's role on Friends) to create a loose, '70s inspired 'do for her destination wedding in 2014. The final look was a masterpiece: She walked down the aisle with her dark locks in a middle part with bouncy, blown-out waves, and had the front pieces tucked behind her ears. The popular celebrity wedding hairstyle is the epitome of effortless glam.

Simone Biles' Wedding Hair

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens got married twice in the spring of 2023: First, at a courthouse in Texas, and again in front of family and friends on a Mexican beach—and the Olympian wowed us both times with her bridal hair looks. For her intimate elopement, the gymnast kept it simple by tying her hair in a high pony with loose waves, which was done by Jazmine Johnson. For her destination wedding, she let her long locks down, allowing her loose curls done by Ashley Stewart Beauty to cascade around her Galia Lahav wedding dress.

Kate Middleton's Wedding Hair

Kate Middleton on her wedding day
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Kate Middleton is known for her signature bouncy blowout. From the beginning of her relationship with Prince William, fans and royal watchers have raved about her glossy waves—so when her wedding day came around in 2011, we couldn't wait to see how she'd style them for her walk down the aisle. Some royal reports allege that Kate was encouraged to wear her hair up for the big day, a recommendation she politely declined. Instead, she had her iconic tresses styled in an elegant half-up, half-down style with the front pieces pinned under her dazzling wedding tiara.

Grace Kelly's Wedding Hair

Grace Kelly on her wedding day
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It's fair to say that Grace Kelly's wedding look is one of the most iconic of all time, as it still inspires scores of brides today. When the actress-turned-royal married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, she wore a long sleeve lace gown created by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. Accenting her classic dress was a Juliet cap adorned with seed pearls and orange blossoms, which was attached to a 90-yard tulle veil. In order to let her statement headpiece shine, Grace Kelly's wedding hair was slicked back in a taught low bun. (Think of it as the 20th-century version of Sofia Richie's look.)

Kourtney Kardashian's Wedding Hair

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker got married three times in 2022, and the bride debuted a different bridal hairstyle for each occasion. She first donned a loose ponytail for her Vegas vow swap, likely because it was a last-minute decision following the Grammy Awards. For the legal proceedings at a Santa Barbara courthouse, she styled her mane in a relaxed updo with loose pieces framing her face underneath a white veil.

Like a handful of other celebrity wedding hairstyles on this list, the bride chose to slick her hair back into a low bun with a middle part for her lavish destination ceremony in Portofino, Italy. This simple hairstyle was the perfect accompaniment to her statement veil, which had an image of the Virgin Mary etched in the lace design, inspired by one of Barker's tattoos.

Paris Hilton's Wedding Hair

There's no doubt about it: Paris Hilton's wedding hair was hot. After the heiress married Carter Reum in November 2021, she revealed a complete guide to her wedding glam on her website featuring expert tips from her team of pros. The bride's hairstylist, Eduardo Ponce, created a romantic updo, saying the inspiration was "timeless beauty." On her website, he continued, "We wanted Paris to look fresh and chic. The dress is such a masterpiece, we didn't want to overdo the glam. We kept it clean and simple."

After blowing out her long locks (which they enhanced with extensions), he swept them up into a mid-height bun with a section of bangs loose in the front, which he curled and locked into place.

Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Hair

When you think of Priyanka Chopra's wedding, you probably envision her glamorous 75-foot veil that gracefully trailed her Ralph Lauren wedding dress. The actress, who married Nick Jonas in 2018, had a stacked lineup of wedding events that honored her Indian heritage and his religious upbringing. For each cultural event, the bride had an exceptionally curated wedding wardrobe—but it's the ornate beaded gown she wore to the Christian ceremony that sent the internet buzzing.

Chopra's longtime hairstylist Priyanka Borkar told E! News she spent an hour and a half working on an updo that would work with the lavish headpiece. "For the Christian wedding, we needed to keep in mind the 75-foot-long train," she shared. "The Ralph Lauren team, along with me, decided that we need to keep the hair up in order to support the length and weight of the train." She used a creative braid technique to wrap Chopra's hair around the comb of the veil that kept it in place. The final result was a romantic low bun with softly-cured tendrils framing her face, along with one additional requirement from the bride: "The only request she had was to add the flowers to give softness to her look," Borkar said.

Serena Williams' Wedding Hair

Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Serena Williams' wedding to Alexis Ohanian was a fairytale IRL. The tennis star married the Reddit co-founder at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in November 2017 wearing a princess-worthy Alexander McQueen ballgown, which was dripping in ornate beading and embellishments. For the ceremony, her long locks were swept back into a sleek updo twisted into a bun on the side of her head. But just like she changed outfits, she also swapped her hairstyle for something better for dancing. By the end of the night, she took down her slick chignon to let her curls hang loose, as seen in photo booth snaps from the night.

Ciara's Wedding Hair

While many recognizable celebrity bridal hairstyles tend to skew tight and sleek, that certainly wasn't the case for Ciara. The singer married NFL star Russell Wilson at an Irish castle in 2016 wearing a romantic boho lace Roberto Cavalli gown, and its long, flowing sleeves were complemented by an equally relaxed hairstyle. The singer walked down the aisle with her long hair in romantic waves, secured in a loose half-up-half-down style that left out a few blonde face-framing pieces.

Kate Bock's Wedding Hair

Model Kate Bock married NBA star Kevin Love at the New York Public Library in June 2022 wearing a long sleeve lace Ralph Lauren gown with a low, wavy ponytail that had face-framing curls—but her wedding wasn't the first time she debuted that exact hairstyle! Bock told People Magazine that she and her longtime stylist, Adam Maclay, ultimately decided on a tried-and-true 'do for the nuptials. "Adam has done my hair a lot and we are actually using a hairstyle that he did for me for Ralph Lauren's Ralph's Club show," she told the outlet. "Very easy, breezy glamour."

Sophia Bush's Wedding Hair

We're still swooning over Sophia Bush's botanical bridal look, which featured a statement floral Monique Lhuillier ball gown. After the actress married Grant Hughes in Oklahoma in July 2022, she told Vogue the inspiration for her glam look was heavily influenced by her blush-printed dress. "A blooming rose became our phrase to describe the look we were going for—warm, romantic, and tender," she explained. To bring this to life through her hairstyle, she worked with celebrity stylist Matthew Collins. He pulled the bride's dark tresses back into a classic low bun with a middle part, which showed off her elegant flower earrings.

Teresa Giudice's Wedding Hair

We can't talk about iconic celebrity wedding hair looks without mentioning Teresa Giudice's unforgettable updo. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star made headlines when she married Louie Ruelas in August 2022, largely because her lavish style was just so big. (What else would you expect from a Jersey girl?) "As we know, my girl Teresa is the queen of Jersey, so we needed hair that was fit for a queen," said hairstylist Lucia Casazza said in an interview with Andy Cohen SiriusXM's Radio Andy. "You go big or you go home. [Teresa] said, 'My hair has to be over the top.'"

Over the top, it was. Casazza created a towering updo on top of the bride's head using $7,000 worth of luxury extensions and 1,500 bobby pins. Guidice's signature dark curls tumbled down her back, and the lavish look was finished off with a dazzling custom crown from Bridal Styles Boutique.

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