35 Of the Best Bridal Hairstyle Ideas for High-Neck Wedding Dresses

From classic chignons to glamorous waves, we've rounded up endless inspo.
Bride wearing high neck wedding dress with low bun updo
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Updated Dec 01, 2023

Choosing the right hairstyle to complement a high-neck wedding gown is essential to complete your outfit for the big day. You want to pick a hairstyle for a high-neck dress that suits your personal aesthetic and ensures that your gown gets the shine that it deserves.

As you narrow down your wedding hairstyle, keep a few things in mind. It should suit the neckline of your dress, complement your face shape and hair type, and fit the overall vibe of your wedding. Also, be sure to schedule a trial with your hair stylist to confirm that your desired wedding day coif looks fabulous and works with your high-neck dress.

To help you find your dream look, we've compiled a list of 35 fresh hairstyle ideas for a high-neck dress, inspired by real brides. From lush curls to chic pixies—we've got every hair type, length, and dress style covered.

Textured Bun

Textured bun wedding hairstyle for high neck dress
Photo: Sean Thomas

An ethereal caped dress calls for an equally dreamy hairstyle like this curled textured bun. Top it off with delicate hair accessories, such as a vintage-inspired clip or wispy baby's breath florals.

Finger Waves

Finger waves high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Stanlo Photography

It doesn't get more glam than Old Hollywood finger waves. The retro style will perfectly frame your face while allowing the high neck details on your dress to stand out.

Low Bun

Low bun high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Rebecca Love Photography

There are few styles chicer than a classic, low bun, at the nape of your neck, that keeps the attention on your gorgeous makeup and jewelry. The style looks the best with traditional dress styles and simple necklines.

Curly Bob

Textured bob high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Tay Brauer

For a playful touch, add some waves to a bob to give the standard style a little something extra. We love the way that this bride's glossy curls are parted to the side, for an extra flattering finish.

Face Framing Curls

Face framing high neck wedding dress hairstyle
Photo: Lauren Lee Photography

Complement an ornate neckline with this intricate-yet-effortless-looking low updo. The slightly undone style is romantic and soft, which contrasts the structured gown perfectly.

Textured Updo

Textured updo high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Anna Duncan

Regardless of hair length, natural curls always look fabulous in a top knot. Follow this bride's cue and leave a generous amount of coils out in the front to even out the height of the pony.

Elongated Pixie

Elongated pixie high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Stanlo Photography

Bring some drama to a straightened shortcut with a deep side part and beaded head covering. Ask your stylist to leave some longer length towards the front so you can add a sultry side-swept bang.

Bob With a Boost

Bob high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Brian D. Smith

Amplify your bob with a volumizing blow dry, while flicking the hair inwards. As a result, your mane will frame your face precisely and accentuate your natural features.

Teased Updo

Teased updo high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Sophia Kaye

You'll ooze sophistication by pulling your strands back in a traditional updo. Tease the hair at the crown of your head to ensure the style looks fabulous from all angles.

Runway-Ready Accessory

Wedding hairstyle accessory for high neck wedding dress
Photo: Melissa Marshall

Make a serious fashion statement with a sky-high, striking headband. Ensure that the chic add-on looks wedding-worthy by slicking your hair back to avoid any distracting, loose pieces.

Textured Bob

Textured bob high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Alicia Padilla

Give your bob some life with some layered waves that add definition to the low-maintenance look. A pearly headband is a great option to spruce up the style and lock the hair into place.

Party Ponytail

Ponytial high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Lucy Munoz

If your ceremony is less formal or if you're going for a more contemporary feel, sweep your tresses up into a high, swinging ponytail. Top it off with a retro bow and leave a few strands out to make it feel more festive.

Loose Curls

Loose curls high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Kayla Snell

This style is proof that long, loose hair can harmonize with a detailed neckline. This bride made it work by using a cute headband to pin back a few frontal strands to confirm that the front of her dress is visible in every picture.

Half Up, Half Down

Hal up half down high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Alicia Padilla

Showcase your long locks with this 70s-inspired, half-up, half-down style. Leave it slightly messy and add some larger curls throughout for a boho effect.

Blunt Bob

Blunt bo high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Abby Regnier

Flaunt a chin-grazing cut with choppy bangs for an edgy take on bridal hair. You can also layer over a sheer veil to take your photos to the next level.

Glitzy Headpiece

Glitzy Headpiece high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Tessa Berg

Add some glamour to a half-up, half-down style with a decorated head covering that attaches to a low veil. This bride picked a style that mimicked the detailing on her dress to bring the entire look together.

Effortless Waves

Wavy wedding hairstyle for high neck dress
Photo: Lauren Lee Photography

If your dress has a boho vibe, opt for a free-spirited option like these lush, tousled curls that don't seem overly styled. If you want your hair out of your way on the dance floor, pin one side back with a flower or subtle clip.

Pinned Back Pony

Ponytail wedding hairstyle for high neck dress
Photo: Lauren Lee Photography

Bring a basic ponytail to life with a striking metallic hair clip and oversized earrings. If you're wearing a halter dress, aim for a shoulder-length height that will show off your neckline and bare back.

Accessorized Bun

Accessorized bun wedding hairstyle for high neck dress
Photo: Rene Zadori

Wearing a birdcage veil, that partially covers your face, is a chic way to achieve a vintage vibe. This bride wore a whimsical version with an oversized embellished comb that exudes timeless elegance.

Bejeweled Headband

Bedazzled headband wedding hairstyle for high neck dress
Photo: REEM Photography

Match the glamour of a sequined dress with a breathtaking, sparkling headband that looks red-carpet-worthy. Wear your hair in soft curls to keep the attention on the bling.

Pearly Topknot

Pearl embellished top knot high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Rene Zadori Photography

Add some edge to an otherwise feminine look with a middle-parted, polished topknot, elevated by multi-sized pearly pins. The style draws the eye upwards to admire the bride's neckline and radiant smile.

Boho Braid

Boho braid high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Staci Brucks

A thick braided crown is quintessential bohemian and a charming way to keep your hair out of your face. Don't be afraid to let the style look a little bit messy. It matches the distinct beauty of a vintage or hippie-inspired dress and jewelry.

Wavy Bun

Wavy bun high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Liz Andolina Photography

Nail a perfectly imperfect messy bun by intentionally leaving some curls and flyaways out. Also, it meshes well with the bride's airy, sheer neckline.

Side-Swept Updo

Side swept updo high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: REEM Photography

We couldn't love this unconventional updo more. This bride's glossy locks look incredible in this side-parted style that's a perfect choice for upscale weddings.

Polished Twist

Polished twist high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Sophia Kaye

Who said you need long hair to ace a bridal bun? This bride swept her shoulder-length hair back into an elegant low chignon; a fitting juxtaposition to her bold red lip.

Double-Twisted Bun

Double twisted bun high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Lindley Battle

Draw all attention to the back of your dress by tying up your hair into a detailed, double bun. It gives the typical hairstyle some dimension and makes your photos from the back absolutely captivating.

Crowned Chignon

Crowned Chignon high neck wedding dress hairstyle
Photo: Rene Zadori

Channel your inner princess with this regal look, made complete with a statement tiara. Pair it with a slicked-back bun so the regal headpiece takes center stage.

Throwback Bouffant

Throwback bouffant high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Rene Zadori Photography

This middle-parted look delivers a glamorous dose of old Hollywood. To recreate the iconic style of decades past, slick back the hair behind a retro hairpiece and tease the crown for an exaggerated bump. Next, use a flat iron to create voluminous S-waves, then brush them out.

Relaxed Updo

Relaxed updo high neck wedding hairstyle
Photo: Rene Zadori Photography

Loosen up a chignon, positioned high on the head, by strategically leaving out wavy strands and pinning your veil underneath. This updo is especially lovely on long-haired brides.

Low-Key Bun

Low key bun high neck wedding hairstyle
Photo: Niki Marie Taylor

Make a refined low bun feel more casual by leaving out a single, face-framing tendril. The low-fuss look is understated and informal—perfect for a laid-back rustic ceremony.

Ballerina Bun

Ballerina bun high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Ayenia Nour

Give a slicked-back bun some excitement by garnishing it with an oversized bloom. This exquisite style works with any type of wedding dress or bridal occasion.

Cool-Girl Pony

Modern ponytail high neck wedding dress hairstyle
Photo: Abby Jiu Photography

Give your ponytail a modern makeover by pairing it with a mini veil, unique accessories, and a subtle side curl. The bridal elements are present, but your eclectic personality will shine through.

Loose & Lovely Waves

Loose waves bun high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Alicia Padilla

These flowing locks are the essence of minimalist chic and look especially pretty with a simple dress design. The relaxed style is a great option for chill brides.

Simple Low Bun

Simple low bun high neck wedding dress bridal hairstyle
Photo: Erin Wilson Photography

If your dress is adorned, like this pearly masterpiece, brush your hair back into a bun or ponytail to avoid it getting caught in the fabric. The modest style will spotlight the meticulous features of your gorgeous gown.

Sophisticated Sock Bun

Sock bun high neck dress wedding hairstyle
Photo: Liz Andolina

There's something heavenly about this bun and sheer veil combination. To replicate the style, try a sock bun to pump up the magnitude of your hair.

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