51 Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair That Aren't Just Loose Waves

With and without a veil.
wedding hairstyles for long hair
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by Maddy Sims
maddy sims the knot associate editor
Maddy Sims
Associate Editor
  • Maddy writes for The Knot, with a specialty in beauty, sustainability, mental health and inclusivity.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Maddy wrote for several different publications, including Insider, Bustle, Real Simple and Apartment Therapy.
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Updated Jan 21, 2021

If you have long hair, you can create a million different looks. Still, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the options and settle into a styling rut. To help you select the ultimate day-of 'do, we rounded up 51 wedding hairstyles for long hair that work with or without a veil. Whether you want to rock an edgy updo or romantic waves, we've got you covered. Search through all the options available and share your favorite ones with your hairstylist. They'll collaborate with you to re-create the look in a way that works best with your hair. Plus, if you're torn on which hairstyle to rock on the big day, they'll offer their expert opinion. Ready to show off your long locks? Here are 51 wedding hairstyles for long hair we absolutely love.

Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair With No Veil

At The Knot, we believe in making your own wedding traditions. If you don't love the idea of rocking a veil at your nuptials, you don't have to. Check out our favorite wedding hairstyles for long hair (without a veil), below.

Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair: Down

Channel old-Hollywood glamour on your wedding day with oversized, sleek curls.

wedding hairstyles for long hair sparkly barrettes
ANGEL PATRICIA PHOTO

Here's an on-trend, simple wedding hairstyle for long hair that we love. Rock your natural texture and add in hair pins at the sides of your temples.

Part your hair over to one side for an elegant wedding hairstyle for long hair.

There's nothing wrong with loose waves! Consider this 'do for an effortlessly cool vibe on your wedding day. (Psst: Don't forget hairspray!)

Your wedding day look should reflect who you are. If that means neon-colored tresses, go for it! It's a creative way to put your own spin on simple loose curls.

Calling all minimalist brides. Here's an easy wedding hairstyle for long hair: sleek and straight locks.

Swap a veil for a sparkly headpiece. It's a simple way to add some glamor to your wedding day look.

Half-Up Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Add texture to a regular half-up hairstyle by weaving in a pretty braid.

Take it one step further by topping your half-up braided 'do with some fresh blooms.

For a subtle touch of sparkle, add a gorgeous headpiece to the back of your half-up style.

Searching for a classic wedding hairstyle for long hair? Rock a delicate headband on top of your look.

Lean into your boho style by placing an intricate headpiece on top of your simple half-up style.

Dreaming of a retro wedding hairstyle for long hair? Slick the top half of your hair up and away for a classic, old-school vibe.

Twist the front pieces of your hair back behind your head for a pretty, simple wedding hairstyle for long hair.

Looking for a laid-back look? Loosely pin your hair back for a breezy wedding hairstyle that's perfect for long hair.

Wedding Updo Hairstyles for Long Hair

Slick your hair back into a low ponytail for a chic wedding day hairstyle that won't give you any trouble while you're out on the dance floor.

Searching for an edgy wedding hairstyle for long hair? Twist your hair back into a stunning French braid or fishtail braid.

wedding hairstyles for long hair classic chignon
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We love a classic chignon because it pairs well with any type of neckline, season or style.

Ask your stylist to tease your hair at the crown of your head. The extra volume will add drama to a classic chignon.

A side-swept chignon is a creative, romantic spin on the classic style.

Dress up a simple braid by weaving in flowers and jewelry.

There's a reason ponytails are such a popular wedding hairstyle for long hair. They're effortlessly cool, and they keep your mane out of your face. Top a high pony with a beaded headpiece for an edgy, modern look.

Your wedding is all about you. Top your low bun with a traditional headpiece for a personalized wedding day hairdo.

wedding hairstyles for long hair braided top knot
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If you normally rock braids or you've gotten box braids for your wedding day, this is a simple wedding day hairstyle perfect for long hair. Wrap your tresses up into a top knot and secure with elastics.

Modernize a classic ballerina bun by placing it at the top of your head. The chic top knot will go well with any season or style.

wedding hairstyles for long hair slicked back ponytail
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Slick your hair back into a dramatic ponytail for a glamorous and edgy look.

Top your high bun with a tiara-like headpiece for a regal wedding hairstyle perfect for long hair.

A wedding updo doesn't have to be prim and proper. Case in point: this pretty, laid-back messy low bun.

Add bright flowers into your low updo for a fun pop of color.

wedding hairstyles for long hair low ponytail with sparkly clip
HEIRLUME PHOTOGRAPHY

Show off your personality with a dramatic, voluminous ponytail. We love this style because it allows you to flaunt off your gorgeous natural texture.

Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair With Veil

If you're set on wearing a veil while you exchange vows, we've got you covered. Here are 20 wedding hairstyles for long hair that will look stunning with a veil.

Wedding Updos With Veil

wedding hairstyles for long hair chignon with long tulle veil
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There's a reason chignons are so popular. Paired with a veil, they look clean and classic. Pin your veil right on top of your twist for a seamless look.

wedding hairstyles for long hair low bun with face framing pieces and veil
SYLVIE ROSOKOFF

For a pretty, bohemian vibe, leave a couple of face-framing pieces out from your veil.

Yes, you can wear a veil with a topknot. Look for a headpiece that had a veil attached to it, like this gorgeous floral one.

Complement your veil with a stunning headpiece.

Drape a gorgeous veil over your high ponytail for a chic, modern look.

Have your stylist create a Dutch braid crown and pin the veil inside for a romantic wedding hairstyle for long hair.

A veil will add just the right amount of polish to a low, messy bun.

Play with textures by layering a lacy veil over a curly updo with braids.

Searching for a glamorous wedding day hairstyle for long hair? Slick your hair back into a sleek low bun, and then add on a sparkly hair accessory and a simple tulle veil.

Show off your gorgeous twisted updo by pinning your veil underneath.

Have your stylist add braids to your chignon for a fresh spin on a classic. Add a shorter veil for a low-maintenance wedding hairstyle for long hair.

Gather your hair into a pretty low bun, but leave a few pieces out in front. Then add in a sparkly barrette and a veil for a wispy, romantic wedding hairstyle.

Wedding Hair Down With Veil

Pin one side of your hair to the side for a small, subtle detail that will make your wedding day hairstyle instantly more romantic.

Show off your length with loose curls. Pin your veil just below your crown so it doesn't overpower the style.

For a modern, fresh hairdo, rock a center part with your waves. Place your veil on the top of your head to soften the style.

For a classic vibe, wear your hair down but tuck it behind your ears. Add the veil on top for a perfectly polished look.

Half-Up Wedding Hairstyles With Veil

Here's a wedding hairstyle for long hair straight out of a fairytale. Pin the top half of your curls back and place your veil where the two sides meet.

wedding hairstyles for long hair slick half up style
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For a more modern look, slick the slides of your hair back into a tight half-up hairstyle.

You can still rock a headpiece with your veil in. Place the sparkly hair piece on one side of your head and place the veil at the back of your head for a glam, romantic look.

Add volume to your half-up hairstyle by placing the veil higher up towards the crown of your head. It'll add a dramatic edge to your pretty hairstyle.

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