51 Mother of the Bride Hairstyles We Love for Moms

Your mama's bound to find the perfect look among these options.
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Kim Forrest
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Kim Forrest
Senior Editor
  • Kim writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in etiquette and planning advice
  • Kim manages freelance writers for The Knot Worldwide
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Kim was Associate Bridal Editor at Washingtonian magazine and Associate Fashion Editor at Conde Nast’s Brides Local magazines
Updated Jun 05, 2020

Whether you're a mother of the bride looking for some inspiration or a bride trying to help her mama out, it's time to find the ultimate mother of the bride hairstyle. Fortunately, there are lots of gorgeous mother of the bride hairstyles to choose from, from updos to half-up looks, styles for short hair, long hair, and medium-length locks. In order to find the ultimate hairstyle for the big day, we recommend looking at mom's dress. A mother of the bride who's wearing a dress with a unique neckline or wants to show off her shoulders and neck might prefer an updo, while down or half-up looks looks great with strapless or v-neck necklines.

To find the best wedding hairstyle for the mother of the bride, we recommend scheduling a trial run with your wedding hairstylist to ensure Mom finds the perfect, most flattering look well before her daughter's big day. The MOB should bring a few images of hairstyles she likes, plus some photos of her dress to help put the look together. Check out some of our favorite mother of the bride hairstyles to get inspired!

Mother of the Bride Updos

An updo is among the most classic mother of the bride hairstyles, but there are lots of different styles to choose from. Whether Mom is looking for a traditional and elegant look, a modern, structured style, or something completely unique, we've got lots of updo options to browse through.

This mom chose a high ballerina bun to show off her gown's dramatic asymmetrical neckline. We also adore how her mother of the bride hairstyle complements her daughter's stunning chignon.

Let's not forget about mother of the groom hairstyles! We adore how this mama chose a classic chignon to show off her gorgeous off-the-shoulder dress neckline.

While the bride and her mom can totally choose very different hairstyles, it's often a sweet touch if both mother and daughter select similar looks. This bride and her mom selected complementary high updo hairstyles and we're so here for it.

A favorite mother of the bride hairstyle is a looser updo with curly tendrils framing the face. This mama shows off a gorgeous example of the look.

An updo is an ideal look for a formal, black tie wedding. This mother of the bride chose a unique, curled hairstyle to show off her beautiful drop earrings and illusion neckline.

The braided updo hair trend is an ideal look for moms, too! This looser, romantic hairstyle is perfect for moms who want a less-structured look.

An updo with loose, curly strands framing the face is a super-flattering style. This mother of the groom totally rocks the look!

Mom will look Hollywood red carpet ready in an elegant mother of the bride hairstyle: the chignon. We love how this mom paired her side-swept bangs with the classic updo.

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We're obsessed with this mom's modern gown and how her mother of the groom hairstyle shows off the unique neckline. From the side-swept bangs to the loose tendrils, this French twist is a memorable look.

If Mom wants full Audrey Hepburn vibes, there's nothing like a French twist paired with a bateau neckline. Face-framing curly tendrils complete this timeless style.

A special hair accessory or headpiece can really amp up a mother of the bride hairstyle. This mom takes her look to the next level with a bright fascinator that complements her sleek hair updo.

For a totally boho-chic and effortless-looking hairstyle, pair loose waves with romantic braid like this mom. Cascading curls give this mother of the bride hairstyle major visual interest.

This mom's feathered dress is a total showstopper—and so is her hairstyle! We love how her full updo shows off her amazing gown, and how the curly tendrils complement her daughter's look.

If Mom has straight hair and bangs, this loose, romantic hairdo is a gorgeous option for the wedding day.

First of all, how cute is this photo (definitely a parents' portrait to try on your big day!). Secondly, we adore this mama's hairstyle, a classic updo with curly tendrils framing the face—beautiful!

This mother of the bride is wearing a truly amazing embroidered gown—a curly updo is not only stunning in its own right, but also lets her dress shine.

Curly hair provides beautiful texture to any updo, and we love how this mother of the bride hairstyle is both elegant and romantic at once.

This mama's wavy updo is accessorized with a bejeweled hair clip for an added touch of sparkle.

Mother of the Bride Short Hairstyles

Whether Mom rocks a pixie cut or a chin-length bob, there are lots of ways to have fun with short hair! Check out some of our favorite short hairstyles for the mother of the bride.

If your mom is the fashion-forward type and has shorter hair, the pompadour is a totally showstopping look. We love how this mama paired her unique hairstyle with a more classic gown.

The pixie cut is a flattering favorite for many moms, and we adore how this mother of the groom styled her locks for a modern, side-swept look.

This mother of the bride's sleek bob hairstyle is the perfect complement to her modern asymmetrical gown. Her hairstyle frames her face perfectly.

Moms shouldn't shy away from hair accessories! This mother of the bride added a '90s-style barrette to clip back her short, wavy hair for a unique and flattering style.

If the mother of the bride dress is full of drama, keep her hairstyle simple. This mom's gown is covered in gorgeous ruffles, and her sleek, straight short hairstyle works beautifully to top it off.

Many moms prefer not to stray too far from their natural style for their daughter's wedding day. We love how this mama embraces her beautiful curls.

One of the many benefits of shorter hair is you can wear your hair down while still showing off your dress's gorgeous neckline. This Mama with her stunning curls is a perfect example!

Add an extra touch of vintage glamour to your mother of the bride hairstyle with a pair of crystal hair accessories.

This mother of the groom's chin-framing bob hairstyle is the right complement to her gorgeously-detailed gown.

We adore this MOB's hairstyle. Her hair's waves adds visual interest to the overall look.

This mother-daughter pair is just the cutest. Mom's short hairstyle features gorgeous volume and side-swept bangs, perfect for such a special occasion.

Mother of the Bride Hairstyles for Long Hair

While some moms with long hair choose an updo for their mother of the bride hairstyle, there are other options for those with longer locks. Check out a few of our favorite hairdos

Cascading curls are a classic look for many mothers of the bride. We love how this mom's blonde locks frame her face for a flattering look.

If Mom is wearing a strapless dress, a down 'do works particularly well. We love this mother of the bride's modern, wavy style.

We're swooning over this stylish mother-daughter pair, especially Mom's side-swept, layered hairstyle.

Another beautiful mother of the bride hairstyle option is the low side ponytail. This mom has a sleek take on the look, with sideswept bangs and a loosely curly ponytail. A side bun is another pretty alternative to this look.

We can't resist a mother-daughter duo with complementary hairstyles. The side parts and loose curls are flattering and stunning on both bride and mother of the bride.

If the bride is wearing a gorgeous headpiece, Mom can follow suit by adorning her locks with a crystal hair comb or clip. We love how this mother pins back her long, wavy locks with a show-stopping comb.

For a more relaxed mother of the bride hairstyle (or for a beach wedding!), there's nothing quite like long, loose waves. This mom is giving us major Blake Lively vibes with her look.

This sweet mother-daughter pair match with their long dark locks—smooth and sleek at the top with big loose curls at the ends.

We love this mother of the groom's pinned-back, side-swept hairstyle to match the relaxed and romantic feel of her child's big day.

Medium Length Mother of the Bride Hairstyles

This mom's beachy waves add a casual feel to her classic black gown. We adore the fullness and volume of her mother of the bride hairstyle.

A cascade of gorgeous curls totally suits this mother of the bride and her medium-length hair.

We're huge fans of this mom's chic, retro hairstyle, which looks straight off the set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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This MOB's beauty pros took a fun twist on the classic medium-length down hairstyle idea. This mother of the bride hairstyle is pinned back on one side, with classic barrel curls on the other.

Pinning the hair back with a pretty barrette or comb is not only fashionable, it's functional, allowing the hair to stay off the face during a night of dancing and celebrating.

This '90-inspired layered hairstyle is giving us major Jennifer Aniston vibes. This look is not only chic but fun and flirty.

This mom's curled locs look picture-perfect with her golden gown—and her winning smile!

The layered medium-length layered haircut is an ideal complement to this MOB's gorgeous illusion neckline gown.

Half Up Mother of the Bride Hairstyles

If your mom can't choose between an updo and an all-down mother of the bride hairstyle, a half-up style is a great option. It pulls the hair away from the face, but also lets a cascade of locks down in the back. Check out these half-up styles for Mom.

This classic half-up hairstyle is sleek on top, with soft curls down the back—so beautiful!

How gorgeous are this mother-and-daughter pair? Mom's half-up hairstyle features a perfect combination of volume and loose curls.

For a mom with a more modern style, a contemporary half-up hairstyle is a winning look. We love how this mom's hairstyle shows off her gown's neckline and those fabulous earrings!

Half-up hairdos aren't only reserved for moms with long locks. This mom rocks the look with a slideswept style, framed with beautiful curls.

Going for a more retro look? This mama's dressed up her half-up mother of the bride hairstyle with a pretty pouf for added volume.

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