25 Short Wedding Hairstyles That Pair Perfectly with Veils

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Carli Brennan
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Carli Brennan
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated Feb 06, 2024

When planning your wedding day glam, choosing a wedding hairstyle is half the battle. For all of you short-haired brides, we're here to help by providing you inspiration for short wedding hairstyles with veils. Whether you have sleek shoulder-length tresses or a daring pixie cut, your hairdresser will be able to work with you to craft your dream wedding day hairstyle for short hair. Choosing your favorite is all about trial and error, so don't be afraid to test out a few different bridal hairstyles at your hair trial appointment(s) leading up to the wedding to get a feel for what you like and don't like. That Pinterest-perfect hairstyle may not always come out exactly how you envisioned IRL, so don't be afraid to try a few looks until you land on the one.

We've scoured the internet for our top 25 wedding hairstyles for short hair that pair perfectly with a veil — many of them are from real brides! Make sure to screenshot your favorite styles and send them to your hairdresser for inspiration. Sit back, relax, and start scrolling.

1. Tied Up In A Bow

    Short wedding hairstyle with bow
    Photo: Madeline Hester

    This retro-inspired flipped ends style pairs perfectly with the bow veil. Bows are one of the top trends for 2024, so they make the perfect addition to any wedding hairstyle.

    2. Simple & Elegant

      Bridal upstyle with veil
      Photo: Garnish Boutique

      This timeless bridal look is finished off with a voluminous updo, crystal drop earrings, and a comb veil. When it comes to short bridal hair with a veil, this look takes the cake.

      3. Pearl Perfection

        Wedding updo for short hair with pearl-adorned veil
        Photo: Brittany Elizabeth Walter

        This romantic updo perfectly frames the face with wispy front pieces hanging down. The pearl-adorned veil and matching pearl earrings are perfect for any pearlcore-loving brides.

        4. Blooming Bridal

          Wedding hairstyle for short hair with a floral veil
          Photo: Madison Chamberlain

          Make a statement with this blooming floral veil bursting with color and drama. The Star Burst Veil from Madison Chamberlain pairs perfectly with a short wedding hairstyle. It features sequins and embroidery in vibrant shades of peach, purple, and yellow.

          5. Half Up Hairstyle

            Half-up wedding hairstyle for short hair
            Photo: Kaedi Leamon

            A half-up style is always a good idea for short-hair wedding hairstyles. It allows the movement of keeping your hair down, while comfortably sweeping a few strands out of your face. Paired here with a sweet bow-adorned veil, this look is bridal perfection.

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            6. Soft Curls

              Wedding hairstyle for short hair with soft curls and veil
              Photo: Sarah James

              You can't go wrong by keeping your short hair down in loose curls and topped with a veil for your wedding day hairstyle. Add a sparkly headband like the one pictured for an extra touch of glamor.

              7. Bridal Bow Updo

                Wedding updo for short hair with bow
                Photo: Sophie Kaye Photography

                Take the bow trend to the next level by pairing your short hair updo with a dramatic, oversized bow instead of a veil. It still has the same wow factor as a veil, but with a fashion-forward twist.

                8. Sleek Bob

                  Sleek bob wedding hairstyle for short hair with veil
                  Photo: Lauren Lee Photography

                  A sleek bob is a classic, timeless style for those with short hair. Pair it with your veil of choice for a chic wedding day hairstyle.

                  9. Floral Fantasy

                    Wedding flower crown updo for short hair
                    Photo: Rebecca Schoneveld

                    For the bohemian brides out there, this ethereal flower crown updo paired with a flowing cathedral veil is perfect. Pair the flower crown florals with those from your bouquet for a perfectly coordinated look.

                    10. Elegant Updo

                      Elegant wedding updo for short hair with veil
                      Photo: Garnish Boutique

                      We're swooning over this elegant chignon updo. Paired with a beautiful pearl-adorned veil, this wedding day hairstyle is understated glamor at its best. Don't forget to pair it with your favorite pearl jewelry!

                      11. Punchy Pink

                        Feather veil wedding hairstyle for short hair
                        Photo: Madison Chamberlain

                        Nontraditional brides will love this Fluffy Feather Veil from Madison Chamberlain. The blusher style gives this veil a retro twist. It would pair exceptionally well with an on-trend blush pink wedding dress.

                        12. Red Lip Classic

                          Short pixie cut wedding hairstyle with red lip and veil
                          Photo: Hello Lovely KC

                          Keep your short wedding day hairstyle simple by adding some volume to your pixie cut and adding a veil. A swipe of red lipstick lends an air of old Hollywood glam to this wedding look.

                          13. Effortless Waves

                            Effortless waves short wedding hairstyle with veil
                            Photo: Sophie Kaye Photography

                            Channel effortless wedding day glamor with these undone, effortless waves paired with your veil. The deep side part is perfect for creating drama and would pair well with a sparkly hair clip.

                            14. Retro Glam

                              Retro glam short wedding hairstyle with pearl birdcage veil
                              Photo: Petro Kitsul

                              Brides looking to inject retro vibes into their wedding day look will love this hairstyle, which features a vintage-inspired birdcage veil adorned with pearls. For the hair, this slicked-back short style ensures the veil takes center stage.

                              15. Loose Updo

                                Loose wedding updo for short hair with veil
                                Photo: Erin Wilson Photography

                                This effortless, loose updo makes a statement when paired with a dramatic cathedral veil. Face-framing tendrils keep the hairstyle looking relaxed.

                                16. Crown Jewel

                                  Short wedding updo with crystal headband and veil
                                  Photo: Twigs and Honey

                                  Amp up the sparkle by pairing your wedding day updo with a glistening headband and veil combination. You can never have too much sparkle!

                                  17. Sleek Strands

                                    Sleek straight hair short wedding hairstyle with veil
                                    Photo: Staci Brucks Photo

                                    Keeping your short hair in a sleek, straight style pairs well with a dramatic cathedral veil. This hairstyle may seem simple, but it makes a major statement.

                                    18. Natural Texture

                                      Natural texture short wedding hairstyle with veil
                                      Photo: Veronica Wilcox

                                      Embrace your natural texture with this stunning wedding day hairstyle. Paired with a dramatic horsehair trim veil, this look is a glamorous pick for a wedding day hairstyle.

                                      19. Timeless Style

                                        Timeless wedding hairstyle for short hair with veil
                                        Photo: Marissa Belle Photography

                                        Cue "Timeless" by Taylor Swift. This wedding day style truly stands the test of time. Slicked-back strands paired with a shimmering headband and veil epitomize wedding day glam.

                                        20. Vintage Vibes

                                          Vintage short wedding hairstyle with veil
                                          Photo: Tiffany Wang

                                          A birdcage veil adds a welcome touch of vintage glamor to any bridal hairstyle. Paired here with soft curls, this style makes the perfect wedding day hairstyle for short hair.

                                          21. Voluminous Curls

                                            Voluminous natural curls wedding hairstyle for short hair with veil
                                            Photo: Pharris Photos

                                            We can't get enough of this voluminous, natural curls wedding day hairstyle. The side part and dramatic chandelier earring

                                            22. Glam Hollywood Waves

                                              Glam Hollywood waves wedding hairstyle for short hair with veil
                                              Photo: Dolled by NuEye

                                              Old Hollywood waves never go out of style. This glamorous bridal hairstyle for short hair is a surefire-winning look! The only accessories you'll need are a sparkly hair clip and, of course, your veil!

                                              23. Sparkly Birdcage

                                                Wedding updo for short hair with birdcage veil
                                                Photo: Tessa Kim

                                                Sparkly tulle is a welcome twist on the classic birdcage veil. Pair it with a glamorous, curly updo for a wedding day hairstyle that's sure to wow.

                                                24. Side Bun

                                                  Wedding side bun hairstyle for short hair with veil
                                                  Photo: Jennifer DeBarros Photography

                                                  Sweep your short hair into a relaxed side bun for an effortlessly beautiful wedding day hairstyle. This updo is the perfect style for pairing with any type of veil.

                                                  25. Messy Updo

                                                    Messy updo wedding hairstyle for short hair
                                                    Photo: Staci Brucks Photo

                                                    The coveted perfectly messy updo is perfect for a wedding day hairstyle. This one is paired with a sweet short veil for a flirty wedding day look.

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