47 Bridal Wedding Updos That Will Look Stunning In Photos

From classic to boho, we’ve got a style for everyone.
by Maddy Sims
Wedding Updos
MEEWMEEW STUDIOS;Avery House;KELLY ANNE PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding updos are a popular wedding hairstyle for multiple reasons. This particular choice marries form and function: they’re classic and elegant, but they also keep your hair off your face and off your back. (Key if you’re planning on dancing the night away.) If you’re thinking of rocking a wedding updo for your nuptials, we rounded up some of our favorite ideas.

With long hair, your wedding updo options are pretty much endless. Braids, buns and chignons galore are all at your disposal. (If you’re trying to grow your hair a little longer for your ceremony, here are a few tips.) If you don’t have enough length to pull off your dream hairstyle, consider using hair extensions. Your hairstylist can work with you to give you the perfect wedding updo. Don’t worry, you can make some of these styles work for short hair too. Work with a professional to come up with a plan.

If you’re struggling to choose a style, consider different aspects of your celebration for inspiration. For example, your venue. What’s the formality factor: Is it outdoors or in a ballroom? A slick ballerina bun is an elegant choice for the latter, while tousled curls pinned back with flowers would blow beautifully in a beach breeze. Alternatively, look to your wedding dress neckline and veil style to narrow down your hairstyle—some necklines lend themselves better to updos than others. Or, browse through our favorite wedding hair ideas (there are 47 of them), below.

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Wedding Updos For Every Style

  1. Ballerina Bun

    Braided ballerina bun wedding updo for long hair
    Avery House

    A topknot bun is a fresh, modern twist on the classic chignon. Pull out pieces at your temples for a chic boho vibe.

  2. Messy Pined-Up Bun

    Messy pin-up bun wedding hairstyle
    Emily Wren Photography

    Tousled curls pulled back into a low bun looks chic and put-together, but still has a bit of bounce. (Read: it will look amazing while you dance the night away).

  3. Gibson Tuck

    Tucked wedding updo
    Jessica Hatter Photography

    Want to show off an open back? This twist-and-tuck bun will keep all your strands in place.

  4. French Chignon Twist

    French chignon twist wedding updo
    Michelle Lange Photography

    This updo is frequently worn on the red carpet because of its classic sophistication.

  5. Twisted Ballerina Bun

    Classic ballerina bun wedding updo
    AAB Creates

    A perfectly polished low ballerina bun. Is there anything more classic?

  6. Sleek Low Bun

    Sleek low bun wedding updo
    Inspiration and Design Photography

    A deep side part slicked back into a sophisticated bun is the perfect style to highlight a gorgeous pair of wedding earrings.

  7. Slick Ponytail

    Ponytail wedding updo for long hair
    MECCA GAMBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

    The ultimate cool-girl wedding 'do? A simple, but totally modern, ponytail.

  8. Bouffant

    Bouffant wedding updo idea
    Dishy Weddings

    This wedding updo is equal parts elegant and bold. Make it even more dramatic by adding more volume.

  9. Loose Ponytail

    Wedding updo ponytail
    MLE PICTURES

    It’s no wonder why ponytails are a massive wedding hair trend of 2020. They’re effortlessly gorgeous.

  10. Messy Bun

    Wedding updo messy bun
    JENN MANOR PHOTO

    Your wedding updo doesn’t have to prim and proper. We love loose wedding updos like this bun, which is equal parts messy and polished.

  11. Rolled Curls

    Wedding updo curly updo
    KIYAH C PHOTOGRAPHY

    This loose wedding updo is the perfect mix of done and undone.

  12. Side Bangs

    Wedding updo with bangs
    CHETTARA T. PHOTOGRAPHY

    Flaunt your fringe. Pull your hair back into a low bun and let your side bangs shine.

  13. Classic Chignon

    Wedding updo chignon
    MINT PHOTOGRAPHY

    Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the classic chignon. Psst: it was a massive celebrity wedding beauty trend in 2019.

  14. Pop of Color

    Wedding updo colored hair
    NEMUS PHOTOGRAPHY

    Add dimension and character to your wedding updo by coloring your hair. After all, hair colors like citrus and tangerine are trending this year.

    Wedding Updos With Braids

  15. Braided Bun

    Braided Bun
    Courtney Perkins Photography

    A braided ponytail wrapped into an updo is a fun take on a traditional style.

  16. Loose Boho Bride

    Wedding updo fishtail braid
    J WILEY PHOTOGRAPHY

    This messy fishtail braid is perfect for cool-girl brides who want a mix of edgy and pretty.

  17. Textured Tuck

    Wedding updo bun with braid
    N V MAUI MEDIA

    Make a simple low bun a little more interesting by adding in a pretty braid. We love the idea of wrapping it around your bun for a unique and gorgeous wedding updo style.

  18. Twisted Topknot

    Wedding updo twisted bun
    Twisted Topknot

    This twisted style is a unique and unexpected take on a braided wedding updo.

  19. Braid Crown

    Wedding updo braid cown
    BASSOS WEDDINGS

    We love the idea of a braid crown for a wedding updo because it’s practical (it’ll keep your hair off your face and neck) and beautiful.

  20. Funky Braided Updo

    Wedding updo braided style
    T & S PHOTOGRAPHY

    Calling all edgy brides. This unique wedding updo will make a statement at your nuptials.

  21. Fishtail Braid with Bow

    Wedding updo fishtail with bow

    Balance out the edgy look of a fishtail braid by adding in a perfectly polished bow tie.

  22. Dutch Crown

    Boho wedding hairstyle with a braid for long hair
    Kate Becker Photography

    For an ultra-boho look, rock a Dutch braid along the crown on your head.

    Wedding Updos With Veil

  23. Veil With Face-Framing Layers

    Wedding updo with veil
    SYLVIE ROSOKOFF;SIRENE SOCIETY

    Make your veil the star of the show with this pretty wedding updo. Pull out some wispy tendrils for a soft and romantic look.

  24. Volume & Veil

    Wedding updo with veil
    Dani Toscano of Dear Lovers

    This stunning wedding updo is straight out of a fairytale. Add volume to the top of your chinon and then place your veil right above the twist.

  25. High Veil

    Wedding updo with veil
    DANIELLE KAMENS PHOTOGRAPHY

    Good news: you can wear a veil without covering your updo. The key is placing the veil higher up above your chignon or bun.

  26. Braided Updo with Veil

    Wedding updo with veil
    MILANES PHOTOGRAPHY

    Elevate a traditional low bun and veil combination by adding in a pretty side braid.

  27. Hidden Veil

    Wedding updo with veil
    VOTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

    Let your hairstyle shine by pinning your veil underneath.

  28. Birdcage veil

    Wedding updo with veil
    MONIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

    Lean into your retro wedding theme by rocking a birdcage veil on top of your updo.

    Wedding Updos With Flowers

  29. Braided Halo With Flowers

    Braided halo wedding updo
    KT Merry Photography

    Put a fun spin on a halo hairstyle by tucking in a few small blooms. Don’t be afraid to pick colorful flowers—they’ll be neatly tucked back thanks to this classic updo style.

  30. Bun With Floral Halo

    Wedding updo with flowers
    THE HARMONS PHOTOGRAPHY

    Add a ring of flowers around your modern high bun for a unique, whimsical effect.

  31. Hidden Floral Halo

    Wedding updo with flowers
    LUNA DE MARE PHOTOGRAPHY

    Accent your pretty wedding updo with a subtle hint of flowers at the top. We love the idea of baby’s breath since it’s so delicate and small.

  32. Green Flower Crown

    Wedding updo with flowers
    LIZZIE RANDAZZO PHOTOGRAPHY

    Top off your gorgeous wedding updo with a flower crown. Consider using greenery or wildflowers for a unique take on the popular trend. (Psst: this style looks especially stunning with curly hair.)

  33. Floral Barrette

    Wedding updo with flowers
    HEIDI ELYSE PHOTOGRAPHY

    Swap out a traditional sparkly barrette for one made of flowers. It’s an unexpected hair piece that will look stunning in pictures.

  34. Oversize Blooms

    Wedding updo with flowers
    MEEWMEEW STUDIOS

    Talk about wow factor. Place oversize flowers underneath your bun and underneath your veil for a gorgeous surprise.

  35. Wildflower Accents

    Wedding updo with flowers
    BRITTRENE PHOTOGRAPHY

    For a fresh take on a classic style, use wildflowers. They’re also perfect for jewel-toned wedding color palettes.

  36. Low Bun With Pin Curls

    Low bun wedding hairstyles with pin curls
    Memorable Events

    Channel old-Hollywood glamour by rocking pin curls for your wedding updo.

    Wedding Updos With Hairpieces

  37. Rosette Twists

    Rosette twist wedding updo for long hair
    Hot Metal Studio

    A few twirls tucked and pinned in place look perfectly enchanting with a floral hair piece.

  38. Ponytail With Headband

    Wedding updo with headband
    CYNTHIA CHUNG WEDDINGS

    Elevate a simple low ponytail style by adding a sparkly headband for your wedding day.

  39. Sparkly Side Braid

    Wedding updo braid with pins
    KELLY ANNE PHOTOGRAPHY

    Elevate a pretty side braid with some gorgeous hair pieces. We love this set of flower barrettes.

  40. Messy Bun With a Hairpin

    Messy bun wedding updo with a hairpiece
    Levi and Val

    A messy bun looks gorgeous on its own, but adding a vintage hairpin makes it more glam. And it’s a fun way to incorporate your "something borrowed.”

  41. Simple Sparkle

    Wedding updo with barette
    KATIE SHULER PHOTOGRAPHY

    This twisted wedding updo is already stunning, but adding a little sparkle to take it to the next level.

  42. Traditional Headpiece

    Wedding updo traditional headpiece
    NICOLE DELAINE PHOTOGRAPHY

    If you’re rocking a traditional headpiece for your nuptials, a low bun is the perfect way to shine the spotlight on your accessory.

  43. Beaded Bun

    Wedding updo beaded headpiece
    WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

    Have your hairstylist expertly weave a delicate beaded hair piece into your wedding updo for a subtle touch of sparkle.

  44. Boho Diamond Headpiece

    Wedding updo diamond headpiece
    RACHEL JOY BAREHL

    Turn a classic wedding updo into a bohemian style by placing a unique headpiece on top.

  45. Pearl Swirls

    Wedding updo with pearls
    TRECREATIVE FILM & PHOTO

    Perfect for preppy brides. Have your professional stylist weave strands of pearls into your wedding updo for an unforgettable look.

  46. Retro Glam

    Wedding updo retro glam
    Q WEDDINGS

    Pin old-Hollywood curls back and top it off with a sparkly headpiece for a stunning vintage wedding updo.

  47. Golden Tiara

    Wedding updo tiara
    JASMINE LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

    Rock a wedding updo fit for a queen. Top off your chignon with a show-stopping tiara, like this gold one.

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