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47 Bridal Wedding Updos That Will Look Stunning In Photos

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

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

Twisted Ballerina Bun

Classic ballerina bun wedding updo
AAB Creates

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

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.

Slick Ponytail

Ponytail wedding updo for long hair
MECCA GAMBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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.

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.

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.

Rolled Curls

Wedding updo curly updo
KIYAH C PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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.

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.

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

Braided Bun

Braided Bun
Courtney Perkins Photography

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

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.

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.

Twisted Topknot

Wedding updo twisted bun
Twisted Topknot

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hidden Veil

Wedding updo with veil
VOTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Let your hairstyle shine by pinning your veil underneath.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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