16 Wedding Updos for Long Hairstyles

From formal to bohemian, there’s a style for every bride.
by Andrea Fowler

With long hair your wedding updo options are pretty much endless. Braids, buns and chignons galore are all at your disposal. (Psst, trying to grow your hair a little longer? We got you.)

The first thing to do when thinking about your hairstyle is to consider your venue. What’s the formality factor? Is it outdoor or indoor? A slick ballerina bun would look perfectly at home in a ballroom setting, while some messy, tousled curls pinned back with flowers would blow beautifully in a beach breeze. Then, look to your wedding dress neckline and veil to really narrow down your hairstyle—some necklines lend themselves better to updos than others.

  1. 1. Braided Ballerina Bun

    Braided ballerina bun wedding updo for long hair
    Redfield Photography

    A topknot bun with a braid detail gives this classic style a fresh and bohemian vibe.

  2. 2. Loose Boho Braid

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

    Is this not one of the most perfect boho hairstyles you’ve ever seen?

  3. 3. Messy Pin-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.

  4. 4. 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.

  5. 5. French Chignon Twist

    French chignon twist wedding updo
    Michelle Lange Photography

    This easy style is frequently sported on the red carpet because of its classic sophistication.

  6. 6. Braid Bun

    Braided Bun
    Courtney Perkins Photography

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

  7. 7. 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.

  8. 8. Braided Halo With Flowers

    Braided halo wedding updo
    KT Merry Photography

    Halo hairstyles are always a good opportunity to include a few small blooms in the updo, especially when it’s a braid.

  9. 9. Twisted Ballerina Bun

    Classic ballerina bun wedding updo
    AAB Creates

    Is there anything more classic?

  10. 10. 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 put a statement pair of earrings on display.

  11. 11. Pinned Curls With a Headband

    Pinned wedding updo with a headband
    Troy Grover Photography

    A dainty headband is a fun, feminine hair accessory that’s also perfectly efficient.

  12. 12. Slick Ponytail

    Ponytail wedding updo for long hair
    Artistrie Co.

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

  13. 13. Side Braid

    Side braid wedding updo
    Gina Cristine Photography

    If you have layered bangs that aren’t long enough to be tucked into an updo, braid them back to keep them in place.

  14. 14. Low Bun With Pin Curls

    Low bun wedding hairstyles with pin curls
    Memorable Events

    Pin curls always look very old-Hollywood classic.

  15. 15. Bouffant

    Bouffant wedding updo idea
    Dishy Weddings

    This updo is a favorite with Southern brides—add a little more dramatic volume for a more retro look.

  16. 16. 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 gives it a bit more glam (and a fun way to incorporate your "something borrowed").

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