The 46 Prettiest Wedding Guest Hairstyles You Need to Try

Bad hair day? Not with these wedding guest hair ideas.
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Lauren Whalley
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Feb 13, 2024

As wedding season approaches, it's time to start saving inspo of show-stopping wedding guest hairstyles. While finding the perfect dress is crucial, don't underestimate the power of a fab hairstyle to complete your overall look. Whether you have short, medium, or long hair, there are a myriad of easy wedding guest hairstyles to suit your hair type and length. Below, I'll guide you through the process of finding inspiration and ideas for your dream hairstyle, ensuring you'll turn heads at every wedding you attend. Get your Pinterest boards ready, because these easy hairdos for wedding guests are going to give you main character energy.

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      Whether you want to wear an updo, braid, half-up style or all-down 'do, we've got wedding hair trends and ideas for everyone.

      Updos for Wedding Guests

      Romantic loose bun
      Photo: @bridal_hairstylist

      Looking for a wedding guest updo? Try out the perfectly romantic, loose low bun. Once you have your hair secured the way you want it, pull out a few pieces and run them through your curling iron, and you'll look like you just came out of Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video.

      Updo with volume
      Photo: @styled_byjordan

      Flat buns? We don't know her. Add some extra volume to your classic wedding guest updo by using clip-in extensions. A twisted bun will definitely give your hair just enough extra without being over the top.

      Braided crown updo
      Photo: Alex Gaboury

      Is anyone else living for this braided headband moment? Because I sure am. Recreating this easy wedding guest hairstyle is simple. Just make two large Dutch braids and pin them with bobby pins. Pull out a few pieces for a perfectly imperfect summer hairstyle.

      Glam curled updo
      Photo: Charis Hair

      Now this curled low bun hairstyle for wedding guests is giving glam queen. Pulling all the hair back looks so chic, while the curls keep it soft and romantic. Plus, having an updo as gorgeous as this one will allow you to show off all the details of your fabulous wedding guest dress.

      Braided boho-style low bun
      Photo: @bridal_hairstyle

      Adding a braid to any hairstyle gives instant boho energy. While there are so many updos for wedding guests to choose from, a braided low bun won't just look good; it will also keep you cool if you're attending a summer or outdoor wedding.

      Half-Updo Wedding Guest Hairstyles

      Half-updo with mini braid and loose curls
      Photo: @styled_byjordan

      Half-updos are an elite combo, and no one can convince me otherwise. Case-in-point: this it girl-inspired style that's part loose tendrils, part chic bun. The dainty little braid is the perfect boho touch and is a super easy wedding guest hairstyle you can recreate at home.

      Beachy half-updo with natural-looking waves
      Photo: @ameliahairandmakeup

      When it comes to simple wedding guest hairstyles, this heavenly half-up half-down style is uber-easy to DIY for a beach wedding. After applying heat protectant and sea salt spray, use a three-barrel crimper or waver to create those natural-looking waves. Finish the look by pulling some of it back and clipping it with your favorite barrette. Done and done!

      Half-up hairstyle with voluminous braid
      Photo: @flawlessonsite

      Long, loose curls? Check. Hair out of your face? Check. This half-up hairstyle has it all, and instead of simply pinning back the curls, a voluminous braid is woven into this romantic wedding guest hairstyle.

      Half-up hairstyle with mini bun
      Photo: @sabrinadijkman

      Another one of our favorite cool-girl easy wedding guest hairstyles is a chic half-up situation with a mini bun. Gather your hair from the sides of your crown and pull it back into a high bun, or take it into a full-on topknot.

      Twisted half-up style
      Photo: @flawlessonsite

      A twisted half-up half-down style is the ultimate wedding guest hairstyle because it looks like you spent a lot of time on it. Take two pieces of hair from the front of your head and twist them. Pin them together in the back of your head, and you're done.

      Braid Styles for Wedding Guests

      Braided hairstyle with black scarf
      Photo: Emy Kay Styles

      Live out your Mamma Mia dreams with this adorable braided hairstyle perfect for wedding guests who want to add a fun hair accessory to their look. All you have to do is find a silky scarf and fold it into your braid. The result is an effortless European Summer-esque style that took only two minutes to create.

      Wedding guest with punjabi braid
      Photo: @hairbysunil

      Gold is incredibly important for Indian weddings, as it promotes prosperity and wealth for the couple. You can easily incorporate a bit of it yourself by weaving a gold ribbon, ponytail or string through your punjabi braid for a luxe touch.

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      Effortless braid wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @ameliahairandmakeup

      Here's a simple wedding guest hairstyle: Gather your hair to the back and braid your locks. Don't worry about making it perfect, gently pull on the sides to get that effortlessly gorgeous look. Yep, I'm saving this one to my own Pinterest board.

      Black wedding hairstyle updo with braids and flower
      Photo: @adannamadueke

      Can't decide between a bun or a braided hairstyle? Why not opt for both? Split your hair into two side braids and connect them together at the end to create a beautiful low bun. Leave it as is or add a cute accent baratte or hair piece for a little added fun.

      Messy fishtail braid hairstyle
      Photo: @sabrinadijkman

      Know how to fishtail braid? Rock this easy wedding guest hairstyle. Simply braid your hair back and secure it with an elastic. It'll look like you had it professionally done. (Psst: we especially love this look for a beach wedding.)

      Braided Black hairstyle with beaded accessories
      Photo: @melissa_nerovique

      Who doesn't adore natural braids? This traditional black hairstyle is absolutely stunning for wedding guests. Add hair extensions and beaded accessories, for a Fulani braid pattern or style that really speaks to your personality.

      Bun Hairstyle for Wedding Guests

      Sleek bun hairstyle
      Photo: @mpobedinskaya

      Ah yes, the oh-so-trendy model-off-duty bun. Rock this easy wedding guest hairstyle by tightly pulling back all of your hair. Oh, and don't forget to use a shine spray to give it that glossy finish. The loose chignon is definitely a foolproof look for a long night on the dance floor.

      Curly wedding guest updo
      Photo: @kykhair

      When I tell you my jaw dropped when I saw this look. If you're looking for curly hairstyles for wedding guests, then this needs to be saved to your inspiration board ASAP. Your curls will automatically give your bun some sexy volume and all the va-va-voom you could ever imagine.

      Space buns wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @anniesforgetmeknots

      Real talk: Space buns would be such a cute and fun wedding guest hair look to DIY. To keep it classy and wedding appropriate, just make sure the buns are placed low and towards the back as opposed to on the side (although we do love a Star Wars Princess Leia moment).

      Braided top knot wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @melissa_nerovique

      Top knots are one of my favorite wedding guest hairstyles and for good reason. They keep hair out of your face, let you show off your gorgeous face, and can easily be dressed up or down based on the type of wedding you're attending. Plus, it'll keep your hair in place all night.

      Parisian-inspired wedding guest bun with ribbon
      Photo: @xenia_stylist

      This curly twisted updo is the perfect easy wedding guest hairstyle for those seeking a sweet, Parisian-inspired bun. Simply tie a thin ribbon around your bun to pull your look together (pun intended). Whether you're attending a destination wedding or outdoor garden nuptials, this romantic hairstyle will keep you looking absolutely tres chic.

      Ponytail Wedding Hair for Guests

      Wedding guest ponytail with pearl accessories
      Photo: @natasha.astylist

      Voluminous low ponytails have wedding guest hairstyles written all over them. Keep your pony interesting by adding in a few fun accessories like bobby pins accented with pearls, florals or fun colors. The details you choose will totally define the aesthetic of the look.

      Ponytail bun wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: The Beauty Department

      Can't decide between a bun and a ponytail? Choose both. A low ponytail always looks good, and the surprise small bun in the back adds extra interest to the classic wedding guest hairstyle.

      Curly ponytail wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @styled.byjordan

      When it comes to ponytail wedding hair for guests, the classic curly pony is always a hit. Recreate this look created by Styled By Jordan by using stronghold hairspray to prep the hair, an airy texture spray and a gritty wax paste.

      High ponytail wedding guest hairstyle with natural curls
      Photo: Bella Chic Hair

      Take a note from Ariana Grande's book (yuh) and opt for a high sleek ponytail. Simply, gather your natural curls to the top, close to the top crown of your head and secure them into an ultra-high pony. You don't need extensions for this look, but they can add extra volume for that red carpet-inspired style.

      Low ponytail wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @julia_alesionok

      You don't need to have super long or curly hair to rock ponytail wedding hair. Keep it effortless for an outdoor fall wedding by simply pulling your hair into a low ponytail, leaving out a few of the front pieces to frame your face. And don't forget a piece in the back that's thick enough to wrap around the ponytail itself.

      Wedding Hair Styles Down for Guests

      Hollywood curls wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @styled.byjordan

      Hollywood curls never go out of style. Whether you're a guest, in the bridal party or the bride, this is one of the easy wedding guest hairstyles you can do yourself. As for the bangs, leave them out, tuck them in, or clip them back. This wavy hairstyle will always give you flawless results. Period.

      Curly wedding guest hairstyle with Dutch braid
      Photo: @salaoimperiiostudioap

      Elevate your classic curls into something totally eye-catching. After you curl your tresses, take a two-inch section from the middle of your head and create a Dutch braid. Once you get to the back, simply tie off the end of the ponytail. And voila! You've got a beautiful and easy wedding guest hairstyle.

      Claw clip wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: Lane 201

      If you ever questioned whether a claw-clip style is an acceptable wedding guest hairstyle. I'm here to tell you that yes, yes it is. Plus, Y2K is in, and there's so much fun you can have with a simple hairstyle with a fascinator.

      Natural curls wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @nikethegawdess

      It's giving volume. It's giving definition. And it's giving plenty of curl envy. Let your bouncy texture do its thing, and don't feel like you need to tame it down. It's magic all on its own. No accessories, ponytails or extras needed.

      Wedding guest hairstyle with curls and floral accessories
      Photo: @styled.byjordan

      Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. Florals in your hair for a spring wedding? Breathtaking. Whether your hair is straight or curly, just tuck a few into a mini braid or throughout your simple waves and you are garden wedding ready.

      Easy Wedding Guest Hairstyles For Your Hair Type

      Sometimes finding an easy wedding guest hairstyle comes down to understanding your locks. Here are a few hairstyles for different hair types that I'm absolutely obsessed with that you can DIY at home.

      Curly Hairstyles for Wedding Guests

      Updo with natural curls and floral accessories
      Photo: @styled.byjordan

      Curls, curls, curls. Yes, you can wear a curly twisted updo while showing off your naturally bouncy locks. Simply pull them into a low bun and pull out a couple of pieces for that perfectly undone look. Add some flowers in or leave it as is, either way, this look is perfection.

      Natural braids wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @pearlthestylist_

      Now these natural braids are just *chefs kiss*. Not only are braids like these easy to maintain, but they are also a protective hairstyle that will last you weeks past the wedding. Looking gorgeous is just a bonus.

      Bouncy curls wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @jarelycurlystylist

      Nothing but big curl energy over here. Seriously, though, curly hairstyles for wedding guests don't need to be complicated. Case-in-point: this bouncy look that lets the tresses do the talking.

      Wedding Guest Hairstyles Straight Hair

      Straight wedding guest hairstyle with braids and mini bun
      Photo: @hairbyamandablass

      There's no rule that says boho wedding guest hairstyles can't be straight. Try adding visual interest to your silky straight hair by adding various braids throughout different layers of it. Put some of it in a bun, and you'll officially be a bohemian princess.

      Short wedding guest hairstyle for straight hair
      Photo: @sergeyshapochka

      This short style may win the prize for the easiest hair for a wedding guest. If your hair isn't pin-straight, run a hair straightener through it to get the effect. When you get to the bangs, rotate the straightener out towards the side and slightly up to get that sleek bang effect pictured above.

      Half-up wedding guest hairstyle with subtle waves
      Photo: @styled.byjordan

      If you find yourself looking to Hailey Bieber or Sofia Richie Grainge for beauty inspiration, then you definitely need to save this style for an easy wedding guest hairstyle. It will easily work on pin-straight hair or locks that have a slight wave to them. Simply use your round brush to give the ends some movement and put them in a half-up, half-down.

      Guest Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

      Wedding guest hairstyle with curls for long hair
      Photo: @flawlessonsite

      You may have seen this wedding guest hairstyle everywhere recently, from TikTok to Pinterest, and it's for good reason. It's fun, flirty, fresh and modern. Plus, the sleek, tucked-back bangs with the curled ends keep the hair out of your face. A win is a win.

      Wedding guest hairstyle with bow clip for long hair
      Photo: @tokyoblondepasta

      There is nothing a bow in the hair can't fix. Seriously, I speak from experience. Find a bow with a built-in hair clip that can easily snap and hold your hair in place. If you are opting for a ribbon, look for a silk or satin material that won't cause any damage to your precious locks.

      Fishtail braid wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @julia_alesionok

      Fishtail braids have entered the chat. If you have long hair, I am begging you to try out this easy-braided wedding guest hairstyle. It looks good every. single. time. It's a great option for beginners that will give you serious mermaid vibes for a beach wedding.

      Medium Length Hairstyles for Wedding Guests

      Half-up wedding guest hairstyle with braid for medium-length hair
      Photo: @styled.byjordan

      Calling all of my medium-length besties. Don't feel like you need to shy away from a dramatic curved twist braid because you're worried it's not long enough. Try a half-up, half-down style, but instead of pulling some of the hair back, braid it instead. It will still show off your length while giving you plenty of textured goodness.

      Braided bob wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @nikethegawdess

      Look for medium-length wedding hairstyles for guests. Try this gorgeous braided bob, and make sure there is a deep side part for extra drama. Can you just imagine this look paired with a strapless wedding guest dress and a statement necklace? Absolutely dreamy.

      Medium-length curled wedding guest hairstyle
      Photo: @flawlessonsite

      Medium-length hairstyles are the perfect opportunity to play with highlights and curls. Try using different barrel widths for a natural yet glamorous-looking curl that will suit nearly any wedding aesthetic.

      Short Hairstyles for Wedding Guests

      Short wedding guest hairstyle with swept-up bangs
      Photo: @chica_pixiestyle

      Let me say it louder for the people in the back: short hair is sexy AF, especially if it's a high pompadour or volumized bangs. Use a straighter or round brush to style your bangs in a sweeping fashion, and add hairspray so they keep their shape throughout the night.

      Textured wedding guest hairstyle for short hair
      Photo: @leighdoeshair

      For a modern wedding guest look, consider adding a textured look to your tresses. Add in some hairspray, styling cream or gel to keep everything in place.

      Buzz-cut wedding-guest hairstyle
      Photo: @rockthatbuzz

      Beautiful, chic and fuss-free. You can't go wrong with a buzz-cut style. Another bonus is that it gives you the chance to show off some amazing makeup that looks like a statement cat eye or bold red lip.

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