25 Stunning Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair

Here are the short hairstyles, shoulder-length and up, that real brides are choosing for their big day.
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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 07, 2023

Inspiration for short wedding hairstyles may seem hard to come by, but you'd be surprised at how many timeless or trendy styling options exist. Wedding hairstyles for short hair can range from fun and flirty to sophisticated and refined. When looking for inspiration to show your stylist, look up the latest trends or simply ask to elevate your everyday hairstyle into something more formal.

If you plan on rocking short hair for a wedding, check out these 25 short wedding hairstyle ideas you'll want to save to your Pinterest board right away.

Our Favorite Bridal Hairstyles for Short Hair

1. Soft Curls with Pinned Back Bangs

    We love this sweet style that Instagram influencer Clara Guillem chose for her wedding day. Simply secure your locks with a bobby pin and finish the look with dainty florals

    2. Natural Coils with Crystal Hairpiece

      Show off your natural hair texture by letting your voluminous curls take the spotlight. Finish off the look with a statement crystal hairpiece to amp up the glam.

      3. Petite Low Chignon

        We love a wedding updo for short hair. If your locks fall between the chin and shoulder, try twisting them into a low cignon for a result that is equal parts romantic and elegant.

        4. Bright and Colorful Curls

          If you're here to take notes on how to really express yourself on your wedding day, the answer is as follows: colorful curls. Choose a bold solid hue, a gradient ombre or multiple shades to make your short hair pop.

          5. Classic Pixie Cut

            Those wanting a simple hairstyle for their wedding will love a short pixie cut. The minimalist style is ideal for those wearing statement jewelry or a detailed dress like this gorgeous bride's.

            6. Faux Flower Crown

              Boho hairstyles aren't just for long locks. Follow this radiant bride's lead by adding flowers in different colors, sizes and textures for added fullness and volume.

              7. Straight Bob with Textured Bangs

                Keep it straight and simple with a short bob and slightly textured bangs. Check out how this bride's veil ties her day-of 'do together.

                8. Modern Braided Updo

                  For a bit of modern edge, try a natural braided updo. Styling the braid towards the crown of the head will add texture and fullness, which creates a unique twist to the classic hairstyle.

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                  9. Textured Waves

                    For something a little more relaxed, go for loose waves with straight ends. Tuck or pin one side back for a sweetly chic look.

                    10. Curly Bangs

                      Bangs can really pull your bridal look together—it's all in how you style them! This bride let her natural curls flow forward for just the right amount of volume and texture for her short boho look.

                      11. Short Curls with Hairpiece

                        Highlight your short locks with a delicate hairpiece. This leafy headband adds an organic touch to the bohemian-vintage look.

                        12. Birdcage Veil

                          Pixie cuts and birdcage veils just go hand-in-hand. Don't forget to check out our round-up of vintage-inspired veils to find the perfect piece for your wedding.

                          13. Asymmetrical Lob

                            The layered bangs give the illusion of longer length to this bride's playful and bouncy lob cut. Not to mention: a short cut can work with a short dress for a flawless it-girl moment.

                            14. Vintage-Inspired Hairpiece

                              Headpieces can tie together your short bridal hair while remaining timeless. Opt for a family heirloom piece or shop this list of hair accessories we're obsessing over.

                              15. Swept Back Pixie

                                Keep your short pixie straight and sculpted with this voluminous wedding style. Ask your hairstylist to add a shaping mousse or gel, leave it as-is, or finish it off with a vintage-inspired veil.

                                16. Ballerina Bun

                                  Top knots will always be in style. Add a simple accessory or a few tiny pieces of floral to make an elegant bun your own.

                                  17. Blunt Bob

                                    What's not to love about a blunt bob style? Keep it effortless with textured waves, and let a dress like this stunner make the statement.

                                    18. Voluminous Updo

                                      Leave your gorgeous coils long on top, with the sides cut short. The results let your curls speak for themselves.

                                      19. Classic Curls

                                        If you love timeless curls but want to keep your bangs out of your face, a jeweled headband is sure to do the trick.

                                        20. Updo with Wispy Tendrils

                                          Elevate a simple updo with one of the year's biggest hair trends: wispy tendrils. They will beautifully frame your face without taking away from the rest of your bridal look.

                                          21. Boho Flower Crown

                                            We've never met a flower crown we didn't love, especially when it comes to bridal hairstyles for short hair. It will beautifully complement any rustic or boho celebration.

                                            22. Statement Accessories

                                              You know what they say: more is more! For the maximalist bride, take your wedding hair accessories to another level and add a larger-than-life statement hairpiece.

                                              23. Hollywood Curls

                                                Old Hollywood glam has never looked so good. Request big, bouncy curls for a retro-inspired look that is sure to wow.

                                                24. Short Pompadour

                                                  Tailored, clean and fuss-free. You can't go wrong with a pompadour style. Keep it long on top and add a gripping product to give the look some sophisticated volume.

                                                  25. Crown

                                                  Elevating a short wedding hairstyle comes down to the accessories. If your wedding is celestial-themed, you'll want to save this stunning starburst crown to your inspiration board right away.

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