The 50 Best Wedding Hairstyles to Show Your Stylist

From ponytails to tousled waves and fishtail braids, these are the prettiest wedding hairstyles.
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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 Mar 23, 2023

Let's face it: When it comes to wedding hairstyles, the possibilities are pretty much endless. There are so many different wedding hairstyles to consider, between buns, braids, twists and ponytails. Feeling overwhelmed by all of the bride hairstyle options? We don't blame you. That's why we've rounded up our favorite wedding hair looks to help narrow your search. If you have no clue which routes to take and can't decide which wedding hairstyles are best for you, keep the other aspects of your wedding in mind. Imagine what might work best with your celebration's atmosphere, dress, and overall comfort level. Having a black-tie soirée in December? A classic topknot or smooth curls might be the perfect fit. On the other hand, an outdoor barn wedding might call for a more casual bridal hairstyle.

We've rounded up different wedding hairstyles we love to get started on your search for bride hairstyles that help you achieve the look you want. Scroll through these stunning wedding hair ideas to inspire your day-of look, whether it's a sleek updo, messy braids or the best version of your natural curls. Once you've found your perfect match among these wedding day hairstyles, work with a professional stylist to make it a reality.

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Wedding Hairstyles with Hair Down

Wearing your wedding hair down is a classic. While you might be thinking that the only options for down styles are curled or straight, there's actually a ton of versatility with these looks. Yes, you can keep it simple and beautiful with a classic wedding hairstyle if that's what you envision, but you can also change it up by adding extensions, a bridal hair accessory or switch your part. To help jumpstart your search for the perfect wedding hairstyles to wear with your hair down, we've gathered some of our favorite looks to browse and save for your inspiration. So, keep scrolling for styles you'll want to show your hairstylist immediately.

1. Long, Smooth Curls

Wedding hair curly long
Studio Finch

If your tresses have serious length, show off your wedding hair by rocking these gorgeous smooth curls. Have your stylist work some frizz-fighting product through your waves before pictures, so they stay shiny and sleek all day.

2. Deep Side Part

A side part is a glamorous look that can work with any hair type, texture, or length—which is why we love it. Depending on how you style the rest of your tresses, a deep side part can give you an edgy look or give you a soft, romantic feel.

3. Pinned Curls with Floral Headpiece

Wedding hair pinned curls with crown
Adrienne and Dani Photography

Take a unique spin on a classic wedding hairstyle by pinning your curls to the top for extra volume. Then, complete the look with a sparkly headpiece for a stunning wedding day look.

4. Loose Curls with Braided Fishtail Crown

Wedding hairstyle braided barrette
Shane and Lauren Photography

Try this tousled half-up, half-down hairstyle if you want the perfect balance of done and undone. Then, braid your hair to add extra texture. The messy waves are perfect for a beach or boho wedding—but you can rock them regardless of your wedding theme.

5. Natural Curls with Flower Headpiece

Wedding hair naturally curly
Shane and Lauren Photography

We believe you should be the best version of yourself on your wedding day, so if you have natural curls, make them extra bouncy. First, work with your hairstylist to solidify the combination of wedding hairstyling products to give you your best hair day. Then, consider adding a fun hair accessory like a headpiece, tiara or flower crown.

6. Loose Waves with Flower Crown

The wedding hairstyling options are endless when rocking a flower crown on your big day. Whether you go for simple greens or colorful blooms, style your hair in loose waves to keep the focus on your stunning headpiece.

7. Voluminous Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle

Opt for this fun take on the classic half-up half-down wedding hairstyle for an ultra-glam look reminiscent of Old Hollywood. Have your stylist tease the back section of your hair so that it has some serious volume.

8. Modern Curls with Center Part

Dare to be bold with this "cool girl" bridal hairstyle. Part your hair down the center, then tuck the remaining tresses behind your ears for a polished and modern wedding day hair look.

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9. Boho Curls with Braided Crown and Colorful Ends

Make your wedding hairstyle (and your hair color) pop by dying the ends of your locks your favorite color, then style with simple waves. Top it off with a simple flower crown to focus on the color of your tresses.

10. Voluminous Curls with Sparkly Hair Comb

Bride wears her hair in glamorous waves with a beautiful comb.
Hunter Ryan Photo

For a bombshell moment, have your stylist give you a classic blowout followed by some voluminous curls. Then dress it up by pinning one side down with a sparkly barrette. You'll be shining the whole day.

11. Casual Waves with Crystal Crown

Show off your personality by choosing a unique bridal crown or headpiece for your wedding day. We love this crystal crown as a free-spirited, boho spin on the classic tiara.

12. Relaxed Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle

Wedding Hairstyles Sides Pulled Back

A half-up, half-down is a wedding hairstyle that is always perfect for a laid-back wedding on the beach. Just add a bit of texture spray, and you are ready to say, "I do."

13. Side-Swept Waves with Side Part

Wedding Hairstyles Deep Side Part With One Side Pulled Back

Want to wear your wedding hair in a down style while still keeping your tresses out of your face? Request glamorous side-swept waves and add plenty of hairspray to keep them in place from your grand entrance to exit.

14. Glamorous Hollywood Curls

Wedding Hairstyles Big and Bold Glam

You're the star of your big day, so why not have a bridal hairstyle that suits it? Use hot rollers or a wide-barrel curling iron to create Hollywood-inspired curls with big, touchable volume.

15. Soft Curls with Braid and Floral Hair Pins

Wedding Hairstyles Pile On the Flowers

Bouquets aren't just for holding anymore! Elevate your destination wedding hair by adding a crown braid and a few floral hair pins to your half-up curls.

16. Shoulder-Length Textured Bob Cut

Wedding Hairstyles Shoulder Length Beach Waves

Classic, textured waves are both casual and gorgeous. This shorter cut is ideal for those wearing a statement dress or detailed neckline like this gorgeous bride.

17. Straight Bob Cut with Pastel Pink Highlights

Wedding Hairstyles Pastel Highlights

Love color? So do we. If you aren't ready to commit to a full-on dye job, try a few strands or dipping the ends to create a watercolor effect throughout your colorful wedding hairstyle.

18. Soft Curls with Pearl Headband

Wedding Hairstyles Pearled Headband

Same classic style but dialed up with a gorgeous bridal hair accessory. Follow this beautiful bride's lead by adding a trendy pearl headpiece to your day-of 'do.

19. Silky and Straight Wedding Hair

Wedding Hairstyles Straight and Silky

Silky straight wedding hair can catch the light without overshadowing your face. Check out how classy this bridal party looks with matching straight hairstyles.

20. Classic Waves

Wedding Hairstyles Classic Finger Waves

Can't go wrong with a classic wedding hairstyle like stylish waves. Part down the middle for a modern style, or sweep them all to one side for a sweetly chic look.

21. Waterfall Half-Up, Half-Down Hair

Wedding Hairstyles Waterfall Braid

Don't go chasing waterfalls unless you're looking for this half-up bridal hairstyle. The braid easily elevates timeless curls without being overly fussy.

22. Boho Waves

Wedding Hairstyles Boho Waves
saltwater studios

Boho brides: this one's for you. Use a large curling iron to achieve the perfect beach-blown waves, then style with a center part for an effortlessly free-spirited look.

23. Natural Curls With Glam Hair Comb

Wedding Hairstytles Natural Curls Wtih Decorative Comb

The best bridal hairstyles highlight your natural texture. Take this bride's beautiful coils as a prime example. We love that she added a glam hair comb to one side for that extra "it" factor.

Pinned Up Wedding Hairstyles

Whether your hair is curly, wavy, fine, natural, or thin,there's one thing for sure - it will look good in an updo. Not only does it keep your locks out of the way, but they let you show off your gown's gorgeous neckline. Wondering which wedding updos to add to your inspiration board? Whether you describe your style as classic, modern, boho, or casual, we've handpicked the most gorgeous pinned up wedding hairstyles for you to save, from beachy fishtail braids and polished ponytail wedding hairstyles to simple chignons and buns.

24. Classic Low Chignon

When it comes to pinned up wedding hairstyles, this remains a classic for a reason. Sweep your hair back and pin it into a simple, elegant low chignon. Add in some braids or hair pieces if you'd like, or leave it as is—either way, you can't go wrong with this one.

25. Elegant Vintage Curls

Bride wears her hair in loose natural curls.
Tim Waters Photograph

If you're having a vintage wedding or want to add an extra touch of glam, these Hollywood-inspired curls are the way to go. They'll add just the right amount of luxe to your special day. Another thing we love about this look? It's absolutely timeless—just like you.

26. Romantic Updo with Floral Hair Pins

Low updo with flowers
Feng Rui/Storyteller Wedding Photography

Opt for a slightly undone bun with some wispy, face-framing pieces for a more relaxed wedding updo. Add some flower hair pins (we love these small white blooms) to give your wedding hairstyle extra romance.

27. Glamorous Long Ponytail

Going full glam? Pull your hair back into this sleek ponytail wedding hairstyle. It looks super chic and elegant from the front, but you get to show off your long, luxurious locks in the back. Plus, you won't have to worry about fussing with your hair as the day goes on.

28. Elegant Updo with Rhinestone Hair Clip

Take any elegant updo to the next level by adding a sparkly hair clip to your bun. The extra sparkle will catch your guest's attention throughout the day.

29. Sleek Top Knot With Braid

Wedding hair updo top knot with braid
Markit Photography

Give the iconic top knot style a fun twist by braiding the back of your bridal wedding hair into a bun. It's a small detail that will add a playful approach to your already-sophisticated updo.

30. Long Boho Fishtail Braid

If you want your hair out of the way but don't want to commit to a full updo, consider a braided wedding hairstyle. We love this fishtail braid because it's perfectly undone, so you don't have to worry about your hair frizzing or pieces coming loose during your outdoor summer wedding. The messier it looks, the better.

31. Twisted Ponytail

Wedding Hairstyles Twisted Ponytail

Ponytails will always be in style. Up the romance by twisting it backward for an effortless style that looks like it took you hours.

32. Ballerina Bun

You may think this romantic top knot is only for ballrooms, but it will look stunning at any venue. So channel your inner ballerina with a gorgeous and bold top knot, and maybe do a twirl or two on the dance floor.

33. 1920s-Inspired Updo with Rhinestone Headpiece

Wedding hairstyle vintage updo with crown
Fiona Conrad Studio, Inc

Bring all of the glitz and glam to your wedding day with this gorgeous bridal updo. First, twist your hair back and secure it at the nape of your neck. Then, channel a bygone era by adding your favorite antique-inspired headpiece to sparkle through the night.

34. Elegant Twisted Updo

Wedding hairstyle updo messy
Jeanni Dunagan

If you don't want to rock anything too perfect on your wedding day, consider this slightly asymmetrical twisted updo. It looks effortlessly chic.

35. Messy Updo with Wildflower Crown

Play dress up with your undone bun or ponytail by adding a colorful flower crown to the overall look. Editor tip: talk to your wedding hair stylist about how to undo your locks at the end of the night so you do not damage your beautiful hair.

36. Twisted Updo

Have some statement earrings you want to show off? Consider rocking this gorgeous updo that will keep your hair in place, so you can enjoy your wedding day (and look beautiful while you're socializing with your loved ones).

37. Casual Bun

A casual updo will always do the trick if you're looking for one of the best wedding hairstyles. When styled correctly, it will always look simultaneously effortless and chic.

38. Long Braid with Simple Ribbon

Bride wears her hair in a long braid with a dainty black ribbon.

Want to add a simple accessory to your bridal hairstyle but don't want it to take away from your already gorgeous look. Weave in a dainty ribbon into your look for just the right touch of elegance.

39. Romantic Ponytail with Flower Hair Clip

Wedding Hairstyles Low Ponytail

Highlight a gorgeous neckline with an understated bride hairstyle like this curled ponytail. Add a flower hair clip at the base for an extra-romantic vibe.

40. Classic Updo with Custom Headpiece

Wedding Hairstyles Elaborate Headpiece

Want to add something totally unforgettable to your day-of bridal hairstyle? Commission a custom headpiece to wear with your bridal updo on your special day. Then, keep it as an heirloom to pass down for generations to come.

41. Braided Updo

Wedding Hairstyles Braid Crown

Artsy yet simple, this braided wedding hairstyle will look breathtaking on anyone hosting a rustic outdoor fall wedding. Keep it as is, or go all in by adding a few loose pieces of baby's breath.

42. Simple Ponytail

Wedding Hairstyles Low Ponytail With Volume

This style is low-maintenance but high romance. Just pull your natural waves into a relaxed ponytail wedding hairstyle, and you are ready to walk down the aisle.

43. Vintage Updo with Antique Hair Clip

Wedding Hairstyles Vintage Chic Brooch

What's not to love about a vintage-inspired updo? Opt for an heirloom hair clip or get inspired by shopping this list of hair accessories we're obsessing over.

44. Romantic Updo

Wedding Hairstyles Textured Updo

When it comes to wedding hairstyles for brides, this romantic bun looks like it came straight out of a fairytale.

45. Undone Romantic Bun
Wedding Hairstyles Undone Bun

If you love a timeless updo but want to add a few modern elements, a floral hair clip and a few loose pieces will do the trick. Just look at this imperfectly perfect undone bun.

46. Unstructured Twist

Wedding Hairstyles Unstructured Twist

Go for an unstructured twisted bun for something more casual and relaxed. Leave it as is, or add a bridal hairpin for an organic touch to this boho wedding hairstyle.

47. Classic Updo with Traditional Headpiece

Bride wears a traditional headpiece.
Nicole Delanie Photography

Let your traditional headpiece shine by rocking a low updo, like this twisted low bun. The results will speak for themselves.

48. Ponytail with Hair Bow

Wedding Hairstyles Sweet Bow
Si Quiero, by Sira Antequera

We'll never say no to a sweet bow, especially when it comes to bridal hair. It will beautifully complement any ponytail or pinned up wedding hairstyle.

49. Low Ponytail with Tied Hair Scarf

Wedding Hairstyles Tied Silk Scarf
Alika Key / Shutterstock

For the cool bride who wants to do something different with their hair, this one's for you. Tie a luxurious silk scarf around your ponytail for a stylish moment that is sure to turn heads.

50. Modern Braided Updo

Wedding Hairstyles Slicked Back

Sleek and edgy, this style is simple but stunning. Style the braid towards the crown of the head for added fullness, which lends a unique twist to the classic wedding hairstyle.

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