Looking your best on your wedding day starts with the perfect bridal hairstyle. Whether you want to go sleek for an upscale affair or opt for a romantic curl, these wedding-day styles will never fall out of style.
Cascading curls are a classic look that can easily be accessorized with a birdcage veil or a crystal-embellished comb. Or try a sleek ponytail that you can easily pull back and add a hair clip for an eye-catching look.
1. Romantic Curls
Curls are effortlessly romantic and offer a relaxed glamour that’s perfect for wedding day looks. They look especially beautiful in soft half up down hairstyles, like this gorgeous style that’s tucked behind the ears and secured with a pink satin ribbon.
Alternatively, you can wear your curls in a chic pinned up hairstyle, like this pretty example. The airy fishtail braid combines Hollywood-inspired curls with a beauty pageant side bun, and is adorned with dainty flowers for a touch of floral romance.
For a truly stunning look, try adding a few face framing tendrils to a simple chignon. It’s a great choice for brides with longer hair, and can be finished off with a high contrast hair piece or fresh flowers. This is an easy way to elevate a classic bridal updo, and would be particularly lovely for a romantic garden wedding. Or, you could use a flower crown to add a more bohemian feel to your style.
2. Sleek Ponytail
If you’re a modern bride looking to make the most of your sleek ponytail, ask your stylist for an added boost of volume by pulling in strands from the crown. You’ll get a dramatic lift that’s perfect for showing off your stunning dress.
You can also play with a low ponytail hairstyle that’s wavy or curly for an effortless look. Just leave out a few soft face-framing tendrils and accent it with pearl hair pins to keep the style bridal.
For a unique twist, work black into your bridal hairstyle like this bride did to match her dramatic lace wedding gown. A dark ponytail paired with a delicate bow is sure to turn heads at your big day.
3. Half Up Half Down
One of the best bridal hairstyles for medium length strands, this half-up style allows your dress to take center stage. You can frame loose curls with a side part for a pretty, ladylike look, or add boho-inspired floral accents to the mix like this bride did, who pinned flowery vines around her head for an elegant touch.
For a more modern and minimal option, your stylist can pull your face-framing strands into a low bun with a trendy wrapping technique at the base. The minimalist approach allows your wedding accessories to shine.
This low updo is the perfect option for a romantic bridal look, complementing both off-the-shoulder and high neck wedding gowns. You can even adorn it with embellished clips or barrettes for extra sparkle.
4. Side Part
If you have thick hair, consider a deep side part for a gorgeous wedding day look. It’s a simple and stunning style that suits most hair lengths. It’s also great for brides with bangs who want a style that’s romantic and timeless.
For a boho bride, loose, windswept waves pair perfectly with a deep side part. This carefree styling is a beautiful option for a beach wedding. It works equally well with a glamorous ballroom event as it does for a casual outdoor soiree.
For a sleek and sophisticated look, opt for a low bun with a middle part. It’s a great style for brides who don’t want to fuss with their hair, but still want something elegant and pretty. This gorgeous low bun was created by Adrienne Aereboe for this bride, who paired it with a simple veil and a delicate embellishment clip to finish her bridal look.
5. Tousled Waves
If you have long hair, there are so many beautiful ways to wear it on your wedding day. One of our favorites is a low, slightly undone updo. This style is so elegant, yet looks effortless as well. Just add a few face-framing pieces to give it a more romantic and soft look. It’s also a great option for brides who want to keep their look simple and chic.
The low chignon looks great with both backless and high neck wedding gowns. It can be decorated with a flower crown, hair comb or tiara to really dress it up.
Another way to make this classic bridal hairstyle even more special is with a double band engulfed in crystals. This is such a stunning way to accent the style with just the right amount of sparkle.
6. Sweeping Ponytail
A sweeping ponytail is a classic that works with a range of bridal styles. Whether you opt for a tight, sleek look or loose finger waves with face-framing pieces, this hairstyle is timeless yet polished. It’s ideal for nearlyweds who want to show off a stunning neckline, like the one on this bride in a gown by Flawless Bride.
Tight curls tucked into a side ponytail can add an element of drama to any wedding day look. This bride wore hers with a bold red lip to create a classic, elegant look perfect for everything from black-tie ballroom celebrations to easy backyard bashes.
If you want to add a pop of color to your hairstyle, consider tucking in a few flowers or a sparkly headpiece. This bride opted for a double band adorned in crystals, which perfectly complemented her dainty lace dress.