Weddings are happy occasions, yet they can be stressful to mount. Everything from the venue to the flower bouquet needs careful planning to ensure smooth sailing for the big day. To top it all off, you need to look effortlessly gorgeous as this major milestone is sure to be heavily documented—photos and videos immortalized and shared over various social media platforms. For your appearance, a major consideration is your crowning glory. Do you opt for an up-do or let your tresses flow free? To help you feel like royalty on your big day, here are a few stunning wedding hairstyles to inspire you.
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1. 1950s Inspired Ponytail
Who said ponytails have no place on the wedding aisle? If you’re a fan of Adele or Amy Winehouse, then you can appreciate a good beehive. The 50s-Inspired Ponytail from The Beauty Department takes the volume of the hive and the youthfulness of the ponytail to create playful wedding hairstyles for brides.
2. Banded Chignon
If you’re not a fan of severe up-dos and slick wedding hairstyles, Camille Styles has a laid-back variation to the chignon. It works for long, short, straight or curly hair. This all-inclusive hairstyle is a pulled-back style without being uncomfortable or oppressive. You can give your hair and scalp some room to breathe. You can even incorporate a shiny headband for some shimmer.
3. Braid Bun Bang
Women with bangs or fringe may have a harder time styling their hair, but The Beauty Department has the perfect solution with the Braid Bun Bang. It’s sort of reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a tight top bun and a braid to accentuate the volume on top, like a tiara for your crowning glory.
4. French Roll Twist and Pin
Another simple yet romantic wedding hairstyle is the French Twist. It keeps your face free from stray hair and gives you a chic ‘do. Hair Romance has a fresh and interesting take on the classic French Twist using buns to divide the hair into sections. It’s perfect for long and thick hair as you can just add more buns to the back of your head.
5. Kate Middleton-Inspired Wedding Hairstyles
Who doesn’t want to feel like a princess during their wedding day? For inspiration, we turn to possibly the most stylish royalty of this generation—The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. While she wore her hair down during her wedding day, there are a host of other hairspirations you can choose from just by doing a cursory Google Images search of her. One in particular that stands out for its bridal air is the elegant updo she sported for the BOA Olympic Concert. Ma Nouvelle Mode has an excellent tutorial on this classy wedding hairstyle.
6. Renaissance Hair
You can channel old-world glamour with the Renaissance hairstyle by Offbeat Bride. Securing the hair around the back of your head takes steady hands and a lot of pins and hair elastics. However, once achieved, you no longer have to worry about messing up your hairstyle and just dance the night away.
7. Retro Finger-waves
For women with short hair, the Retro Fingerwaves from A Practical Wedding takes a cure from the glitz and glamour of the 1920s. Wavy wedding hairstyles like this is retro yet also very current with the resurgence of quirky styles and vintage designs.
8. Romantic Side Braid
The Romantic Side Braid by Once Wed appeals more to the Disney princess in you. This one looks to be inspired by Frozen’s Elsa. The slightly messy braid works for a more whimsical wedding ceremony or a laid back gathering of close family and friends. Bohemian brides who prefer more free-spirited looks can put this on their wedding hairstyles shortlist.
9. Twisting Braid
A more intricate incarnation of the braided hair is the Twisting Braid from Hair Romance. It almost resembles a dreamy take of a basket weave. This is one of the advantages of having long hair, you can experiment with a variety of wedding hairstyles. This one, in particular, would look great for more formal affairs or to help highlight the back details of your wedding dress.
10. Sleek Rolled Tuck
For glamorous and polished wedding hairstyles, Makeup.com introduced the Sleek Rolled Tuck, perfectly complementing minimalist aesthetics and old-fashioned ceremonies. It’s a simple yet practical way to manage your hair and keep it intact for a long and busy day of festivity. This one also works well with straight hair, though curls would add more texture and dimension to it.