Choosing what hairstyles to wear to a wedding can be a conundrum (no matter whether you’re the bride or a guest). The trick is to make it modern enough to feel current, but not so tied to the times that it dates in photos. Anyone who’s watched Four Weddings & A Funeral will know, crunchy curls and mega perms didn’t quite make it into the next decade.
But, alongside picking an outfit (be it your wedding dress, bridesmaid attire or wedding guest dress), getting your hair right can be a headache.
More importantly, the style you choose needs to represent you and the vibe of the wedding. Whether you’re after something more romantic, sophisticated, rock chick or beachy, this will play into choosing a hairstyle that’s right for you.
That said, Pinterest, Instagram, the runway and the red carpet are awash with gorgeous hairstyle ideas to serve as inspiration. From tousled beach waves (if, lucky you, you’re off for a destination ceremony) to chic up-dos, glorious wedding hair accessories and cute bobs, we’ve scoured high and low to pick out the best of the best in wedding hairstyles. So whether you’re getting married soon or off to someone else’s big day, here are the best styles to consider.
A primped-up ponytail can help achieve the perfect balance between relaxed and romantic. Weave in a pretty flower garland and you have bridal hair sorted.
These sleek and symmetrical waves are beautiful pared with a statement headpiece.
Who needs a bouquet when you can lace your loose fishtail braid with fancy foliage?
This carefully braided fishtail plait is utterly beautiful.
This year’s Met Gala served up a whole host of inspiring beauty looks and Taylor Hill’s bouncy, sexy blow-dry would make the perfect bridal ‘do, don’t you think?
Hailey Baldwin’s voluminous, loose updo is a stunning example for the bride looking for a more romantic look.
The easiest and prettiest way to make your style wedding-friendly is by adding in some perfect hair accessories.
At Herve Leger AW16 in New York, the models wore punky plaits, braided to the side of the head. This gorgeous style would work perfectly with wavy locks for a wedding.
Can’t decide whether to have your hair up or down? You don’t have to – this half up, half down ‘do ticks both boxes.
Wear a pretty headband crown with pride, and pull out bits of hair from the front of your head to make the look a little more undone.
Channel Heidi with on-trend, intricate braiding arranged into a crown shape atop your head.
We are so here for this textured updo. Slicked back and piled high, natural curls have a serious advantage for pulling off a voluminous style that stays all day. Pair with some statement earrings and you’ll slay your way down the aisle