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The 30 Prettiest Bridal Hairstyles

We’ve combed through (pun intended!) hundreds of real weddings to find our absolute fave wedding hairstyles

here’s nothing a Brides editor loves more than fawning over photos from real weddings. Each and every week, we bring you five inspiring real wedding stories, all packed with jaw-dropping details and some of the most stunning snapshots we’ve ever seen of totally-in-love brides and grooms. And while we’re constantly obsessing over the unique decor and out-of-the-box venues, it’s always the bride who catches our eye. Nothing takes our breath away quite like a real bride. And who better to look to for some bridal style inspiration, especially when it comes to the ultimate finishing touch—your wedding hairstyle.

While celebrities strutting down the red carpet and hours spent scrolling through Instagram might be your go-to sources for hairstyle inspo, real weddings are actually the perfect place to start finding snapshots (and then sending them to your ‘maids for BFF approval, of course!) of bridal hairdos.

From pretty ponytails to the classic half-up, half-down style, these are the prettiest hairstyles real brides rocked for their “I dos.” And because they’re all straight from the pages of our Real Weddings section, you know these gorgeous gals pulled off their wedding-worthy looks IRL. That’s without the help of a celebrity’s glam squad!

Some of these wedded ladies wore their lush locks down in romantic, soft curls spilling over their shoulders. Others swept their hair up in chic and clean chignons for a totally timeless formal vibe. A few even incorporated unexpected hair accessories to elevate their big-day ‘do. So no matter your wedding style or whether your hair is curly or straight, long or short, you’re bound to be inspired by these ladies’ locks.

We’ve combed through (pun intended!) hundreds of real weddings and pulled the prettiest wedding hairstyles our gorgeous brides have worn down the aisle. See our favorites below and then save your faves and bring ’em along to your hair trial.

We’ll save you the Pinterest search. Your wedding hairstyles has officially been found!

When it was one of our fave wedding photographers’ turn to walk down the aisle, Jen Huang rocked a soft and romantic low updo.

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Preston’s blond tresses were swept up in a sleek and smooth updo and finished with a minimalist, modern gold barrette.

Kea had her blond locks swept into a near-architectural low bun for her Parisian nuptials.

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It was glamorous old-Hollywood curls for this blond-beauty bride.

When Stephanie married Raphael in South Carolina, she wore her hair in a whimsical, boho side braid.

Kelsey added a fresh sprig of andromeda to her multilayered updo.

Mermaid waves and a flower crown looked whimsical and beautifully bohemian on this smiley bride.

It was tons of volume and elegant waves for this glamorous Cali bride.

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This Miami bride twisted her locks away from her face for a half-up, half-down look that was totally effortless.

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For her Colorado wedding, Devon pinned and pulled all of her hair to one side.

A flirty retro-inspired hairstyle was the perfect choice for this too-cool Brooklyn bride.

With her blond tresses swirled into a classic chignon, this bride was ready for her formal ballroom wedding.

A whimsically beaded floral crown added a fresh youthfulness to this Colorado bride’s soft curls.

Christine’s romantic bun was made even more so with the addition of a sparkly hairpiece.

Roana’s undone curls spilling over her shoulders were as natural as her Yosemite National Park venue.

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A deep part and volume at the crown created a minimalist-chic look for this Long Island bride.

For her romantic, rustic Wisconsin nuptials, Megan had a hairstyle to match, and she accessorized her wavy brown tresses with a delicate gold-chain hairpiece.

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We’re sure no one was able to take their eyes off of this bride’s woven and braided bun as she was walking down the aisle.

Full curls are always a major hit. Just ask this Massachusetts bride, who sweetened the look with a whimsical flower crown.

Meghan’s side-swept chignon looked perfectly polished at her New York wedding.

The wrapped chignon worn by this California bride couldn’t possibly be any prettier.

This is one cool Cali bride who’s definitely not afraid of a little color! Her brown curls were dip-dyed a bold blue hue for her walk down the aisle.

For a boho touch, this bride completed her curly, casual updo with bits of foliage and florals.


With a braided bun and a dainty, glitzy headband, this California bride was wedding-ready.

Sometimes the dress dictates the hair! Tenaya wore hers up in a soft style to show off her gown’s gorgeous open back.

Tons of volume plus a sparkly headpiece equaled a princess-worthy style for this Brooklyn bride.

Big side-swept barrel curls looked ultra romantic on this rustic-chic bride.

“I wore a pin that belonged to my maternal grandmother, who is no longer with us,” Diana said of the hairpiece she wore in her braided updo. “She was a very classy lady, and it was a beautiful piece of antique jewelry.”


Stefanie wore her blond tresses down and in loose finger-separated curls for her rustic, romantic celebration.

The beautiful Rochelle styled her tresses into a textured bun, accessorized with a couple of pretty pins, for her Martha’s Vineyard wedding day.

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