Wedding Day Hairstyles

Your wedding day hairstyle is a key part of your bridal look. Your ‘do will help complement your dress, frame your face and last forever thanks to all those gorgeous wedding photos. If you have no clue where to start, have never heard the word “chignon” or simply feel overwhelmed by all the beautiful options out there, we have a few basic tips to help lead you to your favorite look.
1. Coordinate With Your Dress and Overall Wedding Style
The formality of your outfit, venue and general wedding style are great places to start and can help dictate the direction to go with your hair. First and foremost, your hair should complement your gown (not compete with it). For a chic, modern ensemble like a pantsuit or a sculptural dress, a sleek ponytail, effortless low bun (a la Meghan Markle) or smooth blowout work beautifully. For a more relaxed, rustic look (think: a lace sheath, high-waisted two-piece or an off-the-shoulder boho number) try wearing your hair in loose, natural curls. Complete it with braids, small flowers, a flower crown or delicate, botanical headpiece, or tie it back in a half-up style leaving a few whisps in front. More of a ball gown bride? A sweeping updo with romantic touches, like an ethereal chignon, elegant French twist or soft Gibson tuck will show off your dress, accommodate a showstopping veil and stay out of your face while you party.
2. Find Inspiration Everywhere
Save magazine pages, follow hairdressers on social media, add favorite red carpet looks to your inspiration board and scroll through Real Wedding photos to find stunning hairstyles you think might work for your particular personality, hair type, wedding aesthetic and dress style. Consult a pro you trust, or ask your friends for recommendations, to start brainstorming the perfect look.
3. Get Your Shine On
The number one most important aspect of the bride’s hair is shine– especially for all your wedding photos. Straight hair by nature tends to look glossier, but any flyaways from dry air or static will automatically ruin the effect.
4. Work With Your Length
Obviously you’re limited by the length of your locks, but we wouldn’t exactly call it a limitation– there are some seriously romantic, sophisticated and glam looks for short-haired brides, even braided hairstyles if you’re looking for them. If you decide to wear your hair in an updo– a wise choice if you’re hoping to highlight the back of your dress, or in the summer if your hair is prone to frizz– you have tons of options, whether you’re looking for something piece-y and romantic, low and simple, or high and sleek.
5. Consider Your Headpiece
Wide-toothed combs just aren’t going to cut it with straight and fine hair (though you can replace them with finer, less heavy combs), and you don’t want to find out your vintage crystal and pearl comb won’t stay put the morning of your wedding. Unless you have the budget to have your hair styled twice (and quickly, the second time), make sure your style can actually hold your headpiece, and that it looks good with and without it in case you choose to remove it for the after-party.

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