20 Stunning Updos from Real Brides

Finding your ideal big day 'do can be stressful. Take a deep breath and a look at these gorgeous options from real brides' wedding days. 

By: Emily Goldman

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  • Low Chignon

    Low Chignon

    Gathered hair at the nape of the neck is intricate, yet playful.

    Photo: Ueda Photography

  • Pinned to Perfection

    Pinned to Perfection

    Pinning back naturally curly hair is a great way to show off the bride’s natural beauty. Bonus fun: a floral pin added to the ‘do!

    Photo: Julie Nicole Photography

  • Figure 8

    Figure 8

    A lesser-worn but equally beautiful option, a wrapped, figure eight styled ‘do is for brides with a lot of hair.

    Photo: Lars Wanberg/Withers Wanberg Pictures

  • Clean & Simple

    Clean & Simple

    Sweep back your hair into a low chignon for an elevated, simple look.

    Photo: KT Merry 

  • Big Bun

    Big Bun

    For brides with thicker hair, a large bun looks great under a veil.

    Photo: Bethalee Photography

  • Crowning Glory

    Crowning Glory

    A bundle of curls is not only gorgeous, but doubles as a great way to ensure your veil stays secure throughout the ceremony and reception.

    Photo: Tonya Malay Photography

  • Side Swept and Low

    Side Swept and Low

    A classic look – opt for something low and to the side.

    Photo: Casey Fatchett Photography

  • Tight Updo

    Tight Updo

    A tight updo gives focus to a gorgeous tiara.

    Photo: Will Pursell Photography

  • Classic Bun

    Classic Bun

    If you’re a bun type of gal, go for gold and stay true to your favorite, timeless look.

    Photo: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography

  • Low Twist

    Low Twist

    This intricate, delicate ‘do sits low on the neck, but still allows the bride to show off her gown's detailing. 

    Photo: Brett Matthews Photography

  • Adorned


    Add a statement piece of jewelry to your luscious locks for some extra glitz.

    Photo Credit: Scobey Photography

  • Mini Braids

    Mini Braids

    Small braids add a fun touch to a classic bun.

    Photo: Ashley Photographer

  • Tied Back Curls

    Tied Back Curls

    Romantic curls get an edge with face framing wisps tied under one another to create a modern twist.

    Photo: Kirstyn Marie Photography

  • Side Swept

    Side Swept

    For the minimalist bride, opt for a side swept low bun to add a little something extra to the classic look.

    Photo: Miki & Sonja Photography

  • A Floral Arrangement

    A Floral Arrangement

    For the offbeat bride with some flair, consider a halo of flowers and a voluminous, small bun.

    Photo: Carmen Ash Photography

  • Romantic Curls

    Romantic Curls

    Whether you have curly hair or soft waves, nothing says romance quite like soft tundralls swept up and secured with care.

     Photo: STJ Creative Photography

  • Side Braid

    Side Braid

    Both gorgeous and practical for brides with layered hair, side braided buns help anchor the hair and eliminate flyaways.

    Photo: Rose Street Studio

  • Old Hollywood

    Old Hollywood

    Go for old hollywood glam with face-framing curls and a low bun.

    Photo: Choco Studio

  • Voluminous


    Give hair an extra oomf on your big day with a teased crown.

    Photo: Jeff Wallace Photography

  • Piecey


    Let soft curls fall out of your bun for a fun, tousled look.

    Photo: Rach Loves Troy

20 Stunning Updos from Real Brides

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