Many engaged couples strive to find balance between a timeless wedding look and unique, trendy details, and hairstyles are no exception. From chic updos to romantic waves and modern pixie cuts, we've compiled some of the most inspiring tresses from real weddings and wedding shoots to help you find a look that is bridal-beautiful yet still feels like "you."
Even if you're not entirely sure how you want to wear your hair on the big day, you probably have a general idea of whether you'd like to have it up or down, grown-out or on the shorter side. Get started by selecting a basic category below!
Remember those shellacked buns that were all the rage during prom? Now brides are opting for a more effortless vibe with updos that are asymmetrical or have a more fluid shape.
If you have face-framing layers, leave them out to create an even softer look:
Oh-so-pretty updos take on more of an edge with fashion-forward accessories:
Talk about texture! We're swooning over these gorgeous 'dos with height in the front and twists in the back:
Architectural twists perfectly complement an illusion neckline:
2. Ballerina Bun
Just like their namesake, these buns are graceful, poised and dramatic.
We love that the bride pictured below went for a lower style and the 'maids bumped up the height of their 'dos (we usually see the reverse at weddings):
This high bun-chignon hybrid is beautiful from every angle:
If you've been blessed with thicker hair, start the bun below the crown to avoid overwhelming your face:
If you're choosing to wear a high bun, odds are that you're not the shy type — add a dose of sparkle with a starburst-patterned hair clip:
Braided wedding hairstyles are hotter than ever and it's no coincidence when you take into account the uptick in outdoor weddings and rustic-themed affairs. However, when styled the right way, they can also be used for more formal indoor settings as well.
Volume at the crown adds complexity to your basic fishtail braid:
Miniature braid buns play up this bride's natural, rustic setting:
Ask your hairstylist to start the braid closer to the nape of your neck if you want the look to be more versatile from the front:
Coil all of the braids together and you've got a bun!
Blink and you'll barely catch these miniature braids woven into an otherwise classic hairstyle:
The trick to amazing waves is longevity — they need to be able to stand up to hours of posing for photos, embracing loved ones and busting a move on the dance floor — so don't be shy when applying product and bring hairspray to the reception for touch-ups.
Subtle ombré highlights add definition and frame your beautiful face:
Photo by: Kayla Adams & Co.
Unstructured, beachy waves make a lace dress feel fun and flirty (with or without the crown):
if you've been blessed with natural-born ringlets, by all means, play them up!
A rosette adds a sweet touch to a half-up, half-down hairstyle:
You can't go wrong with sideswept waves:
Photo by: Silvana Di Franco Photography
Pump up the volume at the roots:
If you're inspired by vintage wedding details, borrow your hairstyle from a different decade, too, with curls and twists that would make any pin-up starlet jealous.
Side-parted hair in the front, curls in the back...
...Or feature curls on the sides:
This bride's curls are wrapped around a hairclip for extra prominence:
We love how this retro-styled bun is accented by a dramatic veil that was placed on the side, instead of directly in back:
Love wearing your hair up but a traditional chignon is just too formal for you? Dress up a basic ponytail with intricate curls and twists.
Forget spin class or a meeting at the office — there's no doubt that these ponytails are for the most glamorous day of your life:
Tuck hair over one shoulder for a romantic effect:
Is it a bun? Is it a ponytail? We're not entirely sure but what we do know is that we can't wait to copy the styles pictured below immediately:
Photo by: Anna Campbell
Photo by: Life's Highlights
So long, extensions — thanks to newly-shorn stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Pamela Aniston, minimalist pixies never looked so good.
We're psyched to see more brides embracing them on their wedding day as well!
Birdcage veils were practically made for shorter hair; add wispy bangs for flair:
Tell us: Which hairstyle is your favorite?