Some might argue that finding your dream wedding dress, hunting down the perfect pair of the shoes or uncovering an enchanting table setting is hard. However, when it comes to styling your hair for your wedding day your options are seemingly endless. With an abundance of inspiration floating around our Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds, deciding on a bridal hairstyle that exudes elegance and glamour is more often than not impossible to pinpoint – even for the most meticulous brides.
While we've become firm devotees of the less-is-more approach to our beauty regimens for quite some time now, there’s a been a strong shift towards minimalist wedding hairstyles over the last year (Meghan Markle, here’s looking at you). Gone are the days where your hairstyle was confined to subdued curls and overplayed updos, with many modern brides and bridesmaids now opting for an understated aesthetic that allows their natural beauty to take centre stage. So whether your style is romantic, polished, minimalist or retro, be inspired by the most-aisle worthy bridal hairstyles that any bride can pull off.
1. THE MESSY BUN
Ah, the messy bun. Adorned and revamped by the one and only Duchess of Sussex, it’s no surprise that this hairstyle has spiked in popularity since the royal wedding back in May 2018. The effortless yet refined ‘do oozes sophistication and is surprisingly simple to execute. The loose face-framing tendrils add a sultry yet soft-looking feel to an otherwise simple hairstyle and strikes the perfect balance between formal and “just throw it in a bun”.
2. THE LOOSE FRENCH BRAID
Braids are taking over the bridal scene in a huge way. Achievable on just about any hair length, the loose braid is romantic, timeless and doesn’t have to look perfect or symmetrical for an elevated style.
3. THE TOP KNOT BUN
Whether your hair is curly, straight, thick, thin or anything in between, pulling your hair into a top knot is an understated option that is elegant, feminine and fuss-free. If sleek and sculpted isn't really your thing, stick with a tousled and textured to achieve the perfectly messy look.
4. THE HALF UPDO
If you can’t decide between that of a fancy updo or a romantic down ‘do, then the half up half down may just be the hairstyle for you. To avoid falling into the trap of the hairstyle from looking simple and plain, backcomb the crown of the hair for an effortlessly voluminous look and style with loose waves.
5. THE CLASSIC LOW SLEEK KNOTTED BUN
While a low, knotted bun adds a super sleek and chic finish to any look, added hair accessories or a unique hair piece can give a touch of formality.
6. THE LOW PONY
Throwing your hair back in a quick and easy ponytail might require minimal effort but it doesn’t mean that they have to be boring and basic. In fact, the humble pony is becoming a popular go-to for brides everywhere. Not only is this style polished and understated at the same time, but it also keeps your hair neatly out of your face. Opt for a centre or side part to change up your look and pair with loose tendrils at the front to frame the face.
7. THE SOFT AND ROMANTIC DOWN 'DO
Most brides tend to opt for an elaborate, fancy updo for their big day, however, there’s no rule that says you can’t wear your hair down. If you’re going to go down this route, ensure that your hair touches below the top of your dress to avoid it overtaking your face and looking boxy. Short hair? Need not worry, extensions are always an easy fix or could you always grow your hair out for the occasion.
8. THE DOUBLE BRAIDED HALF UPDO
Indecisive brides, this one is for you. A braided half updo gives you the best of both worlds. Not only do you get the boho look of tousled waves but the assurance that it will stay put all day.
9. THE HIGH PONY
Ariana Grande may or may not have something to do this, but the high pony is making a comeback as a prominent wedding hairstyle in a major way. This hairstyle is flattering on all brides and better yet, keeps the focus on your dress.
10. FRENCH TWIST UPDO
This ethereal hairstyle works on every hair length, and is an excellent way for those with shorter strands to still get in on the updo action.