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Best Wedding Hairstyles for Women

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Looking for the ideal wedding hairstyle often involves a lot of searching through pictures and agonizing over what best fits your face, dress, and theme. Like any other nerve-wracking decision, it helps to narrow down your choices where you can.

With hairstyles, typically, you narrow down based on hair type and length. Wedding styles are a bit different however, since you have time to grow out or cut your hair, as well as add in extensions.

As such, it helps to sort your options according to the specific style that you want. Here are some of our favorite looks, organized according to style, as well as hair length and cut.

Half-up Half-Down Wedding Hairstyles

Half-up half-down styles are perfect for formal events, because you get the best of both worlds. You can still have long romantic curls, but you also get to have your hair out of your face, and most of the weight swept up. It’s less burdensome than simply wearing your hair down, while still having a similar look. They’re one of the ideal wedding hairstyles for long hair, since they allow you to show off your hair without too much hassle.

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Casual, romantic style
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Elegant yet simple
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Braided style
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Cascade style

With these styles, the key is how you want to arrange the portion of your hair that is half-up. Style your hair first, be it curly, straight, or wavy. From there, sort out how much you want in each portion. You can keep the bottom pretty full, like in the first picture, or have most of the hair swept up, like in the last picture. That bride actually has the bottom portion in a messy, fluffed up braid style, which is yet another way to keep your hair under control, while still having it look like it’s down.

After that, it’s all about being creative with how you pin your remaining hair back. You can go with more of a braided look, like in the third picture, or you can utilize twists like in the second and fourth pictures. Arrange the remaining hair and pin it in place with accessories and pins.

Wedding Bun Ideas

Buns are a classic, elegant look. They’re prefect for the bride that wants to keep things simple, while still being sophisticated. Of course, the best part of a good bun is that it keeps your hair out of your face for the entire evening. You don’t have to worry about arranging your hair every so often to keep it looking nice; with some hair spray and some pins, your hair will be locked in place no matter how long your wedding and reception last.

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Top-knot style bun

 

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Elegant, low-bun

 

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Romantic bun

 

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Braided bun: perfect for thick hair.

 

If you do choose to use a bun, you can keep it from looking too casual by keeping it clean, and dressing it up with accessories. A bun is the perfect way to show off a tiara, headband, or circlet. You can also wrap the accessories around the bun, like in the first and second pictures.

For a more romantic look, don’t be afraid to let out some wispy, yet carefully styled pieces here and there. The second and third pictures are perfect examples for how to thoughtfully let some of your hair out.

Bridal Updo Inspiration

Similar to buns, traditional updos are a great way to secure your hair in place so that you don’t have to worry about it all evening. However, other updos typically allow for more complicated look, as well as more possibilities for accessories. Updos can range from the simple to the sophisticated; what you go with is really up to your style. They’re one of the best wedding styles for medium hair or thin hair, since they can make it look like you have a lot more hair than you do in reality.

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Curly Updo
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Classic updo
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Twist updo
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Headband braid

Classic, curly updos like in the first and second pictures, are always a safe bet. They fit in with most wedding designs, and are probably going to look good no matter what. If you want to shake things up a bit, you can throw in a twist or a braid like in the third and fourth pictures. The headband braid in particular is a good option if you want something that’s a little more casual, but still trendy.

I also love the trend of putting fresh flowers in your hair. They’re a great feminine, earthy touch, that would compliment any outdoor or barn wedding. Just keep in mind that fresh flowers are quick to wilt, so you’ll want to add them in right at the last minute. You can also go with silk flowers, although they won’t have quite the same effect.

Ponytails for Weddings

For another updo option, don’t be afraid to go with a classic ponytail. You can absolutely dress one up to fit a formal occasion. You can also add in accessories to make it that much more classy.

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Sophisticated, curly ponytail
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Fashionable high ponytail
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Messy, styled ponytail

For a more ornate look, you can curl your hair and pin it up, in an almost half-down, half-up hairdo, like in the first picture. This makes it look a little more styled. You can also go with something more casual or fashionable, like the bottom two pictures. These two blend a ponytail and a traditional updo.

Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair

Options for short hair can seem limited, but they don’t have to be. There’s actually a wide range of ways you can wear short or medium length hair, especially if you want to wear it down. Some simple changes in styling can take you from sophisticated to romantic, or from traditional to modern. And if you do feel that you look a little plain, don’t be afraid to go heavy on the accessories.

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Short, bohemian waves
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50’s style updo and veil
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Medium length curls
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Parted asymmetrical bob
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Classic ringlets

One simple thing you can do to dress up short hair is be smart about the way you part it. The asymmetrical bob in the fourth picture is a perfect example of this. Although the style itself is still fairly plain, it’s elevated by the way it’s been parted and pinned back.

I also like focusing on a particular curl or wave style, like in the first, third, and fifth pictures. Each of these has some basic styling, but paired with wedding accessories, they look perfect.

Wedding Hairstyles with Bangs

Bangs are a great feminine touch to any wedding style.  If you need help styling your bangs, you can check out our list of good tutorials.

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Romantic bangs
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Pixie cut bangs

 

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Wispy bangs
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Side swept bangs

The two main options with bangs are either to wear them out or to sweep them to the side, like in the fourth picture. If you have a pixie cut, you can also pull off the look of thicker bangs in the second picture. Just part your hair behind a headband or tiara.

Choosing your Wedding Hairstyle

When it comes to formal events, an important factor that often gets overlooked is the functionality of a style. Since you’ll be in that hair for a while, you want something comfortable that can also withstand whatever crazy dancing and cavorting you may get up to. You also have to consider if the style is something that will work outdoors, where you might be battling humidity and wind.

No one can really tell you what you’ll be most comfortable in, so your best bet is to experiment. You know what you like, as well as what your hair will tolerate. Work with that, and find what styles best fit you.

And throughout the process, always remember that it’s your day! Choose something that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Rather than focusing on what might look the best, go with what feels the best. That’s what you’ll be happiest with, walking down the aisle.

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