Wedding hairstyles

Your wedding hairstyle is not something you want to skimp on.  After all, you’re going to have wedding photos for the rest of your life, likely on display, and it’s your hair that will stand out as much as your dress.  Wedding hairstyles are worth looking into well in advance of your wedding day.

It’s never too soon to plan your hairstyle for the big day. Start getting ideas that work with your hair type, face shape and color.  Discuss best options with a professional.  In the meantime, check out our stunning gallery of wedding hairstyles below (updated frequently).

Wedding Hair Photo Gallery

Here’s our bridal hairstyles pictures.

A brunette beauty with extra bouncy curls and a brushed-up style achieved by teasing the front-section of the hair and combing it back. The finish is voluminous and elegant.

Straight, blonde hair of mediuum length styled into a slightly messy half-up updo with a rope braid. This hairstyle is perfectly created for wedding ceremonies.

Thick and straight blonde hair styled into a princess-like manner. An oversized plait updo perfect for prom nights or wedding ceremonies.

The gorgeous blonde's hair is long an straight, it is arranged into this sleek and lustrous twisted side bun oozing with sophistication and extravagance.

A sleek and formal updo for women with straight, blonde hair of medium to long length. The style alone is oozing with elegance but once paired with a silver headband, the finish is upgraded to another level.

A bridal updo for women with thick and wavy blonde hair. This is a side bun with soft tendrils that looks really elegant despite being tousled up a bit.

The bride is will walk down the aisle with this picturesque braided updo full of texture and fine details.

A sleek bridal updo enhanced with floral embellishments for that dreamy, garden wedding.

A braided upstyle for women with long anf thick hair. This one, with its nice texture, volume and creative finish, seems like it made for a Greek Goddess.

One of the looks from my NYC class. #hairandmakeupbysteph

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This long, light brown hair in a side bun is oozing with sophiastication despite having a messy finish. This one's recommended for formal events such as wedding ceremonies and proms.

A blonde with long, wavy hair wearing a side-swept updo for a wedding ceremony. The color and texture combination in this style is truly amazing.

Quick and easy loose side bun, secured with a three-strand braid. This style looks so simple yet gorgeous.

While the above photo gallery showcases plenty of examples (we add more every week), below we set out a list of the popular wedding hairstyles along with photo examples.

12 Most Popular Wedding Hairstyles

Here’s a list of the most popular options.

How did we put together the list?  In other words, how do we know what’s popular?  As a website publisher, we pay for extensive research tools to find out what people share the most on social media and what search words get searched the most.  It’s from these tools that we put together this list… it’s just pure data which is really interesting.

The following is in order of popularity; the first listed is the most widely searched.

1. Half-Up, Half-Down

Half up, half down wedding hairstyle.

This is a classic elegant wedding hairstyle for women.  It requires longer hair, but it showcases length while adding the elegance that updos offer.

2. Short Wedding Hairstyle

Short bob haircut wedding hairstyle.

One advantage of a longer engagement is you have time to grow your hair out.  However, it’s not always feasible, nor desirable to do so.  If you have short hair, there are plenty of styles you can go with.  Here’s an example of a bob cut.

3. Flowers

Wedding hairstyle with flowers.

The great thing about styling your hair with flowers is it can be done with any length.  It’s a perfect hair accessory for events and looks amazing.  Obviously putting flowers in your hair is totally impractical for everyday wear, it’s a nice touch for special events.  The above is an example of

4. Bridal Updo (Upstyle)

Updo wedding hairstyle

If you like going fully elegant, the upstyle is a great option.  It’s a classic look; one I love.  There are many styling options, but it’s definitely a style to consider.

Here’s a great bridal updo video tutorial:

5. Down Style

Down wedding hairstyle with blonde, wavy hair.

A simpler style is letting it all hang down.  Yes, it needs styling, but it’s not quite as delicate as a half-up half-down or full up style.  The photo example above is a gorgeous example of a down wedding hairstyle.

6. With a Veil

Wedding upstyle with veil - woman with red hair.

Go fully traditional with a veil incorporated into your hairstyle.  It’s a nice way to tie in the hair style with your wedding dress.

7. Bun

Wedding hairstyle with a bun (plus bun tutorial).

The wedding bun comes in many forms, but it’s a simple form of an upstyle.  By simple, I mean it’s a simple look; it’s not necessarily simple to do.  Above is an example of a plain, but elegant bun style along with a step-by-step tutorial.

8. To the Side (Sweep)

Wedding hairstyle to the side.

Most of the styles so far deal with the back.  This one addresses a style pertaining to the front and that is a side part or side sweep.  The popular search term is “wedding hairstyles to the side”, which could include a variety of side-styles.  The example above is more of side sweep, but you can do a more prominent side part (see below).

9. Side Part

Side-part wedding hairstyle photo example.

Here’s a more prominent “to the side” style.  The part is prominent and the hair is styled high and to the side.

10. Braids

Wedding hairstyle with braids.

Before doing our research and collecting data on the most popular wedding hairstyles, I thought braids would be close to the top, but it’s not.  That said, many people who search for half-up, half-down and updos imply some braiding in those styles.  Nevertheless, braided styles are not directly searched for all that much.

11. Wavy

Photo example of wavy wedding hairstyle.

The wavy style falls under the “down-style” but down-style doesn’t always mean it’s wavy.  Undoubtedly it’s a nice natural look that many women opt for.

12. Curls

Curly updo wedding hairstyle.

Curls can be incorporated in up-styles, half-up, half-down or down-styles.  The above is an example of amazing curls for an up-style.

That’s it.  Those are the most popular styles. It pretty much covers most of the options.  However, within many of the above-listed options there are many sub-styles.  For example, there are many different types of braids.