There’s a reason updos are so popular with today’s brides – not only this style perfect for showing off your wedding dress, it’s also incredibly versatile too and suits pretty much everyone. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up 17 of our favourite wedding updos. From simple wedding hairstyles to classic chignons, you’ll fall in love with each and every one of these beautiful hairstyles.
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“Having your hair in an updo is perfect for a wedding as it transforms your hair from an everyday style into something incredibly beautiful,” says hair and makeup artist Jessica Short.
We love this beautiful floral wedding hairstyle that Jessica created using sprigs of gypsophila and artfully placed plaits. Braided wedding hairstyles work so well as updos as they give a dreamy, ethereal vibe.
If you want to add a bit of sparkle to your bridal look, try this gorgeous updo by Brides and Beauty which has been given even more wow factor with a wedding hair accessory. “A hair accessory is the perfect finishing touch to any updo,” continues Jessica.
Another great thing about wedding updos is that they’re more likely to stay put throughout the day than other hairstyles. “An updo will stay in from the morning through to the evening and still look amazing,” says Jessica. “They’re also ideal if you want to keep your hair off your shoulders for a summer wedding or show off the back of a beautiful wedding dress.”
A gorgeously intricate updo like the one below is perfect for showing off a backless wedding dress or one with an interesting neckline. Photographed by Philip Dignum Photography, it would create a real statement without detracting from any other part of your look.
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“Consider incorporating flowers into your updo,” suggests Jessica. “These can either be placed all over the style, to one side of the hair, or intertwined into a braid.” Jessica has created an amazing bridal look here with a stunning wedding flower crown adorning a glossy, swept back updo with a low bun.
Or how about this simple yet stylish bun created by Naomi Benjamin Bridal Hair and Makeup? A style like this is very flattering for brides with a round face shape, as Jessica explains: “For a round face shape, it is important to bring the hair up from the ear to enhance the jaw line – remember to add a bit of extra height to the hairstyle too.”
Hair vines are having a moment right now – pair one with a pretty updo and you’ve got a match made in heaven. “Look for hair vines that go all the way around the head and are visible from the front,” suggests Jessica.
We adore the Rachel Simpson daisy hair vine which has been paired here with a loose, wavy updo. If your hair has a natural wave or curl to it, embrace it and opt for a pinned-up curly wedding hairstyle with lots of texture like this one.
If you’re looking for the perfect updo to complement a boho wedding dress, then look no further than this accessorised bun by Wedding Makeup and Hair Styling. Strands have been left loose at the front for a natural, face framing finish.
Jessica recommends a style like this for brides with a face shape that’s long or square: “For long or square face shapes, it’s flattering to have wisps of hair and fringe left loose around the face – this will help soften strong features. However, be careful that the loose strands aren’t too long as this could actually give the face a pulled-down effect.”
We’re obsessed with this voluminous beehive by Kate Edwards Hair and Beauty which makes such a glamorous statement. Make sure your hair is super glossy and that it’s set with plenty of hairspray – you definitely don’t want any flyaways with this look. This type of style is the perfect excuse to wear a tiara too.
If you want an updo that’s simple yet different to your everyday look, then try a relaxed bun like this style by Bride and Roses. This updo works best with mid to length hair as you have more options for styling the bun.
If you don’t like the idea of having your hair completely scraped back but love the elegance of wedding updos, then a side parting would be a great way to soften your style. We love the look of this low updo which has been given a luxe transformation with a Rachel Simpson hairslide.
If you’re wearing an elegant wedding dress, this sophisticated style by hair and makeup artist Cat Parnell would be such a chic way to finish the look. The hair is piled high on the head with plenty of texture to soften the look.
We’re in love with this beautiful vintage wedding hairstyle by Wedding Makeup and Hair Styling – what’s not to love about it? The high bun and loose fringe gives the style a modern feel, whilst the feathered headpiece gives the look its retro twist. Top marks as well to this bride for co-ordinating her hair accessory with her bridal cover up.
A milkmaid plait is the perfect updo for a spring or summer wedding and it’s actually not as complex as it looks either. If you want to style the look yourself, take a look at our braided hairstyles feature which includes an easy step by step tutorial.
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If you have a short fringe and feel like you have to grow it out for your wedding day, we say keep it! This gorgeously glossy updo by hair and makeup artist Rachel Marie is the ultimate look for the bride who wants to feel like a princess. The fringe is super flattering and the exquisite tiara lends itself well to a Disney inspired wedding dress.
For a stylish hair idea, take note from this retro wedding hairstyle. Simply pull hair into a low bun then finish off with a wide headband, allowing your fringe to softly frame your face. To make this look work as a short wedding hairstyle, simply pin the lengths back or roll the back of your hair under and pin in place.
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We can’t stop staring at this fabulous 50s style beehive by hair and makeup artist Julia Jeckell. To achieve this retro wedding hair your tresses will need some serious backcombing action and a lot of hairspray, but the end result will be well worth it. 1950s inspired wedding makeup is a must with this retro pin-up style - think bold red lipstick with a sultry cat eye.
This stunning hairstyle by The Bridal Stylists would look beautiful at any celebration, no matter what the time of year. We love how the hair has been creatively curled and styled into a crown shape that’s been pinned in place all around the head. This is a great style for thick or long hair.
If you’re inspired by these updos and want to give your best girls a similar style to yours, take a look at these beautiful bridesmaid updo ideas.