Inspirational Retro Wedding Hairstyles

Whether you want to channel some fab fifties style or a bit of Gatsby glam, be inspired by 15 of our favourite retro wedding hairstyles

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Whether your dream wedding hairstyle is something that is full on retro or you just want to make a nod to the past with your ‘do, there is a retro wedding hairstyle that will be perfect for you. To help inspire your bridal look, we take a closer look at 15 of our favourite retro wedding hairstyles.

Embrace Old School Glamour

With a seriously high “pouf” at the front, this dramatic hairstyle is truly inspired by history, with more than a touch of Marie Antoinette’s unique sense of 18th-century glamour. A hairstyle like this calls for serious contrast: look for a structured, modern dress that gives the look a totally unique spin.

Retro Wedding Hairstyle

Hair styled by Lisa Alger of Essex Wedding Beauty.

Go Totally Retro

This high-impact style is an absolute classic. There are 60s, 80s and even 90s influences at work here, creating a timeless hairstyle that will look elegant and stylish in your wedding photos forever: the addition of a statement side comb is a must!

Retro Wedding Hairstyle

Hair styled by Kaz Fernando of Kaz Fernando Makeup

Try a Low Chignon

A low chignon is very retro, first gaining popularity in the Victorian era. It adds glamour to a bridal look, but also a sense of elegance and eternal style. Show it off with a low-backed or cut-out dress.

Retro Wedding Hairstyle

Hair styled by The Bridal Stylists.

Keep It Short and Sweet

A stylish up-do can create a particularly elegant effect, making your hair appear much shorter and showing off your shoulders, décolleté and, of course, your dress. With a gorgeous feather accessory, and sculpted waves at the front, this beautiful style will never go out of fashion.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by The Bridal Stylists.

Go for Some 1920’s Gatsby Glam

This amazing look by Julia Jeckell is perfectly retro. The hair is styled with heavy use of accessories, adding to the drama. The sleek and classic 1920s wave fringe is kept in place by a lace band and statement floral clip. With bold make-up and a stunning, embellished cape, this look is utterly head-turning.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Julia Jeckell.

Try Out Casual Vintage

If you’re looking for a softer, more natural 1920s or 1930s inspired wedding hairstyle, keep it simple with a short bob and large loose curls to frame your face. A side parting, held with a floral or diamante clip, keeps the style perfectly-placed – and a sweetheart neckline is an excellent choice to complement the easy elegance of the hair.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Gemma Howard of Make-up and Hair by Gemma.

Channel Some Forties Glamour

The 1940s is a sophisticated source of inspiration for a vintage bride. The so-called “victory roll” looks dramatic and makes a statement, but it’s also a chic style that isn’t too shocking or fashion-forward. This hair calls for a subtle and modest dress in crispy white or ivory satin.

Retro Wedding Hair

Photography by Luke Bell Photography.

Vamp It Up

A 40s-influenced look can be subtle and sultry – or it can be totally glamorous. The statement victory roll at the front of this bride’s raven hair looks amazing with loose curls to the side and full-impact make-up. The layered pearls and vintage lace dress finish the look to perfection.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Lucy Hanagan.

Add Some Old Hollywood Glam

Rolling the hair in bold and fabulous ways was a style statement loved by the likes of Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland and Rita Hayworth in the 40s and 50s. Give your wedding day some Hollywood sparkle with sweeping rolls and tumbling curls – just like this gorgeous style, photographed by Charles Davis at Professional Photography.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Chloë Louise Coleman of Make-up Your Mind.

Have a Fabulous Fifties Hairstyle

The birdcage veil was a style staple of the 1950s fashionista, and it adds glamour and a sense of occasion to contemporary wedding hair. With dramatic eyes, a bright red pout and a 1950s-style dress, this is an absolutely classic vintage bridal look.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Julia Jeckell.

Go For Soft Waves

If you’re looking for a wedding hairstyle with just a hint of vintage glamour, soft waves create a lovely turn-of-the-century effect. Up the retro impact with a feather accessory in your hair, statement vintage brooch and a faux fur stole looks great at an autumn/winter wedding.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Amanda Roberts of Hair and Makeup4u.

Be a Mod Bride

The 1960s was an era of decadence and fun fashion. A simple, beautifully backcombed beehive, with an embellished hair band and loose tendrils to soften the look, is amazing paired with a mini-length wedding dress and Mary Jane style shoes.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Kaz Fernando of Kaz Fernando Makeup

Have a Boho Beehive

To blend classic 60s styling with a late 60s/early 70s boho feel, avoid a polished look. Keep your beehive loose with lots of free hair around the face. Add a long veil and a frock with a distinct boho influence for “Woodstock” bridal style.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Carleen Gordon.

Add Some Seventies Accessories

The quintessential 70s look requires plenty of accessorising. Styled with a bando (a headband that sits across the forehead), statement flowers and a classic veil, this Abba-esque look has an unmistakable 1970s wedding vibe.

Retro Wedding Hair

Photography by Luke Bell Photography.

Be a Bohemian Beauty

Taking inspiration from the 60s and 70s, this simple style is hugely popular with contemporary brides. The use of plaits, flowers and ringlets adds lashings of femininity to your bridal styling.

Retro Wedding Hair

Hair styled by Nicki Humbles Bridal Beauty.

To recreate a true retro hairstyle, it’s likely you will need a professional touch so don’t miss our directory of the best wedding hair stylists.


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