There are so many options when it comes to how you are going to style your hair for your wedding. You might be keeping things natural and leaving it down, or maybe, you’re going for a classic bun. One option you could consider is the beautiful braided updo.
The braided updo is a brilliant way to combine a traditional wedding style (the bun), with a modern, playful look (plaits). It has quickly become one of the most beloved hairstyle choices for brides, as well as those in the bridal party, or even just anyone attending a wedding as a guest.
The great thing about this look is that it caters to all hair types, lengths, colours, and tastes, and there are an endless amount of ways to style it. Take, for example, braided updos with accessories, from floral crowns to pearl barrette clips. Then there’s parting plaits, glossy fishtails, and sophisticated French braid styles.
Whatever you’re after, we’ve selected 31 of the coolest looks on Instagram, many of which are taken from some of the top celebrity hairstylists around who really know their stuff. Keep reading to browse the looks; we guarantee you’ll find something you love!
1. The Red Carpet ‘Do
Florence Pugh has been the ultimate hair-spo this past awards season, and her hairstylist Peter Lux does some amazing braided updos, including this complex style.
2. A Sporty Style
Braids are great for wearing for any occasion, including even the most casual of affairs. Braids look beautiful with natural hair and this style would look just as cool in the gym as it would on a night out.
3. The Bejewelled Look
This glitzy look is perfect for the glam bride who loves to accessorise. It’s also a lovely bridesmaids style and would suit any hair type. Have a look at our wedding hair accessories guide to find hair vines like this.
4. Get Twisted
Braids don’t necessarily have to be super intricate styles; if you’re not particularly nifty at hair, opt for a cute twist like this one.
5. The One with the Scarf
A hair scarf can amp up any look, and if you twist one into your braided updo, you’ll see exactly what we mean. This is a fabulous look for a relaxed city wedding, an informal boho affair or even on your honeymoon.
6. A Low-Key Bun
Tie your hair up into a ponytail, plait the ponytail, then wrap it round into a bun. Simple, yet very chic and effective. This would look so good with a veil placed just underneath the bun.
7. A Feathered Vibe
Dakota Johnson has debuted some pretty iconic updos on the red carpet, but this soft, feathered version would be a bridal dream!
8. Get Intricate
Yep, this one is certainly fiddly, but if you have an ultra-talented hairstylist to hand on your big day, you can totally make it happen.
9. Fishtail It Up
We are completely head over heels for this stunning, bold fishtail look, which is completely unique. It was created by hairstylist Mara Roszak for actress Olivia Wilde and is an amazing way to crown your face. It would look gorgeous as part of a boho-styled wedding look.
10. Straight Down the Middle
This gorgeous look is another one of Mara Roszak’s creations, this time for Cara Delevingne. We think this would make a standout bridesmaid/maid of honour look. You could weave flowers through it if you want a slightly less edgy version.
11. Parting Plaits
A braided updo doesn’t necessarily have to be big and bold. This lovely style, which sees a teensy braid woven into the parting, can be combined with any updo style.
12. Glossy Fishtail
Fishtails along the front of the hair are beautiful, but at the back they’re a little more subtle. Try one like this, with plenty of extra shine mist.
13. Doubled Up
Can’t decide between a French braid and a fishtail style? Never fear, you don’t have to pick just one when it comes to this style.
14. The Low Plaited Bun
Thick hair would look particularly gorgeous in this style (right). Pull out a few bits of hair at the front to make it softer.
15. The Short Hair Alternative
If you have short hair, an updo may not be an option. Instead, try out a style like this one, which proves you can still incorporate a plait into your bridal look.
16. Stay Knotted
Combine some cute mini buns with several braids to create this lovely look, which would suit all hair colours and types.
There are plenty of ways to accessorise a plaited updo, but a floral design works especially well for weddings.
18. Tight Knit
Soft, delicate styles are lovely, but if a tighter, stronger look is more your vibe, give this one a go.
19. Down the Middle
Add a little edge to a classic low bridal bun with a plait down the middle at the back.
20. Subtle Chic
These cute multiple braids look great, and would be lovely for wedding guests, as well the bridal party.
21. Pearly Girl
Pearls are classic choices for weddings, be it in jewellery or hair accessories. Add in barrette clips and mini pins to ramp up your updo.
22. Be a Star
If there’s any day to embrace the ‘more is more’ aesthetic, it’s your wedding day. Wear your starry look with pride.
23. On Top
Wear a halo braid at the top of your head for the perfect standout, bold look. It is your wedding day, after all.
24. Flower Crown
Flower crowns are lovely additions to any bridal hairstyle, including the humble braid. You can place a flower crown on top of your wreath of braids or weave flowers into your crown of hair.
25. Double Buns
Cute little double buns may not be a traditional style, but when you see them done like this, you realise just how sophisticated they are. This braided updo look is cool and edgy – it’s ideal for the modern bride.
26. From the Front
Double up your French braids from the front, so they meet at the back to make a gorgeous twisted bun.
27. Keep It Golden
How stunning is this golden girl look? Invest in a standout hair accessory, such as this one, to give your braided updo the attention it deserves.
28. Bring in the Baubles
Got a Christmas wedding? This bauble design is perfect for festive weddings, and you can wear this sleek braided bun any time of the year, too.
29. Mini Buns
Want a braided updo with a difference? This fun and youthful look is one to try on natural hair!
30. Pile It High
Sometimes, the higher, the better. If you have lots of braids, this is a practical and chic look you can wear for any occasion.
31. Go Teeny Tiny
Another super cute design which incorporates plaits in the most subtle of ways, this updo is dainty, adorable, and feminine. There’s loads of volume at the top too!
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