17 Wedding Hairstyles for Curly Hair

Whether you’ve got naturally curly hair – or you dream of waves for your wedding day – these 17 breathtaking hairstyles will inspire you


Adding volume, glamour, texture and femininity, curly wedding hairstyles are not going anywhere in the trend stakes. Some brides may have curly hair to start with, and they want their hair to look slick, frizz-free and shiny on the big day; others may have poker straight hair but they want the added girlish twist and bounce that wavy hair provides.


Either way, curly wedding hairstyles are best created and maintained by a professional, but – if you are having a go at curling your own hair – make sure you choose products that are designed specifically to create or care for curls.

Once you have them, curls are incredibly versatile: we’ve picked 17 gorgeous curly bridal hairstyles to inspire you.

Versatile Curls

If you’re wearing curls on your big day, be ambitious: a multi-style can include curls, plaits, a half-up, half-down structure and a fringe.


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Fairytale Curls

Be inspired by Cinderella and Snow White tumbling curls suit a fairytale princess bride perfectly. This hairstyle is also perfect if you like to wear your hair down but want to add something extra to your look.


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Natural Look Curls

If your hair is naturally curly complement the look with natural hair and make-up to let your natural beauty shine, this look is perfectly completed with some added sparkle!


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Side Curls

These layered and carefully structured curls create a dramatic and unusual effect, proving that curls can look beautiful pinned to the side and tumbling down one shoulder.


Dreamy Curls

Shiny, well defined curls look dreamy on mid to long hair – add a statement hairpiece for even more magic.


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Flower Power

Combine gentle curls with a wildflower garland, perfect for teaming with a boho style wedding dress for a laid back bridal look.


Curls in Colour

If your natural curls are pretty distinctive, enhance the look even further by visiting a colourist before the wedding and rocking a head-turning shade.


Pin Curl

A statement pin curl at the front of your hair adds a vintage touch and complements a half-up-half-down wedding hairstyle.


Plait Curl

You can use clever plaiting to tame unruly curls and have a hairstyle that will look great all day long, we love this curly style that tumbles down one shoulder.


High Curls

Add curls to another statement style, such as a beehive or a swept-high fringe, and you create instant impact and a modern finish.


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Contained Curls

Curls rolled into an up-do look glamorous – and they also stay in place all day. Great for brides who are also perfectionists and want a neat wedding hairstyle.


Zigzag Curls

Conjuring up the glamour of the 30s and 40s, zigzag curls give brides the Hollywood effect and would go perfectly with a balldown wedding dress.


1920s Curls

If you have a short bob, waves or curls add a gorgeous, roaring 1920s effect and team with a flapper style 1920’s wedding dress.


Backcombed Curls

Use natural or styled curls – with some serious backcombing – to create volume and a dramatic wedding hairstyle.


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Curls Up

Curls piled into an up-do look particularly lovely with a veil and tiara, this hairstyle can work beautifully when teamed with a fairytale wedding dress.


Voluptuous Volume

Use natural waves and body (with lots of hairspray!) to create a huge hairstyle, a la Cheryl Versini Fernandez.


Corkscrew Curls

Long hair; thick hair; hair with an intense colour. If you want to make the most of gorgeous tresses, ask your hairstylist to try corkscrew curls.


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Once you have chosen your perfect wedding hairstyle then it’s like to start thinking about how to complete your bridal look – browse DIY Wedding Makeup or the Ultimate Guide to Contouring to get you started.