4 Celebrity-Inspired Hairstyles for the Modern Bride


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One of the biggest decisions regarding a bride’s look on her big day is her hairstyle. Up, down, half-up, wavy, straight, loose…the options are endless. Sorting through Pinterest is a clear first step in determining your ideal look, but sometimes you need a little help from the stars. With events on the daily, celebrities are a perfect source of inspiration for any bride. To help with the inspiration process, I’ve compiled 4 celebrity-inspired hairstyles that you may not have thought of yet for your big day, straight from some of Hollywood’s best.

Non-Traditional Hair Down


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Sometimes the best and most obvious option is right in front of you. Can’t decide on an up-do? No problem. Just wear it down!

Blake Lively turned heads at Cannes Film Festival as she showed that lightly tousled can be as wow-worthy as any done-up option. There are plenty of brides who favor down over up, and this look is ideal for those looking for an elegant-yet-relaxed vibe on the big day. It’s also a great option for any bride doing their own hairdo since it requires minimal fuss and maintenance.

Style suggestion: The dress to pair it with? Opt for a dress with a simple neckline, such as a sweetheart top, to play up the soft femininity of this style.

Do it yourself! To pull it off, check out this tutorial for a run down of how to get loosely-done waves for this look.

Braided with a Twist

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Braids are back in a very big way. Just ask Emma Stone, who wore one to the 2014 MET gala. Unlike the standard down-the-middle option, Emma opted for a soft side braid with loose pieces framing her face. The result? Perfection.

Style suggestion: This look on a bride would be unique and playful. It’s ideal for a relaxed wedding such as one outdoors or in a non-traditional setting. Dare I say it would look fabulous paired with a crown of flowers? Regardless of how you choose to accessorize the look, the ideal dress for this ‘do is one with Grecian-style draping.

Do it yourself! Looking to attempt this style? This how-to makes it look easy.

Vintage Bob

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I know what you’re thinking. “Vintage” is another word for “old”, so why pull it into a post about modern bridal styles? The answer: In fashion, it’s frequent that what’s old is new again. The iconic 1920’s bob is a prime example of a look that will always be a “new age” classic. (In it’s time it was progressive, after all!)

Style suggestion: This hairstyle is perfect for a bride looking to make a statement while also keeping her look elegant and simple. Since it shows off and accentuates the neckline, it’s best worn with a strapless dress to accentuate the femininity.

Do it yourself! This article & video shows us how the “Flapper Girl” is done right!

Romantic Updo


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The updo will always be a classic, but Kelly Clarkson showed us that adding accessories and personalization brings it to a whole new level.

Style suggestion: With a slightly undone feel, this look is ideal for the bride who is looking to play up the romance in her day. Have a dress with lace or intricate beads? This just may be your look.

Do it yourself! While an updo can seem intimidating to attempt on your own, there are plenty of great resources out there! This video shows us how to achieve the “low messy bun with a twist” look perfectly. Just add in a pretty headband and you’ll be good to walk down the aisle.

Have you seen any recent celebrity hairstyles lately that would make for an ideal bridal look? Share them in the comment section below!

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