All You Need to Know About Wedding Hairstyles

wedding hairstyles

Alyssa Marie Photography

It’s HARD not to get excited about what you want to look like on the wedding day! After all, your wedding is pretty much one of the very few occasions that you get to go all out and dress yourself up without people giving you weird looks — otherwise, I’m pretty sure I’d wear flowers in my hair everyday. Speaking of hair…

I feel that hair is severely underrated when determining your overall bridal look. After all, most brides tend to focus on the dress as everything they want to build their look around. However, how you want to style your hair can play a huge part in your overall look as well. Whether you want to go all formal and proper with a French twist or go boho with hair that would make Blake Lively glow with envy, it’s important to consider hair into the equation. As a result, I will attempt to explain the pros and cons of different kinds of hairstyles based on the length of hair and how they can add or detract from giving yourself a wholly cohesive look.

I like to place wedding hairstyles in 4 different categories:

Short

For those who like to keep it easy, breezy, beautiful Covergirl, consider exploring hairstyles for short hair! The last time I had hair that could remotely be called short was years ago, but even now I sometimes long for the glam feel of a short, low-maintenance bob.

I think short hair is definitely perfect for brides looking for dresses with interesting back detail, backless dresses with necklaces draping over your back, or dresses with high-collars. You won’t have long hair obscuring the minutiae and details of your gorgeous wedding dress, AND you can really jazz up your hair with accessories or flowers without having your overall look be too cluttered and stuffy. Instead, you’ll come out looking fresh and sweet for your wedding.

If you’re aiming for a more demure and innocent look, short hair looks cute with a pixie cut or curly hair. If you want to go super-glam, you’ll want to go with waves or super-straight hair. Thanks to the 1920s revival, we’re seeing a lot of easy-to-do bobs (and longer-haired brides trying to emulate shorter hair with faux-bobs)! Want edgy? Have your hairstylist to use some mousse to give your hair some really awesome texture.

The cons of having short hair? There’s really only so much you can do with it. The pros of having short hair? The fact that hair is a super flexible medium and you can still definitely be ingenious with short hair! That, and it’s super easy to take care of, duh. That, and it takes minimal effort to make short hair look freaking AWESOME. Do these short-haired brides below really have to prove how gorgeous they are?

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Claire Eliza

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Steve Wooden Photography

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This Love Of Yours Photography

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Tanya Salazar Photography

If you’re looking to DIY your short hair for your wedding, look no further! We have some awesome tutorials lined-up for you, so check them out!

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Up-dos

If there’s any way to class up your bridal look, it’s to go with a fancy up-do! And the best part about up-dos? There are so. Many. Styles. Out there. Seriously, I probably would never be able to count how many types of up-dos you can do because crazy creative hair junkies are making new ones everyday!

As my favorite character, Ron Swanson, from Parks & Recreation once said, “Never half-a** two things. Whole-a** one thing.” And I kind of feel like that’s the case with up-dos. Either you want to get a lot of textures and waves and curls and braids into your hair to create that beautifully and artfully disheveled chignon of your dreams OR you want to make sure your hair is slick and polished to pull it into a clean and utterly perfect bun. If it’s somewhere in-between, it’ll kind of look like you just tried to go one of those directions but didn’t really achieve your objective.

Up-dos are incredibly versatile, and they, along with short hair, are probably the best hairstyles for dresses with interesting back details or if the bride wants to show off their back in general. I also feel like you can do a lot more in terms of creativity with up-dos than short hair, with all those twists and turns and braids and flowers and clips and… things in general. But whatever. It’s practically guaranteed to come out beautiful.

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Erin & Geoffrey Photography

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Lindsay Shaun

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Chelsey Boatwright Photography

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Jenny Sun Photography

Up for a little arm workout? Play around with these tutorials to see if you can nail the bun of your dreams!

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Half-up, Half-down

Ahh, half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles. Perfect for the indecisive individual (so I’ll probably be looking into this in the near future). The half-up, half-down hairstyle is a perfect blend of being au naturale and sophisticated — and it seems that braids reign supreme. After all, you don’t want to just tie your hair out of your face and call it a day, right? Your hair is a canvas, and it is up to you or your hair stylist to make a gorgeous piece of art out of that canvas.

Half-up, half-down hairstyles are great for really bringing attention to your face and the general area. That means if you have statement earrings or necklace or some really AMAZING makeup going on, you might want to consider half-up, half-down hairstyles as an option. It’s typically easier to manage these wedding hairstyles than to just let your long hair come down(which can fly everywhere, including in your face), so look into these options if you don’t want to worry about your hair getting in the way of your movement. Additionally, this seems to be the hairstyle that stylists get the most creative with braids (more surface area to play with, I suppose), so if you want to test out that amazing quasi-fishtail-French-braid on your hair, this would be perfect for you!

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Christine Farah Photography

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Liron Erel

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Kate Grewal

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Alyssa Marie Photograph

Nail your braiding game with these stunning tutorials!

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Straight Down

Like to let your breezy locks loose? Then have no fear, because hairstyles that go straight down your back are in gorgeous abundance. Choosing to leave your hair down simplifies matters a lot for your hairstylist because all you really need to do is decide how curly or straight you want your hair to be. Additionally, you can braid some flowers or ribbons into your hair to keep things colorful or dye your hair ombre for a perfect casual, beachside wedding.

I personally like seeing long hair with simpler headbands or flower crowns to visually balance out the area around your head compared to your overall look. Chain headbands or a simple bejeweled hair clip and straightened hair will give you a classic look whereas flower crowns and loose beachy waves are perfect for boho brides! You probably don’t want long hair if you  want to show off the details on your bust/collar-bone or your back, so keep that in mind when you’re buying your dresses.

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Blue Rose Photography

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Christian Oth Studio

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Loblee Photography

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35mm Fashion Photography

Itching to DIY your perfect wedding hairstyle for long hair? Well, have some awesome tutorials!

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Hopefully that was helpful as a guide not just on how to style your hair but how your hairstyle can really add to your overall look! Got any crazy awesome ideas for your wedding hairstyle? Comment below!