7 Perfect Hairstyles for Your Wedding Day

From romantic to modern and everything in between.

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Nailing down your bridal beauty look is threefold—getting your complexion to maximum glow levels; deciding on an otherworldly nail design; and finally, choosing a hairstyle that complements your dress and makeup perfectly. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the whole wide world of updos and styling options out there, but finding a few inspiration photos is a great place to start. Our favorite place to look for bridal hair ideas is, of course, Bridal Fashion Week, which wrapped just a few weeks ago here in New York. There was no shortage of dreamy curls or sleek chignons at the shows this season, so check out our seven favorite styles below.


Carolina Herrera

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You can’t go wrong with a classic ponytail on your wedding day. Your hair is out of your face (a major plus if your ceremony is outside), and your neck will appear especially long and elegant in photos. Add a velvet ribbon or a crystal barrette for a touch of drama.

Lela Rose

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Headbands have been trending since the summer, especially a wider ’50s-inspired silhouette. A pearl-adorned version is the perfect accessory to your dress and can work whether you decide to wear your hair pulled back or left down. It’s romantic and stylish, aka exactly the vibe you want for your wedding day.


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If you’re wearing your hair natural these days, up the ante by defining your curls for some volume. We recommend using Tracee Ellis Ross’ new Pattern product line to infuse your hair with moisture, then use a 9 mm barrel iron to perfect the pieces around your face.

Oscar de la Renta

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Sometimes simple is the way to go, and a sleek middle part with your natural texture is an effortless complement to the rest of your bridal beauty look. Whether you’re doing your hair by yourself or working with a stylist, a few hydrating products will help minimize frizz and allow your curls, waves, or coils to look their best.

Viktor & Rolf

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If you’re currently rocking a bob or a set of bangs, let your fashion-forward style shine on your big day. Use a round brush and a blowdryer to create some volume starting from your roots, and then curl the ends under for a modern, sculptural look.

Danielle Frankel

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A few strategically placed braids can help refine your look without ever letting it feel too stuffy or overdone. Start the base of the braid around your forehead or temples to keep the focus on your eyes, then let the rest of your hair fall in a romantic curl.


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If you’ve ever dreamed of wearing flowers in your hair (like a princess!), your wedding is the time to go for it. Just chat with your florist about pulling a few of your favorites to incorporate into your style. Secure them with a few bobby pins and eagerly await your impossibly dreamy wedding photos.

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