Are Braids Too Casual For a Formal Wedding?

Etiquette, Hair & Beauty
Formal braided wedding hairstyle

Photo: Photo: Ken Keinow Photography

Braided wedding hairstyles are a major beauty trend. Brides with short hair can twist their locks into mini French braids, while a plait also looks great with a flower crown. They're a festive way to keep your hair unfussy, and can be twisted into gorgeous chignons. But do these twisted locks look too casual for a formal or black-tie wedding? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to weigh in on your wedding hairstyle questions in our daily post.

I'm obsessed with braids, but my mom is worried that they're not formal enough for a wedding. How can I convince her otherwise?

First, tell your mom that braids no longer equal boho. The look is certainly ideal for a beach wedding, but that doesn't mean it's only designed for laid-back affairs. Then hit the Web to show her how many celebs have been walking the red carpet with plaited hair lately. They were spotted on the likes of Lea Michele and Lucy Liu and on many other actresses at the Emmys, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Oscars! How's that for hair for a formal event? Once that convinces her (and we're sure it will), get excited because braids are incredibly versatile. There are a ton of looks for inspiration on Pinterest, they look great with veils, they always add extra romance to your wedding day look, and they work with curly hair and with straight hair! Tip: Styles with French braids tend to look more sophisticated.

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