70 Stunning Bridal Hairstyles From Real Weddings

Real bride

Lauren Methia Photography 

While celebrities strutting down the red carpet might be your go-to source for hairstyle inspo, real weddings are actually the perfect place to start finding snapshots of bridal hairdos. Nothing takes our breath away quite like a stunning bride beaming on her own special day. And who better to look to for some bridal style inspiration, especially when it comes to the ultimate finishing touch—your wedding hairstyle.

From pretty ponytails to the classic half-up, half-down style, these are the prettiest hairstyles real brides rocked for their "I dos." Some brides wore their lush locks down in romantic, soft curls spilling over their shoulders. Others swept their hair up in chic and clean chignons for a totally timeless formal vibe. A few even incorporated unexpected hair accessories to elevate their big-day 'do. And because they're all straight from the pages of our Real Weddings section, you know these gorgeous gals pulled off their wedding-worthy looks IRL. That's without the help of a celebrity's glam squad.

We've combed through (pun intended!) hundreds of real weddings and pulled some of the prettiest wedding hairstyles below.

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A Rustic Touch

Bridal portrait

Laura Murray Photography 

A braided hairstyle matched the vibe of Annie's rustic-chic wedding perfectly.

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A Voluptuous Updo

Newlyweds on motorcycle

Jose Villa

When one of our fave wedding photographers, Jen Huang, walked down the aisle, she rocked a soft and romantic low updo.

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Put a Pin in It

Bridal chignon

Aaron Delesie 

Preston's blonde tresses were swept up in a sleek and smooth updo and finished with a minimalist, modern gold barrette.

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Voluminous Braid

Newlyweds Kissing

The Hons 

Ali accessorized her custom Naeem Khan wedding dress (she did marry the designer's son, after all!) with a perfectly undone half-up 'do, featuring soft waves beneath an intricate, twisted style.

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Pony Up

Bride opening gift

Carly Michelle Photography

This bride's full, voluminous ponytail is undeniably unique and totally glam.

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Architecturally Sound

Bridal portrait

One and Only Paris Photography & Le Secret d'Audrey 

Kea had her blonde locks swept into a near-architectural low bun for her Parisian nuptials.

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Retro Galm

Bride getting ready

Chris J. Evans 

It was glamorous old-Hollywood curls for this blonde-beauty bride.

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A Perfect Pairing

Newlyweds kissing

Gina & Ryan Photography 

Both of these beautiful brides rocked stunning styles on their big day. Rachel wore her blonde locks in a chic, messy updo, while Brittany went with an intricately braided, faux-hawk-inspired 'do.

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To the Left, to the Left

Bridal portrait

Brandon Lata Photography 

When Stephanie married Raphael in South Carolina, she wore her hair in a whimsical, boho side braid.

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Keep It Fresh

Bridal hair

Cassidy Carson 

Kelsey added a fresh sprig of andromeda to her multilayered updo. We love how it complements the larger greenery throughout her bouquet.

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Jazz Things Up

Rice toss

Jillian Mitchell

This vintage-obsessed bride completed her look with an era-appropriate hairstyle for her Jazz Age wedding.

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A Budding 'Do

Bridal portrait

Chelsea Diane Photography 

Mermaid waves and a flower crown looked whimsical and beautifully bohemian on this smiley bride.

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A Low Ponytail


Julia Elizabeth Photography 

Cate's bridal ponytail was dance-floor ready while her French braid added an unexpected boho touch.

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Waves Galore

Bride getting ready

Hazelnut Photography

It was tons of volume and elegant waves for this glamorous Cali bride.

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A Twist on the Classics

Ring exchange

A Heart String Wedding Co.

This Miami bride twisted her locks away from her face for a half-up, half-down look that was totally effortless. A genius way to stave off some of that tropical humidity.

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Bridal portrait

Laura Murray Photography

For her Colorado wedding, Devon pinned and pulled all of her hair to one side.

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Cascading Curls

Bridal portrait

Weddings By Sasha

Stacy went with a classic half-up, half-down 'do for her San Francisco wedding.

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Vixen Vibes


Amber Gress Photography 

A flirty retro-inspired hairstyle was the ideal choice for this too-cool Brooklyn bride. We're absolutely living for those sultry pops of scarlet against her skin tone and vintagey dress.

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Shine On

First kiss

Julian Ribinik Photography 

That gloss, though! This bride's slightly wavy, super-shiny locks nearly outdid the glimmer coming off her engagement ring.

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Full Bloom

Bridal portrait

Michelle Scott Photography 

This beachy bride rocked her natural curls and a punchy flower crown at her seaside South Carolina wedding.

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A Dazzling Swirl


Elisa Bricker Photography; Hair by Lucas Shaffer

With her blonde tresses swirled into a classic chignon, this bride was ready for her formal ballroom wedding.

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A Crystal Halo

Bridal hair

Melina Wallisch Photography 

Christine's romantic bun was made even more so with the addition of a sparkly hairpiece. Check out how it gloriously frames the interwoven masterpiece.

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Big Blooms

Flower grown

Tara Polly Photography

A whimsically beaded floral crown added a fresh youthfulness to this Colorado bride's soft curls. We're obsessed with this new spin on the classic, placing the large bulbs just at the nape of the neck to anchor the look instead of all the way around.

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Au Naturel

Bridal portrait

Jasmine Lee Photography 

Roana's undone curls spilling over her shoulders were as natural as her Yosemite National Park venue.

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A Wreath of Greenery


Laura Murray Photography 

A pair of dainty braids completed the beachy-wave 'do of this Colorado bride. The crown of greenery is the perfect complement to the woodsy locale, transforming this beauty into an enchanted fairy-tale bride.

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A Soft Touch

Bride getting ready

Jason Walker of Ira Lippke Studios 

A deep part and volume at the crown created a minimalist-chic look for this Long Island bride. A fitting touch to the voluminous yet simple gown.

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A True Romantic


Rachael Osborn Photography

For her wedding, Vivian layered her curls in a full, messy bun that was equal parts romantic, effortless, and elegant.

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Art Deco

Bridal hair

Kate Weinstein Photo; HAIR & MAKEUP by Jen Ronning of Sparkle Darling; HAIR PIECE by Jennifer Behr 

For her romantic, rustic Wisconsin nuptials, Megan had a hairstyle to match, and she accessorized her wavy brown tresses with a delicate gold-chain hairpiece.

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Team Effort

Bridal party

Ryan Phillips Photography

We're sure no one was able to take their eyes off this bride's woven and braided bun as she was walking down the aisle. The bridal party's lush curls and thick plaits are not to be overlooked either.

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Delicate Sparkle

Bridal portrait

Caroline Lima Photography 

The finishing touch on Lindsay's chic and elegant bridal bun? A bit of sparkle and feminine florals.

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Rock a Hairpiece

Cate cutting

Kristyn Hogan 

With uber-shiny waves and a chic center part, this style was stunning enough. But the glam golden chain this Nashville bride added to her locks took the look over the top. (And can we just talk about her completely adorable mini-me sporting an accessory of her own?)

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A Bridal Blowout

Bridal portrait

Amy & Jordan

As this beautiful Southwestern bride demonstrates, sometimes all a gal needs is a beautiful blowout.

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Old Hollywood

Bridal portrait

Nirav Patel Photography 

Kalisha chose retro finger waves for her vintage-inspired lob. The results are simultaneously soft yet unquestionably vampish. Ooh-la-la!

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Fresh Picks

Newlyweds kissing

Kate Headley 

Anna studded her soft updo with white and green flowers for her D.C. wedding. The refreshing buds and berries feel decidedly clean and modern.

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Crimped Coils


Haley Sheffield 

We're digging the almost crimped style Ashley wore down the aisle at her Atlanta wedding.

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A Budding Crown

Bride getting ready

Ashley Caroline 

Full curls are always a major hit. Just ask this Massachusetts bride, who sweetened the look with a whimsical flower crown.

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Side Piece

Bridal portrait

Michelle Lange Photography

Meghan's side-swept chignon looked perfectly polished at her New York wedding. The beaded hairpiece completely takes our breath away.

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Alison Dunn Photography

A halo headpiece was just the thing to complete this bride's loose, shoulder-skimming curls.

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An Intricate Chignon


Teale Photography 

The wrapped chignon worn by this California bride couldn't possibly be any prettier. Check out how it emphasizes that seductive, plunging back.

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Something Blue

Bridal party

Jessica Castro Weddings 

This is one cool Cali bride who's definitely not afraid of a little color! Her brown curls were dip-dyed a bold blue hue for her walk down the aisle.

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One With Nature


Renée Lemaire 

For a boho touch, this bride completed her curly, casual updo with bits of foliage and florals. We love how the flowers have a bit of an unruly feel, complementing the relaxed updo.

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A Face-Framing Style

Newlyweds kissing

Sargeant Creative 

Jennifer pinned up a few tresses of her effortless loose curls to frame her face. The look is guaranteed to be first-kiss approved.

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Dainty Details


Anthony Hoang of Lover of Mine

With a braided bun and a dainty, glitzy headband, this California bride was wedding-ready.

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Sheer Elegance


Sara Wight Photography 

Gabrielle went ultra-elegant for her New York wedding with a side-swept chignon that was accessorized with a delicate hairpin. The groom clearly had no complaints!

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A Waterfall of Curls

Bridal portrait

Nicole Leever Photography 

Caitlin completed her modern bridal style with large barrel curls in her long blonde locks.

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Lace-Like Plaits


Sawyer Baird

With her tresses in intertwined twists, Kristin accentuated her soft updo with gold beaded pins. The texture of the braid almost mimics the beautiful floral lace pattern on the back of the dress.

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Romantic Locks

Bridal portrait

Kristen Lynne Photography 

For her North Carolina wedding, Mallory wore her shoulder-length hair in side-swept curls.

Experiment with your part to completely change the feel of a hairstyle. Where a center part can add softness, a deep side part can bring about a sexy edge.

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Gilded Goddess


Paige Jones 

With some curly tendrils and a gold hairpiece, this bride looked picture-perfect for her black-tie wedding.

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Retro Reveries

Bridal portrait

Gia Canali Photography 

Barely there curls and a center part were the ideal finishing touch to Ashley's '70s bridal style.

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Show Off

Bridal portrait

Alysse Gafkjen 

Sometimes the dress dictates the hair. Tenaya wore hers up in a soft style to show off her gown's gorgeous open back.

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Long Lengths

Bride getting ready

Becca Lea Photography 

Tousled touch-me waves completed this bride's romantic wedding-day look. We love the sunny highlights that add some dimension to the natural vibe.

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Side Swept


Luke Walker of Clark+Walker Studio

An unfussy side ponytail fit Liz's rustic country wedding to a T. How sweet is the little peep of sparkle from those asymmetrically placed pins?

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Add Some Height


Lev Kuperman Photography

Tons of volume plus a sparkly headpiece equaled a princess-worthy style for this Brooklyn bride.

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Romantically Inclined


Meredith Perdue 

Big side-swept barrel curls looked ultraromantic on this rustic-chic bride.

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Don't Discount a Bun


Birds of a Feather

This bride wrapped her locks into a sleek top bun for her California nuptials. The sky-high 'do magnificently showcased those statement earrings.

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Something Borrowed

Bridal portrait

Sara Wight Photography 

"I wore a pin that belonged to my maternal grandmother, who is no longer with us," Diana said of the hairpiece she wore in her braided updo. "She was a very classy lady, and it was a beautiful piece of antique jewelry."

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Let Loose

Bridal portrait

Lindsay Hite for Readyluck

Stefanie wore her blonde tresses down and in loose finger-separated curls for her rustic, romantic celebration.

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Double Dose

Bridal portrait

Michelle Boyd Photography

Both this bride and her bridesmaid rocked enviable 'dos down the aisle. Bride Alexandra went with a messy, undone bun, and her maid of honor styled her tresses into a French braid and chignon.

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Embrace Your Natural Texture

Bridal portrait

Lauren Methia Photography

The beautiful Rochelle styled her tresses into a texturized bun, accessorized with a couple of pretty pins, for her Martha's Vineyard wedding day.

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A Bombshell Blowout

Bridal portrait

Roey Yohai Studios; Event Planning by JZ Events; Hair by Hair by Halli


This just might be the bridal blowout of dreams. Sydney's bright blonde locks dazzled with this sexy blowout that was equal parts smooth, bouncy, and voluminous with just enough of a wave.

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Boho Braids

Bridal Portrait


Carle looks every bit the effortlessly cool, Cali bride with these funky and bohemian milkmaid braids. The escaped wisps and curls perfect the slightly undone look.

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A Silky Chignon

Bridal portrait

Leila Brewster; Hair by Brushed with Honey Beauty 

This Manhattan bride's ultra-smooth and voluptuous chignon are oh-so chic. Not to mention, it looks absolutely exquisite with the back of that Marchesa dress.

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A Relaxed Look

Bridal portrait

Mike Larson; Event Planning by Bash Please; Hair by Katie Nash Beauty; Floral Design by Marigold

Bride Sarah's unfussy style accented with dusty-hued blooms transformed her into the autumnal fairy she envisioned for her wine country wedding in Napa.

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Free Flowing

Nuptial Ceremony

Sara Lobla; Event Planning by Petite Mafalda; Hair by Maqueda Peluqueros 

Amanda's silky long locks were left to cascade freely about her shoulders, framing the magnificently embellished Berta gown she wore. A dainty tiara added a touch of glimmer to bring the look together.

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Double Dose

Brides kissing

Kristin Sweeting; Hair by Katie Be & Shear Abby

Both of these brides rocked laid-back braided chignons for their rustic Colorado wedding.

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Tousled Tendrils

Bridal portrait

Rachel Havel; Hair by Kyrsten Bryant

Ashley's perfectly disheveled, voluminous locks made for a sexy addition to her bridal ensemble at her Aspen wedding.

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A Floral Pony

Bridal hair

Kate Headley; Hair by The Village Parlor; Floral Design by Susan McLeary 

Diana gathered her abundant waves into a full, low ponytail at the nape of her neck and tucked a bunch of freshly foraged florals into the base.

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A Chic Crop

Bridal portrait

Bonnie Sen; Event Planning and Floral Design by Vieira Events; Hair by Caitlyn Meyer

Bride Jennifer rocked this glowing crop with barely there waves at her DC nuptials. A stunning—and slightly edgy, slightly romantic—accompaniment to her minimalist gown.

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An Embellished Plait

Bridal hair

O'Malley Photographers; Event Planning by Valley and Co.; Hair by Misbehaven Spa & Salon 

Alexandra nestled these floral pins into her loosely plaited hair to inject a touch of whimsy into her vineyard wedding.

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A Beachy Bob

Bridal portrait

Ryan Ray; Hair by The Salon & Spa at Vision of Tomorrow

Pina's beachy, voluminous waves and playful length were the perfect choice for her seaside nuptials.

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