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.
A Feminine Feat
Chloe's low chignon was kept whimsically feminine and relaxed with gentle twists feeding into it and lots of loose pieces around the face. A crystal headband added a little sparkle and provided a bit of structure for some of the undone tendrils.
Tara's sumptuous, inky locks contrast magnificently against the delicate ivory and verdant greenery surrounding her. The simple and sleek chignon shows off her lace choker and dazzling earrings without overpowering the airy look.
When choosing her bridal style, Anita sought a look that emphasized her strong persona and combined traditional and modern elements. She totally nailed it with this strong, blunt lob and brushed-out waves.
A Bedecked Braid
We can't help but envy this bride's ample plait. Maanasa decorated her lush braid with traditional jewelry and fragrant jasmine flowers as a nod to her South Asian heritage.
A center part and blunt, mid-length cut practically call for some tousled tendrils to create this ethereal dream. We can't get over how beautifully the flow of Jena's hair mimics that of the floaty dress.
A Crystal Halo
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.
A Curly Creation
Take note of all the texture and dimension that natural curls add to a traditional style, even creating a stable canvas for a sizable barrette. Not to be completely restrained, this vivacious bride later unleashed the full glory of her voluminous coils for the reception.
Mariangel's textured waves and sun-kissed ends have her looking like a mermaid that just stepped out of the surf. We couldn't think of a better 'do for the tropical beach locale.
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.
A Beachy Bun
Gathered as a low-slung braid, this chignon has an undone vibe that befits the sandy Tulum nuptials. With dimensional, caramel highlights accenting the weave and tons of exquisite flyaways, bride Donna nailed the effortless beach-goddess look.
A relaxed, late-summer fête calls for an unfussy hairstyle that speaks to the informality of the season. Josiane's natural texture needed no extra additions to shine, save for some bold earrings and a laid-back wrap dress.
Christina went ultra-elegant for her Tuscan wedding with a side-swept chignon that was accessorized with a delicate hairpin. The groom clearly had no complaints!
Now this is winter-wedding perfection. Wenna's rich, brunette strands were combed back into a deliciously smooth chignon at the nape of the neck and embellished with an icy floral pin.
A Romantic Crop
Lengthy locks aren't always needed for a captivating bridal hairstyle. Jazmyn's delicately finger-waved crop is absolutely alluring in its retro appeal.
Old-Hollywood curls with ample amounts of shine and bounce have Brittany looking every bit the on-screen siren. A deep side part plays up the volume for an added dose of sexiness.
“Tulum has a boho-style to it,” says bride Katy of her wedding locale. She specifically chose the relaxed, wavy hairstyle to complement the destination's trademark combination of a natural aesthetic and chic aura.
A Fabulous Fishtail
Fishtail braids can be so refreshingly unexpected in comparison to their traditional French and Dutch counterparts. Bride Jenneh adorned the sweet style with a swag of pastel roses and greenery that hugged the side of her head.
A Floral Pony
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.
A Soft Touch
Who needs a distinguished part when you can fully showcase that bridal glow instead? Lillian's soft style was combed back before cascading into a gentle curls at the bottom.
A Chic Lob
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.
An Embellished Plait
Alexandra nestled these floral pins into her loosely plaited hair to inject a touch of whimsy into her vineyard wedding.
A Bridal Blowout
Silky smooth, devastatingly bouncy, and super soft, Megan's bridal blowout is nothing if not a true masterpiece. You may be surprised to hear that she chopped off the length for a sophisticated lob between wedding events!
A Beachy Bob
Pina's beachy, voluminous waves and playful length were the ideal choice for her seaside nuptials.
Sometimes the dress dictates the hair. Skye wore hers up in a sleek style to show off her gown's gorgeous back and architectural design.
Amanda's luscious curls are all about that generous gloss. We'd go so far as to say this side-swept look is absolutely glassy.
We're getting all the bohemian, mermaid vibes from this beach-bound bride. The loosely-woven fishtail braid with an asymmetric positioning and face-framing flyaways is topped with a tiara of greenery.