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.
A Voluptuous Updo
When one of our fave wedding photographers, Jen Huang, walked down the aisle, she rocked a soft and romantic low updo. In this case, bigger is better.
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.
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.
Kea had her blonde locks swept into a near-architectural low bun for her Parisian nuptials.
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 Perfect Pairing
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.
Keep It Fresh
Kelsey added a fresh sprig of andromeda to her multilayered updo. We love how it complements the larger greenery throughout her bouquet.
Jazz Things Up
This vintage-obsessed bride completed her look with an era-appropriate hairstyle for her Jazz Age wedding.
A Budding 'Do
Mermaid waves and a flower crown looked whimsical and beautifully bohemian on this smiley bride.
A Low Ponytail
Cate's bridal ponytail was dance-floor ready while her French braid added an unexpected boho touch.
A Twist on the Classics
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.
Stacy went with a classic half-up, half-down 'do for her San Francisco wedding.
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 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.
That gloss, though! This bride's slightly wavy, super-shiny locks nearly outdid the glimmer coming off her engagement ring.
This beachy bride rocked her natural curls and a punchy flower crown at her seaside South Carolina wedding.
A Dazzling Swirl
With her blonde tresses swirled into a classic chignon, this bride was ready for her formal ballroom wedding.
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.
A whimsically beaded floral crown added a fresh youthfulness to this Colorado bride's 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.
A Wreath of Greenery
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.
A True Romantic
For her wedding, Vivian layered her curls in a full, messy bun that was equal parts romantic, effortless, and elegant.
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.
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.
Kalisha chose retro finger waves for her vintage-inspired lob. The results are simultaneously soft yet unquestionably vampish. Ooh-la-la!
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.
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 Budding Crown
Full curls are always a major hit. Just ask this Massachusetts bride, who sweetened the look with a whimsical flower crown.
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.
A Face-Framing Style
Jennifer pinned up a few tresses of her effortless loose curls to frame her face. The look is guaranteed to be first-kiss approved.
With a braided bun and a dainty, glitzy headband, this California bride was wedding-ready.
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!
A Waterfall of Curls
Jennifer completed her modern yet soft bridal style with brushed waves in her ultra-long locks.
With her tresses in intertwined twists, Kristin accentuated her updo with gold beaded pins. The texture of the braid almost mimics the beautiful floral lace pattern on the back of the dress.
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.
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.
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.
There's nothing quite like an ultra-glossy, blunt bob to evoke a fashion-forward persona. The full fringe matches the dress's soft drama exquisitely showcasing a composed full look.
Barely there curls and a center part were the ideal finishing touch to Ashley's '70s bridal style.
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.
Don't Discount a Bun
This bride wrapped her locks into a sleek top bun for her California nuptials. The sky-high 'do magnificently showcased those statement earrings.
"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."
Embrace Your Natural Texture
The beautiful Rochelle styled her tresses into a texturized bun, accessorized with a couple of pretty pins, for her Martha's Vineyard wedding day.
A Bombshell Blowout
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.
Look every bit the effortlessly cool, Cali bride with these funky and bohemian milkmaid braids. The escaped wisps and curls complete the slightly undone look.
Classic elegance meets a hefty dose of edge factor. An intricate chignon takes on a slightly more elongated shape allowing for a side-swept, asymmetric vibe. Topped with a little sparkle this style is oh-so rocker-chic.
A Silky Chignon
This Manhattan bride's ultra-smooth and voluptuous chignon are unquestionably chic. Not to mention, it looks absolutely exquisite with the back of that Marchesa dress.
This bride's low-slung, voluminous ponytail is not only unique but totally glam, too. We're loving how the veil flows over the completed look rather than being pinned into place.
A Relaxed Look
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.
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.
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.
Both of these brides rocked laid-back braided chignons for their rustic Colorado wedding.
“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.
Ashley's perfectly disheveled, voluminous locks made for a sexy addition to her bridal ensemble at her Aspen wedding.
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.
A Voluminous Crown
A classic chignon just isn't the same without tons of volume running through the crown. The stunning shape is adorned with a single pin before transitioning into the woven bun.
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.