18 Bridal Hairstyles That Look Even Better With a Ribbon


Natalia Ibarra

When it comes to our favorite bridal hairstyles, less is more—but there's one small hair accessory that can take a look from pretty to gorgeous. We're talking about a classic hair ribbon. Whether your wedding day hairstyle of choice is loose waves or a raked-back updo, a small piece of ribbon can transform your 'do. (You can even easily pair a satin bow with a hair accessory for the ultimate romantic beauty vibe.) The key is to loop the ribbon into a loose bow—or skip the bow altogether opting for just a simple knot and free-flowing ends—to give your look a modern, less-juvenile effect.

When it comes to picking the perfect piece of ribbon you can make it personal and choose a cut of trim from your favorite dress or a relative's wedding gown. You can even opt for a monogrammed moment with a bow emblazoned with your soon-to-be new initials. There are countless ways to incorporate a ribbon into your bridal hairstyles and we've got just the inspiration you need.

Keep scrolling for 22 exquisitely ribboned looks to consider for your very own wedding day 'do.

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Top It Off

Bride in hat

Sara Lobla

A tiny fishtail with a pastel-colored ribbon makes this bridal hat look even more romantic. Who would have thought the combo would be so picture-perfect?

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A Hint of Pink

Bridal portrait

Red Aspen Photography

An easy, breezy pony is instantly romantic with a velvety pink accent. This plush color picks up the pink hues in the dress and earrings while complementing the rest of the floral embroidery on that stunning dress. This garden-inspired look is an absolute dream.

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Dainty Details

Ribboned bridal hair

Paulina Weddings Photography 

A delicate cascading white ribbon adds a soft touch to a laid-back chignon. This dainty detail was wrapped around the bride's head for a bohemian vibe.

Experiment with varying lengths and widths of the ribbon to achieve massively different looks with very little effort.

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Caged Up

Bridal portrait


A birdcage veil with a ribbon accent is the perfect way to show off a shorter hair length.

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Consider Some Contrast

Ribbon hair

Getty Images 

Keep it simple—and showcase a pair of statement earrings—with a clean pony and a black bow. The stark contrast between the black accessories and lacey white gown is oh-so chic.

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Something Blue

Bridal braids

Inés Molina 

Top off a beautiful set of braids with a tiny strip that can also double as your something blue. This vibrant pop of color adds a playful surprise to the bridal ensemble.

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Pretty Plait

Bridal portrait

Sara Lobla

Embrace a boho-inspired look with a beautifully woven french braid, wispy bangs, and a satin ribbon at the very end. Braids and ribbon are a match made in heaven, you can even weave some of the ribbons through the plait for a surprising mix of color and texture amongst your locks.

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Ponytail Bound

Bride and groom in front of the ocean

Stephanie Brauer; Event Planning by PAPILLON WEDDINGS 

A ribbon-wrapping is just the sweet, bridal touch that an otherwise sporty 'do needs. Former BRIDES photo editor Brenda Armendariz articulates this beautifully at her Mexican beachside nuptials.

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Retro Glam

Bridal hair

NG Estudio by Natalia Garcia

We love it all: The retro vibe of the veil, the cool twisted chignon, and the coordinating ribbon to finish it off. The various textures—the feathered cap, the netted veil, the lace dress, the beaded neckline, the covered buttons, and the glossy ribbon—offer tons of dimension to this monochromatic look.

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A Headband Alternative

Newlyweds in suits celebrating their civil ceremony


Thick, wide ribbons are perfect for tying around your hair like a headband. This white silk option complements the bridal suit perfectly and adds a touch of sweetness tied into a bow at the base.

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Double Duty

Lela Rose Bridal Spring 2019


Why use a boring old elastic or hair tie to gather your tendrils when you can opt for something far more opulent and cool. Take note of this Lela Rose Bridal inspo and secure a low ponytail by tying a ribbon around the neck, holding the hair to the nape, and gaining a choker necklace in the process.

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Natalia Ibarra 

Yes, you can still rock a hair accessory with your ribbon, and this bride makes a serious case for it.

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Go Glitzy

Bride and baby

Sara Lobla

Sometimes you want a little glam in your hair but aren't much of a hairpin or tiara girl. Enter the metallic hair ribbon. A glitzy wrap around the base of your pony is a sleek way to inject some sparkle into your style without a heavy metal accessory.

Try different variations in fabrics, colors, and textures in your trim to play with the look. Velvet makes for a sumptuous addition while something organic, like burlap, takes on a rustic feel. Tulle is soft and ethereal whereas leather can toughen up a minimalist style.

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Frame Your Bun

Bridal hair


Circle a voluptuous topknot with a whimsical scarf, like this one, and tie it in place. The result is an eye-catching frame for your sporty coif.

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Great Lengths

Lela Rose Bridal Fall 2019


If there ever was a call for a light, summery breeze to sweep through your nuptials it's this. Imagine those long delicate strands billowing behind you as you exchange your vows or, better yet, while you make your grand entrance down the altar. For the proper execution of this dreamy look, we believe longer is unquestionably better.

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A Minimalist Vibe


James Autery 

This creative bride opted for a crisp, black accent to elevate the minimalist hairstyle. The contrasting addition was the perfect complement to the low-back, beaded gown she wore for her modern warehouse wedding in Hudson, New York.

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Forgo the Bow

Bridal hair


No need for a bow when you can embellish a sporty-chic high ponytail with a loosely tied scarf. The epitome of effortless elegance. All you need is a vintage car for your very grand exit.

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Wrap It Up

Bride in minimalist slip dress and turban-style head wrap

Amy Anaiz Photography; Event Planning by We Do! Collective by Fallon Carter; Bridal Styling by Vainglorious Brides; Hair by Modimel; Makeup by Danielle Henry

If a loose scarf isn't quite your jam, may we introduce this wrapped alternative? This bride absolutely rocked the faux turban style for her reception look.

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Set Aside

Giambattista Valli SS20

Dominique Charriau / Getty Images

Give your 'do a twist by tying a ribbon with the bow facing outwards. The subtle derivative of the usually centered approach will freshen up the overall vibe.

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