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.
A Hint of Pink
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.
A birdcage veil with a ribbon accent is the perfect way to show off a shorter hair length.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Minimalist Vibe
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.