Sure, you've probably had dozens of different wedding hairstyles saved to your Pinterest board for months now, or if you've already had your hair trial, you might have your own style planned down to the very last curl and bobby pin. But what about for your bridesmaids? Much like you've helped all the ladies in your bridal party choose bridesmaid dresses for the big event—whether that means coordnating ensembles or mismatched gowns—you might want to help them choose a wedding hairstyle, too.
We know, it's another thing to add to that wedding planning checklist. But before you begin to fret, just know that we've already done all the hard work for you! Whether you want your 'maids to match perfectly or wear a complementary mix of styles, you've come to the right place. From romantic hairstyles featuring loose, tousled curls, to elegant updos and relaxed down 'dos, we've scoured the internet (and our Real Weddings inspiration) to find some of the best bridesmaid hairstyles out there. Just like you, your girls are going to look gorgeous!
Ultimately, what you're looking for is something that will complement their wedding day ensembles—whether matching or mismatched, and that goes for dresses and hair—as well as fits with the overall look and feel of your wedding.
Play Off the Bride's Style
This bridesmaid opted for a simplified version of the bride's half-up half-down hairstyle, which we love. It instantly ties the two looks together, along with their matching florals and the black-and-white yin and yang of their gowns... and their obvious affection for each other, of course!
Relaxed Can Still Be Elegant
This simple, twisted updo succeeds at showing off the beautiful, delicate details of this gown—and we love that it's not too tightly pinned or rigid. The result is timeless, yet still young and fresh.
This 'do would be oh so pretty for so many bridesmaid dresses with intricate top detailing, even if they were lower cut.
Say Yes to Bombshell Curls
It's hard to go wrong with bombshell curls with any dress style where there's some serious back (or backless) exposure. We love how the long curls here fall almost perfectly into the cowl back draping of these floor length gowns—which sets up the prettiest picture of the bridesmaids as they look on at the ceremony.
Give Your 'Maids One Ultra-Flattering 'Do
While mismatched styles are still going strong (and don't worry, we have plenty of beautiful inspiration below), these lovely ladies are proof positive of how matching gowns and hairstyles can be truly stunning. To compliment the face-framing tendrils, strong middle part and half-down curls, smoky eyes and black cocktail gowns complete the look, which is flattering to all—and that's the key.
...So Do Loose Barrel Curls
These bridesmaids opted for side parts and big barrel curls, which works well as a hairstyle that's consistent but still adaptable for different hair lengths, styles and textures, too. Add to the mix their subtle mismatched dresses and there's still a uniqueness to everyone's individual looks.
Go for Subtle Mismatched Styling
Love the idea of the mismatched look, but not how far you want to really take it? Pair one style of dress in one specific color—in this case, a floor-length black cocktail gown—with a couple different hairstyles divided equally among your bridal party. (Here they went for two updos and two half-down dos, although our favorite is that cool-girl braided bun.)
Coordinate 'Dos With Hues
Just like their mismatched dresses, this bridal party also went for mismatched hairstyles—all breathtaking, of course. But upon closer look, these bridesmaids aren't so mismatched. Did you notice how the 'maids in pink in the middle all have updos, while the two in blue hues have long, tumbling, half-down curled locks? Those little details are what ties a mismatched bridal party together, ultimately.
Or, Choose One Hue and Freeform the 'Dos
We count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 different styles of twists, updos, braided looks and more that the women of this bridal party are all wearing so fabulously. And since they were each able to choose a style for themselves, but are wearing very similar hues, they ultimately complement each other—without being too matchy-matchy.
Florals in a Fishtail Braid Are Just So Pretty
Full of whimsy and bohemian vibes, too, a fishtail braid dotted with baby's breath is a pretty, less-is-more alternative to having your bridesmaids walk down the aisle wearing a full floral crown.
Other small florals that also work beautifully include spray roses, jasmine, some orchid varietals and mini daisies, known as feverfew daisies.
Buns Are Anything But Basic
You might be surprised at the versatility of the simple bun, which can be styled in tight or loose configurations in high, mid or low positions—even off to one side. A clean and elegant design, it's a style that will last all day and night with hardly a hair out of place.
Side Buns and Florals Are Picture Perfect
A stunning side bun gets even prettier with the inclusion of pink blooms and is a match made in heaven for brides wanting a classic yet romantic wedding style. We love how this hairstyle photographs—in candid, pre-wedding shots, ceremony shots and posed wedding portraits, too.
A Sleek, Low Bun Is Casually Chic
With such a gorgeous open back design on these pale blue gowns, of course the bride's going to want her 'maids in an updo, to show off all of the detailing of that stunning cutout. A sleek, low bun without any embellishments feels so casually chic, yet perfectly poised—there's beauty in its simplicity.
Go for Boho Beach Glam
Soft waves plus beaded crowns and beaded barefoot sandals? This is how to pull off matching hairstyles and accessories on the wedding day—for all the ladies in the bridal party, including the bride herself. The end result looks relaxed and natural, thanks to the styling and accessories.
Give an Updo Some Breathing Room
An updo that's ever so purposefully undone might be the perfect look your bridesmaids. Case in point: These loose, face-framing tendrils, paired with a relaxed, off-to-the-side 'do that's finished with a spray of autumnal florals perfectly captures this wedding's rustic-chic vibe.
Or, Add a Beautiful Floral Comb
We love the combination of this loose, low bun paired with a delicate floral hair accessory—it instantly elevates the look. Plus, the rose gold color of this comb is essentially a neutral color that will look amazing tucked into a wide range of hair shades. (As a bonus, it's a beautiful keepsake for your bridesmaids after the wedding day!)
Baby's Breath Crowns Are Sweet & Sentimental
Flowers have their own language of symbolism, and it should come as no surprise that baby's breath represents everlasting love and purity. These dainty florals can be used at weddings in so many versatile ways, but as flower crowns they look cloud like, almost heavenly... Which makes perfect sense now, doesn't it?
Or, Add Fresh Flowers (In Lieu of a Crown)
A new spin on a flower crown, roses and ranunculuses dot this bridesmaid's tresses in a look that has us swooning—we love how organic and delicate this feels, as if suddenly, these flowers were blooming in her locks.
Definitely consult with your hairstylist on this one. This intricate 'do will take some time to complete, and they will likely want to know about the type of hair (and length) your bridesmaids all have, to ensure they can make this magical look happen.
Why Not Opt for Greenery?
Up, down, short, long, wavy, natural—one of the reasons why floral crowns and wreaths of greenery, too, have been so popular in recent years is that they instantly give the bridal party a signature, identifiable look. (Not to mention, these statement headpieces photograph fabulously.)
A Hint of Greenery Works, Too
A head-encircling wreath of greenery might not fit with how you envision seeing your bridesmaids on your wedding day. But if you love the greenery trend—so much so that you're making greenery a major part of your florals—there's no reason why you can't add just a bit of greenery to their 'dos. Tucked into this half-up style, and paired with your florals, you definitely still get that boho effect.
Less Is More
Eyeing a custom, artistic or otherwise specialty print for your bridal party gowns? These half-up ponytails—or any other more simple, natural look—will ensure that those beautiful dresses will have their moment in the spotlight.
Even for such understated, deceptively simple looks, it's a good idea to book a wedding day hairstylist for your bridesmaids, which ensures consistency in styling and flawless finishing.
Relax Things a Bit
Similarly, a messy updo is formal, but the furthest thing from fussy. This look is versatile and works for almost any wedding style or location, urban, desert and mountains included. (Just be mindful of rocking this look in a breezy, tropical destination, where the winds might make a bit of an actual mess of the 'do.)
Embrace Her Natural Beauty
Sometimes, less is more, and with such gorgeous natural texture and a mile-wide smile—what more could a bride ask for from her bridesmaid, really? The pretty in pink sweetheart neckline dress and delicate, rose-filled bouquet give her overall look an air of femininity and romance.
Blowouts Make for an Easy, Breezy Wedding Style
Give a bridesmaid a blowout and she's instantly wedding ready! One word to the wise, though, you may want to plan for a trial run with all your 'maids in advance of the wedding day, as different hair textures tend to hold the volume and waves from a blowout better than others. Why not during your bachelorette party?
Sometimes, It's All About Simple, Straight Locks
A full-volume hairstyle would have detracted from what's already a very curated (and very matching) bridesmaid ensemble with so many details to admire—those striking bouquets and cream-colored jumpsuits, even their shoes. So instead, the bride smartly kept things sleek and simple, starting with straightened locks and finishing with a mix of low-key, pulled-back hairstyles.
Go for Classic, Side-Swept Curls
At once refined and demure—a combination of sleek, face-framing strands that leads to a tumbling cascade of your ladies' locks gathered on one shoulder—side-swept curls are a wedding-day classic as the asymmetry of the hairstyle makes for striking group portraits (and many other shots, too).
Keep in mind that all of your 'maids will need to be amenable to having their hair gathered on the same side for the whole wedding day for the look to work—and they all need to have some length. So, might want to run this one by them, first?
Or, Go for Drama With a Tousled Side Braid
For a look that's both wildly romantic and full of drama, a thick, tousled side braid makes a head-turning statement. (Just envision a Jane Austen heroine riding her horse at full speed through the countryside.) We love this hairstyle precisely because it's unexpected and also looks wildly different from every perspective—although this is the Insta-worthy shot.
French Braids With Jumpsuits Feel So Modern
These bridesmaids are rocking a French braid with their cool-girl jumpsuits, which pair perfectly with the bride's unadorned, floor-sweeping gown and barely there waves. The head-to-toe all-white color choice across all three looks gives this tribe a decidedly bridal vibe.
Leave Your Mismatched 'Dos to the Pros
This mix of beautiful blowouts, braided updos and pretty curls is all kinds of gorgeous—and proof that mismatched hairstyles can work cohesively. The key here is to make sure everyone has appointments with the same hairstylist (or team of stylists) the morning of the wedding, as they'll ultimately be the ones who will know how to tie it all together.
Let Her Own Her Personal Style
We love brides who let their friends dress up in a way that suits them, yet it still works for their overall wedding style. Bridal parties of mismatched looks a trend that's here to stay. But how about these face-framing florals for a friend with an ultra-short 'do, that still tie into the bouquet? We're totally into it.
Consider Your Wedding Location
What sort of hairstyles you and your bridesmaids will be able to rock all day (and night!) varies dramatically depending on where—and in what season—you're getting married. In the case of a rugged wilderness location, these twisted, messy and impossibly pretty updos are both functional (no one's going to notice a few flyaways) and so swoon-worthy.
Think About Their Wedding Day Roles
Still uncertain about what direction you might want to go when it comes to hairstyles for your bridesmaids? It never hurts to consider their responsibilities on the big day—especially for your maid of honor. A half-up, half-down 'do with some gorgeous greenery tucked above her curls is perfectly picture-worthy—and also oh so practical.