One of the biggest decisions you'll make when it comes to your bridal look is your wedding hairstyle, and it is a big one. From classic updos to bridal braids (or even a messy bun if you're Meghan Markle), you've got options. But there are plenty of brides out there who'd rather let their hair down on their wedding day, too—and for those brides, we've gathered some seriously fab wedding hairstyle inspiration for you!
Whether you're thinking about embracing your hair's natural texture, glamming things up with curls or waves, or topping off your locks with delicate fresh flowers, a hair accessory, or even nothing at all, we've got you covered. Free-flowing strands are effortlessly romantic and can look gorgeous with a veil or without one, too. And if you think your hair is too short (or too long) to pull it off, think again. Countless brides have nailed the look with bridal lobs and bobs in addition to super-long locks.
Keep reading for some stylish wedding hairstyle inspiration from real weddings.
Embrace a Natural Look
From the floral embroidery on her spectacular lehenga to that serious stack of bangles and delicate henna, this bride's wedding day ensemble has so many lovely details worth admiring. As a counterpoint, we love that she kept her locks (and her makeup) so fresh and relaxed. Her natural beauty just radiates, and we're swooning, for sure.
Create the Illusion of a Half-Up Hairstyle
Love the finished look of a half-up, half-down wedding 'do, but also really want to keep your locks loose and voluminous? One ever-so-slightly more undone option (than a formal 'do) is to have your stylist comb back and pin just a top section of your hair, placing your veil in the center to give the illusion of a half-up style.
Consider a Loose Side Braid
Yes, we know, a braid might not technically be a let-your-hair-down wedding hairstyle—but it's definitely worthy of consideration. And what's not to love about a loose side braid that's paired with side-swept long layers or bangs, face-framing tendrils, perhaps even a delicate crown or garland? There are so many ways to make this wedding 'do all your own.
Contrast a Lob With Length
We absolutely adore how this bride's floral-embroidered, floor-length veil cascades over her side-parted, shoulder-grazing tresses. Paired with such a classic bridal accessory, her unfussy, wavy 'do infuses the whole look with a chicness and lightness that's no less timeless.
Dress Up a Classic Pony
Finished with delicate florals (which the bride gathered herself that morning!) plus cascading curls and face-framing tendrils, a ponytail works beautifully as a hair-down wedding style that's fresh, relaxed, and romantic.
The key is to keep those strands ultra-straight and sleek and gathered in a low pony that can be worn straight down your back—or casually tossed over your shoulder.
Go for Classic Glamour
Styled with a deep center part, perfectly coiffed waves that show off that stunning balayage, and finished with a traditional bridal veil—in both style and placement—this bride was going for classic glamour, clearly. She totally nailed it, and you can, too, as this wedding hairstyle is a stunner paired with all sorts of gown bodices and necklines, too.
There Is Beauty in Simplicity
We're all about this bride's fresh and modern wedding-day style, which pairs a sleeveless, open-back ball gown (that's completely free of embellishments or adornments) with an all-down hairstyle that's so regal and gorgeous all on its own, no crown or hair accessories required.
Rock Bangs With Short, Tousled Waves
Everything about this bride's wedding-day style is giving us serious vintage feels. We love the combination of her short and sassy tousled 'do and bangs paired with such a gorgeous lace-backed off-the-shoulder gown—plus, the length of her hair allows all of that beautiful lacework to be shown off properly. (Can we talk about how beautiful that scalloped edging is?!)
Embrace Beachy Waves
Whether you're planning a warm-weather destination wedding or just love the look of beachy waves, here's the good news—it's a hairstyle that's going to look amazing on hair of almost any length. Style with a few flowers in your hair for added boho vibes.
Pin Up a Few Strands With Fresh Florals
One step up from a completely unadorned, all-down wedding hairstyle is this fresh and pretty look, which finishes easy waves with a delicate botanical arrangement that your florist can design based on your wedding florals. Pinned (along with a few gathered strands) at the back of the head, this style does double-duty to also keep those strands in place and out of the way for the day.
Put a Crown (or Wreath) on It
Loose waves topped with a botanical crown is a classic boho wedding hairstyle for good reason. We love how the options these days are ever more creative, from full-on floral crowns to greenery-only wreaths to custom combos—such as the delicate rosebud and olive leaf version pictured here—and even halos of pampas grass. Dream it up, and no doubt your florist can make it happen!
So simple, but still so pretty! We love this bride's low-key hairstyle, which pairs perfectly with her crisp, white sleeveless gown—a minimalist bride's match made in heaven. To achieve the look, strands are gathered from the crown of the head and simply pinned back, with a bit of curl given to the face-framing tendrils.
When in Doubt, Blow It Out
Isn't this bride the essence of laid-back chic?! We love this gently layered blowout paired with such a stunning column gown—a minimalist bride's dream. You don't necessarily have to have short tresses to own this look—that's the beauty of a blowout, which allows your stylist to work some serious hair magic for locks of all lengths and a wide range of textures.
Go for Maximum Volume
Bouncy long hair and a dramatic veil make the ultimate power couple if you ask us. To achieve the look, ask your stylist for a big volume blowout finished with a strong-hold hairspray so that gorgeous 'do will last all day.
Sleek and Oh-So Stylish
We love the casual elegance of this bride's sleek hairstyle, which starts with a middle part and finishes with just a bit of texture worked into her loose strands. It's the perfect blank canvas, so to speak, to showcase those gorgeous statement earrings and the draped boat neckline of her gown's sheer cape overlay, which is simply stunning in its own right.
Think Soft and Ethereal
Talk about an angelic vision! If you've got gorgeous long locks, wide, soft waves is a classic hair-down wedding hairstyle worth considering—especially if you're looking to channel a dreamy, ethereal bridal style. Wedding photographers love to snap this sort of shot of their brides backlit in natural light, and it's easy to see why!
Go for Soft and Romantic Waves
We love the easy elegance of this bride's wedding style—from her soft waves to her barely there makeup, the whole look exudes such relaxed, understated natural beauty that you almost wonder, did she just wake up this way?
Soft Curls Are Always So Pretty
More shaped and bouncy than waves but still loose and relaxed in appearance, soft curls are a perpetually popular choice among brides because they're so versatile and also have staying power. While wavy 'dos are intended to have a natural look and feel (and may soften as the hours pass), curls are more likely to retain their shape and volume.
Show Off Your Natural Volume
We absolutely love this hair length for brides with a thicker, naturally wavy and curly locks—it's that perfect balance of volume and length, without weighing down your gorgeous tresses either. Being such a stunning statement all on its own, accessories aren't even necessarily required.
Dress Up Your Everyday
Gorgeous gown aside, we can envision this bride exuding the same sort of easy sophistication in her daily life, which is why we love that she stayed true to her own personal style for her wedding day. Plus, her relaxed hairstyle is a refreshing choice when paired with such a dreamy gown...doesn't it feel like it's straight out of a fairy tale?
Frame Those Gorgeous Curls
Such luscious ringlets (and natural curls of all sorts of lengths and styles) needn't be tucked away on your wedding day—although we do love the addition of a statement hair accessory of some sort, as it will help to compose your look and ensure you'll be photo-ready at every moment, from every angle.
When you find an accessorized look you love, two questions to ask are: Does this feel like it fits with your wedding-day style, and does it work with your overall wedding aesthetic?
Pin It Back
We love this look, which is the perfect solution for brides who appreciate the fresh face appeal of an updo but want to keep their locks down and loose in the back. Thanks to strategically placed pins, several topped with tiny pearls, this bride's hair is swept back from her face entirely—all the better to show off her gorgeous cheekbones and beaming smile.
Sweeten Curls With Tiny Florals
When it comes to wedding hairstyles, it doesn't get more sweet and romantic than a headful of curls cascading down your back! We love how this look is finished with a delicate spray of tiny florals tucked into some soft strands that have been woven together for an almost crown-like effect.
Just Be Yourself
We love this bride's rationale behind deciding on a low-key, middle-part wavy wedding hairstyle—which is the epitome of understated elegance paired with the slim silhouette of her stunning strapless gown. “I decided to wear my hair down, like I do every day, to feel more like myself,” she told Brides. Cheers to that!