51 Romantic Wedding Hairstyles

Because what's a wedding if not romantic?

Updated 02/04/19

Photo by Mackensey Alexander

What's a wedding if not romantic? And what's a more fitting finishing touch than one of our favorite romantic wedding hairstyles?

From your vows to that newlywed kiss to the first dance, rest assured that there'll be no shortage of romantic moments on your big day. So why stop there? Brides often incorporate romantic elements into everything from the wedding decor to their bridal gowns and, yes, even their lovely locks. And if you consider yourself amongst these passionate brides, you're in luck! We've rounded up a collection of romantic wedding hairstyles just for you.

Whether it's tousled, touch-me waves, a swoon-worthy updo, or dainty floral embellishments, the options for romantic wedding hairstyles are virtually endless. Want to show off your shoulders? Rock a romantic style with your strapless wedding dress by opting for a messy updo with face-framing tendrils. (Thank you Meghan Markle for the wedding hair inspiration!) Throwing a boho bash? Tuck bits of floral and foliage into your lush curls for some seriously romantic vibes. With a ton of ways to incorporate some romantic elements into a wedding hairstyle, there's a 'do out there for every personal style, wedding theme, and gorgeous wedding dress.

While there aren't necessarily any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to romantic wedding hairstyles, there are a couple of things to keep in mind while styling your tresses. For an undeniably romantic hairstyle, brides should aim to keep things soft and relaxed (think loose curls and texturized, wispy updos) and feel free to accessorize with delicate bits of sparkle or ethereal blooms.

Need some inspiration? Scroll down to see the most romantic wedding hairstyles below.

bride's hair

Photo by Tom Leung Photography

A gauzy ribbon and a pretty posy make for a romantic combination.

vows

Photo by Braedon Flynn

With some tendrils held back with a jeweled hairpiece, this bride's wind-swept locks are the epitome of relaxed romance.

Bride and groom main image

Photo by Sara Lobla

This bride's no-fuss ponytail and red flower crown looked right at home at her Spanish countryside wedding.

bride and groom

Photo by Sara Lobla

When model Shanina Shaik wed Gregory “DJ Ruckus” Andrews in the Bahamas, she chose a chignon with loose tendrils for her romantic wedding hairstyle.

bride at altar hair down soft waves

Photo by Giuseppe Marano

This bride's soft, glossy waves are positively flawless.

bride hairstyle curly natural hair

Photo by Volvoreta

Thanks to a certain duchess, undone messy buns are trending amongst brides everywhere.

bride and groom

Photo by Volvoreta

Headbands are an unexpected, surprisingly chic accessory to add to a romantic bridal bun.

Photo by Brittany Sidwell

How romantic is the baby's breath trailing throughout this bride's down 'do?

Bride with bridesmaids

Photo by Kerry Jeanne Photography

Dotting a classic chignon with dainty pink roses is an easy way to up the romance in your look.

Bride getting read bow in hair

Photo by Red Aspen Photography

For her romantic ranch nuptials, bride Samantha opted for a chic low ponytail tied with a pink velvet ribbon.

bride

Photo by BFA for BFA Weddings

New York-based accessories designer Arden Wohl wore her glossy long locks in a simple, partially pulled-back hairstyle.

theia dress

Photo by Treebird Photography

This bride went for a romantic wedding hairstyle that was effortlessly feminine, thanks to soft strands framing her face and a sparkly hairpiece.

wedding hairstyle side ponytail open back wedding dress

Photo by Cynthia Chung

Searching for a romantic wedding hairstyle that's out of your face? Try a twisted ponytail like this bride. You can even accessorize it with some sparkly hairpins.

bride in wedding dress long hair hair down

Photo by Ryon Lockhart Photography

Nothing beats a classic: This half-up, half-down 'do is a surefire style.

headband

Photo by Juanlu Real

"My headdress was made with more than 800 natural tiny pearls intertwined to make the whole tiara," bride Jimena said of her romantic hair accessory.

bride getting ready

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Use a big-barrel curling iron to create romantic soft curls like this bride. Then, add a smattering of blooms.

Photo by Imogen Xiana

This pair of intricate updos couldn't possibly be any prettier.

Photo by Erich Mcvey

This relaxed updo is accented with pretty posies for an added romantic vibe.

Main Image

Photo by Rachel May Photography

Bride Julia looked to iconic brides like Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton when choosing her bridal look. We think they would definitely approve of her romantic wedding hairstyle!

Bride and groom kissing

Photo by A Heart String

Sometimes, you just have to keep things simple. Case in point: This bride's romantic wedding hairstyle that consists of just her gorgeous, voluminous curls and a center part.

KT Merry Photography

This beautiful bride's glossy low bun is proof that a romantic wedding hairstyle can be perfectly polished.

bride and groom seaside wedding

Photo by Wendy Laurel Photography

Another way to romantically style a ponytail is with a few fresh flowers.

Photo by Lauren Alexandra

Voluminous curls and a crystal hairpiece are glamorous additions to a romantic wedding hairstyle.

Bride with tiara closeup

Photo by Cinzia Bruschini

A romantic bride can still be a princess bride! This lovely lady accented her face-framing tendrils with a regal crown.

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Photo by Bottega 53

Bride Gilda topped her chignon with a wreath of fabric rosebuds that echoed the white roses in her bouquet.

Main Image

Photo by Clayton Austin

Weave a braid into an otherwise down 'do for a romantic touch.

Photo by Cinzia Bruschini

When Breana McDow wed Matthew Helders of the Arctic Monkeys, she piped her undone updo with a few sprigs of fern and greenery.

Bride and Groom Kissing

Photo by Two Twenty by Chi Chi

Two single rose blooms accented this bride's gorgeous natural curls.

Photo by Peyton Rainey Photography and Chelsea Denise

This bride weaved a bit of greenery into her effortlessly wavy locks.

Wedding Dress Train

Photo by Gianny Campos

We're head-over-heels for Haniya's soft, shiny curls and chic center part.

Bride in Cortana Wedding Gown

Photo by Sally Pinera

A delicate, modern tiara and a few wispy face-framing pieces soften this princess style.

Photo by Suzi Jacobs

Sharrah paired her beaded blush dress with lush and loose half-up curls.

Shot of bride from the back

Photo by Emilie White

This London bride's wild waves and crown of rose buds and olive leaves melds the romantic with a touch of boho.

Photo by Austin Gros

How perfectly imperfect is this bride's messy updo?!

Kate Weinstein Photo

For her vintage-inspired Wisconsin nuptials, Megan accessorized her wavy brown tresses with a delicate gold-chain hairpiece.

Braid with Flowers

Photo by Kristen Kilpatrick

Actress Carlson Young of MTV's Scream dotted her fishtail braid with tiny white buds for an ethereal touch.

Bride and groom dancing at wedding

Photo by Photography by KLC

Carissa was all about the relaxed romance with her braided updo.

Photo by Greg Finck

This bride topped off her tresses with a pair of chic golden hairpins.

Photo by A Heart String

This Miami bride twisted her locks away from her face for a half-up, half-down look that was totally effortless.

Close up bridal hair

Photo by Jamie English

Don both a traditional veil and flower crown like this beautiful bride for double the romance.

Romantic Bride in Lace Wedding Dress

Photo by Jordan Voth

This New Zealand bride's twisted updo allowed her to showcase the luxurious lace of her wedding dress.

Photo by Becca Lea Photography

Tousled, touch-me waves completed this bride's romantic wedding-day look.

Elisa Bricker Photography

With her blond tresses swirled into a chignon, this bride's romantic hairstyle was formal enough for her black-tie ballroom wedding.

Romantically rolled-up locks were the perfect finishing touch to this bride's wedding-day look.

Photo by Studio Elle Photography

For a boho touch, this bride completed her curly, casual updo with bits of foliage and florals.

Newlyweds during first dance

Photo by Kelly Anne Berry

Sherita's windblown waves make her stylish lob totally fitting for her backyard ceremony.

Jose Villa

When it was one of our fave wedding photographers' turn to walk down the aisle, Jen Huang rocked a soft and romantic low updo.

Photo by Sally Pinera

This bride's loosely-woven locks make for an über-relaxed, naturally-pretty style.

Bride in Katie May

Photo by The Goodness

Erika added a draping hairpiece from Twigs & Honey to her undone curls.

Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography

We're simply swooning over this bride's wrapped low bun, complete with face-framing locks and a glided floral hairpiece.

Photo by Mackensey Alexander

An entire bundle of blooms was weaved into this bride's silky strands. How stunning!

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