Tons of wedding trends come and go, but in our book, there hasn't been a bridal bun we haven't loved over the years. The great thing about wedding updos lies in their versatility—that, and the fact that there's a version that looks good on pretty much everyone. "You can play around with your hair's part, the looseness or tightness of the bun, or your hair's texture and it totally changes its vibe," says Brian Zinno, senior education director of Antonio Prieto Salon. "A bridal chignon or bun can nod to the current trends—for instance, with lots of added texture—yet still have that timeless appeal," he says.
Take the elegant style above—one of our favorite wedding updos!—for example. "It has a nice, not overly done hint of wave with all-over volume," says Michael Dueñas founder of Hair Room Service. "To achieve the look, you would set the hair with a 1 1/4" curling iron after a blowout. After gathering all your hair at the nape of your neck, wrap the length of the ponytail around the base working in small sections. The brooch not only follows the shape of the bun in a flattering way, it could also strategically hide some of your bobby pins. And I love that the bun...has a few cool-girl lumps and bumps throughout the 'do, so it reads more modern."
Oh, and that part about a chignon's versatility? Let us count the ways: It shows off a backless wedding dress or a high-neck gown like a dream, it stays put for hours on end (key for getting down on the dance floor), and looks amazing in photos—from every angle! That's what a wedding hashtag is for, no?
Since we wouldn't leave you with just one option to ogle, we found 21 stunning ways to interpret the classic bridal bun. Which one below suits your bridal style?.