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.
Don't be afraid to play with texture in your bridal updo. "A bridal chignon or bun can nod to the current trends—for instance, with lots of added texture—yet still have that timeless appeal," Zinno 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."
Meet the Expert
Brian Zinno, senior education director of Antonio Prieto Salon, has worked with the world's top fashion designers, celebrities, and photographers.
Michael Dueñas, founder of Hair Room Service, is a celebrity hair stylist who has worked with red carpet favorites, models, and fashion designers.
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?.
Have Fun with a Flower Crown
Thanks to a certain duchess, undone messy buns are trending amongst brides everywhere.
Think Ballerina Vibes
Without a hair out of place, this bride looked like a bonafide ballerina as she was getting ready for her destination wedding in Anguilla.
Match your Bouquet
Brides rocking down 'dos aren't the only ones who can wear flowers in their hair.
Consider Chic and Casual
At the wedding of model Shanina Shaik to Gregory “DJ Ruckus” Andrews, relaxed femininity was the name of the game, as the bride chose a romantic messy updo for the occasion.