By now, we're sure you've seen a plethora of brides sporting low buns for the big day. At once sleek and sophisticated, this stunning hairstyle allows you to show off your beautiful face as you walk down the aisle. Plus, no matter the season, venue, dress code, or locale, you can never go wrong with sporting a classic chignon, which contributes to the beauty of it all.
Today, the low bun has greatly evolved from a simple hairdo to one that can be styled in a variety of ways—looks that can be created to suit an array of aesthetics and hair textures. And for brides searching for a few ideas on how to style their wedding day chignons, we've rounded up some of our favorite looks from former real brides. Take a look below to draw inspiration for your own big day.
A Braided Crown
There's no better way to elevate a hairstyle than by adding a braided element to the overall look. Take a cue from this bride who opted for a braided crown that complemented her Victorian-inspired updo and off-the-shoulder neckline.
A Curly Masterpiece
Want a style that showcases your natural hair texture? We recommend following this bride's lead. “I chose to do a loose low bun because I love that look with the neckline of my dress. I wanted my curls to still show, but I knew if I wore my hair down that I'd constantly be pulling it away from my face. I liked the beauty of a swept-back bun that still showed my hair texture," she shared with Brides.
A Low Side Updo
For her Northern California wedding, this bride incorporated several gorgeous, and easy to replicate, elements into her low bun, like pearl details and an asymmetrical silhouette. When looking back at her decision, she shared, “I wanted [my hair] up so that I wouldn’t be futzing with it all day. So, we decided on a low-side updo."
A Sock Bun
This bride achieved the perfect donut look, which pulled together her effortless and chic glam. While she may not have used the exact "sock method" to achieve this style, we love how perfectly round her low bun turned out for the big day.
A Touch of Glam
Add some glam to your style by incorporating a crystal-embellished hairpiece, as seen on this bride. “With the Florida heat, I wanted a look that would withstand the high risk of becoming hot and sweaty, so I decided to go with minimal makeup and a simple pulled-back hairstyle,” she shared. “I was so happy with the way it turned out because I walked down the aisle still looking and feeling like myself.”
A Twisted Chignon
If you're planning to take several photos of the back of your dress, opt for a chignon full of character and pizazz. You can even draw inspiration from this bride who opted for a twisted low bun for her southern bayside wedding.
A Framed Face
Wanting to keep things natural and classic, this bride choose to sport a low bun hairstyle that softly framed the front of her face. As seen here, this effortless style is the ideal finishing touch for a modern and romantic aesthetic.
A Low Knot
For brides with minimalist and modern aesthetics, look no further than this low knot style. “I felt that a sleek, pulled-back hairstyle would not only be more comfortable and less of a hassle, but would also make sure I didn’t get lost in the look," the bride shared of her trendy bun design for her Austin wedding.
A Sleek Middle Part
As we all know from TikTok, there's nothing better than sporting a sleek, center part. Thus, channel today's trends by wearing both a center part and low bun, for a hairstyle that is equal parts fashion-forward and elegantly bridal.
A Voluminous Low-Do
Embrace the drama of an updo by choosing to wear a completely dramatic and voluminous "low-do". While this style is perfect for brides with long hair, it can still be replicated by adding extensions to achieve your desired look.