When Meghan Markle walked down the aisle of St. George's Chapel with her hair loosely done up in her signature messy bun, the world—and brides—took notice. According to Pinterest's Wedding Report, the inspiration destination confirms that the search for messy updos was up a whopping 1,274 percent that year, proving that the best updos are carefree, sexy, and just a little bit messy. Not to mention here to stay.
Sure, sleek and classic chignons will never truly go out of style, but we're smitten with these relaxed updos and clearly we're not the only ones. “I like to describe it as 'disheveled elegance,'" New York hairstylist Nunzio Saviano tells Brides. “A more polished look would be reminiscent of your mom’s wedding hair.”
So how do you achieve this easy-going, effortlessly elegant look? We consulted with Kelly DeSerio, a professional hairstylist, for some expert tips on how to pull off the perfectly imperfect. While you may have a pro doing your wedding day hair, we think you'll want to be able to recreate a version of the style yourself because this look is fitting for just about any occasion from festivals to date nights.
Meet the Expert
Kelly DeSerio is a style specialist and bridal beauty industry entrepreneur. She is the founder and lead designer of the ReelStyle Bridal brand. Her clientele includes Priyanka Chopra, Martha MacCallum, Kate Bock, and companies such as Ted Gibson, Sports Illustrated, and Berta Bridal.
Below, we have all the messy updo inspiration you need along with a few tricks to nailing the 'do yourself. Scroll down to see 34 perfectly imperfect wedding hairstyles.
A Whimsical Approach
Blogger Chloe Wen showed off a soft, whimsical updo with a few rogue pieces framing her face. Didn't she look every bit the bohemian bride for her rustic Tennessee wedding?
Mary Lawless of Happily Grey twisted her tendrils into a lush, relaxed style. A fitting choice for that incredible lace dress.
Blogger Tracy Nour Scheer of She Just Knows sported a slightly tousled take on an elegant updo for her Palm Springs, California wedding. We have to say, the floaty style photographs exquisitely.
Keep things soft and romantic with an easygoing bun. Real Housewives star, and former Miss United States, Candiace Dillard allowed her shorter lengths to whimsically fall around her face and frame her stunning features.
Both of these brides wore plaited styles that gathered into relaxed knots at the base. Any wisps that escaped were left free, completely embodying their laid-back Colorado wedding.
Supermodel and Brides covergirl Shanina Shaik kept her locks loose for her island wedding. The long pieces flowing freely around the face create an alluring frame for her features.
Wrap It Up
This bride is making a serious case for a ribbon moment. The stark black ribbon adds a decidedly Parisian flair and contrasts impeccably with both the dress and the bride's blonde locks. Très magnifique, non?
A Dreamy 'Do
As if this bride's wedding at a French château wasn't dreamy enough, she also stunned with this effortless bun. There was even a little glimmer of gold peeking out from behind the twist.
Low and Loose
This bride opted for an ultra-low and carefree twisted chignon for her beachy wedding in Mexico. The style was gathered just behind her ear, almost covering it entirely, giving it visibility from more angles.
A Beachy Bun
This bride nailed the elegant beachy look with this carefree bun. A fitting choice for her oceanside nuptials in Tulum, Mexico.