Your mom has stuck by your side through all of the wedding planning, giving out her (occasionally unsolicited) opinion. Now it’s time to return the favor and help her figure out her own wedding-day style! But choosing a flattering mother-of-the-bride or mother-of the groom dress is only half the task. She also needs a hairdo for the big day that’ll pull the whole look together—and this list of hairstyles is exactly the place to start.
Does she lean toward a more traditional style? She’ll flip for a classic chignon. Did she already promise to break it down on the dance floor? Suggest a style that’ll keep her hair from falling in her face, like a half-up half-down hairdo. But, no matter which of these hairstyles catches her eye, rest assured that none of them come close to matronly. In fact, can we just go ahead and ban that word from our vocabulary? In the meantime, forward these chic hairstyles to your mom ASAP.
Don't forget to take the mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom dress into consideration when choosing a hairstyle. An updo will let an embellished neckline shine, while wearing longer locks down looks gorgeous with off-the-shoulder gowns.
Like mother, like daughter! This bride and her mother chose pinned and polished updos for the big day. If you select a similar style, we recommend stashing a few extra bobby pins in your clutch in case any tendrils come loose on the dance floor.
This look is a classic for a reason. A French twist can easily complement any style of dress, wedding, or face shape. Add some hair embellishments to make the 'do really stand out.
Deep Side Part
A deep side part with hair tucked behind the ear on one side is a great way to show off a statement sleeve and keep tresses out of your face. This mother of the groom made this style seem so chic for her son's wedding day.
Chignon With Movement
An updo doesn't have to feel stiff. This mother of the bride left out some lightly curled face-framing strands to bring a bit more movement to her chic style.
This intricate updo is created by curling and then interlocking the loose ringlets, strategically pinning them to the top of the head. The look works well on a variety of hair lengths, too!
High Bun With Side Part
This is another timeless hairstyle that’ll have the mother of the bride looking back fondly on the wedding photos. Who are we kidding? She’ll cherish those pics regardless!
For her son's Panama City wedding, this mom had her long locks curled in glamorous waves with a side swoop. The look was a great compliment to her bold strapless gown.
What’s not to love about this mother of the bride's free-flowing, textured locks? If you'd like to rock a similar coif, be sure to check out our favorite hairstyles for natural curls.
This spin on the French twist is a bit softer. With looser strands, it manages to appear both effortless and chic, making it perfect for a wide range of wedding themes with almost any degree of formality.
A stylish blowout gave this mother of the groom's bob a sleek shape to walk her son down the aisle.
This minimal-effort design works for both long and short locks. After running a curling iron through the hair, simply pin back a few tendrils with a sleek bobby pin or jeweled clip for an instantly elevated look.
Can't decide which hairstyle will work best? There is nothing basic about a blowout. After styling, spritz on a flexible, lightweight hairspray to keep locks looking soft and touchable.
Nothing says glamour quite like a voluminous updo. We recommend this showstopper for formal ballroom weddings. Be sure to keep a travel-size volumizing hairspray on-hand in case you lose a bit of fullness as the night wears on.
Wearing a chignon off to the side offers a soft and subtle spin on the traditional bun. You can elevate it by adding a jeweled hair comb, like this mother of the bride.
For the illusion of fuller locks, tease the hair at the crown of the head and sprinkle on a volumizing powder before twisting into the style and securing it.
Face-Framing Half-Up Half-Down
We love how this mother of the bride kept her style soft by leaving a few locks loose to frame her face. It’s an ultra-flattering look for the big day.
Loose Low Knot
The beauty is in the imperfections when it comes to this low knot. The loose strands here and there give it effortless Meghan Markle vibes.
This mother of the bride's hair has plenty of movement, thanks to those ultra-soft waves. To mimic the look, use a large-barrel curling iron after blowdrying, focusing on the ends of the hair, and then loosen the curls by gently finger-combing through.
This beautiful style at a Dominican Republic wedding had some extra dimension, thanks to a twisted piece pulling back hair to the french twist.
Chignon With Bangs
No need to pin back your bangs for your child's big day. This mother of the groom let her side bangs frame her face while the rest of her hair was pulled back into a stylish chignon.
A Modern Pompadour
Give your short locks some volume with a cool pompadour style for your child's big day. The chic look here was perfect for her daughter's disco-inspired soirée.
Short and Curled
Don’t feel like you’re limited with shorter hair. Tons of hairstyles work for any hair length. Case in point: This mother of the bride's effortlessly tousled crop.
Teased Soft Waves
This great style combines lovely waves with a touch of teasing. While the texture is kept soft and romantic, the volume at the crown dresses the style up and will look beautiful in wedding photos.
Short, Textured Crop
For super-short hair, check out this edgy, textured style. Best of all, it couldn’t be easier to accomplish. Just rake a pomade or texturizing paste through the hair and you’ve got a style that’ll stay put throughout the event.
This mother of the bride’s loose, beachy waves perfectly complement her daughter’s boho wedding style. For a similar look, use a smoothing serum or shine spray to keep the style polished and the waves from frizzing.
Is any hairstyle inappropriate for the mother of the bride or groom?
No! Updo, half-up, half-down, completely down—nothing is off-limits. She can make the decision based on her hair type, dress style, and personal preference.
Is it okay for the mother of the bride or groom to get her hair done with the bridal party?
If everyone is comfortable with this, absolutely! But since it's a busy day, it's also perfectly acceptable for her to fly solo and get ready at her own pace.