From your vows to the first dance, there will be no shortage of romantic moments on your big day. Brides often incorporate romantic elements into everything from the wedding decor to their gowns and, yes, even their lovely locks. Because what's a wedding if not romantic?
Whether it's tousled, touch-me waves, a swoon-worthy updo, or dainty floral embellishments, a romantic wedding hairstyle can be created in seemingly endless ways. Want to show off your shoulders? Rock a romantic style with your strapless wedding dress by opting for a messy updo with face-framing tendrils. Throwing a boho bash? Tuck bits of floral and foliage into your lush curls for some seriously romantic vibes. With a ton of ways to incorporate some romantic elements into a wedding hairstyle, there's a 'do out there for every personal style, wedding theme, and gorgeous wedding dress.
Need some inspiration? Scroll down to see our picks for the most romantic wedding hairstyles.
To add a subtly effortless touch to a sleek and sophisticated updo, leave a few face-framing pieces of hair cascading down. What's more romantic than that?
A Low Chignon
When model Shanina Shaik wed Gregory “DJ Ruckus” Andrews in the Bahamas, she chose a chignon with loose tendrils for her romantic wedding hairstyle. Elegant yet understated, you can't go wrong with a timeless look like this.
A Tender Display
Lillian's ethereal look included a combed-back 'do that let her gorgeous face be the shining star. The hair flowed into gentle waves that played up the softness of the style.
A gauzy ribbon and a pretty posy make for a romantic combination. You can really play around with different hues and fabrics to create a look that aligns with your own bridal style.
A Full Ponytail
Ponytails can be oh so flirty and super romantic. Gathered at the base of the head, Christina's pony erupts in a full show of curls without detracting from her intricate lace dress.
A Messy Alternative
Undone messy buns are trending among brides everywhere—and we're certainly not complaining. This tousled style exudes effortless elegance in the most breathtaking way.
A Floral Tuck
Dotting a classic chignon with dainty pink roses is an easy way to up the romance in your look. Pair it with a simple (but sparkly) earring, and you're ready for that walk down the aisle.
A Feminine Tie
For her romantic ranch nuptials, bride Samantha opted for a chic low ponytail tied with a pink velvet ribbon. Both feminine and unexpected, this is a pretty look we're obsessed with.
A Delicate Gather
New York–based accessories designer Arden Wohl wore her glossy long locks in a simple, partially pulled-back hairstyle. Giving you the best of both worlds, this look allows a bride to achieve the romance of soft waves while also keeping her hair tucked away.
A Little Glitz
This bride went for a romantic wedding hairstyle that was effortlessly feminine. Thanks to the face-framing soft strands and a sparkly hairpiece, her beautiful face instantly became the focal point.
A Classic Case
Nothing beats a classic: This half-up, half-down 'do is a surefire style. You'll never question an elegant look like this.
On the Low
Let your accessories take center stage with a sleek updo like this one. This beautiful bride's glossy low bun is proof that a romantic wedding hairstyle can be perfectly polished.
A Twisted Take
Searching for a romantic wedding hairstyle that's out of your face? Try a twisted ponytail like this bride. You can even accessorize it with some sparkly hairpins.
Stick to the Basics
Sometimes, you just have to keep things simple. Case in point: This bride's romantic wedding hairstyle that consists of just her gorgeous, voluminous spirals and a center part.
Keep It Soft
Use a big-barrel curling iron to create romantic soft curls like this bride. Then, add a smattering of blooms.
For an undeniably romantic hairstyle, brides should aim to keep things soft and relaxed (think loose curls and texturized, wispy updos) and feel free to accessorize with delicate bits of sparkle or ethereal blooms.
Voluminous curls and a crystal hairpiece are glamorous additions to a romantic wedding hairstyle. A look like this is both striking and memorable.
Weave a braid into an otherwise down 'do for a romantic touch. With proof that it keeps your face free of any flyaways, it's ideal for any smooching you may be doing throughout the day!
A romantic bride can still be a princess bride. This lovely lady accented her face-framing tendrils with a regal crown.
We're head over heels for Haniya's soft, shiny curls and chic center part. She kept it polished and clean with a hint of drama by adding statement pearl earrings.
A Halo of Greenery
When Breana McDow wed Matthew Helders of the Arctic Monkeys, she piped her undone updo with a few sprigs of fern and greenery. This look complements the outdoor nuptial space beyond perfectly.
A Rosy Disposition
Two single rose blooms accented this bride's gorgeous natural coils. The substantial size of these blooms adds the most dramatically romantic touch.
This bride weaved a bit of greenery into her effortlessly wavy locks. Adding contrast and dimension, this is a combo we can't get enough of.
A delicate, modern tiara and a few wispy face-framing pieces soften this princess style. This updo is lovely for the bride seeking ultra-feminine features and delicate details.
Bring on the Bounce
Anita's strong, blunt lob was softened up with brushed-out finger waves through the midsection that added considerable bounce. How fun and flirty is that?!
A Bevy of Curls
Sharrah paired her beaded blush dress with lush and loose half-up curls. The voluminous body of her hair instantly elevates this effortlessly dramatic look.
A Braided 'Do
Carissa was all about the relaxed romance with her braided updo. Her beaming smile is an accurate representation of how we feel about this gorgeous bridal style.
An Organic Crown
This London bride's wild waves and crown of rosebuds and olive leaves melds the romantic with a touch of boho. We picture this free-flowing look in a garden ceremony or for mountain-top nuptials.
A Gilded Touch
This bride topped off her tresses with a pair of chic golden hairpins. This reminds us why we love the asymmetrical placement of a pretty hairpiece.
Tousled, touch-me waves completed this bride's romantic wedding-day look. Uncomplicated and soft, this style screams romance.
You can never go wrong with a classic half-up, half-down look. This Miami bride twisted her locks away from her face for a look that was totally effortless.
A Fishtail Flourish
Jenneh's playful fishtail braid takes on a romantic twist with the addition of a swag of eucalyptus, pale roses, succulents, and greenery that matched her bouquet. The floral piece molds to the side of her head as wispy tendrils fall around her face.
An Ample Updo
When one of our fave wedding photographers, Jen Huang, walked down the aisle, she rocked a soft and romantic low updo. Simple and effortless, this style is just as low maintenance as it is stunning.
A Lovely Lob
Sherita's windblown waves make her stylish lob totally fitting for her backyard ceremony. She looks edgy, chic, and super romantic at once.
A Bridal Bun
We're simply swooning over this bride's wrapped low bun, complete with face-framing locks and a gilded floral hairpiece. Seriously, what's not to love?
Romantically rolled locks were the perfect finishing touch to this bride's wedding-day look. Keeping her stunning face as the focal point, the tucked front pieces of hair keep it clean and chic.
A Vintage Vibe
Large barrel curls twisting away from the face are an oh so romantic touch to this bride's vintage style. Plus, the embellished hairpiece adds just the right amount of irresistible shimmer.
Barely there waves flow beautifully about My Yen's face accentuating her bridal glow. Two ivory rosettes secure a few tucked-back pieces in place.
Claire embraced her naturally curly texture by simply finger-combing it back and securing it into a loose chignon. Her hair's natural shape adds so much volume and dimension at the crown but still maintains an effortless simplicity.
A Beaded Braid
Allie's whimsical loose braid was dotted with beaded pins that resemble tiny floral buds for her vineyard wedding. This ultra-organic look is beyond dreamy for any outdoor nuptials.
Ashley's perfectly disheveled, undone waves are relaxed in the sexiest way possible. She looked every bit the romantic bride for her mountainside Colorado nuptials.
A Dreamy Bun
Felicia's Lake Como nuptials were just as dreamy as the hairstyle she chose to wear. Her glossed-out bun was accented with a floral headpiece that hugged the style just above the veil.
A Bridal Blowout
With a smooth, bouncy blowout that features gently sculpted waves and tons of volume, Sydney's bright blonde mane created all the spotlight she needed for her wedding in the Hamptons.
Depending on the texture of your hair, be sure to consult your hairstylist prior to getting a blowout as there are different styles to consider. Whether the goal is to achieve extra bounce or you plan on rocking a sleek 'do, we recommend getting a blowout the day before or the morning of your wedding for best results.
A Touch of Gold
Heather donned an intricately woven chignon with a tiny gold bloom peeking out of the top for her dreamy French Riviera wedding. We love how her hair's highlights add dimension and texture to this pretty updo.
Flirty Finger Waves
Who wouldn't want to run their fingers through this waterfall of finger-wave curls? This stunning style is ideal for brides with thick, luscious locks.
A Beachy Bun
This low, textured bun with wispy flyaways framing the face was the perfect complement to this bride's beachside nuptials in Tulum, Mexico. And how stunning are those statement earrings finishing off the look?
Simplicity Is Key
Sometimes a single blossom is all you really need. Bride Nicole accented her loose, voluminous waves with a single white flower that blended magnificently with her modern, architectural gown.
True romance lies in a center part and gentle waves. But, that ethereal Marchesa Notte dress doesn't hurt either.
A loose gathering can create a captivatingly undone look that's far more deliberate than messy. Candiace's wedding hairstyle allowed for locks of curls to flow freely in the front while the longer lengths were tucked away in the back.
Monica's elegant half-up, half-down style is made all the more enchanting with thick sheaths of hair freely framing her beautiful features. She looked every bit the princess bride at her French château wedding.
A Perfectly Imperfect Chignon
Tracy's rich, tousled tendrils were loosely pinned back into an easygoing, just-messy-enough chignon with tons of rogue wisps falling around her picture-perfect face.
This bride's natural curls were let loose to freely cascade about her shoulders in an unfussy style. The innocent and youthful appearance kept with the celebration's organic, whimsical theme.
Romantic and effortless, some tousled waves are an easy choice. Sweep back a section of your hair with some flowers or greenery for an organic touch.
A Blooming Pony
For her Detroit wedding, Diana gathered her ample spirals into a soft ponytail just at the nape of the neck. She then tucked a bouquet of freshly foraged, pastel flowers into the base.
Chloe's woven chignon sat low at the back of her head, just grazing the nape of her neck. A dainty floral topper was added for a hint of sparkle as delicate waves framed her lovely features for a look befitting the elegant and boho Tennessee wedding.
A Curly Chignon
Adeline's traditional gather wasn't lacking in texture thanks to her natural curls. The spirals provided the perfect anchor for those stunning Jennifer Behr barrettes.
How much does wedding hair cost?
Should I get a professional to style my hair?
Depending on how elaborate your hairstyle is, you may want to hire a qualified hairstylist that specializes in bridal hair. Simpler styles can be done on your own but may require extra wedding-day time, effort, and stress that could outweigh the savings.
How do I choose a wedding hairstyle?
Your dress, makeup, and venue are a few factors that may impact your wedding hairstyle. Ultimately, it's best to gather inspiration to share with your hairstylist, family, and friends—doing so will help you make an informed decision.