Sometimes, it’s best to keep it simple. This rule of thumb can apply to your wedding guest list (you don’t always need to invite third and fourth cousins), your menu (two signature cocktails are enough!), and even what kind of hairstyle you rock on the big day. Simple wedding hairstyles can be just as stunning as their more intricate counterparts.
These looks suit brides who have a more minimalist sense of style. Not to mention, if you're doing your own hair for your wedding, simple 'dos can be a saving grace. We’re confident that you’ll be able to pull off most of these looks yourself. Just remember that practice makes perfect and to give yourself plenty of time so you don't feel too much pressure.
Now let’s take our own advice, keep things simple, and cut right to the chase: Here are 30 simple wedding hairstyles we just love.
Cool-Girl Middle Part
Rocked by celebs like Zoe Kravitz and all of the Kardashians, middle parts are effortlessly cool. But it's not just the celebrity set who subscribe to this style. Brides love it as it's both face-defining and versatile. Check out the loose curls this bride paired hers with.
Throw on a Flower Crown
No matter what wedding hairstyle you choose, you can add some extra bridal vibes by throwing on a flower crown. Ask your florist if she can create one using the same flowers that’ll be in your bouquet to pull the whole look together.
Another alternative to just a plain pony? This literal twist on the hairstyle that's downright mesmerizing. We love how it's both effortless and elegant—just like this stunning bride.
Be sure to use a thickening product like a dry texturizing spray or powder to give your hair some grip before forming the double twists.
Looking for something with a bit of a modern edge? Take note of this faux-hawk. It’s crafted from easy-enough braids and twists and totes all the cool-girl vibes you’ve been searching for.
A simple crown braid totes plenty of bohemian charm. Like many styles, this one works best on dirty hair that has a bit of a grip to it, so resist the urge to wash it the night before your wedding.
Minimalist Metallic Barrette
Sometimes, a simple barrette is all a bride needs! Just take it from this beauty who tucked away a lock of hair with a slim, single hairpiece.
Classic Half-Up Half-Down
The tried-and-true half-up half-down hairstyle has never failed a bride! Why? Because it’s universally flattering, complementing all face shapes and many personal styles and wedding dress necklines.
Take a page out of Meghan Markle’s royal wedding playbook with a messy bun. It's a softened version of a classic chignon that’ll look lovely and effortless.
Big Bouncy Curls
How gorgeous are these glossy curls? Big, lush curls are undeniably glamorous and are achievable via a larger barrel curling iron.
To achieve this style, make sure that you're using the correct curling iron size. For versatility, we recommend a 1 ¼-inch or 1 ½-inch barrel that will allow you to create anything from effortless beach waves to glam waves inspired by your favorite old-Hollywood starlet.
Half-Up Braided Bun
This hairstyle is the definition of simplistic chic! By pulling back some of your locks, you’ll keep the attention on your face and a braided half bun, as seen here, is such an unexpected way to do it.
Give an otherwise simple wedding hairstyle the royal treatment by topping it off with a bridal tiara. We love the halo-like headpiece this beauty donned.
This bride made sure to show off the stunning sheer back of her wedding dress by rocking a simple ponytail. Smooth away any flyaways by spraying a comb with hairspray and pulling it through your strands before gathering them into the ponytail.
Big and Bold Blooms
If you feel that your simple wedding hairstyle could use a little...something...big, bold florals might fit the bill. The statement-making florals can instantly level up any bridal ‘do.
We love the way this bride wore curls piled and pinned on top of her head. What an easy (and pretty!) way to get your hair out of your face so you can show off all your best dance moves at the reception.
Soft, beachy waves are a summertime staple and a gorgeous choice for brides. If you’re styling your own tresses, curl 1- to 2-inch sections of hair using a 1-inch wand. Vary the direction of the curls to keep the finished look natural and effortless.
Who knew the ponytail you rock at the gym could become so romantic? Hide hair elastics by wrapping the hair around them, and pull out a couple of tendrils for a soft and ethereal vibe.
Sleek High Knot
Does your dream wedding dress boast a beautiful neckline or back? Wearing your hair in a sleek high knot will let those details shine without competing with them.
Romantic, Wispy Updo
We’re obsessed with this soft and romantic updo. When going for a similar style, remember to keep things relaxed and textured—not every hair has to lay perfectly in place.
Braids Meet Ponytail
Here, two dainty braids meet a ponytail in holy matrimony. Who knew they’d make such a perfect pair?! It’s a great choice for a boho bride.
Cropped and Curled
You can still rock some curls with a shorter ‘do by focusing a curling wand on just the ends of your hair. This will give it body and bounce. Follow with a flexible hold hairspray, and you’re good to go!
Lustrous Low Bun
You can’t go wrong with a classic chignon. This iconic iteration is set low on the head and shines bright thanks to that sleek middle part and glossy tresses.
For an easy half-up half-down hairstyle, simply twist locks of hair to frame the face. Secure with matte bobby pins.
Rest assured that a sleek and shiny hairstyle will never go out of style. After parting your hair (try going straight down the middle like this bridal beauty!), spritz on a shine-boosting spray before blow-drying to achieve this minimalist look.
Show Off Your Natural Texture
Keep the rest of your style simple and let your natural texture be the star of the show.
A Boost of Volume
A little volume at the crown of the head can make a world of difference in formalizing a simple wedding hairstyle. Try using a volumizing powder at the roots to give your tresses just the right amount of oomph.
With twisted, intertwining locks, tons of volume, and an embellished hair comb, this bride’s ponytail is taken to the next level.
Old Hollywood–Inspired Waves
Complement a vintage wedding dress with some old Hollywood–inspired waves. The unique texture alone is simply stunning.
Loosely Wrapped Updo
To mimic this lovely, loose updo, first, create a rope braid before loosely wrapping it around the base. Secure with bobby pins, untucking it a bit here and there so it looks elegantly effortless.
Slip in Some Sparkle
Leave it to a sparkly hairpiece to instantly dress up any wedding hairstyle. As if this bride’s romantic, loose curls weren’t pretty enough, the addition of her glittering hair accessory makes it extra special.
A Basic-Yet-Beautiful Braid
There’s nothing wrong with a classic! This simple braid keeps things uncomplicated yet oh so pretty.
Should I hire a hairstylist?
Depending on the complexity of your desired hairstyle, you may want to bring a stylist on board. Even simple updos and braids can sometimes be tricky to do by yourself.
How long will it take to do your hair?
It varies from bride to bride, but typically 45 to 90 minutes once you factor in the level of difficulty, whether you wear your hair up or down, and the number of steps involved.