Braids are top a wedding 'do — from runways to real life walks down the aisle. Pretty plaits were all over the fall catwalks of some of the hottest bridal designers, including Marchesa and Hayley Paige. Our Instagram and Pinterest feeds are full of gorgeous braided wedding hairstyles. And it's easy to see why this is the perfect special occasion style. Braids are at once whimsical and timeless. Plus, they'll stay in place from photos to the after party.
From cascading fishtails and artfully woven halos, to intricate waterfalls and double French plaits, there are tons of on-trend takes on the classic braid. Here, we're spotlighting beautiful braided wedding hairstyles that are perfect for your fall nuptials.
Inverted Fishtail Crown Braid
Planning a woodland wedding? Try this soft, inverted fishtail crown braid. "The key to achieving undone perfection is not to overthink it — and just let your hands do," says hairstylist Hannah Nell Holsomback. A gold leaf crown adds an ethereal finishing touch.
Double Braid French Plait
Modern romantic brides will love this ultra-feminine hairstyle — a favorite of Parisienne fashion darlings. For a contemporary interpretation, double up the braids and leave the lengths of your hair loose.
Dutch Side Braid
Channeling Rapunzel on your big day is easier than you might realize. The key to achieving this side-swept, fairytale braid? "I recommend using extensions and a volume powder, which is great for adding texture and making fine hair look thicker," says Christina Butcher, blogger at Hair Romance.
Knots Into Split Fishtail Braid
Dreaming of a Pinterest-worthy braid? This combination braid consists of two knots that float above an artfully woven split fishtail plait. Pro tip: use a mini crimper to create volume.
Chunky Halo Braid
Show off your show-stopping dress by pulling you hair into a halo braid updo. The key to mastering the boho bridal look? Leave a few wispy pieces loose in the front. Finish with a little lightweight hairspray for a soft hold.
Quarter Fishtail Pony
We can't help but fall in love with this fresh, elegant take on a classic fishtail braid. This beautiful hybrid style is sure to wow on your walk down the aisle. For a polished finish, wrap a section of your hair around the top and bottom of your ponytail.
For low key brides, the waterfall is a simple, no-fuss way to play with a braid—without going for an updo or pony. This pretty plait is a perfect way to add interest to straight strands, tight curls and beachy waves.
Mohawk Dutch Fishtail
You don't have to give up your personal style on your wedding. Edgier brides will love this mohawk Dutch fishtail braid. Finish with a spritz of hairspray to guarantee your style stays intact all night long.
Feathered French Braids
The softness of these french plaits is perfect for a garden ceremony. You can even bring nature into your bridal 'do by weaving in a few fresh flowers. Pro tip: unless you're blessed with mermaid-like locks, you'll likely need to invest in extensions for this look.
Mermaid Half Up Fishtail Braid
Half updos are a perfect for a special occasion — ahem, like your wedding — without feeling overly formal. A pretty fishtail plait takes this look to the next level. And cascading pieces give it a romantic vibe.