21 Perfectly Imperfect Messy Updos

Intentional tendrils and flyaways give off chill-bride vibes

Updated 09/24/19
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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 2018 Wedding Report, the inspiration destination confirms that the search for messy updos is up a whopping 1,274 percent, proving that the best updos are loose, sexy, and just a little bit messy.

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? Start off your style with L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment ($7) to lock in moisture and smooth on Alba Botanica Hawaiian Anti-Frizz Serum So Smooth Gardenia ($6) to keep frizz at bay. Then, you can take your casual bun to the next level with a sparkly hairpin, suggests Kelly De Serio, a hairstylist for Ted Gibson in New York. “You have that balance of a soft romantic look, and the accessory elevates it,” she says. Moreover, wearing some of your bangs down, “looks effortless," and the addition of flowers in your 'do adds a touch of boho romance. To maintain your hair's texture and fluid appearance, she recommends L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art True Grip Powder ($20). And it’s totally okay if you have to cheat a little when it comes to volume: For extra-lush messy updos, De Serio likes building volume over meshy nylon strips like the Secret Filler by the Secret Brush ($14). Finish with Healthy Sexy Hair So Touchable Weightless Hairspray ($19).

Below, we have all the messy updo inspiration you need. Scroll down to see 21 perfectly imperfect wedding hairstyles.

Belathée Photography

The addition of a crystal hair accessory makes a loose bun wedding worthy.

Sally Pinera Photography

This bride's hairstyle lets the gorgeous texture of her locks take center stage.

Feather + North

A tucked-away braid and loose tendrils make for the ultimate romantic look.

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Photo by Sargeant Creative

An easy-going style looks just right in a breezy, bohemian setting.


Photo by Sarah Falugo

Loosely tie up locks with a silk ribbon for a feminine touch.


Photo by Bottega 53

An unexpected way to rock flowers in your hair? Symmetrically arranged blooms.


Photo by Emmy Lowe

Mary Lawless of Happily Grey twisted her tendrils into a lush, relaxed style.

Bride and Groom

Photo by Jose Villa

Tuck in a hair accessory to make your 'do extra special.

Bride solo shot from back

Photo by Birds of a Feather Photography

Add a braid for instant boho vibes.

Bride and groom main image

Photo by Jose Villa

Keep things soft and romantic with a loose bun.

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Photo by Sarah Falugo

Don't fight your curls! Embrace them!

Bride and Groom at Cermony

Photo by Cinzia Bruschini

A simple twisted 'do meets sprigs of greenery.

Main Image

Photo by Patricia Lyons Photography

Twist locks away from your face. (A must for hot summer weddings!)

Olivia Rae James

A major plus of messy updos? They're a great way to show off the gorgeous back of your wedding dress.

theia dress

Photo by Treebird Photography

Who said a messy updo couldn't be glam? Just pop in a sparkly hairpiece for some sparkle.

Bride and groom kissing

Photo by Amber Gress Photography

This effortlessly edgy 'do perfectly compliments this bride's cool-girl style.

couple at dinner

Photo by Sara Lobla

Supermodel and Brides covergirl Shanina Shaik kept her locks loose for her island wedding.

Bride with Bridesmaids

Jordan Voth

This entire bridal party opted for perfectly imperfect styles.

Bride with Red Lip

Photo by Ashley Ludaescher Photography

This bride let her bangs flow freely to keep her look loose and relaxed.

Bride in Cortana Wedding Gown

Photo by Sally Pinera

Face-framing tendrils and a dainty tiara have this bride looking like a boho princess.

Bride Wearing Diamond Earrings and Hairpiece

Photo by Bonnie Sen Photography

A sparkly accessory elevates a soft, romantic style.

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