30 Hairstyle Ideas for Wedding Guests

Wedding guests with the bride


Whether you're a friend of the bride and groom or relative flying in for the wedding, you'll need a special hairstyle to mark the occasion. From easy updos to next-level ponytails, these looks are just the thing to rock at all the upcoming nuptials on your itinerary, no matter how casual or formal.

A well-tressed guest is one who looks like she can whip up a chic hairstyle with a few hair ties, pins, and accessories. Try your hand at a knotted updo. Pull out your curling wand and keep things classic with loose waves. A twisted ponytail is a perfect fit when the sun is shining during those outdoor summer ceremonies. Plus, some styles are so statement-making, you can skip the jewelry and let your 'do be the accessory that tops off your outfit.

Below, we've rounded up the best hairstyles for wedding guests with all hair types and lengths.

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An Elegant Chignon

Bridesmaids and bride on bed with mural in the background

Photo by Lisa Poggi; Event Planning by Exclusive Italy Weddings; Hair by Styles by Omar

All of these bridesmaids are rocking matching chignons gathered ultra low at the base of their heads. Paired with dramatic side parts and side-swept bangs, these ladies are the very essence of sophistication.

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A Low-Key Pin

Wedding guest with a low-key pin

Photo by Greg Finck

Shorter lengths with bouncy curls look instantly retro-chic with the addition of a sparkly hair accessory. Use the hairpins to pull some pieces away from the face on only one side for a vampy curtain-like effect on the other.

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A Textured Bun

Wedding guest with a textured, flower-adorned bun

Photo by Volvoreta

Embrace your natural hair texture, from straight strands to waves to curls and coils, by tossing it all into a laid-back bun. Just let it do its own thing for a sexy, relaxed look that is all your own.

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A Simple Knot

Newlyweds featuring bride with a simple knot

Photo by Biancca Wallace

Loosely (but securely) gather your hair at the base of the neck and into a simple knot for this stunningly minimalistic style. You can even rock a statement earring for a mega-watt ensemble.

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A Bevy of Braids

Braided wedding guest in an orange gown

Photo by Lauren Baker

These fun braids are not only über cool but also incredibly pragmatic for a night of dancing and celebrating. Just be careful if you decide to whip that hair back and forth as these babies can do some damage.

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A Deep Side Part

Bride with a romantic and glamorous side-part

Photo by Erich McVey; Event Planning by Paper Diamonds; Hair by Alexandul 

Switch up your part placement from a soft and romantic center part to a bodacious, va-va-voom side part. The deeper you go the edgier it gets.

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Floral Embellishments

Wedding guest with a flower-adorned hairstyle

Photo by Lauren Baker 

This bridesmaid accented her tight spirals with drapey flowers that mimicked her hair's natural springiness.

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Brushed Waves

Bridesmaids with effortless, brushed-out waves

Photo by Anya Kernes 

Brushed-out waves are oh so romantic. We love the added dimension from these tonal highlights.

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Twisted Tresses

Bridesmaid zipping bride into dress

Photo by Edward Winter for Readyluck; Hair by Boho Hair Salon  

A tousled half-up, half-down hairstyle gets a refreshing upgrade with the addition of an unexpected twist—literally. This bride and her maid of honor each twisted their front pieces backward before securing them into place.

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A Sweet-As-Can-Be Bow

Wedding guest with a sweet bow hairstyle

Photo by SARA LOBLA 

Incorporate a ribboned bow into any hairstyle for an oh-so-sweet touch. You can tie it around a half-up, half-down hairstyle or ponytail, loop it around a bun, or even weave it throughout a braid for an added dose of color.

Play with various textures to change up the feel of the bow and the resulting aesthetics. Tulle is ultra-bridal, of course; velvet adds softness; leather is edgy and masculine, and burlap can be very rustic.

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Beach Waves

Bride and bridesmaids with ultra long hair

Photo by Tamara Gruner; Event Planning by Isabelle Kline Design; Hair by Melanie Ortiz of Priv; Bridesmaids' Dresses by Halston &  Vera Wang 

You can never go wrong with beach waves—the style works on just about any hair length or texture. Change up the look by experimenting with a side part versus a center part.

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A Fishtail Updo

Wedding guest with a fishtail updo

Photo by Anya Kernes; Event Planning by Rekindle Creative; Hair by Sherilyn Beauty

What better way to wear your hair for a coastal wedding than by incorporating a fishtail braid? This fishtailed tuck is absolutely enchanting, particularly with that crystal floral hairpin.

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A Classic Low Ponytail

Wedding Guest with a classic low ponytail

Photo by Red Aspen Photography 

A low ponytail can be so many things. It can take on a soft and feminine appeal like the stunner above. Or you can add tons of texture and waves for a lush, runway-ready alternative.

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A Loose Braid

Side braid with baby's breath


This loose braid is set slightly askew, draping over one shoulder in a darling manner. Nestle in a few buds or pops of baby's breath for a refreshing touch.

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Curled Ends

Elegant wedding guest with effortless hair

Photo by Joey Willis 

Instead of straightening your hair into a sheath of pin-straight locks, slightly curl the ends inward for a more glam aesthetic. Add a little bit of volume throughout the strands to keep the look soft and not too sleek.

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A Side Braid

Wedding guest in a teal dress with a side braid

Photo by Echoes & Wild Hearts 

Plait your hair in a slightly asymmetric fashion and sweep it over to one side for a playful vibe. This stunner secured the braid a few inches above the ends for a youthful feel.

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Half-Up, Half-Down

Bride and bridesmaids in blue

Photo by Carmen Santorelli; Event Planning by Simply Sera Events; Hair by Kohnur Premier Bridal Beauty; Bridesmaid's Dresses by Jenny Yoo, from Vow to Be Chic

Long lengths and brushed-out waves can stand on their own and need little embellishment, but for some added freedom a simple gather can make a world of difference. Each of these ladies showcases the sheer range of this style with different textures and slight variations

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Straight Sheath

Bridesmaids in gold slip dresses and straight hair with the bride

Photo by Bottega 53; Event Planning by Venice First; Hair & Makeup by Makeup by Jane; Bridesmaids' Dresses by Bec + Bridge 

Pin straight locks that look silky smooth and glossed out are the perfect match for slip dresses of the same texture. These ladies prove that simplicity sometimes really is all you need to make a statement.

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A Classic Fishtail

Wedding guest with a classic fishtail braid

Photo by Kristen Kilpatrick 

This sweet fishtail braid is dotted with bits of tiny flowers for an enchanted, storybook princess vibe. We deem this style totally swoon-worthy.

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A Statement Headpiece

Wedding guest with a statement-making headpiece

Photo by Juanlu Real

Even the simplest and most perfectly undone of styles get a serious injection of elegance and glam from the addition of a gorgeous hair accessory.

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Wet Look

Wedding guest with combed back wet hair

Photo by Matt Mendelson 

The combed-back wet look makes for a runway-ready contrast to an otherwise soft and feminine ensemble.

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A Big Ballerina Bun

Wedding guest with a big ballerina bun

Photo by Ali Bailey

An ample topknot makes for an appealing complement to a high neckline as it draws the eyes upwards and elongates the neck.

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Milkmaid Plaits

Wedding guest with milkmaid braids

Photo by Echoes & Wild Hearts 

These milkmaid braids are whimsical and feminine making them a great choice for any summertime wedding. Nestle a few buds at the base for a truly enchanted look.

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A Cascading Braid

Wedding guest with a cascading braid

Photo by O'Malley Photographers; Event Planning by Valley and Co.; Hair by Misbehaven Spa & Salon 

This is the plait of all our bohemian fantasies come to life. Draped twists, tiny floral hairpins nestled throughout, playfully curled ends—what more could we possibly ask for? Be still, our boho-loving hearts.

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A High Ponytail

Couple dancing at a wedding

Photo by Hannah Pickle 

Don't completely discount a high ponytail as a wedding day look. The style can inject some youthfulness into any ensemble and still convey an air of elegance.

For an ultra-chic ponytail, take a strand of hair from the bottom and wrap it around the base covering the hair tie. Secure the twisted piece in place with a well-camouflaged bobby pin-tucked underneath.

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A Knotted Braid

Wedding guest in a red strapless dress with date

Photo by Rebecca Yale 

How cool is this style? A knotted braid weaves itself down to the nape of the neck before twisting into one large, interwoven chignon.

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A Side Sweep

Bridesmaid with a romantic side-sweep 'do

Photo by Atmosphere Fotografia 

Pull your hair to one side and let it all cascade over one shoulder, sensuously exposing your neck and collarbone on the alternate side.

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Big Texture

Wedding guest with naturally curly hair dancing

Photo by Lauren Baker

Embrace your natural hair texture for a larger-than-life 'do. Disclaimer: The bigger the hair, the funkier the dance moves!

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Tousled Tresses

Bride with slightly undone, tousled tresses

Photo by Rachel Havel

These slightly undone, tousled locks emanate an alluringly relaxed and laid-back vibe.

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A Boho Braid

Braided hair

Photo by Kristin Sweeting

This thick bohemian braid elegantly swoops into a low knot for a sweet yet fuss-free style.

  • Should I go to a hairstylist or do it myself?

    While practice makes perfect, there are some hairstyles that may be too difficult to do on your own. When in doubt, don't be afraid to enlist the help of a hairstylist.

  • Do I need to try out my hairstyle before the wedding?

    Not just reserved for the bride-to-be, a wedding hair trial is a great way to see your hairstyle perfected before the big day. Beyond mastering your 'do, you'll also want to make sure that you know how to keep it in place all day.

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