26 Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair From Real Weddings

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Jennifer Young 

Brides-to-be have the option to do nearly anything with their hair before the wedding, but if you're a bride with a short cut, options may seem almost nonexistent. Not to mention, finding hair inspiration may prove to be a bit challenging. Still, having hair that stops at your shoulders instead of down by your waist doesn't mean you can't have a show-stopping hairstyle as you walk down the aisle.

If you're a long-haired gal and contemplating the big chop, a short style can give you that fresh look you've been craving. Not to mention the way a cropped cut exquisitely frames your gorgeous face and features. Whether you're looking for a pixie cut or something a bit longer, we've curated a gallery of the very best wedding-day hairstyles, shoulder-grazing and up.

Keep scrolling to browse through some of our favorite short hairstyles from real weddings.

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Side Show

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Luna del Mar

This bride paired a deep side part and romantically sweeping side bang with her short lengths for a mountaintop celebration in Aspen, Colorado.

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Spiral Out

Newlyweds

Monica Leggio 

Romantic curls work on any hair length. This bride left hers completely untethered to freely fall as they may. The results are tons of sexy volume and an effortlessly flirty look.

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A Floral Arrangement

Newlyweds

Rad & In Love 

Add a floral headpiece to give strands that little something extra. We love the vertical orientation of this natural swag as well as its asymmetrical placement just to one side of the face. Such a refreshing spin on the traditional flower crown.

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An Earthy Topper

Newlyweds on the beach

Katch Silva 

In lieu of flowers, a crown made up of ferns and greenery serves as the perfect finishing touch. This earthy topper brings a rich, organic aesthetic into the otherwise pale, coastal color palette.

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Fuss-Free Follicles

Newlyweds

Amber Gress Photography 

Tousled waves are the perfect no-fuss 'do for a busy bride. There's a wedding to plan, after all! This smiling groom is definitely a fan of the look.

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A Bohemian Dream

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Tida Svy 

We see you, boho goddess. This lovely lady added some structured spirals to her flirtatiously asymmetrical cut for her desert wedding in Palm Springs, California. The results are super playful and bouncy.

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A Minimalist Moment

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Hannah Costello

Minimal brides will swoon over this sleek crop. Sexy bangs in gradient lengths and a deep side part add some extra oomph to the look.

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On the Fringe

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Amber Gress Photography 

Ask your hairstylist for side-swept bangs if you're in need of more volume and definition. This lash-skimming fringe brings all the attention up to the eyes.

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A Dainty Detail

Newlyweds

Chaz Cruz Photography 

Jeweled headpieces can pull your bridal look together while still being timeless, or they can be a bit wilder and reflect your outgoing personality. This bride's delicate accent brings just the right amount of sparkle to her dark locks without overpowering the ensemble.

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Old Soul

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Kelly Anne Berry 

Perfect for modern brides with old, glamorous souls, brushed-out finger waves can be totally chic. This bride goes above and beyond with hair color that is perfectly harmonized with her skin tone and that incredible veil. Honestly, we can't stop gushing over this look.

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Glossy Glam

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Norman & Blake 

This fashionista bride clearly knew what she was doing. She expertly juxtaposed a glossy, blunt bob and full bangs with an ultra-feminine wedding gown for her floral-filled wedding in Vermont.

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Be Blunt

First kiss

Martin Slechta & Zuza Benesova for Everbay Co.

Blunt bobs are always in style. Pair with a beachy texture and full fringe and you've got yourself a grade-A, cool-girl look. A feminine floral topper can inject some softness into the look, if you're so inclined.

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Golden Age

Newlyweds

Heidi Lau Photography 

Play up your bridal look (and hair!) by adding a fun accessory. This bride's full pixie cut and mini bangs have all the makings of an Audrey Hepburn vibe. The gold floral headband is the perfect finishing touch.

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A Modern Mix

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Bonnie Sen 

This modern bride rocked a slick, barely there crimped texture in her blonde tresses for her nuptials in Washington, DC. Check out how those earrings match the flow of the crimp perfectly. Genius!

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French Accents

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Our Labour of Love

Having short hair doesn't mean you have to skip the veil. Pair a chin-length bob and full, eye-brow skimming fringe with a birdcage veil (set askew, of course) for some serious French-girl chic.

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On the Edge

Newlyweds

Jacqueline Schlossman 

An asymmetrical pixie can add edginess to your bridal look. We love the longer lengths and structured spirals framing the face.

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A Touch of Whimsy

Newlyweds

Echoes & Wild Hearts 

This beauty topped her glossy, dark crop with a pastel-hued flower crown for her simplistic Mediterranean wedding on the Greek island of Crete. The innocent floral halo makes for a whimsical and youthful contrast to her inky strands.

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Windswept Waves

Newlyweds

Ready Luck 

A layered shag creates definition and movement, meaning your gorgeous strands will flow with the wind. Get ready for some epic, windswept bridal portraits.

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Placement Is Key

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Ready Luck 

Fear not, no bloom is too big for a short 'do. This bride's trick is to place the blooms as a headband on the forehead rather than as a crown topper, which balances out the height of her natural 'do without adding any additional inches.

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A Perfect Pair

Newlyweds

Ready Luck 

A side-swept bob can work if you're not yet ready for a full chop. On the other hand, go big with an edgy pixie.

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A Curly Canvas

Bride dancing

Two Twenty

Forgo relaxers for natural, full-of-bounce curls. This radiant bride tucked a few blossoms into her tight coils for a feminine and vivacious look.

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A Romantic Outlook

Newlyweds

Jennifer Young

This bride is the epitome of dreamy. Rich, curly tendrils gently fall around her stunning features as she walks down the aisle at her intimate destination nuptials in Italy. We've got chills.

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Layered Lengths

Newlyweds

Cotton Weddings

A long, layered bob can give the illusion of length while adding definition. Inject just enough volume to add some life to the strands without going overboard and sacrificing on length.

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Double Dose

Newlyweds

Jacqueline Schlossman

In the mood for a sleek crop, or did you have something more voluminous in mind? Either way, these two brides are giving us some serious crop-envy.

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Make a Statement

Newlyweds

Laura Murray

This bride's short crop couldn't be cooler. And check out those statement earrings adding a pop of orange to the look (a citrusy complement to the vixen-red lippy).

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Beachy Birdcage

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Ryan Ray 

This bride emphasized her lob-length, beach waves with a stunning, minimalist birdcage veil for her coastal wedding in California.

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