24 Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair From Real Weddings

Bridal portrait

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

Bridal portrait

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

Carly Cushnie dancing in wedding parade

Fer Juaristi; Event Planning by Marcela Gonzalez

Romantic curls work on any hair length. Fashion designer Carly Cushnie left her coils longer on top with the sides cut extra short. The results are tons of sexy volume and height that contribute to an effortlessly playful look.

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A Floral Arrangement

Newlyweds portrait in front of bridge


Add a floral headpiece to give strands that little something extra. We love the choice of sultry, scarlet blooms to complement this bride's flirty, retro style and vixen red lip.

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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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A Bohemian Dream

Bridal portrait

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

Bridal portrait

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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A Dainty Detail


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

Bridal portrait

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

Bridal portrait

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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Rocker Chic

Mom helping bride get dressed

Dacia Pierson of Eager Hearts Photography; Hair by Tinika Sadiku for Swivel Beauty

Cool-girl brides, take note of this statement updo perfect for shorter lengths and bigger personalities. In a crocheted faux hawk, this beauty combines a little bit of edge with a whole lot of glam for the perfect bridal look. (It would seem that style runs in the family with her mom's textured pixie serving some major inspo, too!)

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Golden Age


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

Bridal portrait

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


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 Gilded Accessory

Bridal portrait in blush dress

Picture Me&U; Hair by Kudakwashe Magora Mhlanga

This beauty topped her ultra-short, rich crop with a feminine, floral hair comb. It not only adds warmth to the look but also matches the tone of her earrings perfectly.

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Windswept Waves


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

Bridal portrait

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 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


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

Jazmyn Simon bridal portrait

Funkytown Productions; Event Planning by Gladys Santizo of Saguzo Eventos

A short, layered bob can give the illusion of length while adding definition. Actress Jazmyn Simon added a sense of vintage femininity to her bridal 'do with glossy waves and a deep, barrette-adorned side part.

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Double Dose


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


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

Bridal portrait

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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Simply Stunning

Newlyweds after civil ceremony


Simplicity can make just as much of a visual impact as more intricate stylings, especially if your aesthetic is more paired back and minimalist. This bride's short crop and natural texture are all she needs to complement her breezy civil ceremony look.

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