Our Favourite Wedding Guest Hair Ideas

Who doesn’t love a wedding? Seeing your close friends or family members say ‘I do’ is a joyous occasion – and the perfect excuse for a party! If you’ve been invited to a wedding this year, you’re probably pulling together the perfect outfit ahead of the big day. It can be tricky enough knowing what to wear, and this has probably taken precedence over your hair and makeup so far. But truthfully, your beauty look can really help to bring everything together. So, complete your ensemble by taking inspiration from these simple yet statement-making hairstyles for wedding guests.

Halo Braid

This beautiful braided crown hairstyle works on medium-length or long hair. It’s not too fussy, and it’s got an effortlessness that’s perfect for bohemian weddings. Try to keep the overall finish on the messier side; create loose, beachy waves and leave a few face-framing tendrils loose at the front.

Classic Low Chignon

This classic low bun is easy to do and oh-so elegant. It’s a good option for long-haired ladies looking for a simple updo, though it’ll also work on medium-length hair. Chignons are formal yet effortless, so they’re an ideal option if you’ve been invited to both the ceremony and evening reception. Plus, they’re versatile; they suit a range of outfits and wedding styles.

To achieve this classic low chignon, follow the steps below:

  1. To give freshly washed hair a little more grit (making it easier to manage), spritz a styling spray onto wet hair. Blow dry your hair as usual.
  2. Separate your hair into three sections. Place the front two sections over your shoulders, so that you’re left with a larger section of hair at the back.
  3. Split this back section, separating the top layer of hair from the bottom. Don’t worry about this being too neat.
  4. Secure the top layer of hair with a bobby pin at the nape of your neck. Add about four bobby pins (two at either side) to make sure it’s properly held in place.
  5. Mist over this top layer with a light hold hairspray. Tease out the hair at your crown to add a little more volume.
  6. Bringing the top and bottom layers together, make a low ponytail (securing it with a hair elastic).
  7. Take the section of hair on your right-side shoulder, draping it across and over your ear. Secure it over the four bobby pins.
  8. Do the same, taking the left section this time. Your two sections should be crossed over, covering the four bobby pins you secured earlier.
  9. Twist your ponytail into a low bun. To stop your ends from coming loose, pull the end of your ponytail through the bun. Secure it with bobby pins.
  10. Tease out the bun a little, and mist over with hairspray to finish.

Twisted Crown

For those with shorter hair, styling it for formal occasions can be tricky. But this twisted crown hairstyle will work well on either short (bob-length) or long hair. It’s also a good option if your hair is finer; you can always make your hair look thicker by adding hair extensions before you get started too.

To create this twisted crown hairstyle:

  1. Gather the hair at the crown of your neck, securing it with a hair elastic. If you want to add more volume here, simply tease your hair at the crown using your fingers or a long tail comb.
  2. Next, you’ll need to create two ‘twists’ at either side of your face. To do this, grab the hair that’s not secured (on one side); separate it into two sections and wrap them, one around the other. Secure your twist in place with a large clip, before repeating on the other side. Leave some tendrils of hair loose towards the front of your face for a softer finish.
  3. Join the two twists together at the back of your head, placing them on top of the first ponytail you created. Secure them with a hair elastic and remove the clips.
  4. Gently tease out your twists so that they appear even.
  5. Mist over with a light hold hairspray.

Hair Barrettes – Any Way You Want

Grips, clips and slides are everywhere right now, and when it comes to hair accessories, more is definitely more this season. Hair barrettes have come a long way since the first time around (yes, we all remember the plastic 90s versions!); today, they’re a little more grown up. Pearl and diamante embellishments make modern hair barrettes perfect for wedding season; wear yours any way you want (that’s the beauty of this trend).

If you like to wear your hair down, hair accessories can really lift your look for formal occasions. Oh, and don’t be afraid to wear more than one at the same time.

Alternatively, you can incorporate hair barrettes into a fuss-free updo. This simple high bun is taken to the next level with some carefully placed (and rather large) snap clips.

Ribboned Low Pony

The ribboned ponytail is a romantic take on a classic. Once you’ve gathered your hair into a low pony, secure it with an elastic; tease your hair out at the crown to add volume. You shouldn’t aim for a slicked-back, perfect finish; leave a few tendrils loose around your face and curl your pony to create more movement. Then simply tie a ribbon round the base and you’re ready to go!

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