Wedding Updos for Every Type of Bride
When it comes to planning your perfect wedding, every detail counts, but luckily, the fun really begins when the big things are sorted. Once you’ve booked the venue, invited the guests, chosen your bridesmaids and bought the dress, you get to add those all-important personal touches that bring everything together – like choosing your hairstyle for the big day. Whether you’re having a rustic barn wedding or a chic inner-city soiree, these bridal updos are sure to inspire, whatever your style.
Braided updo with flowers
Nothing says ‘wedding’ quite like a bunch of beautiful blooms, so complement your bridal bouquet with this suitably romantic hairstyle. Whimsical and delicate, it’s the perfect updo for bohemian brides who are planning a rustic or vintage-inspired wedding. As such, braided updos work best when they’re slightly undone; make sure there are few tendrils hanging loose to get that sought-after, haute hippie look.
Chignon updos are perennially popular with brides since they’re versatile, elegant and simple to do. Deriving from the French phrase ‘chignon du cou,’ which means ‘nape of the neck,’ a chignon hairstyle is defined as having a low bun that sits, (surprise surprise), on the nape of the neck. Whilst traditional, chignons are anything but dated; they can easily be adapted to incorporate new trends and reflect individual tastes. Bejewelled or floral hair accessories can also be added for an Oscar-worthy finish. Looser chignons have an effortless, ethereal charm that’s perfect for intimate, rural weddings; smooth chignons have a polished look, meaning they’re more likely to suit the contemporary mood of urban venues.
High ballerina bun
Ballerina buns are ultra-feminine and super sleek. Designed so that there isn’t a hair out of place, they’re perfect for put-together brides, who have their big days organised down to the last hand-written place card. Tulle-skirted dresses fit for would-be princesses suit this traditional hairstyle. Plus, since all the hair sits neatly atop the head, it’s great for showing off delicate necklines and sparkling jewellery too.
Messy French twist
Like the chignon, French twists bridge the gap between classic and contemporary, and can be styled to your liking. They’re ideal for brides who want a fuss-free, but statement-making look; keep things contemporary with a messier, textured finish that’s more matte than shiny. This is one of those hairstyles that works best when it seems effortless, so avoid adding any accessories at the last minute (minus a veil if you’re having one). Kooky brides might want to create a retro-inspired bouffant with volume and height to the top.
No longer the reserve of school girls and gym-goers, the modern ponytail is sleek and oh-so chic. As such, it’s perfect for brides who are planning a glossy urban wedding that’s stylish but not too OTT; if you’re having a low-key ceremony over a stately service and saving spends for the afterparty (we feel that), then this one’s for you. Naysayers of billowing skirts and embellished bodices will love this hairstyle, since it complements the minimalism of a streamlined silhouette; it’s also worth considering if you’re foregoing a dress for a bridal jumpsuit. Maximise the contemporary appeal of this striking updo by wrapping a strand of hair around the base of your ponytail; again, keep the finish matte and messy.
As with the classic chignon, this hairstyle features a bun that sits at the nape of the neck, only this time, it’s braided. The tactile charm of the braided bun gives it a modern twist that’s made for elegant brides who want something a little different. They’re subtle yet detailed, and will suit dresses that may look understated – until you look a little closer. Intricate lace dresses, or those with something unique about them (like a bardot neckline or draping) will work particularly well.
If you’re a fan of all things retro, it’s likely that you’ve seen the vintage roll hairstyle before. Though it looks impressive, it’s easy to achieve; add flowers or Deco-inspired hair accessories to the base of the roll to really make this elegant look stand out. This version of the vintage roll is derivative of the queue curl; a distinctive 1940s hairstyle that’s managed to retain its charm all these years later.
Messy low bun
Laid-back brides-to-be will embrace the messy low bun. A cult classic of updos, it has a carefree charm that’s in-keeping with the bohemian mood of a beach wedding; if it’s likely that you’ll go barefoot at some point during your big day, you’ll probably be drawn to this look. It’s the perfect way to showcase a floaty, floor-sweeping (but slimline) dress too, and looks best when worn a touch on the dishevelled side.
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