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First Published: 5th June 2013

Wedding highs and lows – bridal hairstyle guide

It’s not just about deciding up or down when it comes to wedding hair, so we’ve compiled a bridal hairstyle guide to give you that extra inspiration… From chic chignons to hair raising beehives there’s a catalogue of bridal styles to choose from. But it isn’t just about choosing something you like or think looked […]


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It’s not just about deciding up or down when it comes to wedding hair, so we’ve compiled a bridal hairstyle guide to give you that extra inspiration…

Alan Hannah 2013, Julianne Hough and Kelly Brooke

From chic chignons to hair raising beehives there’s a catalogue of bridal styles to choose from. But it isn’t just about choosing something you like or think looked nice on Kim Kardashian. The style you opt for will depend on a number of factors, such as the length of your hair, the way it has been cut and even your face shape.

And believe it or not, your wedding dress will also heavily influence your hairstyle decision. If you experiment with various hairstyles whilst in your wedding dress, you’ll notice how the slightest change to your locks can drastically alter your entire appearance – sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. So with that in mind, let’s find that style that’s going to work with your dress on the big day…

Romantic

A floaty romantic wedding gown warrants a suitably girly hairstyle. Try a loose braided bun or a messy fishtail side plait with plenty of texture to match the soft feel of your dress.

Elizabeth Fillmore ss 2014, Kirsten Dunst and Blake Lively
Elizabeth Fillmore ss 2014, Kirsten Dunst and Blake Lively

Asymetrical

Wear your hair up with an asymetrical or one shouldered wedding gown to emphasize the detail. Keep your hair fuss-free and have it  put up in a bouncy voluminous ponytail that’s simple and stylish.

Rosa Clara, Vogue India, Julianne Hough
Rosa Clara, Vogue India, Julianne Hough

Vintage

A vintage wedding dress will look incomplete with a modern hairstyle so try an authentic 1920s style ‘do, such as a short bob or Marcel finger waves.

Jenny Packham sabine, Taylor Swift and Kate Bosworth
Jenny Packham sabine, Taylor Swift and Kate Bosworth

Long sleeved

A big retro blow dry is the ideal style to set off a long sleeved wedding dress, especially one with a v-neckline that exposes a little cleavage.

Delia by Charlotte Balbier and Kelly Brooke
Delia by Charlotte Balbier and Kelly Brooke

Halterneck

With a halterneck or nigh neck wedding gown you’ll want to keep your hair off your face as this will make you look out of proportion and seem as if you’re slightly suffocated. Instead, a gravity defying beehive will look slick and sophisticated with this style of wedding dress.

Tara Kelly, Pepe Botella, Esme Wissells
Tara Kelly, Pepe Botella, Esme Wissells

Cap sleeves

With a cap sleeved wedding gown, you’ll want to keep your hair off your face but not pulled back tightly, so a side chignon is the perfect casual updo. It puts a stylish spin on the classic bun and creates a flirty asymmetrical silhouette.

Reem Acra, Charlize Theron and Amsale 2013
Reem Acra, Charlize Theron and Amsale 2013

Spaghetti straps

Romantic tousled hair looks effortlessly elegant with a spaghetti strapped wedding dress that doesn’t have too much detail on the top half.

Jenny Packham ss 2014, alan Hannah Mia Mia 2013, bridalmusings.com
Jenny Packham ss 2014, alan Hannah Mia Mia 2013, bridalmusings.com

Strapless

If you’re hair is pulled completely off your face, with a strapless wedding dress, all you’ll see is shoulders and neck. On the other hand, wearing your hair down will distract from the upper part of the dress. Therefore you should compromise with a half up half down do, that’s classically styled.

Marchesa ss 2014, Pippa Middleton, Cassie Scerbo
Marchesa ss 2014, Pippa Middleton, Cassie Scerbo

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