25 Easy Wedding Hairstyles for Guests That’ll Work for Every Dress Code
When attending a wedding, no matter if it’s a relaxed beach bash or dressy black tie affair, Southerners take the dress code seriously—from head to toe. Because you might not be walking down the aisle, but you’re definitely getting in on the photo booth and selfie shots all night long. And that means your hair game needs to be as strong as your outfit. Dress up your LBD, match your formal gown, or beat the “mid-summer wedding” heat with these wedding guest hairstyles. Whether going with the classic chignon, easy half-up style, or trendy ponytail, you’ll be ready to take on the reception in style. Find that accessories—like pretty velvet bows or statement-making bobby pins—can take a simple hairstyle to gorgeous new heights, and then wonder why you’ve never thought to add a quick braid to your trusty low pony. You’ll find major inspiration with these 25 easy wedding guest hairstyles that you can do yourself. (And more importantly, that you can do even if you’re running late!) Get ready to be the best-tressed guest.
Easy Half-Up Style
Ah, the trusty half-up—how we love you so. Simply twist two pieces of hair from each side and secure with a clear elastic. Finish it off with ribbon to match your wedding ensemble, and voilá!
This wedding hairstyle is the ultimate “I’m running late” look, and we’re not mad about it. A chignon is about as classy as it gets. Find a tutorial here.
Pull-Through Braid Updo
Make your fiery red strands really pop with this gorgeous look. A pull-through braid makes for an updo that goes well beyond the basic low bun. Find the tutorial here.
You don’t need long hair to rock a braided ‘do—and here’s the proof. Give your bob a wedding-ready refresh with a quick braid.
It’s your wedding-ready version of a messy bun, and you get bonus points for adding a stylish bun cuff for the occasion. If you want to show off your dress’ neckline, this is a flattering choice.
Curly Side Braid
Curly girls can get in on the action, too. Start with a diagonal French braid, and pull it into a low side ponytail. Here’s a secret: This curly wedding hairstyle will mask mid-summer humidity like nobody’s business. Find the tutorial here.
Nothing brings the party to the reception like this simple bun with colorful pin detailing. Add a pair of statement earrings? Now we’re really talking.
Take your ponytail to voluminous new heights, and you’ll be ready to take on the reception. Leave out a piece of hair underneath to wrap around the elastic when you’re finished.
Short Bouffant Half-Up
Cue the bouffant-esque volume, please. This double half-up style gets a charming finishing touch with miniature velvet ribbon.
If you’re a fan of high updos, this fresh take on a French twist should be calling your name. You can capture the look by layering two twisted buns or by knotting your hair into two buns. Throw in a stylish clip, and you’re really in business.
Short Hair Updo
Pull your long bob into a low bun—and seal it all with a velvet bow. This style is perfect for fall and winter weddings and adds a sophisticated touch to any nuptial guest’s outfit. (We all need inspiration when it comes to short hairstyles for wedding guests.)
1920’s Finger Waves
We might just outshine the bride with this glamorous ‘do. (Though we’d never admit it.) The half-up style starts with finger waves up top and ends with volume-packed curls on the bottom.
Floral Side Braid
This braided style is begging to make an appearance at your next outdoor spring or summer wedding. What’s even better: It takes only a couple minutes to master. Find the tutorial here.
Simple and straightforward, this ponytail will feel a little more special than just leaving your hair down as-is. Tease the crown before pulling your strands into a low pony, and it’ll give a good kick of volume.
Glitzy Bobby Pins
Nothing can cure your last-minute styling stress like quick curls and glitzy accessories. It helps ramp up the wow factor on a simple black tie gown. Find the tutorial here.
Imagine just layering small topsy-turvy ponytails, which is when you flip a regular ponytail inside-out. (It’s actually way easier than it looks.) Check out the tutorial here—it’ll get you started.
There are few styles more classic than Old Hollywood-esque waves. Simply start with big-barrel curls, let them cool completely after styling, and then brush them out before heading to the event.
Twisted Low Ponytail
It might be more ambitious than most low ponytails, but a handful of bobby pins will see you through. Layers of pinned twists dress up a simple ponytail. The tiny bow is just a charming touch.
When you’re working with curls, a bubble ponytail is an instant success. Don’t be afraid to tug on the sections to really ramp up the volume.
No frills necessary. This classic chignon is perfect for the most dressy of weddings—we’re talking black tie or white tie. Find the tutorial here.
We’re calling this look the “too-cool-for-you” ponytail. It makes every wedding outfit just a tad bit more trendy. Get ready to rake in the compliments. Find the tutorial here.
Short Half-Up Style
We’re here for any style that takes only a little time and effort. Dress up your bob with a half-up hairstyle that uses pearl-laden pins. Find the tutorial here.
Upside-Down Braided Ponytail
It’s amazing what a braid can add to the simplest of hairdos. It gives an instant injection of style to this high ponytail—with or without the ring accessories! Find a similar tutorial here.
Upside-Down Braided Topknot
Statement-making hair color? Check. Statement-making hairstyle? Double check. This upside-down braided bun is the cutest thing we’ve seen all day. Get the tutorial here.
Consider this style the more laidback version of a classic chignon. With a quick braid, you’re set with an easy updo that works from beach wedding to black tie. Find the tutorial here.