50+ Gorgeous Bridal Hairstyles for Every Southern Bride
Face-Framing Pieces with Smooth Low Chignon
This bride opted for a simple low bun, but face-framing pieces amp up the elegance. Leaving a little bit out of your bun gives it a more relaxed look, and it’s so flattering for pictures.
DIY Braided Updo
The Perfect Half-Up
Take notes, because this half-up look hits every mark for an amazing bridal hairstyle. It’s out of her face, but not slicked back, it’s curled, but not overly styled, she doesn’t have flyaways but also doesn’t look like she’s been drenched in hairspray. Plus, since she has it pulled back off her shoulders, it doesn’t distract from her dress or, of course, her face. Voila!
Add a Sparkly Headband
It’s your wedding day, so take every opportunity you can to add a little sparkle! Whether you wear your hair up, down, or half-up, you can slide a delicate headband on for some added glam.
This intricate hairstyle starts with a fishtail braid on either side to pull the hair back and ends with a regular braid wrapped into a bun for endless texture and a modern take on a classic low bun. See more from Salon U here.
Twisted Half Updo for Short Hair
A Pop of Pink
Whatever your wedding colors are, adding a flower or two in the same color scheme to your hair gives your whole look a welcome pop of color that won’t overwhelm or distract.
Delicate and Dreamy
All you need to pull off this ethereal look is soft, loose waves and a dainty hair piece or pin. The groom will be in heaven because this look is angelic. See more from hair stylist and makeup artist Ashley Antoine here.
Half-Up Boho Braid
This laidback look ensures the bride’s hair will stay out of her face while keeping her hairstyle unique with a messy half-up braid. This hairstyle would look gorgeous with several delicate pins or small flowers. See more from Salon U here.
This bride had an amazing idea to transition her hairstyle from ceremony to reception. For the formal ceremony, she had it half-up with a long veil and romantic curls. For the reception, she removed the veil and took her hair down, but her bouncy curls remained. This is an easy way to change up your look throughout the night with minimal effort but beautiful results.
This bride opted for the queen of buns—the chignon. Although there are many ways to style a chignon, this timeless, smooth bun does it just right. Plus, it’s the perfect base for a veil.
Half-Up Bun with a Bit of Sparkle
Can’t decide between a bun and wearing your hair down for your wedding day? Good new! With a gorgeous style like this, you don’t have to. Get the details on this look by Lauren Davis here.
This hairstyle is the ultimate way around the “I want to wear my hair down on my wedding day, but I don’t want it to fall in my face” dilemma. Made possible with creative pinning, a little teasing, and some hairspray, this style keeps so much more volume than just wearing your hair down, so you know it won’t look flat (or be in your face) in any pictures. See more from hairstylist Nikki Lee here.
Low Puff Pony
This ponytail has the best of both worlds for a bridal hairstyle. Sleek and smooth on top, this ponytail won’t fall out, you won’t have hair in your face, and it puts the focus on you. But keeping a curly puff in the back shows off your gorgeous natural texture. Plus, it would be easy to add a veil, floral hairpiece, or sparkly pins to this look. Get the details on this style from hair stylist Veronica Nunez here and see more from her Instagram here.
A Veil to Match the Dress
The lace details on this bride’s veil echo those on her dress—a small but striking detail that adds such a personal touch to this hairstyle.
This dreamy halo braid is perfect for a laidback, boho bride. Pin baby’s breath or other tiny flowers into the braid for a romantic upgrade. See more from stylist Carolyn Godina here.
Take the rigid feel out of a low bun and leave several face-framing pieces out and minimally styled. This will keep the overall look laidback but still classic.
Turn Up the Volume
Southern women know that no hairstyle has ever looked worse with a bit of volume. Even the smoothest, most traditional bridal bun could use a little oomph. Adding volume will also ensure your hair doesn’t look flat in pictures.
Smooth and Sleek Low Ponytail
There’s nothing more beautiful than a pared-down beauty look. With a sleek, smooth ponytail, you can wow with an incredible cat eye or red lip, and all the focus in on you. This look is modern, simple, and anything but boring. See more from hair stylist and makeup artist Ashley Antoine here.
Easy Beachy Waves
If you’re getting married at the beach like this Key West bride, why not have beachy waves on your wedding day?
Twisted Half-Up with Pin
This versatile hairstyle will work for any hair texture or length. Simple and sweet, this half-up ’do starts with twisting a bit of hair back from each side to meet in the middle with a gorgeous pin. You could easily attach a veil for the ceremony and remove it for the reception, too. See more from hair stylist Morgan Parks here.
Low Bun with Veil
If you want a classic updo for your wedding day, you can never go wrong with a beautiful low bun or chignon with a veil pinned into the top of the bun. If your hair isn’t long or thick enough for such a full bun, your hair stylist can add extensions so that the bun can support the veil.
You can never, ever go wrong with full-bodied, glamorous, old Hollywood-esque curls for a formal event, including your wedding day. See more from hair stylist Raven Camacho here.
Braided Half-Up with Floral Hairpiece
This gorgeous hairstyle has several things going on but still looks beautifully understated. A simple braid on each side pulls the hair into a half-up ’do, which is then finished off with a natural green and white hairpiece and full waves.
Beachy Bride Perfection
Calling all beach brides: How stunning is this hairstyle? Tiny shells and a messy braid are pure coastal perfection. Get the details on this look by Lauren Davis here.
You can’t go wrong with a smooth low bun and long veil for a bridal hairstyle. A look like this is truly timeless, which means you won’t regret it when you look back on pictures decades later.
Braided Hairstyle for Short or Long Hair with Pin
This is a hairstyle that could work for brides with short or long hair. With short hair, you can simply braid it back and pin it, and with long hair, you can braid it back into a bun or ponytail. Either way, a sparkly pin dresses a tousled look up. See more from stylist Carolyn Godina here.
Natural Curls Worn Down
If you have stunning natural curls, it’s practically a crime in our book to straighten them or try to slick them down. There is no reason why you can’t rock your curls down on your wedding day. If you want to dress it up a bit, add a floral or sparkly pin. Get the details on this look from hair stylist Veronica Nunez here and see more from her Instagram here.
If you look closely, you can see that this bride has the daintiest, prettiest hair piece strung through her bun. Tiny details like a bit of sparkle from a hair pin make all the difference.
Curly Low Bun
A curly bun has so much texture but is also the ideal blank canvas for a veil, flowers, or a bit of sparkle. Get the details on this look by Lauren Davis here.
One Side Pinned Back
Just because your hair is down doesn’t mean it has to be plain. Simply pin your hair back a bit on one side with a floral, lace, or crystal pin for something that feels bridal. How far over your side part goes and how much hair you pin back it totally up to you.