50+ Gorgeous Bridal Hairstyles for Every Southern Bride
When it comes to your wedding beauty look, there’s a lot to consider. From the bridal makeup palette you choose to the perfect shade for your wedding day mani, you want every last detail to be perfect. Perhaps the most important beauty aspect of your Big Day (aside from the waterproof mascara—cue the happy tears!) is your bridal hairstyle. This is mainly because your look has to flow well with your dress and whether or not you’re going to wear a veil. It’s easy to get carried away with dreamy hairstyles on Pinterest, but there is one important thing to remember before you print out a picture to bring to your hair stylist. You want to look like yourself on that day. We’re not saying you shouldn’t go all out glam for the Big Day, not at all! But if you have pin straight hair that you never curl, won’t you look back on your wedding pictures and wonder, “Why did I choose THAT day to curl my hair for the first time?” If you’re not one for fancy updos, why would you all of a sudden love the idea of one just because you think you’re supposed to wear one on your wedding day? We could go on, but you get the picture. Your bridal hairstyle should reflect you and your personal style and natural hair texture. Luckily, we pulled together some of the most gorgeous bridal hairstyle ideas out there. Whether you have long, short, curly, straight, or anything-in-between hair, you’re going to swoon over these ideas. These hairstyles are all the inspiration you need for a fabulous ’do on your Big Day.
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.
Braided Updo for Short Hair
Laidback and Natural
Isn’t this the sweetest bridal hairstyle of all time? For a bride who isn’t about all the glitz and glam, adding a few sprigs of greenery or tiny flowers to a perfect ponytail is just enough to take it from every day to wedding day. See more from hair stylist Raven Camacho here.
Half-Up Side Braid
This bridal hair look has a bit of a boho feel and is so much more relaxed than an over-hairsprayed updo. You could easily add pins or a veil to dress it up.
Twisted and Tousled
The perfect up-down hybrid, this style is a bit tousled for a natural feel. Get the details on this look by Lauren Davis here.
If you wear your hair down every day and love to wear it down, you don’t have to put it up in a fancy updo just because it’s your wedding day! Cascading waves are naturally beautiful way to dress up your usual look a bit.
Chignon with Deep Side Part
This gorgeous bridal hairstyle proves that your hair doesn’t have to be slicked back when in a bun. With a deep side part and a little volume in the front, even the most secure bun won’t look rigid.
Down with Wavy Curls and Veil
Simple, no-fuss waves and a delicate veil make for a romantic wedding day look.
Floral Side Braid
Simple and Straight Bun
Hair stylists often curl a client’s hair before putting it into an updo for added texture, but if your hair is board straight and doesn’t hold a curl, you can still have a gorgeous updo sans curling iron. You’ll definitely want to tease the underside of your ’do for some volume, though.
Although this was a bridesmaid’s hairstyle, we love the idea of a laidback, messy pony for a boho or beach bride. Add a little baby’s breath or a sparkly pin, and this look is totally romantic for a bride.
Sleek and Shiny Half-Up, Half-Down
This look isn’t fussy or overwhelmed with pins, flowers, and curls. By simply pulling back her hair on each side, the stylist could show off the bride’s healthy, shiny hair and keep the focus on her beautiful face.
You don’t have to have long hair or extensions to have a look that’s full of volume. This bride’s sweet hairstyle uses a deep side part and thick curls to add texture and dimension.
Floral Messy Bun
Adding a few flowers to your bun is a beautiful way to make it bridal. You can mix and match white flowers, greenery, and flowers that represent your wedding colors.
Long Veil with Hair Down
Caroline’s v-neck, Vera Wang gown with a light lace cap sleeve gave her the perfect, effortlessly exquisite look.
Ponytails can get dressed up, too! A pretty ponytail is a great spot for a floral hairpiece. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your hair being in your face or falling out from ceremony to reception. See more from Salon U here.
Old Hollywood doesn’t mean outdated. Pin back shiny, full curls with a deep side part for a look that screams timeless glamour. Get the details on this look by hair stylist and makeup artist Ashley Antoine here.
Naturally Curly Bun
If you never straighten your hair, why would you choose to on the day you’ll remember (and have pictures from) forever? Your fiancé fell in love with you with your natural curls, so proudly rock them on your wedding day. You could add a veil or hair pins to dress this look up. Get the details on this look from hair stylist Veronica Nunez here and see more from her Instagram here.
Half-Up Bun with Veil
If you have long, thick hair, you’ve got plenty to work with to try out this gorgeous style. Instead of a usual half-up, half-down ponytail, this bride has a full bun. A little volume on top and a bit of wave on bottom ensure this look won’t fall flat all day.
Natural and Down with No Veil
It’s your wedding day, so you want to look like yourself! Wear your hair natural (but with a hint of styling to keep flyaways at bay) for a boho, laidback look. And no, you don’t have to wear a veil!
Low Side Bun
If you want to wear your hair in an updo but you’re nervous about it looking too slicked back in pictures, simply wear your bun slightly to the side. It will add a little dimension to your look and you won’t be worried about your hair being hidden in pictures.
Pulled Back and Curled with Veil
This hairstyle is so easy but so gorgeous. Her hair is simply twisted back on each side and pinned back—no difficult braids or intricate skills needed. This keeps it out of her face while still having a hair-down feel. A veil easily slides in where the hair from each side meets in the back for a romantic look.