25 Wedding Updos: Find the Perfect One For You

You’ve said ‘YES’ to your partner and ‘YES’ to the dress, now the next most important task is to select your wedding hairstyle! Choose a look that compliments you and your personality. These stunning wedding updos are just what you need to celebrate your memorable occasion. An updo is a lovely choice for a bride or bridesmaid with long hair, or if you simply don’t want to be fussing with your style. These wedding updos will have everyone looking picture perfect without the stress of wind-blown tresses interrupting your ‘selfies’.

Pin these looks and enjoy our delightful selection of beautiful wedding updos for both you and your bridesmaids. Now, get your hairstylist on the line and book your wedding hair appointment today. Then celebrate another checkmark off your wedding ‘to-do’ list with a bubbly mimosa. Congrats!

Soft

Picture of soft wedding updoInstagram @brianna.hair.makeup

Floral Appeal

Picture of floral appeal wedding updoInstagram @beautybyellada

Flower Adorned Braid

Picture of a flower adorned braid wedding updoInstagram @styles_by_reneemarie

Casual Elegance

Picture of a casual elegance wedding updoInstagram @caraclyne

Rose-Toned Bride

Picture of rose toned wedding updoInstagram @heatherdearartistry

Romantic Pull-Through Braided Upstyle

Romantic Pull-Through Braided Upstyle hairstyleInstagram @wb_upstyles

Q&A with style creator, Whitney Burkhart
Premier Bridal Stylist @ Luxe Salon in Lancaster, PA

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this style as a romantic, undone pull-through braided upstyle.

My favorite part about this about this style is the pull-through braid. I feel like you typically don’t see a pull-through braid in a bridal upstyle. The size of the braids on either side and the undone bun the in the back give it a romantic, boho vibe.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you love boho style or love braids, don’t be afraid to get a pull through braid on your wedding day. I made this type of braid more romantic by creating two small pull-through braids. I then wrapped both braids around the top of an undone bun in the back.

The hair type I recommend for this style is fine/medium hair texture but with = a lot of density. Some styling products that would help you recreate this style would be a light finishing spray, small elastics, dry shampoo, a 1-inch curling iron, and a dry texture spray!

60s-Inspired Double Chignon

60s-Inspired Double Chignon hairstyleInstagram @bparlorsf

Q&A with style creator, Filomena Bettencourt
Level 5 Stylist @ B Parlor in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a 1960s-inspired double chignon. My client showed me a picture of Britt Ekland, but she didn’t want to use extensions or a fall extension. If we did, her chignons would have been more substantial in fullness. In the 1960s, ladies used hair fall extensions and wigs all the time.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is for a classic client that wants a timeless look that is modern yet envelops a retro feel. She needs to feel comfortable having her hair away from her face.

Hair length needs to be below collarbone with medium density. The look works best if the client bangs/fringe. Extensions can be used if the client needs either length, fullness, or both. Styling products and hot tools most definitely need to be used.

I used all Bumble and bumble products: Prep as a foundation product, Thickening Hairspray as my structure product (blow dried into the hair), Does It All Hairspray as my working spray, Semisumo as my detailing product, and Extra Strength Holding Spray as my final setting spray.

Clean, Soft & Classy

Clean, Soft & Classy hairstyleInstagram @rebeccabrizuela

Q&A with style creator, Rebecca Brizuela
Freelance Hairstylist in Valenzuela, PH


How would you describe this look?

I will describe this look as a clean, soft, and classy wedding updo. My favorite thing about it is the fresh flower hair accessory that I made.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to a client who wants this look is to simply tell their stylist what their personality is like so they can create a suitable look that fits them well.

Textured Middle Height Bun

Q&A with style creator, Maricruz Polito
Bridal Hair Designer @ Maricruz Hairstyles in Boston, MA


How would you describe this look?

This is a textured middle height bun. It is romantic and elegant with just the right amount of intricacy without looking overdone. Some loose strands of hair add softness around the face, and the volume in the bun area makes it slightly visible from the front when the bride is being photographed at that specific angle.

This updo is super comfortable, very flattering, and it photographs well from all angles. If some strands of hair come undone during the hecticness of the day, that is ok! This hairstyle is not meant to be perfect.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This hairstyle would be a great fit for a bride that loves lots of texture and someone who likes a perfectly imperfect hairstyle. It is ideal for the bride with a playful yet elegant personality. The bride in the picture had naturally curly hair that she shampooed, conditioned, and allowed to air dry. I used a 1-inch curling iron to enhance the curls, then pinned them up and sprayed Aquage Finishing Hairspray. I allowed the curls to cool off in order to maintain the volume and texture. Once the bun was completed, I used Sebastian Shaper Fierce for a stronger hold.

This hairstyle is perfect for brides that have medium to very good density in their natural hair. For brides with very thin hair, the use of extensions might be needed in order to achieve fullness and to help the style last.

Color is very important! The bride in the picture had different tones of highlights in order to be able to appreciate the texture she wanted to achieve. If the color is too uniform or dark, it would not have the same effect.

Messy Four Braid Updo

Messy Four Braid Updo hairstyleInstagram @marz.braid.bar

Q&A with style creator, Marlie Romero
Freelance Hairstylist / Make-up Artist @ Marz Braid Bar in Orange County, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as messy but put together, with the possibility to fit any woman’s style!

What I love most about this look is that it can be done on anyone for any occasion. This could be worn for a casual day at work, a date night out, or as a style for your wedding day! It’s a simple look that can easily be glammed up.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you want a hairstyle that makes you feel great, is pulled back from your face and is comfortable for a full day of activities, then this would be a great option for you. The braids keep your hair up and in place, but they are loose enough that you won’t feel like your hair is being pulled back too tightly.

To achieve this look, all it took was a brush through, some elastics to tie off the braids, a few bobby pins, and some hairspray. There are minimal products required and this is a quick look to achieve. So for a busy woman on the go, this is a perfect style!

Another bonus to this look is that it can be done with any hair type. So whether your hair is thick, thin, fine, or curly, you too can achieve this look!

Undone Done

Undone Done hairstyleInstagram @kalliann04

Q&A with style creator, Kalli Peterson
Master Stylist @ Dosha Salon Spa in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look?

This is an “undone done” look which is really in right now. You see similar looks on the runway where the hair is slightly flyaway and whispsy, but has an elegance to it. The look is really natural and I love the softness it can bring to a bridal look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A dry aerosol hairspray and salt spray is highly recommended for this look. I used Aveda Air Control hairspray and Aveda’s new Texture Tonic salt and sugar spray.

Most brides that I have had that ask for a look like this generally have a freeflowing look or theme for their big day. Farm weddings, beach weddings, etc. This look is also very versatile for any hair types.

Elegant French Braided Twist

Elegant French Braided Twist hairstyleInstagram @lauraslookbook

Q&A with style creator, Laura Gravina
Wedding / Event Hairstylist in Littleton, CO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this hairstyle! I feel like this hairstyle portrays a powerful, confident woman who commands the room.

The style I created is an elegant upstyle French braid with a French twist. The structure of the braid and the volume on top are my favorite things about the style. I love how softly the side parts flow into the French twist, making it more modern but still elegant.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The best tip I can give you is to prep the hair! I used a 2-inch curling iron to get the much needed volume. After that, I used dry shampoo from Kenra on the roots and a little bit into the middle section of the hair to get a good grip. Next I divided the hair into three sections: top section (braided part), sides and down section (French twist).

With the help of a clear elastic band, I French braided the top part and used a root lifting powder mist (Puff Me from Design Me), pulling the the braided hair out and up to get the volume and the structure.

On the down part, I created a French twist with a lot of teasing and some bobby pins. At the end, I used Kenra’s medium hold hairspray again bobby pins to let the sides flow into the style. Finish it with hairspray and it will hold all day and night.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle is best for clients with medium to medium long hair. Medium thickness would be ideal, but if the hair seems too thin you can always add some clip-in extensions to get the volume you need. Barefoot Blonde Hair has amazing hair extensions! My model in the picture had medium/thick hair which was perfect for volume of the braid and the teased French twist.

An oval shaped face is optimal for this hairstyle. If your client likes volume on top and an elegant look, this style would be perfect for a variety of occasions! It really is a versatile hairstyle. I would not recommend this updo to someone with a high forehead since the volume of the braid would add more to it.

Intricate Low Chignon

Q&A with style creator, Lily Rodriguez
Hair & Makeup Artist @ A Touch Of Beauty By Lily in Miami, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as an intricate and romantic low chignon. One of my favorite things about this style is the color of the client’s hair. When looking for an undo, it is very important for the person to stay true and realistic to themselves. If one has dark hair, details will not show as much as someone with light colored hair.

This client in particular had a reddish color which really showed the intricacy of the updo. I also lovebthe twists and waves and how they meet in a soft, effortless way.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

It is always easier to create updos on textured hair which is why I always prefer that clients to wash their hair the day before and not use much conditioner. You don’t want the hair to be too silky as that will take longer to style and fall apart faster.

My favorite products are by Kenra and Redken. I use Kenra Volumizing Dry Shampoo all over the hair and the volumizing hair spray in #25 as I curl. These two products are great because they have a lot of grip and do not give that “wet hairspray” look.

To give the textured look, I work with Redken’s Wax Spray. It is the best wax spray on the market! Once the look is complete and the client is happy with the outcome, I secure it with Redken’s finishing spray in #23.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look will work for pretty much anyone with medium length hair. As long as the client feels comfortable with hair away from their body and somewhat away from their face, this updo is perfect! I like to frame the face with some hair to make it more romantc.

Polished Low Chignon

Q&A with style creator, Sara Linskie
Hair & Makeup Artist @ Hair & Makeup by Sara K in Hershey, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a simple and polished low bun or chignon. I love the crisscross detail and how shiny the hair is. It radiates elegance!

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Prep the hair with loose curls and use a texture spray at the roots for volume, then use a medium hairspray for hold while styling. Finish the look with a shine spray to control flyaways.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a classic style that would look great on any face shape and work with most hair types. However, a longer hair length is necessary to achieve fullness in the bun.

Messy But Polished

Messy But Polished hairstyleInstagram @sarajannise

Q&A with style creator, Sara Jackson
Stylist / Make-up Artist @ Adorne Artistry in Houston, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This modern updo is a loose and romantic style that incorporates a lot of added texture and volume. My favorite thing about it is the messy-but-still-polished appearance.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Teasing around the crown area of the head is an important part in recreating this tousled look. I pumped up the volume with Beyond The Zone Rock On volumizing powder. I also used Kenra Dry Wax Spray 5 and Perfect Medium Hairspray 13 to create shine, texture and hold while curling the hair.

Pinning larger sections of the hair upwards will help to create a voluminous bun. Clip-in extensions were incorporated here for extra density.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is perfect for anyone seeking a soft and effortless updo for any special occasion. Volume and texture are two things that are always customizable. It’s ideal if the client has medium to long hair for this look.

PRINCESS HAIR

Celebrate your day with this sweet and youthful wedding updo. Side-swept curls are accented with a golden flower headband.

Princess Hair Wedding Updo Princess Hair Wedding Updo View 2

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a light texturizing hairspray.

2. Curl hair as needed with a medium barrel curling iron from mid-lengths to ends.

3. Next, gather hair into a high ponytail. Apply styling gel for a polished finished.

4. Take small strand sections and style hair into large pin curls shapes. Leave ends out.

5. Sweep the fringe over to one side with slightly curled ends.

6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Prive STYLING GEL No.31 for major sculpting ease with a firm hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent your bridal style with a golden headband.

FREE SPIRIT

Looking for a casually chic wedding hairstyle? Embrace this bohemian-inspired braided updo and accent with small flowers.

Free Spirit Casually Chic View 2 Free Spirit Casually Chic

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a leave-in treatment.

2. Section away the fringe for now.

3. Take remaining hair and brush it smoothly over to the right side. Create a large three-strand braid beginning in the nape area.

4. Sweep the braid across the crown area over to the opposite side.

5. Return to the fringe area and curl using a medium barrel curling iron from mid-lengths to ends.

6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Secure your hair flowers by ‘sewing’ them into your wedding hairstyle for a lasting finish.

DECO-DENT OCCASION

Capture the ‘Gatsby’ spirit and indulge in this gorgeous wedding updo. Glamourize your style with a bejeweled, off-set headband.

Deco Dent Occasion Gatsby Inspired Style

How To Style:

1. Prep damp hair with a light thermal protectant or leave-in creme.

2. Blow dry hair with a Denman or paddle brush for a low volume look.

3. Create a deep side part and section off the fringe for now.

4. Backcomb base lightly, then brush hair smooth and tuck ends under and into a faux bob hairstyle. Secure with large hair pins or bobby pins.

5. Take the fringe section and smooth. Curl the ends back and away from face in a pin curl style. Secure with bobby pin.

6. Set this style with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try TIGI Bed Head HARD HEAD Hairspray for superior hold and high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Add a bejeweled headband to accent your wedding look.

INTER-WOVEN MANE

Want an intricate style with a bit of complexity? Try this weaved wedding updo and pair it with a simple dress.

Interwoven Mane Blonde Updo Interwoven Mane Blonde Updo Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a light pomade.

2. Create a side parting and brush hair smooth. Keep the fringe and side areas separate for now.

3. Begin curling one to two-inch strands of remaining hair using a large barrel curling iron, starting two inches away from roots through the ends.

4. Next, section hair from ear-to-ear horizontally across the back of the head. Take the top crown area and section away for now.

5. Begin in the lower nape area and leave the perimeter out. Backcomb the lower interior section heavily to create a soft base for your look. You could also use hair padding if you have fine hair.

6. Now, the take strands from the perimeter. Twist then wrap them across the backcombed/padded area. Secure with bobby pins.

7. Release the crown area and take one-inch strands and repeat the technique by twisting then weaving strands through previously laced strands.

8. Move to the fringe and side areas and curl small sections using a large barrel iron. Gently twist and weave through the hair design to create an interlaced look. Secure your strands with bobby pins.

9. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square or oval shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with diamond-like hair jewels.

BOMBSHELL BRIDE

Here’s a casual yet elegant wedding hairstyle. Cascading curls work beautifully with an off-the-shoulder dress!

Bombshell Bride Loose Wedding Updo Bombshell Bride Loose Wedding Updo With Side Pieces

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a light hold flexible hairspray.

2. Create a slight side part and sweep the fringe softly off to the right.

3. Curl one to two-inch strands of hair using a medium barrel curling iron from the ends up to the root area. Release your iron, leaving the curl intact, then secure with a pin curl clip to cool.

4. Continue curling remaining hair. Allow hair to cool for 10 minutes after completing all your curls.

5. Remove curl clips and run fingers through hair for light separation. Backcomb base lightly, depending on how much volume you prefer.

6. Starting on the right side, gather hair gently, then twist and pin. Leave the look deconstructed and soft.

7. Repeat this step on the left side. Allow some curls to fall softly against the face.

8. Gather any remaining hair in the back lower nape area and twist up gently, leaving ends falling softly.

9. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square and round shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Use spray wax for more defined separation and volume.

GODDESS CURLS

Channel your inner Grecian Goddess with this elegant wedding updo. Lots of volume and perfect pin curls make it lovely for your special day!

Goddess Curls Elegant Wedding Updo Goddess Curls Elegant Wedding Updo Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight volumizing and texturizing lotion.

2. Create a side parting and brush hair smooth. Keep the fringe and side areas separate for now.

3. Begin curling one to two-inch strands of remaining hair using a large barrel curling iron, starting two inches away from roots through the ends.

4. Brush curls through, then create a high ponytail and backcomb lightly. Twist and weave strands across the backcombed hair padding you created.

5. Next, take small sections from the sides and perimeter. Sweep them up into the hair design. Form medium-sized pin curl shapes and secure them with bobby pins. Continue this process until all hair from the sides and perimeter are weaved and pin curled into the design.

6. Move to the fringe area and smooth it over to the right side.

7. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI-GRAVITY volumizer and texturizer for control with oil-free shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a butterfly hair pin.

BLONDIE DREAMS

Here’s a classy and soft wedding updo. Take that ponytail to the next level with gentle curls and cascading hair jewels.

Blonde Dreams Updo with Curls

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a light hold flexible hairspray.

2. Curl large sections of hair using a large barrel curling iron.

3. Gather hair from the top crown and side areas and sweep back to form a high ponytail.

4. Next, move to the lower nape and and take one to two-inch sections and twist them against the head up near the base of the ponytail. Secure with bobby pins, leaving the ends out.

5. Deconstruct and create voluminous loose curls with some light backcombing, then pin into shape

6. Lightly curl ends of the fringe and style as desired.

7. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Adorn your wedding style with jeweled hair extensions.

AUBURN ARRANGEMENT

Here’s an asymmetrical design for your big day! Sleek hair and soft curls work together to give you the best of both worlds.

Auburn Arrangement Asymmetrical Updo Auburn Arrangement Asymmetrical Updo Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight thickening lotion.

2. Brush hair smooth and sweep up into a high side ponytail.

3. Curl the ponytail ends using a large barrel curling iron.

4 Backcomb the interior curls for volume. Secure with a few hair pins for stability. Leave the surface curls undisturbed.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN thickening lotion for fullness and body with natural movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Add more structure by securing the ends up with bobby pins.

RIBBONS IN HER HAIR

Super shiny locks are interlaced like ribbons of hair in this stunning updo. Accent the look with fresh flowers to match your bouquet.

Ribbons In Her Hair Coiled Updo for a Wedding Ribbons In Her Hair Coiled Updo for a Wedding Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a light hold volumizing mousse.

2. Create a side part and sweep hair over using your fingertips. Brush hair smooth.

3. Curl one to two-inch sections of hair using a large barrel curling iron. Begin in the nape area and pin curls up as you complete them, moving up the head shape. Continue until you’ve curled and pinned all the hair in the back.

4. Move up to the crown area and divide diagonally to create two smaller sections. Backcomb base for some volume, then twist, curl and pin into the hair design.

5. Take the left side and sweep it back to form a large pin curl shape. Secure with a bobby pin.

6. Moving to the right side, take a small section and sweep it back to form a large pin curl shape. Take a smaller section near the temple and form a small braid. Sweep it back and pin it into the hair design.

7. Smooth the fringe area and pin it back. Secure with bobby pins as needed.

8. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square or oval shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with some colorful ribbon woven through the braid.

NUPTIAL NUANCE

A classic look is always the right choice. This wedding updo is soft and simply swept over for a charming finish.

Nupital Nuance Updo with Fringe Nupital Nuance Updo with Fringe Curls In Back

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight curl enhancer.

2. Create a deep part and curl only the ends of the hair using a medium barrel iron.

3. Brush the left side smooth and sweep hair over using your fingertips. Secure at the back of the head with bobby pins.

4. Create some light backcombing on the right side curls using a wide toothed comb.

5. Curl fringe ends lightly and sweep them back and away from face.

6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy MOTION.LOTION curl enhancer to define curls with frizz control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with a fascinator and lace netting.

Say “I do” in style with these beautiful wedding updos. You’re certain to have a magical day!