38 Stunning Wedding Updos for Every Hair Type

Updated on March 15, 2024
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Tatiana Cooper

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    38 Stunning Wedding Updos for Every Hair Type

    The special day is approaching, you should be excited. But, perhaps there is something weighing on you? What did you just say?! You haven’t chosen a hairstyle yet!? Okay, don’t panic, we have your back. Here are our favorite wedding updos and updo hairstyles! Take a peek, we’re sure you’ll find something in here you’ll love.

    Things to Consider for a Wedding Updo

    There are lots of things to discuss about the big day, including your hairstyle. But, we want to make your life slightly easier by having the consideration points laid out for you to discuss and give you the best hair options.

    Overall Look

    First and foremost, it’s essential to think about the overall look and feel of your wedding. Are you going for a classic, romantic vibe or something more modern and trendy? Your updo should complement the theme and ambiance of your special day.


    Another crucial factor to consider is the length. While certain updos work beautifully for long, flowing locks, others are better suited for medium or short hair. Long hair opens up a world of possibilities, with intricate braids, cascading curls, and voluminous updos. On the other hand, shorter hair can be styled with chic updos that highlight the natural beauty of your hair.

    Natural Texture

    Additionally, your hair’s natural texture can impact the final result, so it’s important to choose a style that works well with your hair type. If you have naturally curly hair, you may want to embrace those curls and opt for a loose updo that showcases their beauty. For those with straight hair, a sleek and polished updo can create an elegant look.

    Bridal Accessories

    Finally, don’t forget to think about your bridal accessories. Whether you’re planning to wear a veil, tiara, or some statement hairpins, your updo should provide the perfect canvas to showcase these beautiful embellishments. Consider the placement of your accessories and how they will interact with your chosen hairstyle. A low bun can be the perfect base for a stunning veil, while a half-up, half-down style can beautifully frame a tiara.

    Wedding Hair Updo Front

    When it comes to wedding updos, the front of your hairstyle is just as important as the back. After all, you want to look flawless from every angle. For a vintage looking updo that has a deep side part and beautiful swooshes of hair on one side. This will frame the face beautifully and leave your shoulders and neck looking gorgeous and dainty.

    Updo For Mother Of The Bride

    Okay mom, it’s your daughter’s big day! However, enough thinking about her, it’s time to think about yourself and what hairstyle you’re going to choose. The updo for the mother of the bride that we think would look best is an updo that looks like a bun at the crown of the head, but has cascading strands of hair.

    Wedding Updo For Medium Hair

    Medium hair is great for a wedding, because the options are endless for the different types you can try. We suggest going for a half up half down style to showcase your stunning curled locs while also showing off your beautiful face. Try incorporating a braided element into this look for the most stunning updos for medium hair you’ve ever seen.

    If this style interests you, we have a short tutorial to help you DIY it for the big day!

    Materials needed:

    • Comb
    • Hair ties or elastic bands
    • Bobby pins
    • Hairspray (optional)

    Steps for the perfect wedding updo for medium hair:

    1. Wash and condition your hair as usual. This style works best on clean and dry hair.
    2. Brush or comb your hair. Ensure your hair is tangle-free and smooth.
    3. Part your hair in the desired location. You can have a middle part, a side part, or even a diagonal part for a more interesting look.
    4. Take a section of hair from the crown of your head. The width of this section will determine the size of your braid. Clip or tie away the rest of your hair to keep it out of the way.
    5. Once you’ve braided a few inches, secure the end with a small hair tie or elastic band.
    6. Gently pull on the sides of the braid to give it a slightly loose and relaxed appearance. This step is optional but can add a boho or romantic vibe to the hairstyle.
    7. Unclip or untie the rest of your hair.
    8. Gather the remaining loose hair from both sides.
    9. Bring the remaining hair to the back and combine it with the end of your braid.
    10. Use a hair tie or elastic band to secure the combined hair. This creates the half-up, half-down effect.
    11. Make any necessary adjustments, and use bobby pins to secure the hairstyle if needed. Ensure that the braid is positioned the way you like it.
    12. Apply hairspray to set the style and tame any flyaways.

    Short Hair Wedding Updo

    Short Hair Wedding UpdoInstagram@vickyc5nyPIN

    Having short hair doesn’t mean you are unable to wear your hair up on the special day. In fact, there are lots of short hair wedding updo styles that you could try. We like the twisted knot style with a small accessory the best. Since the hair is shorter, it’s hard to play around with the hair, but by adding an accessory you are wedding the perfect visual element.

    Braided Wedding Updo

    Braids are a beautiful way to incorporate texture and visual interest into your wedding updo. There are so many different ways you could play around with a braided wedding updo.

    A good place to start is picking the which braid style you like, such as:

    • Three-Strand Braid
    • French Braid
    • Dutch Braid
    • Fishtail Braid
    • Waterfall Braid
    • Boxer Braids
    • Herringbone Braid

    Now that you know the different types of braids you could choose, you might want to know how to get the braided wedding updo. Check out the table below to learn!

    Steps For The Braided Wedding Updo Description
    Start with clean, dry hair Wash and condition your hair as usual, and make sure it’s dry before starting the styling process.
    Brush or comb your hair Ensure your hair is tangle-free and smooth.
    Create a part Decide on the part you want for your hair. You can go for a middle part, a side part, or any parting that suits your preference.
    Section off the hair Take a section of hair at the crown of your head. The size of this section will determine the thickness of your braid.
    Begin braiding Start a regular three-strand braid with the section of hair you’ve separated. You can also try a fishtail braid or any other braid style you like.
    Continue braiding As you braid, gradually incorporate more hair from the sides of your head into the braid. Continue this process as you work your way down the nape of your neck.
    Reach the nape of the neck Once you reach the nape of your neck, gather all remaining loose hair into the braid.
    Transform into a bun With all the hair incorporated into the braid, continue braiding the remaining length of hair into a regular three-strand braid.
    Secure the end Use a small hair tie or elastic band to secure the end of the braid.
    Create the bun Use a small hair tie or elastic band to secure the end of the braid. Use bobby pins to secure the bun in place. Insert the pins discreetly to hold the bun securely.
    Adjust and refine Tug on the sides of the braid to give it a slightly loose and textured appearance. Adjust the bun as needed and make sure it feels secure.

    Fishtail Braid Updo

    The fishtail braid is probably one of our favorite braids because of its unique look. Plus, it looks quite difficult to do, when in reality it’s pretty basic and almost as easy as doing a regular French braid. Our favorite way to incorporate the fishtail into your updo, is to braid longside the head towards the nape of the neck and then securing the braid into a bun. If you want to know how to do this, just look at the style above; that tutorial is very similar.

    Zohna Tip

    When securing your hair with a hair elastic, make sure to use the small elastic bands that are the same color as your hair to ensure no one sees them.

    Updo For Wedding Guest

    As a wedding guest we’re sure there are no requirements for how you have to wear your hair. So, if you have free range we suggest this hairstyle because it’s just so pretty. Going for a low bun and securing it all together with a hair accessory is our favorite look. Plus, it’s easy to do – everyone loves a low effort high reward look!

    Updo Wedding Hairstyle For Long Hair

    If you’re blessed with long locks, you are likely going to want to show them off on your special day. That said, why don’t you? This updo wedding hairstyle for long hair is the perfect way to strut down the aisle in hairstyle glory. Updos for long hair will leave you feeling glamorous and beautiful every time.

    Half Updo Wedding

    A half updo is a flattering choice for a wedding, and is perfect for looking pretty while walking down the aisle, and staying secure while busting a move on the dance floor. This style involves pinning back the top section of your hair while leaving the rest down or loosely pinned up. It’s a perfect balance between an updo and wearing your hair completely down. You can add in a pretty clip right where the two sections of hair meet if you want to make it a bit more wedding appropriate.

    Wedding Updo for Thin Hair

    If you have thin hair, there is no need to panic. There are plenty of updos that can add volume and create the illusion of thickness. One option is to use hair extensions to add length and fullness. This allows you to create a variety of updo styles that may not be possible with your natural hair.

    Wedding Updo for Black Hair

    Wedding Updo for Black HairInstagram@laramikhaPIN

    If you have dark black hair we are jealous to say the least. One of our favorite ways to style black hair for a wedding is to add in a gem clip. The silver of the clip against the deep dark color of your hair creates an absolutely beautiful contrast that will have you looking like a goddess on your special day.

    Bridal Updo With Veil

    Bridal Updo With VeilInstagram@laramikhaPIN

    If you’re planning on wearing a veil, it’s important to choose a wedding updo that showcases this beautiful accessory. One option is to create a bun at the crown of your head. This allows the veil to gently drape over the updo, creating an ethereal look.

    Loose Updo for Wedding

    Loose Updo for WeddingInstagram@k.t.h.dPIN

    If you are into face framing pieces, then this loose updo for wedding style is going to be perfect for you. This style involves loosely pinning your hair up while allowing some strands to fall naturally. The result is a soft hairstyle that is perfect for a boho or rustic wedding.

    Wedding Guest Updo Hairstyle

    As a wedding guest, you want to look put-together and beautiful without overshadowing the bride. A classic updo is a fail-safe choice for any wedding. Try out an elegant French twist with a pearl pin, it’s a beautiful style that will leave you feeling good but it won’t take any attention away from the bride.

    Curly Hair Updo For Wedding

    If you have curly hair, you are going to want to show it off. This curly hair updo for a wedding is all about embracing what your momma gave you and showcasing your natural twirls and swirls. Go for an updo, while letting some of your curly strands naturally droop out and down for this beautiful waterfall-esqu look.

    Low Bridal Updo

    A low bridal updo is a classic choice that works well with any wedding dress. This style involves creating a low bun or chignon at the nape of your neck. Secure the bun with pins and hairspray to ensure it stays in place throughout the day. For added visual interest, consider incorporating twists or braids into your low updo or a few floral accents here and there if they match the wedding aesthetic.

    Wedding Bridesmaid Updo

    As a bridesmaid, it’s important to choose a hairstyle that complements the bride’s look while still allowing you to shine. An elegant updo is a perfect choice for a bridesmaid. The updo we suggest is a basic low bun, with a few face framing pieces. It’s the most predictable updo style, but it will leave you feeling beautiful.

    Side Updo For Wedding

    A side updo is a style we don’t often see, but we think it should make a comeback. This asymmetrical hairstyle involves gathering your hair to one side and securing it in a loose or structured updo. Toss in a braided look for some more texture and dimension.

    Messy Wedding Updo

    For the laid-back bride who wants to look effortless and put together at the same time, a messy wedding updo is calling your name. This style is all about the tousled locks and loose strands, creating a bohemian vibe perfect for a wedding. Imagine soft twists and delicate curls elegantly pinned up into a bun at the crown of the head, with a few tendrils gently framing your face.

    Ponytail Updo for Wedding

    Picture this: a sleek, high ponytail with soft waves cascading down your back, creating a bouncy eye catching look that your groom or bride won’t be able to take their eyes off. Adding a delicate hair accessory to the ponytail will and a touch of sparkle to elevate the glam factor.

    Elegant Wedding Updo

    Elegance can be subjective, but to use this wedding updo screams elegance. The low twisted bun compiled of our luscious and curled strands is the greatest way to feel elegant on the day, and what bride doesn’t want to feel like that? If to you elegance means a diamond clip, toss that on, but if it doesn’t, the low twisted bun and curled hair will be enough.

    Partial Updo for Wedding

    Partial Updo for WeddingInstagram@bygabytanPIN

    If you’re torn between an updo and leaving your hair down, a partial updo for your wedding is the perfect compromise. Picture a half-up, half-down hairstyle with braids, twists, or buns. It’s a look that effortlessly combines elegance with a sprinkle of casualness, giving you the best of both worlds. We suggest a twisted look instead of just brushing the top section back and securing it.

    Low Bun Updo Wedding

    A low bun updo is one of the more popular choices when it comes to an updo, and do you know why? Well, we think the answer is pretty simple, but just in case you aren’t sure, it’s because it’s the most beautiful, duh! Plus, a bun looks great with any added accessories.

    If you love buns just as much as us, check out the table below of the different types.

    Types of Buns For A Low Bun Updo Wedding Style Description
    Classic Bun A simple bun created by gathering the hair at the nape of the neck or higher and twisting or coiling it into a round shape. It can be secured with a hair tie or bobby pins.
    Messy Bun An effortlessly chic bun with a relaxed and tousled appearance. It’s created by loosely gathering the hair and securing it with an elastic band, allowing strands to fall out for a messy look.
    Low Bun Positioned at the nape of the neck, the low bun is an elegant and classic style that works well for formal occasions.
    High Bun/Top Knot Positioned on the crown of the head, the high bun or topknot is a trendy and modern hairstyle that adds height. It’s often a quick and easy option for a stylish look.
    Sock Bun Created using a sock or a bun maker, this bun adds volume and creates a neat, polished look. The sock is rolled into the hair, and the hair is wrapped around it to form the bun.
    Braided Bun Combining the elegance of a bun with the intricacy of braids, this style involves braiding sections of hair before coiling them into a bun. French braids or Dutch braids can be incorporated.
    Twisted Bun Formed by twisting sections of hair before wrapping them into a bun. It adds texture and dimension to a classic bun.
    Chignon A low bun at the nape of the neck, often accompanied by a side or center part. Chignons are classic and suitable for formal events.

    Locs Updo for Wedding

    Locs Updo for WeddingInstagram@jus_locsPIN

    If you’re a bride with glorious locs, you’ll be delighted to know that there are stunning updo options specifically crafted for your unique hair texture. Simply knot your locs up as high on the top of your head as you can go. This might sound a bit funny, but it actually looks visually intriguing and beautiful.

    Easy Wedding Updo

    If you’re a bride-to-be who prefers simplicity and ease, an easy wedding updo is here to bring some ease. Forget about the overwhelming fuss of doing an over the top hairstyle, and check out this easy updos. However, don’t let the name fool you, it looks anything but easy and that’s what makes it special enough for a wedding.

    Brunette Wedding Hair Updo

    Calling all brunette brides! From warm chocolate tones to deep espresso shades, your brunette hair can look extremely beautiful tossed up in an updo for your big day. Try the triple twist method, where your hair twisted down the back of the head all collecting at the bottom into a perfect bun.

    Beach Wedding Updo

    For those lucky souls getting married by the sea, a beach wedding updo is a match made in heaven. This natural look encapsulates the laid-back beauty of beachy waves and flowing strands. Imagine soft braids, delicate twists, and loose locks gently tousled by the ocean breeze. Don’t go for anything too tight, the looser the better. Add some sea salt spray to your strands to add a beachy vibe.

    Wedding Updo with Bangs

    If you’re a bride who rocks bangs, there’s no need to compromise your signature style on your wedding day. Go for a low twisted bun, that way your bangs and face framing pieces can naturally fall down to delicately frame your gorgeous features.

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