Wedding Up-Dos: Bridal Hair Inspiration for your Big Day

Looking for a gorgeous wedding hairstyle that will see you through from dawn to last dance? Opt for an elegant bridal up-do to exudes class and sophistication

Nothing says “wedding hair” quite like an expertly created up-do; be it a meticulously tonged chignon or a messier braided style, up-dos are gorgeous no matter what season you’re getting hitched. 

“The much loved up-do is versatile! It can be sleek, or this season we’re seeing a lot of messy buns that have been carefully styled,” says Haley Bishop, artistic director at Toni&Guy.  

“When it comes to a style, choose one that helps you feel like the best version of yourself. For hair up styles, consider where you place it,” Haley adds.

“If you often wear top knots, then go for something placed high up. Wear your hair how you feel most comfortable but add an element of luxury for the special day.”

READ MORE: Celebrity Up-Dos to Inspire your Wedding Hair 

Image courtesy of Katy Lunsford
Image courtesy of Katy Lunsford

The Right Angles

If you’ve decided to wear your hair up on your wedding day, you need to make sure it looks good from every angle – you’ll be photographed from every different side after all, and your guests will be staring at the back of your head for the majority of the ceremony.

Whatever the Weather

A big benefit of an up-do is they are a lot more weather proof than hair down styles; once your barnet is perfectly styled and pinned into place with lashings of hairspray, even gale force wins won’t be able to budge it. Windswept looks aren’t what you’re after! 

“Wearing the hair off or away from the face is one way of making sure it does not fall loose or blow around, potentially distracting for those all important wedding pictures,” says Andrew.

READ MORE: Wedding Things to do in Bad Weather 

Match your Wedding Up-Do to your Dress

“When it comes to bridal hair, before recommending a potential hairstyle, I always wait to see the dress, as I never want to create a look that conflicts,” says hair industry expert Ken O’Rourke. “The two should complement each other perfectly and the bride must feel comfortable.” 

“Many brides want their hair to make a statement on the big day but it’s all about balance between the style of the gown,” says hairdressed Andrew Barton.

“Simple silhouettes, and figure hugging gowns, tend to suit classic up-dos like chignons or French plaits.”

Image courtesy of Carolina Herrera
Image courtesy of Carolina Herrera

Hair How-To: The Dishevelled Up-Do

As worn by models in Carolina Herrera's campaign.

“This look is all about taking the traditional up-do and making it fresher, more modern and less ‘done’,” says hair stylist Anna Sorbie.

“A very modern way to wear bridal hair, this look is effortless, yet still elegant.”

“For a style that is pulled away from the face, add texture with L’Oréal Tecni Art Beach Waves and follow Carolina Herrera’s lead by pulling hair in to a traditional chignon twist, twisting the ends in to a high bun."

"Lightly pull strands from the bun, and gently tease wisps of hair out around the face. This look is reminiscent of a bride, on the evening of her big day, after a few hours of really enjoying herself!"

Moroccanoil Global Hair Ambassador Kevin Hughes, Marchesa SS17
Moroccanoil Global Hair Ambassador Kevin Hughes, Marchesa SS17

Hair How-To: Pleated Chignon

As worn by the models at the Marchesa SS17 show.

To create the perfect styling foundation, prep damp hair with one pump of Morocccanoil Treatment for manageability and long-lasting shine.

Next, create a deep centre parting, before spraying an even amount of Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection and blow drying straight.

Brush through the hair and begin creating a five-strand braid down the back of the head. Secure with a clear hair elastic.

Fold the brand up into a chignon to hide the ends and secure with hair pins. 

Image courtesy of David's Bridal Truly by Zac Posen
Image courtesy of David's Bridal Truly by Zac Posen

Hair How-To: Ballet Bun

The sophisticated ballet bun works perfectly for a sleek and refined bridal look.

First secure brushed hair into a ponytail centrally with a bobble.

Twist the hair around and secure with bobby pins. Remember to leave a bit of hair to twist around the base to hide the bobble.

Finish the look with Daniel Galvin’s Organic Head (Oh!) Extra Hold Hairspray for a long lasting hold.

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