Get Inspired by Sophisticated Updos for Your Wedding-Day Look

See elegant braided, bun, and other swept-up hairstyles from real brides.

Your choice of bridal hairstyles are vast: there have been so many new trends developing in the past few decades that combine innovative and classic style techniques any bride would be thrilled with. Perhaps the most romantic choice in hairstyle is the updo – it helps to structure your hair to frame your face just so, and it provides you with plenty of opportunities to accessorize. We absolutely love a classic knot, bun, or braided cluster on a bride as these hairstyles show off just a little bit more of the woman’s creativity and personal taste. 

Updos can work well for a wedding in any season and have been a bridal favorite for years. If you’re considering implementing a sophisticated updo for your wedding-day look, browse through some of our favorites to get ideas or to show to your stylist during your hair trial. We’ve selected nine different designs at which to marvel. Click each photo to get more inspiration from each wedding or styled shoot!

Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography

Photo by Jennifer Bowen Photography

Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography

Photo by Arte de Vie

Photo by Karlisch Photography


Photo by Catherine Hall Studios

Photo by Abby Jiu Photography

Photo by Mandy Paige Photography

Photo by Cassi Claire Photography

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Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

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Photo by Collin Pierson Photography

bridal updo, messy top knot, bridal top knot, blonde bride with bangs and top bun
Photo by Crystal Stokes Photography; Bridal Gown by Monique Lhuillier

blonde bride with braided side bun, bridal updo with braid
Photo by Arden Photography

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Photo by Julia Elinecka Photography

elegant bridal top knot, large bridal bun, bridal sock bun
Photo by Collin Pierson Photography; Planning & Design by Kesh Designs; Bridal Salon: Dimitra's Bridal Couture

bridal updo, low bun, criss cross bun, blonde bridal updo
Photo by Karlisch Photography; Planning & Design by DFW Events

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Photo by Lucas Rossi Photography

Read up on haircare tips from top stylists, find out the secret to having healthy hair on your big day, and learn how to create a beautiful braided ‘do in just eight steps. Browse more wedding hairstyles in our photo galleries!

Authored by: Megan Simpson

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