From boho-chic braids to classic curled styles, gather beauty inspiration for your big day.
Once you select your bridal gown, venue, and wedding date, you'll likely start planning how your hair will look during the ceremony. Many brides who want long hair on the day of their wedding start planning early – taking steps to ensure their locks are healthy and ready to be styled just in time for their walk down the aisle. While there are a number of hairstyles that work well with each face shape as well as 'dos that complement certain veils, it's entirely up to personal preference when deciding how you want to wear your hair on your wedding day.
Like a makeup trial, we recommend having a hair trial with your hairstylist to ensure you will absolutely love every part of your look as you walk down the aisle. A professional hairstylist can also recommend what styles will complement your gown, venue, and wedding date. For example, if you're planning on wearing a low-back gown while exchanging vows in a tropical location with 90% humidity, you may want to pull your locks into an updo or a side braid so your hair doesn't stick to your skin. For an outdoor winter wedding in the snow, you'll likely want your hair worn down instead of in a raised coiffure – leading you to be chilly during the vows.
For brides with longer hair, there are a number of beautiful 'dos that will accentuate your lovely locks. Take a look at the photos of real brides below to gain inspiration for your wedding hair. To see more from these celebrations, click on each photo!
This bride's beautifully unique gown was on full display since she donned a long braid pulled gracefully to one side. Photo by Amanda McKinnon Photography; Bridal Gown by Claire Pettibone
Evoke vintage-inspired glamour with long, loose curls and a side part. Photo by Kevin Weinstein Photography; Planning & Design by Geller Events
This lovely winter bride wore her brunette locks half-up, half-down so loved ones could see her face as the couple exchanged vows outdoors in the snow. Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography; Planning & Design by Alex Events
A fishtail braid accented with a floral accessory perfectly complements a destination wedding at the beach. Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Planning & Design by SoCo Events
A classic wedding calls for a classic hairstyle featuring tight curls pulled to the side to show off the gown. Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Bridal Gown by Ines Di Santo; Bridal Salon: The White Dress; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; Venue: Casa Del Mar
Accent long, curled locks with a floral headband that provides an air of whimsy for a ballroom wedding. Photo by Justine Ungaro; Planning & Design by SoCo Events
Soft, bouncy locks are particularly lovely for a winter wedding since they'll bring warmth to the season. Photo by Vue Photography
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