16 Stunning Wedding Updos Perfect For Brides or Guests

16 Stunning Wedding Updos Perfect For Brides or Guests

yara shahidi with a curly updo

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Picking the perfect bridal hairstyle can feel intimidating: So many photos, so many hours, so many hugs, the list goes on. It’s why an updo is an attractive option for a wedding hairstyle, whether you’re the bride or a guest. 

Updos give your glam a moment to shine but are less likely to frizz, loosen, or change its course throughout the day. Hair stays out of your face for important moments like your first kiss as a married couple or when you’re breaking it down on the dance floor. And with so many options, regardless of your dress, face shape, or hair texture, there’s a look for everyone. Ahead, find 16 updos that are perfect for your upcoming event. 

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Simple, Sleek Middle Part Bun

Sofia Richie with a center-parted bun

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Timeless and classic are the two words that come to mind when we think about Sofia Richie’s viral wedding. Richie’s simple, sleek, elegant low bun was no frills and a great choice for her criss-cross neckline dress.

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Fringe Bun

Sleek bun with fringe

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If a low bun doesn’t suit you, perhaps a ballerina bun will. While this bun has the classic element, there is a touch of modernity with the fringe ends peeking out to give this style an edge. Spoiler alert: this look pairs well with almost any dress.

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Loose Bun Updo

loose bun

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In 2022, the loose, sexy bun made a major comeback (honestly, why did it ever go away?). While in concept, something like this would not typically sound bridal-esque, when dressed up, this hairstyle is the perfect finishing touch to a formal look.

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Updo with Bombshell Bang

updo loose bun with bangs

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How to elevate your loose bun 101? Add a bombshell bang to help frame the face. This versatile look is perfect for bridal, from black tie to barn, and can be styled with a variety of dresses and glam.

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Bow Bun

bow accessory bun

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These tiny accessory bows are one of the season’s top trends, and for a good reason: They’re fun, cute, and glam. For the bride who wants to add a little fun to a classic bun, this is the perfect dainty way to do so.

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Side Bun

Side bun bridal hair

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This side bun is the perfect way to showcase locs, braids, or twists, and the bridal accessories are a great way to add extra glam. 

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Twisted Updo

twisted messy hair up do

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This is the perfect happy medium for the bride who wants a perfectly imperfect style but doesn't want any loose pieces in the front.

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Curly Queen

curly updo

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If you have natural curls, you can loosely sculpt them into an updo while leaving out some fringe to make your style feel effortless. 

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Slicked Pony

slicked back ponytail

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Whether you’re the bride or a guest, this slicked-back pony with an oversized bow is a classic style option. Of course, to make it bridal, you can swap the black bow for something white (unless you’re going against the grain, in which you have our full support).

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Statement Bun

bun with statement accessory

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Sometimes, a simple accessory can make all the difference. This low knot bun is elevated with a gold ring and ties in with Anna Sawai’s gold earrings.

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Curls and Loosies

curly updo with loose pieces

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This gorgeous updo on Ashley Graham incorporates curled hair (which can be recycled from your rehearsal dinner) paired with wispy face-framing pieces. If your bangs are grown out, using a curling iron is the perfect way to get the hair to a more ideal length in the front.

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Big Braid Energy

top braid

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If you've got long hair, it can sometimes be more difficult to tame it into a bun. The perfect alternative? A braid. This look gets an A+ for glam and convenience.

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Loose Bubble Pony

long bubble ponytail

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If whimsical is your wedding vibe, a long, loose pony is the perfect way to tie your hair back. Incorporate multiple hair ties for a chic bubble ponytail effect for longer hair. 

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Slicked Top Bun

slicked top bun

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A slicked top bun with volume screams Hollywood red carpet. This bun requires all the hair and more (hello, extensions), but the final outcome is elegant and worth it.

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Buns and Braids

messy bun with braids

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Tying your goddess box braids into a loose tousled bun is an easy way to make your protective style double as a wedding-ready updo. The best part? It's also easy to DIY to save on spending at a salon.

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Bold Accessories

old hollywood

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Old Hollywood hair never goes out of style, and sometimes, the perfect accessory to an updo is a statement jewelry piece to compliment the look. Olivia Rodrigo's necklace ties together this retro-inspired hair. 

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