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Bridal Hair Inspiration

A bride in a spaghetti strap dress and boho jewelry looks into the camera while sipping tea and wearing a delicate flower crown.
Autumn Parry Photography

Sustainable Wedding Hair Inspiration

From complimenting a bridal gown to contending with outdoor wedding weather, there’s a lot to consider when settling on a bridal hairstyle. If you’re overwhelmed by wedding hair options, we’ve got you covered.  Here are some swoon-worthy looks and bridal hair advice from Dream Catcher Weddings.

Closeup of hands pinning flower crown to back of bride's head.
Autumn Parry Photography

Minimalist flower halo: A minimalist flower crown can put the chef’s kiss on a whimsical wedding look. We love how this bride utilized it for a pop of color. Dainty flower circlets lend well to incorporation with curls and braids. If you’re looking to make fairytale wedding dreams come true, this one’s for you. Pro tip: Make sure you have your flower crown in hand before your hair appointment. You can pick up the crown the day before your wedding or ask your florist to show up early—this is a key point of coordination that will prevent so much stress on your big day.

Two grooms embrace by a lake, smiling nose to nose. One wears a robust flower crown, the other wears a wildflower boutonnière.
Skyewater Photo & Film

Crowns for short wedding hair: Short hair can be regal too! We love the fullness of this flower crown which exudes joy and draws the gaze upward. Bold eucalyptus leaves and plump berries deliver a uniquely geometric statement. The volumous shape compliments an otherwise sleek silhouette and the pop of color contrasts brilliantly against the navy blue suit.

A red headed bride wears her hair in a low updo while gazing across a field and holding a bouquet of ferns and roses.
Skylar Rain Photography

 The swiss army knife of wedding hair—the Low Updo: A cousin of the chignon, the  low updo is trending and for good reason. This versatile style pairs well with almost any neckline and face shape and can be styled with great versatility – teased braids, loose ringlets, and finger waves enable it to serve looks from boho chic to golden era glam.

One thing we love about the low updo is its functionality for outdoor weddings. This style keeps the wind from blowing your hair into your face and helps regulate body temperature while delivering the volume and romance of face-framing tresses.


Two brides with sideswept hair laugh with their arms around each other, backlit by the sun.
Jennie Crate Photo

Side-swept wedding hair: Side-swept hair is a favorite look for anyone wanting to add interest to the neckline. If you’re going with minimal to no jewelry around the chest (i.e. necklaces and drop earrings), an asymmetrical arrangement of curls or braids intersecting the collarbone can add that little special something to your look. The vertical lines of side-swept hair can serve to break up the angularity of broad shoulders or a boat neckline while serving a cascade of visual interest.

A Black bride smiles over her shoulder while wearing hair down in ringlets.
Sara Plette Photography

Black bridal hair:

Some Black brides opt for super sleek updos, chignons, and finger waves, while others choose braids, twists, and protective natural hairstyles. Internet search results are scarce for Black wedding hairstylists outside of Atlanta, Los Angeles, or New York City, though hair and makeup artists are commonly available to be flown to their client’s location. Many brides find it most helpful to consult forums and community members for personal recommendations. For more Black bridal hair inspiration photos, check out this article by XRS Beauty.

Bride wears hair down with a backless dress and kisses groom in a garden of zinnias.
Brody Lee Photography

Wearing your wedding hair down: There’s an art to wearing your hair down! You’ll want a hairstylist who’s experienced in working with your hair type. The task of taming frizz and articulating curl structure while maintaining a touchable finish and desired level of sheen is not to be taken lightly. Wearing your hair down is a good option for balancing a V-shaped neckline and evoking a nature bride archetype.

Groom leans bride with long veil back for a kiss in front of hay bales.

A word on veils: You can make a veil work with any hair…it just depends how many combs and hairpins you’re willing to wear. The longer your veil is, and the windier the weather conditions are (#destinationwedding #outdoorweddingproblems), the more this will be a concern. While birdcage veils offer a no-fuss option (and we’d love to champion a revival of retro bridal style), we also understand that they’re not what most brides are looking for in 2024. The friendliest on-trend option is a mid-length veil on a comb that you can nestle into the top of a low updo. (It tragically obscures the bun, we know! But look at it this way: it offers a great reveal if you choose to remove the veil for your reception. Think of it as two looks in one.) The low updo provides a natural “shelf” for the comb, so you’re not fighting gravity, unlike styles that position the veil below the bun. When it comes to wearing a veil with hair down, you must accept your destiny as a bobby pin cushion for the duration of wear. If there’s one thing you remember, let it be this: Bring your veil to your hair trial! Your stylist and wedding-day-you will thank you for it.

At the end of the day, your veil encapsulates your bridal fantasy. It casts a net of enchantment as you walk down the aisle and defines your wedding photos with your signature bridal style. So, go all out. Once the photo shoot is done, you can rip that sucker off, hug everybody to your heart’s content, and finally hit the dance floor.

In conclusion… many a creator has said that the artist and the editor each have their time to shine, and it’s never at the same time! Now is the time to gather inspiration and let your imagination run wild. Later, you can consult your wedding hairstylist on logistical concerns, and help you bring your bridal hair dream to life.

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