When it comes to wedding hair, an updo is a classic hairstyle option. From sleek and elegant chignons to tousled wavy boho braids, our gallery is bursting with wedding hair updo styles for your inspiration. And don't worry we have you covered for both long and shorter lengths. Updo hairstyles are practical (no other style is quite as weatherproof!) as well as elegant. Wearing your hair up on your wedding day allows every showstopping detail of your dress and accessories to be on view. Want some more options? Then you can also have a look at this half up half down bridal hair article or this article all about wedding hair accessories. No matter how you choose to wear your locks, we've got inspo for you. 

Pinned Updo

Soft, romantic and ethereal, a pinned updo is perfect for most hair types and makes it a universally flattering wedding hairstyle.

Accessories and Headpieces

Hair vines, combs, pins and grips, there are a wealth of hair accessories available to accentuate your wedding hair updo. For boho brides, you can’t beat a hair vine wrapped into a soft braided updo, while delicate pins are great if you want to keep the look understated and elegant. We love seeing a bride shake it up and swap accessories and hairstyles for the evening reception.


Florals and foliage are effortlessly romantic and ideal for brides and bridesmaids alike. Pin greenery into a loose chignon or weave flower heads through braids for a whimsical wedding updo. Flower crowns aren’t just for down dos either, here we show you how they can be the ultimate accessory to your bridal updo. Chat to your florist about which flowers will go the distance and be most suitable for your wedding hairstyle. Gypsophila is a popular choice as it doesn’t wilt.

Smooth Chignons and Low Buns

For those preferring a refined updo then a pinned at the nape of the neck, low bun or chignon would be ideal. Our gallery shows you can rock this look with a side, middle or swept back parting. Twist, roll and tuck your way to the chicest wedding updo style.

Braided Updo

For a more relaxed updo then braids and plaits could be for you. Braids can be incorporated into your bridal look in many different styles; tiny plaits weaved through the most elegant of updos, wrapped into neat milkmaid style plaits around the head, looser in boho braids or in a hair-up style created entirely from intricately woven braids.


If you’re opting for a gorgeous veil as part of your bridal style, it’s an extra consideration when it comes to planning your wedding day hair. With updos, it’s completely up to you if you want to pin your veil above or below your hair. Our gallery shows at the nape of the neck or secured at the crown, you’re guaranteed to look incredible.


Cool, chic and elegant, there’s no doubt that pony tailed brides are fashion forward. Undone, volumised and edgy or sleek and classic, this wedding hairstyle can work either high or low. We love wrap around knots and loose tousled waved ponytails but we think our favourite has to be a ribbon tied bride.

Shorter Hair

You don’t need to have tresses like Rapunzel to rock a bridal updo however you don’t even necessarily need to opt for extensions either. Tight, close braids are a great choice for shorter haired brides or pin your longest lengths in a side-swept style.

Finally, look out for lots more updos for wedding hair inspiration coming your way shortly! To find a wedding hairstylist near you that's a pro in pinning up hair then check out our Recommended Suppliers section for Hair and Beauty.

Lauren C

Written by Lauren C

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