30 Wedding hairstyles and what you need to achieve them

When It comes to choosing a wedding hairstyle, there are so many things to factor in. This can make it one of the most stressful parts! "Do I have enough hair?", "Do I have the right texture?", "Can my hairstylist do this?". This is one of the reasons why having a photo, or a few photos, of what type of hairstyles you like, can make this part of your wedding fun and relaxing. There are many below that are either from pinterest or blogs that we see all the time and are beautiful popular styles. The others are hairstyles of our own that have made clients extremely happy. I have listed the hair textures and lengths needed to achieve these looks Just because we see a hairstyle over and over doesn't mean that we make it look exactly the same as everyone else's. Everyone has a unique style and unique hair. That gives your stylist the opportunity to create your perfect updo. If you show a few different photos to your stylist, they can also combine your favorite things about them and leave out anything you don't like about them. Keep in mind that if you do not naturally have the hair for the do you like, you can always add extensions to complete your bridal hair and makeup look.

A smooth classy updo is perfect for dressing up with some flowers. The textured contrast of the flowers looks very elegant with the smoother texture of the hair. Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick Hair length needed: Medium to long Recommendations: Get highlights or a second color in your hair to really show the smooth texture of the updo.

A smooth classy updo is perfect for dressing up with some flowers. The textured contrast of the flowers looks very elegant with the smoother texture of the hair.

Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick

Hair length needed: Medium to long

Recommendations: Get highlights or a second color in your hair to really show the smooth texture of the updo.

 
This style is very low maintenance and romantic. It is great for a rehearsal dinner if you don't think it will be formal enough for the wedding day. Hair texture needed: Thick Hair length needed: Medium to Long Recommendations: Clip-ins are great to have for this style. She does have extensions in.

This style is very low maintenance and romantic. It is great for a rehearsal dinner if you don't think it will be formal enough for the wedding day.

Hair texture needed: Thick

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

Recommendations: Clip-ins are great to have for this style. She does have extensions in.

This style is an extremely textured all down do. You would need semi short layering in your haircut to achieve that textured look in the crown and mohawk area of the head Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick Hair length needed:  Medium to Long Recommendations: Ask your hairstylist if cutting shorter layers to achieve this look will work with your current haircut

This style is an extremely textured all down do. You would need semi short layering in your haircut to achieve that textured look in the crown and mohawk area of the head

Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick

Hair length needed:  Medium to Long

Recommendations: Ask your hairstylist if cutting shorter layers to achieve this look will work with your current haircut

 
Vintage looks are especially popular for weddings because they are classic and never go out of style. You can get very creative with the hair and makeup and you wont look back on your wedding photos wondering "what was I thinking?!". Hair texture needed: Thin to Medium Hair length needed: Medium Recommendations: If you have short layers, grow them out a little while so that you dont have fly aways sticking out in the middle of your roll.

Vintage looks are especially popular for weddings because they are classic and never go out of style. You can get very creative with the hair and makeup and you wont look back on your wedding photos wondering "what was I thinking?!".

Hair texture needed: Thin to Medium

Hair length needed: Medium

Recommendations: If you have short layers, grow them out a little while so that you dont have fly aways sticking out in the middle of your roll.

 
This is a great way to have a classic vintage style even if you have short hair! Hair texture needed: Thin to Medium Hair length needed: Short Recommendations: Part of the vintage look is to have a far side part to create that wave above the forehead. 

This is a great way to have a classic vintage style even if you have short hair!

Hair texture needed: Thin to Medium

Hair length needed: Short

Recommendations: Part of the vintage look is to have a far side part to create that wave above the forehead. 

 
This is an amazing textured cascading style. The bottom would be difficult to keep into that one curl throughout the night, but would last for walking down the isle and photos. Hair texture needed: Thick Hair length needed: Long Recommendations: Would add extensions to almost anyones hair to have this full of a look.

This is an amazing textured cascading style. The bottom would be difficult to keep into that one curl throughout the night, but would last for walking down the isle and photos.

Hair texture needed: Thick

Hair length needed: Long

Recommendations: Would add extensions to almost anyones hair to have this full of a look.

 
A low loose looking side bun is extremely popular and very customizable. You can have it smooth and classic or more textured and intricate like this photo Hair texture needed: Thin to Medium Hair length needed: Medium short to medium Recommendations: Lighter hair shows texture better so if you have dark hair, get some highlights or peek-a-boos put in to show depth. I love bridal hair and makeup before and afters. Always a good way to see what you are getting when you hire someone.

A low loose looking side bun is extremely popular and very customizable. You can have it smooth and classic or more textured and intricate like this photo

Hair texture needed: Thin to Medium

Hair length needed: Medium short to medium

Recommendations: Lighter hair shows texture better so if you have dark hair, get some highlights or peek-a-boos put in to show depth.

I love bridal hair and makeup before and afters. Always a good way to see what you are getting when you hire someone.

 
This is one of the most seen photos at my salon. The volume and messy texture take away the fear of having a slicked back tight updo. Hair texture needed:  Medium to thick Hair length needed: Medium to long Recommendations: If you dont like a middle part or dont have those short pieces of hair in the face framing area, ask your wedding stylist to give you this style with a loose side part  

This is one of the most seen photos at my salon. The volume and messy texture take away the fear of having a slicked back tight updo.

Hair texture needed:  Medium to thick

Hair length needed: Medium to long

Recommendations: If you dont like a middle part or dont have those short pieces of hair in the face framing area, ask your wedding stylist to give you this style with a loose side part

 

 
Pinned curls are a great way to create unique texture with a wedding hairstyle.  The hair flowing to one side gives a bride a way to have her hair more formal but not all the way up if she is not comfortable with an updo. Hair texture needed:  Medium to thick Hair length needed: Medium to long

Pinned curls are a great way to create unique texture with a wedding hairstyle.  The hair flowing to one side gives a bride a way to have her hair more formal but not all the way up if she is not comfortable with an updo.

Hair texture needed:  Medium to thick

Hair length needed: Medium to long

 
(Another great wedding hair and makeup before and after) This unique style has texture all the way around the hair line and is a great updo to add flowers or accessories to. Hair texture needed:  All types Hair length needed: All types Recommendations: It is best to have bangs for this style so that the hair at the forehead doesn't get in the way of seeing the texture of the updo from the front. This is an easy style to do with short hair

(Another great wedding hair and makeup before and after) This unique style has texture all the way around the hair line and is a great updo to add flowers or accessories to.

Hair texture needed:  All types

Hair length needed: All types

Recommendations: It is best to have bangs for this style so that the hair at the forehead doesn't get in the way of seeing the texture of the updo from the front. This is an easy style to do with short hair

This style is very loose and elegant. You will need long enough layers to hang loos in the front and reach the side bun toward the back. Hair texture needed:  Medium  Hair length needed: Medium Recommendations: She has a very far side part to give the volume on top and the nice curve above the forehead. The look wont be the same if you are not comfortable with having a part that far over.

This style is very loose and elegant. You will need long enough layers to hang loos in the front and reach the side bun toward the back.

Hair texture needed:  Medium 

Hair length needed: Medium

Recommendations: She has a very far side part to give the volume on top and the nice curve above the forehead. The look wont be the same if you are not comfortable with having a part that far over.

Having Highlights or Peek-a-boos in dark hair can help show more depth and texture in hairstyles. Hair texture needed:  Medium to thick Hair length needed: Medium to long Recommendations: Blonde hairstyles are easy to see the texture in, but if you have dark hair, highlights or hair accessories will really help add a little something to the style.

Having Highlights or Peek-a-boos in dark hair can help show more depth and texture in hairstyles.

Hair texture needed:  Medium to thick

Hair length needed: Medium to long

Recommendations: Blonde hairstyles are easy to see the texture in, but if you have dark hair, highlights or hair accessories will really help add a little something to the style.

 
This style is great to have texture and volume without any hair in your face or worrying about wind blowing your hair in your face. Hair texture needed:  Medium to thick Hair length needed: Medium to long Recommendations: Having face framing or long bangs will help to get curl texture at the front of the updo instead of it lust looking like a smooth awkward bump from the front.

This style is great to have texture and volume without any hair in your face or worrying about wind blowing your hair in your face.

Hair texture needed:  Medium to thick

Hair length needed: Medium to long

Recommendations: Having face framing or long bangs will help to get curl texture at the front of the updo instead of it lust looking like a smooth awkward bump from the front.

 
This is a great way to add some formality to a length of hair that you don't want to put in an updo. This way you don't have to where it in the normal straighter way that you do every day. Hair texture needed: Any texture Hair length needed: Short Recommendations: If you like a side band or hair covering your forehead, ask your stylist to move the braid back  a little in the hairstyle to leave hair down on your forehead.

This is a great way to add some formality to a length of hair that you don't want to put in an updo. This way you don't have to where it in the normal straighter way that you do every day.

Hair texture needed: Any texture

Hair length needed: Short

Recommendations: If you like a side band or hair covering your forehead, ask your stylist to move the braid back  a little in the hairstyle to leave hair down on your forehead.

 
Having a lot of curl texture from the crown to the nape gives a modern and unique opportunity to put the veil underneath the updo. This way you don't have to hide your beautiful updo under the veil Hair texture needed: Thick Hair length needed: Medium to Long Recommendations: Clip-in extensions would be recommending to achieve this full look if you don't have very thick hair.

Having a lot of curl texture from the crown to the nape gives a modern and unique opportunity to put the veil underneath the updo. This way you don't have to hide your beautiful updo under the veil

Hair texture needed: Thick

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

Recommendations: Clip-in extensions would be recommending to achieve this full look if you don't have very thick hair.

 
This short style is a great way to break up the normal bob haircut look. This wavy curl is a great way to add body and fullness without looking like curly sue Hair texture needed: Any Texture Hair length needed: Short Recommendations: Make sure you tell your stylist that you want wavy curls so that they don't make the curls to tight and short. A headband style tiara can dress up this style greatly.

This short style is a great way to break up the normal bob haircut look. This wavy curl is a great way to add body and fullness without looking like curly sue

Hair texture needed: Any Texture

Hair length needed: Short

Recommendations: Make sure you tell your stylist that you want wavy curls so that they don't make the curls to tight and short. A headband style tiara can dress up this style greatly.

 
This is a great way to get a very loose, not pulled tight, look in the front, but still have formality by bringing the hair to one side. The best part of the photo is the groom who was accidentally caught with a big "omg she is beautiful" smile. Hair texture needed: Thick Hair length needed: Medium to Long Recommendations: consider the length of your hair when curled. If you need more length pick up some clip-ins to have larger curls flowing over your shoulder.

This is a great way to get a very loose, not pulled tight, look in the front, but still have formality by bringing the hair to one side. The best part of the photo is the groom who was accidentally caught with a big "omg she is beautiful" smile.

Hair texture needed: Thick

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

Recommendations: consider the length of your hair when curled. If you need more length pick up some clip-ins to have larger curls flowing over your shoulder.

 
A long Messy braid is very modern and more of a red carpet style.  Hair texture needed: Thick Hair length needed:  Long Recommendations: Clip-ins for length!

A long Messy braid is very modern and more of a red carpet style. 

Hair texture needed: Thick

Hair length needed:  Long

Recommendations: Clip-ins for length!

 
This is a classic elegant look great for adding accessories to. This bride's hair is actually a long A-line. The back of her hair only reaches just above her shoulders.  Hair texture needed: Medium to thick Hair length needed: All Types Recommendations: Having the curled bun low at the nape gives the opportunity for shorter hair to look longer and thicker.

This is a classic elegant look great for adding accessories to. This bride's hair is actually a long A-line. The back of her hair only reaches just above her shoulders. 

Hair texture needed: Medium to thick

Hair length needed: All Types

Recommendations: Having the curled bun low at the nape gives the opportunity for shorter hair to look longer and thicker.

This hairstyle is unique and not for the tradtitional bride. It looks great if you have lighter hair or dark hair with highlights. Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick Hair length needed: Medium to Long

This hairstyle is unique and not for the tradtitional bride. It looks great if you have lighter hair or dark hair with highlights.

Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

 
This is an extremely textured updo that is great for any bride who want an intricate style. Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick Hair length needed: Medium-short to Medium 

This is an extremely textured updo that is great for any bride who want an intricate style.

Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick

Hair length needed: Medium-short to Medium 

 
Another way to add a messy braid to an updo insted of a down style Hair texture needed: All types Hair length needed: Medium to Long Recommendations: Get some face framing cut if you don't have layers so that the tendrals handing down are not too long.

Another way to add a messy braid to an updo insted of a down style

Hair texture needed: All types

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

Recommendations: Get some face framing cut if you don't have layers so that the tendrals handing down are not too long.

 
This style combines a loose look at the front, a smooth look to the bun and a braid for an accent., Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick Hair length needed: Medium

This style combines a loose look at the front, a smooth look to the bun and a braid for an accent.,

Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick

Hair length needed: Medium

 
This style is similar to the one above, but the look is messier in the front and in the curled bun. Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick Hair length needed: Medium-short to Long Recommendations: Have your stylist cut face framing or long bangs to be able to have those loose tendrils down in the front.

This style is similar to the one above, but the look is messier in the front and in the curled bun.

Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick

Hair length needed: Medium-short to Long

Recommendations: Have your stylist cut face framing or long bangs to be able to have those loose tendrils down in the front.

The loose braid from the part around to a bun of curls to the side adds a lot of texture to a side updo that would usually be more plain and smooth. Hair texture needed: All types Hair length needed: Medium to Long

The loose braid from the part around to a bun of curls to the side adds a lot of texture to a side updo that would usually be more plain and smooth.

Hair texture needed: All types

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

 
A Cascading do can give you the elegance and formality of an updo while still showing off length and providing some back coverage. Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick Hair length needed: Medium to Long

A Cascading do can give you the elegance and formality of an updo while still showing off length and providing some back coverage.

Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

 
This updo is a way to add a cascading victorian twist to your style.  Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick Hair length needed: Medium to Long Recommendations: Dangly earings finish this look perfectly!

This updo is a way to add a cascading victorian twist to your style. 

Hair texture needed: Medium to Thick

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

Recommendations: Dangly earings finish this look perfectly!

 
This is a great way to add formality to a very short hairstyle. The headband style tiara helps separate the straighter look of the front from the curled look of the back Hair texture needed: Any Texture Hair length needed: Very short Recommendations: The back of your haircut will need to have a lot of layering for this look. A bob or smooth A-line cut will not work.

This is a great way to add formality to a very short hairstyle. The headband style tiara helps separate the straighter look of the front from the curled look of the back

Hair texture needed: Any Texture

Hair length needed: Very short

Recommendations: The back of your haircut will need to have a lot of layering for this look. A bob or smooth A-line cut will not work.

 
This style is great for a woodsy kind of wedding. Its messy  bun and hanging tendrils give a soft look to a bride. Great for thin hair. Hair texture needed: Thin to Medium Hair length needed: Medium to Long

This style is great for a woodsy kind of wedding. Its messy  bun and hanging tendrils give a soft look to a bride. Great for thin hair.

Hair texture needed: Thin to Medium

Hair length needed: Medium to Long

 
This Extremely intricate half-up look is great for adding flower or jeweled accessories . Hair texture needed: Thick Hair length needed:  Long

This Extremely intricate half-up look is great for adding flower or jeweled accessories .

Hair texture needed: Thick

Hair length needed:  Long

 
This is a great half up style that is formal, but leaves some hair around the face.  Hair texture needed: All types Hair length needed:  Medium to Long Recommendations: If you want this style make sure to ask you regular hairstylist to cut some face framing into your haircut so that this look can be achieved.

This is a great half up style that is formal, but leaves some hair around the face. 

Hair texture needed: All types

Hair length needed:  Medium to Long

Recommendations: If you want this style make sure to ask you regular hairstylist to cut some face framing into your haircut so that this look can be achieved.