Your hair may feel like a minute detail in all the whirlwind of things you have to think about for your wedding day, but it is arguably one of the most important. Your crowning glory should be at its best when you walk down the aisle.
You can go a hundred different ways with your mane, but here's an idea worth considering: braids. It's a fun level up to any hairstyle—whether you prefer to have it up or down, straight or curled. It also works with long or short hair! The possibilities are endless. It's versatile and will put a romantic twist on any hairstyle you end up choosing. Whether you're going the DIY route or having a professional hairstylist do it, these braided 'dos will make your hair (and day) feel extra special:
1. Milkmaid braids
If you want to keep you hair out of your face, a milkmaid braid updo is a good option. It's like an elevated version of a traditional bun, and it will give your guests something pretty to look at with your back facing them during the ceremony.
2. Embellished braids
This may seem a bit excessive for the traditional bride, but if you don't mind bending the rules a little bit, then you should go ahead and try this out. Accenting your hair with some jewels is a nice touch to instantly level up your glam. You can choose between small crystals to big designer hair clips. Imagine how cute the pics will turn out!
3. Loose plait
Ethereal hairstyles are really those effortless ones that do not look too stiff and polished. Achieve an easy, beautiful hairstyle with minimal effort with a loose plait. Gather your hair at the back and do your usual braid, then make sure to tug on the sides to loosen it up a bit. Spritz on some hair spray to hold it in place for the festivities.
4. Floral braids
There will never be a better time for a girl to deck out her hair with pretty blooms than her wedding day. Opt for non-traditional styles to give it a fresh, modern update.
5. Tied with a bow
Since most of your guests will be facing your back for the entire ceremony, a cute accessory is a nice touch. If you loved bows as a little girl, you can always re-create that for your wedding day but with a grown-up twist, of course. Try incorporating the bow with a low-braided pony for that cute, happy-go-lucky look.
The waterfall braid may be a bit more challenging to do, but it's definitely worth the extra work. Plus, it will look especially great on brides who have highlights in their hair. It will easily bring out the dimension of the colors.
7. Mini braids
For that romantic hint of bohemian chic, how about a mini braid or two? It's almost effortless to do but will surely add an extra dose of daintiness to your look.
8. Headband braids
Your hair as the accessory? Yes, it is possible. If you want the look of the milkmaid braid but don't want to commit to a full updo, the headband braid is the one for you. You can keep the bottom part curled or straight, according to what you prefer.
9. Side braid
A cute, subtle way of adding braids to your hair is the classic one-sided plait. This is also great for brides with short hair.
10. Top knot braids
If you wanna do the traditional ballerina bun but want something to kick it up a notch, you can add a layer of braids wrapped around your top knot.