Gone are the days when bridal hair meant picking between classic cascading waves or a high-volume updo. Now, there are endless ways to wear your hair for your big day, from those of a classically romantic style, to those of embellished glamour. It can get overwhelming, and that’s why we’re here to show you a curated list of hairstyles to get clearer ideas for your wedding. And because celebrities work with the best of the best in hair (and well, everything), we’ve chosen stylish A-listers as references.
Ahead, we run down 12 bridal looks to say "I do" in:
12 Celebrity-Inspired Wedding Hairstyles for Brides
1. Ellen Adarna's High Volume Waves
If there’s one look you can’t go wrong with for your big day, it’s big, bouncy waves. It can complement a beach bride’s laguid feel, or bring in a much-needed sense of effortlessness to a glamazon’s embellished frock, as seen here on Ellen Adarna’s look.
2. Anne Curtis's Beach Waves
There are a hundred ways to iterate waves, and this makes it on top of our favorites list. This effortless style makes you look like you just dried out your hair from a day in the sea, textured and tousled to perfection. With curtains bangs or without, you’ll definitely bring in the couldn’t-care-less cool girl energy with this ‘do.
3. Jennylyn Mercado's Old Hollywood Hair
Referencing old Hollywood glamour brings a polished kind of elegance that seems to transcend time. Just take a look at Jennylyn Mercado’s wedding ‘do, which sees her short bob neatly waved with a portion tucked back with a floral headpiece. It looks good today, and will stay on-point when you look back on it years later.
4. Jess Wilson's Fresh Flowers
Give the traditional long waves a dainty touch by tucking in fresh flowers by the side of your ear. We love how Jess Wilson does it, fully committing to her wedding theme by choosing blooms that match her ceremony setup.
5. Alex Gonzaga’s Messy Ponytail
Sometimes, going back to basics is your best bet. A ponytail, for one, is a classic that can look good on everyone especially when styled slightly undone. Alex Gonzaga wears hers low by the nape, but this can work with any height that suits your style.
6. Catriona Gray’s Cascading Ponytail
If you want a bridal ponytail that leans towards the clean rather than the undone, look to this style on Catriona Gray. She wears a high ponytail with long waves that elegantly cascade down, and instead of loose tendrils, she keeps everything neatly away from her face.
7. Sarah Lahbati's Tulle Bow
For bridal hair, bigger is better, especially when a tulle bow is involved. Sarah Lahbati’s ‘do inspires us to go for volume with a lightweight bow that’s pinned to accent her ponytail. If you’re wearing a dress on the more minimal side, try this for a surprising sweet touch.
8. Dani Barretto's Half-Up Half-Down 'Do
For many of us that wore the half-up and half-down style as little girls, wearing it as a bride can be a touching full-circle moment. And beyond sentimentality, it’s a pretty practical do—a straightforward style that’s perfect to wear with a veil, as shown here on Dani Barretto.
9. Erich Gonzales's Low Braided Bun
This hairstyle walks the line between neat and undone with a big plait gently tucked into a low bun. The shape and volume of the ‘do keep it looking beautifully soft, and with everything tucked behind the ear, it’s neat enough to showcase a stunning piece of bridal jewelry.
10. Bea Alonzo’s Top Knot
If your personal style leans more towards modern than traditional, carry it over to your wedding day through a top knot. It has the feel of a traditional updo, but done in a way that’s more here-and-now. Bea Alonzo shows us here that even with shorter hair, the ‘do works perfectly.
11. Carla Abellana's Center-Part Bun
To bring the classic bun to the 2020s takes one simple change: a middle part. Made popular by the liikes of Bella Hadid and Charli d’Amelio, this one step can make any dated hairstyle feel like a breath of fresh hair. Take cues from Carla Abellana and leave it a little messy, with loose strands by the sides of your ears.
12. Rachel Peters's Barrettes
Although it may not seem like it, glittering hair accessories can be low-key. The trick is first, finding something done in a dainty style (like leaf-shaped barrettes, seen here), and second, enveloping them in a soft hairstyle (like a gently voluminous updo).
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