Many brides begin growing out their hair immediately after getting engaged. While manes of all lengths are beautiful, we can definitely understand the allure of longer hair. Those who dream of wedding hairstyles like cascading curls and intricate updos take extra special care of their strands, following stylists’ advice to a tee.
Lengthy locks are incredibly versatile – and we’ve rounded up over 30 wedding looks to prove it! Once you achieve the hair of your dreams, select your favorite to don on the big day. Rapunzel’s got nothing on you! From milkmaid braids to Old Hollywood inspired waves, these styles work perfectly for gorgeous, grown-out tresses.
Beautiful Bridal Blowout
Show off all that length with a beautiful blowout. Simple? Yes. But the look has a laid-back chicness to it that’s hard not to love. Best of all, you already know that this tried-and-true style will work for you and your hair texture.
Despite the intricate, intertwining locks that make up this updo, it doesn’t look stiff or severe. Keep your look similarly soft by using a flexible hold hairspray and a high-shine mist.
Classic Half-Up Half-Down
The half-up half-down hairstyle is a favorite among brides for a reason: The ‘do allows you to show off both your long locks and your beaming face!
You already love this easy, breezy hairstyle, so why not rock it at your wedding? It’s a great option if you’re looking for an updo that doesn’t look too done up.
Full French Braid
A little boho, a little cool-girl, a side-swept French braid is a great choice for free spirits – and those who don’t want to be wiping away sweaty strands on the dance floor!
Headbands aren’t just for the Gossip Girl set, you know. Take an embellished headband and pair it with glossy locks, and you’ve got a look chic enough for the aisle.
Wrapped Bubble Pony
This unique spin on a classic ponytail boasts plenty of volume. If you opt for a more streamlined pony, we still recommend hiding your hair elastic like this bride did here. It’s an easy way to dress up the ‘do and couldn’t be simpler: Just leave out a small section from the bottom of your ponytail before securing it. Then, use a bit of smoothing serum on the section before wrapping it around the hair elastic. Fasten the ends into the base with a bobby pin, and you’re good to go.
Old Hollywood Waves
This bride’s Old Hollywood-inspired waves are both glam and gorgeous. If you want to conquer this coif yourself, use a 1.5” curling iron on small sections of your hair, securing each curl to your head as it cools. Once cooled, release the curls and use a wide-toothed comb to gently loosen the locks. Finish with a flexible-hold hairspray.
Woven And Wrapped Updo
Formal and elegant, this intricate updo will have all eyes on you as you walk down the aisle. (Honestly, where else would they be?) Plus, it’s a striking way to show off the back of your wedding dress. Just imagine how tragic it would be if this bride’s floral lace back was hiding behind a curtain of hair!
Undone Boho Braid
Boho brides, this one’s for you! Beachy waves meet an undone braid in this hippyish half-up half-down hairstyle. To get a similar effect, be sure to gently pull apart your braid to volumize and get that perfectly imperfect look.
Sleek And Straight
Name a wedding theme, season, or setting and a sleek, pin-straight hairstyle is bound to complement it – but this no-fuss look is especially perfect for minimalist brides.
This updo is just a little boho and super romantic. The fishtail braid peeking out just so is such a unique touch.
A Bold Hue
Long hair plus a bold hue equals serious mermaid vibes! If you’re known for experimenting with crazy colors on your down-to-there locks, don’t let tradition stop you from rocking a bright shade on your wedding day.
If you have bangs or shorter layers in front, pin them back and under the longer lengths in this easy ‘do when the reception rolls around. It’s a great way to change up your look after the ceremony and leave you ready to bust some moves on the dance floor.
Voluminous Bridal Bun
Put your locks’ thickness and length to good use with a voluminous bridal bun. Don’t be afraid to request that your stylist add extensions for even more volume.
This bohemian style will keep your hair out of the way all day (and night) long. It’s also an unexpected way to frame your face.
A Touch Of Sparkle
Take a cue from this bride who accessorized her glossy curls with a bejeweled barrette: You can instantly elevate a look with a sparkling hair accessory. It can take the style from “just a night out” to bridal vibes.
Who knew the style you wore to keep your long hair out of your face at the gym would be fancy enough for your wedding day? Uh, we did! Try using a texturizing powder and teasing the hair at your crown to get the effortless, textured pony this bride is rocking.
Embellished Undone Braid
Isn’t this embellished braid enchanting? The intentional messiness of it makes for an ethereal look, and the delicate and dainty pearlized hair accessories are the perfect finishing touch.
Glamorous, Cascading Curls
Wearing a strapless wedding dress? Complement the neckline by having your hair cascading down your shoulders in big, glamorous curls.
Untucking a few strands from a chignon is an easy way to instantly soften the look and amp up the romance. Remember: the beauty is in the imperfections!
This bride had her long braids carefully wrapped into a topknot for a modern spin on a formal updo.
Dutch Side Braid
With beachy waves and a playful Dutch side braid, we love this look for a destination wedding. It perfectly captures all those festive, free-spirited vibes of a sunny setting.
Full And Fluffy Pony
Remember what we said about going big or going home? This bride looks like she took it to heart! We love her voluminous ponytail full of the prettiest curls.
Boho-Inspired Hair Accessories
Long locks are the perfect canvas for boho accessories. The golden chain this bride is wearing, coupled with her glossy waves, has her looking like an absolute goddess!
With layers of locks pinned here and there, this softly structured updo totes an easy-going elegance. Just be sure to tuck a few extra bobby pins in your clutch in case your loose look gets a little too loose as the night wears on!
Natural, Free-Flowing Curls
Let your curls flow freely! Playing with natural texture works for any wedding style, but is an especially stunning technique for beach weddings. Textured tresses blowing in the sea breeze are just so effortlessly sexy.
Posh And Polished
Modern elegance is the name of the game when it comes to this long hairstyle. Featuring an ever-so-slight wave and smooth, shiny strands, it’s an undeniably polished style.
Floral-Studded Rope Braid
The combination of floral hair accessories and long hair is giving us major Rapunzel vibes! If you’re after a similar style, we suggest incorporating the blooms that you plan to have in your bouquet to tie the whole ensemble together.
Tip: Give your florist a heads up so she can bring along the extra flowers on the big day.
Meghan Markle, eat your heart out. With loosely pinned tresses, this spin on the messy updo is soft and romantic. A gilded hairpiece completes the look.
There’s nothing wrong with a classic! If you’re searching for a style that’ll never go out of, well, style, this is the ‘do for you. To make it unique and personable, accessorize it with just a bit of sparkle like this bride did here.
Stunning Swirled Updo
Pay attention, ballroom brides! This is how you do a formal updo. The swirled shape is an architectural – not to mention stunning – update on the traditional style.
Loosely Braided Locks
This bride wore her locks loosely braided away from her face for an effortless half-up half-down hairstyle. We love how the soft braid mimics the shape of her loose curls.
While we love both of these brides’ beautiful long hairstyles, we’re especially smitten with the braided faux-hawk look. It’s unexpected and just the right amount of edgy.
Rosy, Rolled Updo
Who needs a bouquet when your hair is blooming with florals like these? Complete with a bundle of white roses, this bride’s rolled updo is absolutely enviable.
originally posted on brides.com by Jamie Cuccinelli
About Author: Jamie Cuccinelli is a former Brides Editor and current contributing writer. With four years at Brides under her belt, Jamie hopes to inspire couples to throw a wedding that’s wholly them. Before joining the team at Brides, Jamie was a frequent contributor at Bustle and previously worked as a bridal gown consultant, giving her real-world insight on what the modern bride looks for while shopping for the most important dress (or pants! or jumpsuit!) of her life.