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We know there’s a lot to consider when planning your wedding, especially if you’ve had to replan your wedding due to Covid reschedules.  To help you plan your bridal look for the 2022 wedding season, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite updo hairstyles that are next level gorgeous. These bridal hairstyles feel chic, feminine and modern – perfect for modern brides who want their wedding gown to be on full display. We know you’ll love these elegant polished buns and tousled relaxed updos as much as we do.

It’s important to be practical also. These hairstyles are perfect to accommodate a wedding veil and also provide a supportive foundation for bridal headpieces and wedding crowns. Some of these are so simple you could also have a go at recreating them yourselves if you find yourself planning a last minute elopement and can’t book an available hairstylist. There are many hair tutorials online (try Pinterest, Instagram or Youtube) – have a play and see what works for you and your face shape.

Elegant polished updos

A simple updo doesn’t need to feel boring. Balance a small tight bun with volume at the crown to give your hairstyle height and dimension. If your hair is on the thinner or shorter side, consider working a hair donut or hair extensions into your look to add bulk.

A polished updo can be worn with almost any wedding dress. Depending on your face shape and personal preference, you might prefer some soft tendrils around your face and neck to soften the look.

How to Accessorise:

The beauty of a polished updo is you can keep things simple or use your bridal bun as the perfect foundation for your statement accessories. Style your updo with a pair of statement earrings or simple pearl drops. Alternatively, a classic drop veil can look just as beautiful as a fully embellished veil with this hairstyle. Consider the amount of drama and grandeur you wish to create and let this dictate how you accessorise this look.

The neckline and style of your dress will be an important factor in choosing your accessories. I.e. have you chosen a polished updo because your dress features an exaggerated silhouette with lots of texture and detail? Or are you looking to achieve a minimalist look overall?  Either way, less is more and choose one or two key accessories to define your look.

Photo credits: 1. Morgan Oreeda | 2. Tonie Christine | 3. Anita Bauer Hair | 4. via Ivory Tribe | 5. via Karen Willis Holmes | 6. via The Anti-Bride | 7. via Wedding Forward | 8. Elle Quebec

Relaxed updo hairstyles

A relaxed updo isn’t just for weekends or casual get togethers with friends. Tousled wavy updos have found their way down many wedding aisles over the years and the new season won’t be dissimilar. We love to style this look with more relaxed wedding venues and bridal gowns.  This soft and romantic look suits almost all face shapes and hair lengths.

How to Accessorise:

  • A relaxed updo is often characterised by texture through soft waves, curls or twists. Complement these details with small accents in your hair or a bold headpiece to sit above your bun or along your hairline.
  • Opt for soft and romantic makeup – accentuating your cheekbones, lips and eyes.
  • Some simple floral sprigs might be all you need to complete your relaxed and romantic look.

Photo credits: 1. via Pinterest | 2. Ash and Co Bridal Hair | 3. Mikaella Bridal | 4. Sarah W Hair | 5. via Pinterest | 6. via Pinterest | 7. Becca Hunton | 8. via The White Files | 9. Sarah W Hair

Need help choosing your wedding accesories?

We work with brides worldwide and we would love to offer advice and recommendations to finish your bridal look. Our wedding accessories collections can be customised to suit your dress and hairstyle. Feel free to send across photos of your wedding dress, face shape and preferred bridal hairstyles and we can get back to you.

I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t have a hair trial before my wedding. It was something that was important to me so I could visualise the overall look and to ensure I would feel comfortable on my big day.

But hair trials aren’t for everyone – many brides are unable to book a hair trial for a number of reasons. Lack of time, budget restrictions and logistics – think destination weddings in another country or on an exotic island. And other brides just might not feel the need to. It’s a personal decision and will depend on your circumstances and what you feel comfortable with.

If you are planning a local wedding and you will be using your regular hairdresser or hairstylist, you may not feel its necessary to book a trial.  If so, have confidence knowing that your regular stylist will have a good understanding of you, your vision, your hair type and face shape.

If you are planning a destination wedding, your wedding day hairstyle is really important – perhaps consider choosing a less complex hairstyle for peace of mind. Perhaps a beautiful blow wave, loose curls or even a simple bun to suit the venue and location of your wedding.

However, if you are seeking a more elaborate hairstyle, or one that’s different to what you’re used to, the following 5 tips may help ease your wedding day hair fears.

1. Do some research

Find inspiration images of hairstyles you love. Browse our Pinterest account or wedding magazines and gather hairstyles that you think will suit you, your hair type and bridal look.  It’s best to find a few different styles to choose from in case your favourite style doesn’t work with your hair type, length or face shape.

2. Chat to your wedding hair stylist

Either via email or over the phone well before your wedding day.

Send through your inspiration images and also information about your hair length, texture, thickness and face shape. This will help your hairstylist get a better understanding of who you are, your vision and what they will be working with on the day.
Browse your hairstylist’s portfolio to see if they have created similar styles for past brides. Otherwise, ask your hairstylist whether they have had much experience with this style and whether they think it will work with your hair type/length.

3. Be realistic

If you have thin medium length hair, a Kim K hairstyle will just disappoint you.  If you have naturally straight hair that won’t hold a curl, opt for hairstyles that won’t require lots of tight curls. Factor in additional time on the day so your hairstylist will have time to make adjustments.

4. Think practically

Is your venue in the middle of summer with the potential for high humidity? Or beachside? Or do you normally wear your hair up because you hate your hair getting in the way? Then updos might be more practical. The aim is for you to look your best but also to feel as comfortable as possible so pick a hairstyle that reflects you and will bring out your best. A happy and comfortable bride is a beautiful bride!

5. Plan your accessories

If you are planning to wear accessories in your hair, be sure to tell your hairstylist so they can plan for it.

Chat to your accessories designer to ensure the headpiece and fastener is suitable for your chosen hairstyle. They should be able to recommend a comb, clip or another attachment that will best suit your hairstyle and hair type.

Ensure your chosen hairstyle will support the weight of your headpiece. Most headpieces are lightweight however elaborate bridal hair pieces or extra long veils will need to be well supported.

If you are planning to wear long veil, practice wearing it around the house. It’s a bit like wearing in your new wedding shoes!

Photo credits: Sophie Thomspon

Your bridal look should capture who you are, your style and sensibilities, and showcase a more polished version of you. Similarly, your bridesmaids should also look and feel their best on your wedding day. Bridal party trends have shifted a lot over the years from clones of each other to individualised looks that capture their unique personalities. Think mix and match bridesmaids dresses, colours and bridesmaids hairstyles.

From a practical perspective, what might look beautiful on one bridesmaids may not suit the personality or body shape of another bridesmaid.

We’ve pulled together our favourite bridesmaids hairstyles which we know they’ll love. Scroll below for our favourite loose wavy hairstyles, ponytails, half up hairstyles and romantic updos. Mix and match or pick a favourite!

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1. Loose wavy hairstyles for bridesmaids

From boho chic to polished and formal, loose wavy hairstyles feel effortless and romantic. Long loose waves suits all bridesmaid dress necklines and frames all face shapes beautifully. Your bridesmaids don’t need to have long hair to pull off this look either. All out hair that’s been softly curled works beautifully in short, medium and long hair lengths.

We love this look for beach weddings, garden nuptials and formal affairs.

2. Ponytails for bridesmaids

For modern maidens, a ponytail is the perfect hairstyle for fashion forward bridal parties. Not blessed with luscious long hair? No worries – consider hair extensions for some instant length.

If you’re looking to give your bridesmaids a gift to show them how much you adore them, perhaps some statement dangly earrings might be the perfect finishing touch to their bridesmaids looks.

3. Half up hairstyles for bridesmaids

Half up hairstyles are functional, beautiful and versatile. They suit a range of face shapes, hair lengths and have the added benefit of keeping strands of hair off their faces.

A half up half down hairstyle provides the perfect foundation to tuck in fresh flowers or a delicate hair comb or hair pin. If you’d love to capture a more organic vibe, think baby’s breath or a beautiful spray of green foliage for a look that’s natural and bohemian inspired.

4. Romantic bridesmaids updos

You can’t go wrong with a romantic updo for your bridesmaids. Whether it’s simple and chic or loosely tousled, bridal updos suit a range of necklines on bridesmaids dresses.

It’s a perfect choice for formal affairs or hot summer weddings outdoors. Practical, effortless and oh-so-chic.

There’s countless updos to draw inspiration from – French twists, romantic braids, ballerina buns, textured updos – you name it. Mix and match updos for a look that your girls will adore.

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