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For lovers of wedding hairstyles, you can’t go pass the chignon wedding updo.  This variety of updo can feature twists, coils, braids and loose tendrils around the face. We love the modern variations—from relaxed to refined styles—because you’ll always look back on your wedding photos and love the timelessness of this look.

We love to accessorise a bridal chignon with intricate and detailed hair pieces that will instantly elevate your bridal look. Whether it’s a wedding headpiece or a bridal veil, a chignon is the perfect foundation to secure a beautiful heirloom piece.

Our favourite bridal chignons

Combining the classic chignon shape with an undone—almost messy—aesthetic, a relaxed bridal chignon is the ultimate in bohemian bridal styling. This look can take you to the red carpet, wedding aisle or your engagement party.  The look feels effortless, is anything but polished and can be styled with structured wedding gowns through to soft and billowy dresses.

Whether you have long, short, thick or fine hair – this relaxed hairstyle will work for you. The messy structure can be formed with the help of texturizers and hair extensions to add volume and thickness to the bun.

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How to accessorise a bridal chignon

The low set structure of a chignon is the perfect foundation for bridal hair accessories.

  • 1. Secure a hair comb or headpiece along the curve of your updo to create a striking focal point.
  • 2. This hairstyle styles beautifully with a headpiece that curves downwards.
  • 3. Secure some hair pins to the side to add a subtle detail without feeling overdone.
  • 4. Pair this look with a tiara or crown to bring attention to your face and to provide balance the shape of the chignon.
  • 5. Finish with a veil.

1. Choose an upwards facing headpiece to frame your hairstyle

A headpiece positioned at the back centre of your chignon will create the perfect focal point as you walk down the aisle. This look is beautiful for wedding gowns with low V backs, long sleeves or off-the-shoulder necklines as it will draw attention upwards and elongate your silhouette.

The beauty of an upwards facing headpiece is it will frame your hairstyle. We all know how long it can take to choose the perfect hairstyle for your wedding day so why not put it on full display.

Shop this look: VERSAILLES headpiece, MARION headpiece + ROSELLA veil, JASMINE headpiece, LYRIC bridal headpiece

2. Or a headpiece that curves downwards to frame your veil

A headpiece that curves downwards will direct the eye down towards the shoulders and frame your veil. There’s a feeling of effortlessness with this look as it curves around and down the contours of your chignon.

This look is beautiful with smaller earrings and suits both refined or relaxed bridal updos.

Shop this look: LAURETTE hair pins + THEODORE veil, HARLOW wedding headpiece, EVENING bridal headpiece, APPLE BLOSSOM hair pins

3. A hair piece to the side will feel relaxed

For a look that’s more relaxed, position a hair piece or pins to the side of your updo. This asymmetrical look feels at home with bohemian inspired hairstyles with loose tendrils around the face.

If you like the idea of smaller pins and a minimalist aesthetic, simple pearls scattered along your chignon can create an equally beautiful finish.

Shop this look: MAYA hair pins, LADY GREY wedding headpiece, OYSTER pearl hair pins, CHERRY BLOSSOM hair pieces

4. A crown will frame the face and provide balance to the chignon

Depending on your face shape and the size of your chignon, a crown will frame your face and provide balance to your overall bridal look. This is a beautiful way to style high necklines, long sleeves or covered backs as it will draw attention forwards.

Shop this look: FLEUR crown, FLORES crown + CASCADE floral earrings, BLANCHETT crown + GEORGE crystal earrings, ROSEBURY crown

Bridal headpieces and veils

Just because you love a bridal headpiece, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear it with a veil.

We adore this a chignon for its versatility which allows you to easily style it with a veil. For a touch of the traditional, choose a mid to long wedding veil, with or without a blusher layer. Simply position your veil comb to the top of your chignon and then position your headpiece into place.

We also love the idea of a mantilla or pearl veil styled around an updo.

Shop this look: ENCHANTED headpiece + AMORA veil, BOUQUET headpiece + ROSELLA veil,  CATALINA flora veil, AUDREY veil

There’s the ponytail we wear to the gym, and then there’s that classic wedding ponytail that oozes modern chic appeal. Most of us will admit, we have hair envy when we spot that perfect ponytail. Some of us might even think that the perfect pony doesn’t actually exist but scroll below and you will see some serious #hairgoals.

Wedding ponytails

We love that the classic ponytail will grace the aisles of many weddings this season.  Whether it’s relaxed and chic, or sleek and modern, the wedding ponytail doesn’t lack formal elegance.

We’ve paid tribute to this chic hairstyle with our new Into the Night collection which includes some exquisite styles dedicated to the ponytail.

We believe just because you’re walking down the aisle in a ponytail, this doesn’t mean you should go without a wedding veil or hair accessories. In fact, you can still style your look with a birdcage veil, fingertip veil or a full length chapel length veil, you’ll just need to factor in the comb style on the veil to ensure the look is proportional and flattering.

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How to style the classic wedding ponytail

1. A birdcage veil for the ponytail

The STAR GAZER birdcage veil was designed for the ponytail in mind. We’ve paired it with the exquisite DREAMER comb for a look that’s sophisticated with modern appeal.

2. A fingertip veil for a classic ponytail

The BORDEAUX veil is the veil reimagined, this time for the classic ponytail. There’s no reason why a ponytail wearing bride should go without a veil, just because of her hair choice. This veil was designed to curve around the base of a ponytail and features exquisite crystal elements for a touch of sparkle.

Shop this look: BORDEAUX veil for ponytails

3. A chapel length veil for ponytails

We love the look of a long ponytail with a long wedding veil. Styling is often about proportions and looking for balance, and the clean lines of the AUDREY veil complements so many wedding dresses and hairstyles – including the beloved ponytail.

Shop this look: CATALINA floral veil

4. Statement earrings

If a wedding veil doesn’t feel quite right for you, statement earrings are the perfect styling option for the ponytail obsessed bride. Whether it’s a drop earring or simpler crystal stud, wearing a ponytail on your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to showcase your style with some statement jewellery.

Shop this look: ESTATE stud earrings

Shop this look: HUGO pearl drop earrings

5. Finish your ponytail with wedding hair pins

Last, and certainly not least, we love to pair a perfect ponytail with simple wedding hair pins. Our STELLAR hair pin set and the GEMINI hair piece were designed specifically for this hairstyle.

Custom wedding accessories

We love to work with our brides to design their perfect wedding accessories. If you aren’t sure which accessories will best suit your wedding dress and hairstyle, feel free to send us photos of your bridal look and we can get back to you with ideas and recommendations from our collections.

When you think curtain bangs, Alexa Chung often comes to mind. This gorgeous look also graces the faces of Sienna Miller, Zooey Deschanel, Camila Cabello and Jennifer Lopez, and has been popping up all over Pinterest.

For some, curtain bangs are fast becoming a trend that’s much loved. For others, it’s a daily necessity.

We love a bride with a fringe.  There’s so much to love about an effortless centre part and soft wispy strands around the face. It’s a versatile hairstyle which combines bohemian luxe with girl-next-door, and with the right accessories, it makes a bold fashion-forward statement as you walk down the aisle.

The curtain fringe is the choice for those who want a less dramatic fringe without the bluntness. It suits a range of face shapes and frames the eyes in the most effortless way. The fringed look may be slightly parted and it is more feathered in appearance, perhaps even choppy. Generally it’s light and wispy and it’s also the style of choice for those brides who prefer a middle part or are perhaps trying to grow out their fringe.

Here are some of our favourite curtain bangs and fringes which we think would look oh-so-chic walking down the aisle.

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Curtain bangs with a wedding updo

A soft fringe that’s split in the middle is perfect for the bride who wants to explore having a fringe without going all the way.

Those sections of hair that gracefully fall to the sides of the brows and cheekbones compliments the face without feeling overpowering. In fact, not only is it oh-so-flattering but it’s a practical way for those brides who are trying to grow out their fringes.

We love this style because it’s easy to style and looks beautiful with all lengths of hair from a short layered cut to long flowing lengths.

Loose waves with curtain bangs

For some, the straight blunt bang might bring back memories from school… and maybe not in a good way.

We love the look of curtain bangs for formal looks because it still feels soft, relaxed and exudes boho chic vibes with long flowing gowns.

Gone are the days of a solid and straight fringe.  Today’s version features a slightly rounded edge and draws attention to the eyes and cheekbones in a way that’s romantic and feminine.

Ponytails and soft fringes

The ponytail is another bridal look we are love. Chic with a hint of the riviera, a bride in a ponytail is a look that screams confident bride who isn’t afraid to be herself.

Styling tips

  • Frame curtain bangs with a delicate headband, crown or hair vine that runs along the base of the fringe to frame the face. Our favourite pick would be the FLEUR crown.
  • Draw attention to the back of your head with some delicate hair pins scattered to the side of your head near an updo or ponytail.
  • Skip the headpiece and go straight for a pair of statement bridal earrings – a match made in bridal heaven!

If you’re looking to accessorise a ponytail, you will love our BORDEAUX veil which is a mid-length veil designed specifically to showcase the beloved ponytail.

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If you’re a little like us, you’re a tad obsessed with Pinterest. It’s easy to spend hours exploring new hair and makeup artists, and we can’t resist the tutorials.

Here are our top 5 wedding updo tutorials we’re loving. Even if you don’t try them for your wedding day, they may be useful for your bridesmaids, engagement party or your bridal shower.

1. Dutch braid crown

Simple. Elegant. Textured. There’s the perfect amount of volume, texture and detail without feeling overwhelming.  Finish it with a set of hair pins tucked into the braids or a simple hair vine that meanders along the line of the braid.

Image source: Waiting on Martha

2. Twisted chignon

Looking for a traditional wedding updo with a modern edge? We just love this twisted chignon. The understated twists are on trend, positioned low for to create a romantic silhouette, and easily accommodates a wedding veil and comb to elevate your whole look.

Image source: Pinterest

3. Messy ballet bun

We just love the softness of this ballet bun. It elongates the face and draws attention to the cheek bones and eyes.

Consider styling this look with a statement bridal comb or hair vine that wraps around the bun. For a look that adds to the effortless of this style, pin some delicate hair pins to the side for a touch of perfection.

Depending on the size of your bun, position a veil or comb above the bun to beautifully frame your hairstyle.

Image source: Pinterest

4. Low knotted bun

Continuing on our bridal bun journey, we can’t take our eyes off this low knotted version. The subtle back-combing at the crown creates a hint of height while the low position reduces any hair headaches. Add a soft, lace trimmed, chapel length veil and some bridal pins to complete your bridal look.

Image source: Pinterest

5. Boho braids

We love the way the braids on this updo frame the face and adds texture and detail.  How to accessorise this look? Less is more. Some delicate earrings will be the perfect accompaniment.

Image source: Pinterest