Big Hair for Small Weddings: Bridal Hairstyles for Every Girl (Updos, Buns, Braids, Pixie Cuts, Ponytails, and More)!

We believe that every bride deserves to both look and feel beautiful on her wedding day! For some brides feeling beautiful means wearing a dress that fits them in all the right places. For others it means having makeup that makes their eyes pop and lips plump. But for almost every bride, feeling gorgeous on your wedding day means having a hairstyle that rises to the occasion but also feels true to your sense of style and personality. You certainly don’t need natural long locks just to have romantic, dramatic, and insanely beautiful wedding hair!

Whether you’re a blonde, brunette, or redhead babe, we know that you’ve probably been thinking about your wedding day hairdo since the moment you got engaged. That’s why, for your inspiration, we’ve put together this “look list” of 17 different bridal hairstyles to consider! These real life Vow Exchange brides decided to skip the traditional veil and instead show off their adorable “dos”! And, as the cherry on top, they have some of the coolest and cutest accessories you’ll ever see.

Full Princess Bun Updo

Jamie kept it fancy with an elegant high bun and pulled back bangs! Her pure blonde hair is the perfect shade for this high class look. We love how she kept the veil, but tucked it under her bun so her hair is still on full display!

Platinum Blonde Curly Bob

Mico’s platinum blonde bob is absolutely striking against her gorgeous cocoa skin tone! Her sweeping bangs and jeweled floral clip add just the right touch to this voluminous do.

Curly Loose Braid Half Updo

Bre-Anna is so darling with her loose braid look. Her honey gold highlights give this somewhat simple hairstyle an extra pop that would look perfect on almost any contemporary bride!

Asymmetrical Pixie with Curls

Melanie looks absolutely fabulous with her lopsided pixie cut and bouncy curls! The way her hair is just long enough to tuck behind her ear adds a sweet feminine touch to this tomboy cut.

Natural Faux Hawk

Ashley couldn’t look more modern and chic in her all natural faux hawk updo. She is totally owning this somewhat unconventional look. You go girl!

Slicked Back High Pony with Soft Waves

Wow. Melissa is absolutely stunning with her super slicked back high pony. The piece of hair wrapped around her ponytail holder turns this easy hairdo into a beautiful bridal look!

Messy Bun Updo

Amanda makes messy look elegant! She completes the picture perfect look with teardrop earrings and a single loose curl framing her face.

Long Scarlet Red Curls Half Up Half Down Do

Marshonda is one of the few girls who could rock that deep red hair color and my goodness does she pull it off! With her tiara and pointed necklace she achieves a totally unique bridal look.

Medium Wavy Curls Half Up With Braid

This sweet and stylish hairdo was perfect for Miranda. She absolutely nailed this trendy hairstyle that is romantic without being over the top!

Retro Low Side Pony

Aubry brings this old school look into the 21st century with her all black wavy side pony. With a few pins, some hairspray, and a bright white floral clip Aubry found the perfect way to frame her gorgeous face.

Textured Angled Pixie Cut

Kelly shows us that sometimes the best hairdo is all about the cut. Props to her stylist for nailing that textured look! Simple earrings, a double layer necklace, and strapless dress complete Kelly’s beautiful bridal look.

Classic Chignon

Ashleigh’s pulled back and pinned up chignon let’s you see her so-happy-it-almost-hurts smile! This down to earth bride seized the day with this more sophisticated look.

Wavy Half Up Half Down With Knot

Carrie’s straightforward half up half down do is put over the top with a twisted knot and contrasting blonde and brunette color. She couldn’t have possibly found a look more suited for her!

Loose Side Bun

Amber looks so gorgeous with her big beautiful bun! The way it lays off center and just above her neck turns a traditional look into a one-of-a-kind.

Half Up Half Down Waterfall Curls

Andrea’s hairstyle is absolutely mesmerizing! The way her bright blonde curls are pulled together creates a cascading effect which could only be pulled off by someone with lovely long locks like hers.

French Braided Twist Updo

Kristin has possibly the most unique look on our list and she absolutely rocks it. This voluminous updo looks so sophisticated, but also somehow quirky which fits Kristin to a T! To top it off, her platinum blonde hair is complemented beautifully by her bright red lipstick.

Half Up French Braid with Ombre Curls

Sweet Sophie went bold on her wedding day by adding a blonde ombré to her richly red hair. Her long curly locks were pulled together into a loose French braid and completed with little baby’s breath flowers. So cute!


Now that you’ve found your “do” it’s time to find your accessories!


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