January 5, 2023  •  7min read

Simple Steps to Choose Your Wedding Hairstyle

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Every bride has different ways of planning their wedding day. Some have everything lined up before the engagement, while others do the planning as they go. But no matter the type of bride you are, one thing that holds true is that wedding hairstyles are constantly changing!

If you haven’t got your wedding hairstyle planned out, a million questions might arise: Should you wear your hair up or down for your special day? Should it be simple or extravagant? Go for the straight hair look or curl them up? After all, the wedding hairstyle options seem to be endless. 

This guide will share how to choose the best wedding hairstyle for every bride, including tips and tricks from wedding hairstyling experts. 

3 Ways to Choose The Best Wedding Hairstyle

Choosing your wedding hairstyle is just as important as picking the best dress for the day. Ensuring you have the right style that matches your wedding aesthetic and personality is the key. Here are some tips from the experts. 

Have an Inspiration Board

The best way to start is by looking at the perfect bridal hairstyle by going through Pinterest. Start a wedding hairstyle board where you can find the hairstyles you want. You’ll then realize quickly that the hairstyles you pin are very similar or, if not the same style, over and over again. 

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Prepare for a Hair Trial

Consult with a hairstylist for your trial. Bring pictures of your dress, accessories and headpiece. Show examples of the style inspiration you have for your wedding day. Just because it’s your wedding day doesn’t mean your husband-to-be wants a new version of you. They just want you. So don’t try anything that opposes your natural looks and choose what feels comfortable.

Consider Your Regular Hairstyles

You should inform your hairstylist about how you regularly wear your hair. That should be a great place to start in choosing your wedding hairstyle. If you usually wear your hair down, find bridal blowouts. If you wear it up, check out a formal ponytail or updos. This way, you’ll be happy when looking back at your wedding photos as you look like yourself, just a bit more formal.

Look at some of your favorite pictures of yourself. See what hairstyle dominates those photos and start there. 

Types of Wedding Hairstyles

Now that we’ve narrowed down some hairstyle options make sure you take notes of the various wedding hairstyle types. A romantic updo is the most classic style or wearing your hair down.

Professional wedding hair stylists say that the classic wavy blowout has stood the test of time as the top choice for a bridal hairstyle. However, in recent years, softly waved ponytails and sleek editorial updos seem to be the trend. Also, some beautiful tousled and romantic updos seem to be coming back. 

Modernized classic styles, such as romantic updos and Hollywood Glam waves, will continue to take the stage. Many brides today opt for the traditional style with a side part and lots of volume, but there are also plenty of requests for modern waves with a middle part.


Updos are one of the favorite hairstyles for brides due to the wide selections available. Updos can be very formal, as every hair is intricately placed or undone to get that whimsical feel. You can also add bridal jewelry to enhance your hairstyle and add some extra flair.

There are endless creative options when it comes to updos. We’ve found that every updo style can be adjusted and fits almost all face shapes. The style ranges from intricate twists and coils to simple, sleek ballet buns.

The benefit of having an updo is that you don’t need to worry about the style falling or turning frizzy. Especially for a summer or destination wedding in Bali, getting your hair off your neck will keep you cool on your perfect outdoor celebration. 

Down Hairstyles

This hairstyle usually consists of a classic bouncy blowout and soft waves to sleeker styles tucked behind the bride’s ears. Most brides feel more comfortable wearing their hair down as they feel more like themselves. 

These styles add a playful touch to formal events like weddings but are versatile in styling. Combining a relaxed blowout and a couture gown will result in some gorgeous photos. However, if you want something a bit more formal than having your hair down, go for a pinned half-up, half-down look. This is a great way to meet in the middle of an updo and a fully-down hairstyle. 

Natural or Curly Hairstyles

Indeed, you can’t leave out natural hairstyles, as it’s just as versatile as any other option. Natural bridal styles are just as varied as traditional options and only add more texture to the bride’s hair. There are upsweeps, chignons, ponytails half-up and half-down and they run the gamut. 

Indeed, brides today have their natural texture blown out but not straightened to create a beautifully soft texture that can transform into any bridal style. Vintage curls add a romantic touch to any look! These glam cults have a tighter look to them. You can pin the curls out of your face or sweep them to the side for a more dramatic look. Curls are also a versatile option for brides. 

If you wear a mermaid silhouette dress, beach waves are our recommended hairstyle pair. You can also choose loose curls and beachy waves falling down and past your shoulders. They offer a more relaxed yet beautiful look for your wedding day.

If you can’t decide what hairstyle you should go for, there’s always the half-up, half-down option. Get your hairstylist to gather the top part of your hair into a ponytail and determine what to do with the rest that tresses at the bottom, where you can either straighten or curl it.

Guntur author at Bali Wedding
Guntur has been writing tips and tricks for weddings in Bali since 2020. He has written everything from preparing a pre-wedding in Bali to the best wedding dress and makeup you should choose for a wedding in paradise.

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