36 wedding hair ideas from classics to modern twists

Choosing your perfect wedding  hair style can be a conundrum (no matter whether you’re the bride or a guest). The trick is to make it contemporary enough to feel modern, but not so tied to the times that it dates in photos. Anyone who’s watched Four Weddings & A Funeral will know, crunchy curls and bouffant perms didn’t quite make it into the next decade.

But, alongside picking an outfit (be it your wedding dress, bridesmaid attire or wedding guest dress), getting your hair right can be a headache.

The style you choose needs to represent you and the vibe of the wedding. Whether you’re after something more romantic, sophisticated, rock chick or beachy, this will play into choosing a hairstyle that’s right for you. Unlike the more formal styles worn previously, weddings are becoming much more relaxed and personalised. You want to look your best, but who’s to say that a messy loose pony, or cool accessory-studded crop can’t do that?

Then there’s the weather to consider. If you’re braving an alfresco ceremony in Spring, you may want to opt for something that’s rain-proof, like a slicked back chignon or sleek low braid, in case of showers. On the contrary, if you’re planning on getting married somewhere hot, you might want to get your hair off your face with a headband or statement barrettes.

Pinterest, Instagram, the runway and the red carpet are awash with gorgeous hairstyle ideas to serve as inspiration. From tousled beach waves (if you’re off for a destination ceremony) to chic up-dos, glorious wedding hair accessories and cute bobs, we’ve scoured high and low to pick out the best of the best in wedding hair. So whether you’re getting married soon or off to someone else’s big day, here are the best styles to consider.