34 wedding guest hairstyles so you can show up and show out

Wedding guest hairstyles can be a tricky one. You don’t want to steal the spotlight from the bride, but also, you want to show up and show out for your friend on their big day. 

There’s a few factors that can play into what style you go with. For starters, do you have a read on what the vibe is for the day? Is it boho, classic, romantic, beachy, OTT or understated? That way you can lean into the wedding aesthetic with a co-ordinated look.

Also, it’s wise to take the weather into consideration. If it’s an outside event, or destination wedding, updos and braids can help keep things looking cool, calm and collected, whatever the sun decides to do.

But, if there’s no real theme specified, it’s game on. There’s loads of wedding guest hairstyles that can up the ante of your outfit – and they don’t have to feel prim and traditional. In fact, we love seeing guests bring their personal style to wedding proceedings. And since you’ve been hand-picked to bring the party, it makes sense to throw your own flair in there. 

Among the anti-prim hairstyles we love are ultra-sleek, ultra long braids, ’90s updos with a modern spin, cute baby braids and accessories: the more the merrier. 

Here’s some of our favourite wedding guest hairstyles to save for later (and, once you’ve got your hair look sorted, we’ve also rounded up the best wedding guest dresses)…

Loose tumbling updo

Side-swept curls

Butt-length braid

Braided bun

Feathered bun

Embellished braid

Curly updo

Ballerina bun with a modern twist

Impeccable edges and a sleek braid

Messy claw-clip ponytail 

Braided half-updo

Sleek, simple chignon

Accessorised buzzcut

Waterfall ponytail

Rope braid

Stacked-up curly updo

Half-braided ponytail

’90s updo

Locs updo

Chainmail ponytail

Rainbow clawclip braid

Gift-wrapped ponytail

Pigtail braids and baby braids

Flower-studded low bun

Baby braids

XXL bobble braid

Glitz headband

Mussy pony

Ribbon-wrapped bun

Statement hair slide

Ultra slick plait

Bantu knots

Spiky bun

Ponytail braids

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