26 Mother-of-the-Bride Hairstyles That'll Make Her Feel Special
There's nothing quite like having your mom with you on your wedding day. She raised you, made you who you are, and helped you find the amazing person you're about to call your spouse—a million "thank you, Moms" could never be enough. When the big day arrives, getting your hair and makeup done with your mom is about so much more than just a glam session. It's a chance for you to share a special, precious moment before the life-changing ceremony unfolds.
If you ask your mother, she'll tell you that your wedding day is just as momentous as her own—and on the biggest days of our lives, we want to look our best. That's why we've rounded up a series of polished, elevated hairstyles that will help your mom feel pretty and proud as she watches you walk down the aisle. From loose, curly updos to sleek bobs, and chic buns, there's a style that every mom will love. And we didn't skimp on the accessories. We've found options for the hat, headband, and hair jewelry enthusiasts, so that Mom can take her pick.
When you talk to your mom about her wedding-day hairdo, don't be surprised if she brushes you off. In the glam department, it's mostly been about you. She'll likely want to keep it that way! Helping her choose a look, though, is the least you can do. She guided you through the wedding dress search, the makeup run-through, and the hair trial. Now you can help her do the same. Click through to get inspired.
We loved how this mom's low bun subtly mimicked her daughter's hairstyle.
Bun with Bouffant
A stylist added some volume to this updo by teasing the hair at the crown before gathering the hair into a low knot.
For her daughter's big day, this mom tucked up her long curly locks to give the illusion of shorter hair.
A single, tiny bloom made a big impact on an otherwise simple hairstyle.
With a touch of old-school glam, a dramatic updo with sweeping side bangs worked perfectly for a black-tie affair.
Paired with statement earrings, a dramatic, sleek, and glamorous high bun made this mom look absolutely regal.
This mom upgraded the hair-down look by pinning her curls to one side, and letting several pieces float free.
These tight, long-lasting curls surely made it through hours of dancing at the reception.
Center Braid Updo
This modern updo involved loosely French braiding the hair straight back before tucking under the tail.
Flowers and Greens
Fresh flowers and sprigs of greens gave this chic bun a bit of romance.
Low Ponytail with Jeweled Clip
Half-Up Half-Down with Bangs
Pinned back curls looked even prettier with face-framing bangs.
This mom opted for a big, bouncy blowout to counter her daughter's loose, flowing curls.
Bob with Curled Bangs
Perfect for moms with short hair, this bob featured tucked under ends and curled bangs.
Center Part Low Bun
With a sharp center part, this mom's tight bun perfectly offset her couture gold trumpet dress.
A youthful feather clip kept soft curls pulled back and out of the way.
Soft Side Ponytail
Positioning the ponytail slightly to the side ensured that this mother's hair would be visible from every angle in photos.
This mother of the bride took cues from her daughters and opted for a low updo with twisted details.
Updo with Loose Waves
Loose, undone curls gave an updo a relaxed, bohemian vibe.
Half-Up Half-Down with Bouffant
This mom took the half-up, half-down look to new heights with a dramatic, contemporary bouffant.
Loose Side Bun
The mom of Odd Mom Out star Abby Elliot opted for a piecey style, which looked youthful and fresh on her daughter's wedding day.
Coiffing the hair straight back brought a touch of drama to this pixie cut.
Soft bangs and undone waves felt casual, but appropriate at this fancy outdoor wedding.
A textured, sideswept style looked pretty and polished on this proud mom.
High Curly Bun
Her daughter went for the low bun, so this mom went high with a soft, curly updo.
On a hot summer day, a wide-brimmed hat worthy of the Queen was the ultimate hair accessory.
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