39 Ways to Wear Your Hair Down for Your Wedding

denita john wedding bride
Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography

For every bride who dreams of wearing her hair in a dramatic updo on the big day, there's another who decides to let loose and wear her hair down. While these hairstyles might seem simple or even casual, there are so many ways to make them your own and appropriate for an event as special as a wedding. To prove our point, we're sharing a wide range stunning hairstyles from the bride's featured in our real weddings—each and every one proves that wearing your hair down on the wedding day is a very good idea.

Whether you have chin-length hair or long, luscious long waves, there's a way to wear your hair down on the wedding day that'll work for you. If you like the idea of doing something understated and simple, consider loose, wind-swept waves, a look favored by so many women in the slides ahead as well as the glowing bride featured right here. Toni Yvette and DT Hair helped her achieve perfectly tousled waves, and that soft, unstructured texture perfectly matched the ethereal vibe of her wedding dress.

Wearing your hair down is a good option if you plan to add a stunning accessory to your look. Whether it's a vintage barrette or comb that's been passed down through multiple generations, a classic veil, or a statement headband, you'll find that they're often easiest to incorporate (and ultimately remove, should you want to switch up your beauty look halfway through the day) when your hair is down.

From long, straight styles and loose waves to intricately coiffed Old-Hollywood-inspired curls, there are so many different ways to wear your hair down on the wedding day. If you're on the hunt for inspiration, you've come to the right place. Bookmark your favorite styles, then share them with your hairstylist at your big-day hair trial—you can thank us (and these stylish brides) later.

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Middle Part

bride holding puppy
Blaine Siesser

If you're team middle part, don't feel like you have to give it up on your wedding day. This hairstyle, which was carefully coiffed by Aimee Gupta, proves that simple, elegant waves and a center part are entirely appropriate for the wedding day.

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Double Barrette

bride and groom cutting small cake together
Mo Davis Photography

Hair accessories are an easy way to take your signature hairstyle to the next level on your wedding day. Here, Fascio Hair helped take the bride's soft waves into bridal territory by adding two sparkling barrettes.

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Side Swept

wedding couple posing for portrait at park
Kati Rosado

For more volume, try a side-swept part. Monique Gaffney pulled this bride's cascading curls to one side on the wedding day, creating lots of movement and body.

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Old-Hollywood Glamour

daniela emmanuel wedding maryland couple holding hands
Winsome + Wright

Old-Hollywood curls definitely work on the wedding day, especially when they're paired with a stunning high-neck wedding dress a bold red lip. Created by Caitlyn Meyer, this beautiful look definitely makes the case for wearing your hair down on the big day.

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Simple Waves

bride and groom walking and looking at each other
Miki & Sonja

Carla Sorenson Farmer Jackson added super-soft waves to this bride's hair; the simple-yet-sophisticated style played beautifully with her gown's neckline.

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Opposites Attract

brides posing for wedding portrait in front of white stairs
Michael Radford

Both brides wore their hair down for their ceremony, one opting for a bouncy blowout while the other chose long, loose waves. Page Beauty created both looks.

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bride wearing two-piece wedding dress and tucking hair behind ear
Emily Fanara

You know your hair better than anyone else, so if you feel confident in your styling abilities, make like the bride seen here and craft your own big-day look. She left the bulk of hair down in waves but pulled back one side to bring focus to her face, creating a fun, glamorous, and very functional style.

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Pulled Back

bride in wedding dress with floral bouquet
Janine Licare

A small section of hair towards the front of the bride's face was pulled back, creating a romantic look that was just right for an outdoor celebration.

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Subtle Waves

wedding couple portrait on garden path
Baird & Lim

Tokuyama Salon created casual, simple waves for this bride, which offset her classic wedding dress.

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Fun with Fringe

bride by water holding pink tones wedding bouquet
Sylvie Rosokoff

This gorgeous bride is proof that, when it comes to your hair, less really can be more. She wore her hair down in its natural curl pattern, letting her bangs frame her face. She also accessorized with a veil for the ceremony.

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Multiple Accessories

annie brennan wedding couple kiss
Clary Pfeiffer

Lia of Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists added three clips to this bride's stunning curled hairstyle—the addition of shimmering hairpieces was all that was needed to make this look entirely wedding-worthy.

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Soft and Simple

cayla david wedding bride wearing a white jumpsuit and holding a colorful bouquet at the outdoor winery venue
Amanda Olivia

The bride's hair, styled by Latanya Gray, featured effortless, bouncy waves; the soft hairstyle beautifully complemented her jumpsuit.

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Long and Loose

marina evan wedding couple posing
Jenny Haas

The bride did her own hair, choosing to wear it down and in long curls for a casual, natural feel.

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Unique Hairpiece

bride wearing tea-length wedding dress holding floral bouquet
Abby Jiu Photography

Gina Ribando of In Full Detail Hair amped up this bride's wavy hairstyle with the addition of a gorgeous, knot-inspired hairpiece by Lelet NY.

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Tucked Behind the Ear

bride and groom hold hands looking back on building terrace
Abby Jiu

Uzma from Makeup by Ana B. created long, effortless waves for this bride. Tucking a few pieces of hair behind one ear allowed the her face to take center stage.

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bride and groom embracing for wedding portrait
Kati Rosado Photography

To match the volume of the bride's floral wedding dress, Amanda Gros coiffed her hair into voluminous, romantic waves.

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bride and groom on beach
Hunter Ryan Photo

Holding back a portion of your hair is especially important if you're tying the knot on the beach—strong breezes can make keeping your hair in place a challenge. To combat the wind, Duality Artistry styled the bride's hair with a glittering comb, which beautifully accented her long curls.

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Deep Side Part

bride holding fall floral bouquet in grassy field
Carlos Hernández Photography

The jury is still out on whether a deep side part is still officially "in," but if this bride's modern-meets-glam look, crafted by Carol Kaledzera, is any indication, there's absolutely no reason to adopt a middle part now.

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Short and Sweet

chelsea jordaan wedding bride walking along a walkway surrounded by greenery wearing her patterned wedding dress and holding a bouquet
Rose Bowman

With a striking middle part and loads of volume, this bride's short yet impactful hairstyle was simply breathtaking and the perfect subtle complement to her floral wedding dress.

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Au Natural

bride and groom smiling holding hands
Ashley Ludaescher

Simple, loose waves is what so many brides want, and for good reason: It just works. The Queen's Bees created this perfectly tousled style.

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Face-Skimming Layers

bride in lace cap sleeve wedding dress holding bouquet
Kari Henrichsen

Love is in the Hair created this effortless look for the bride, which featured tousled layers that just-touched the bride's face.

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bride in off the shoulder floral wedding dress
Jacqui Cole Photography

El Wynn & Cass created this stunning bridal look. With perfect curls, the simple hairstyle complemented the bride's detailed gown.

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Voluminous and Side-Swept

Aaron Delesie

Model Chrissy Teigen wed singer John Legend in a white Vera Wang gown with upswept hair, then changed to this bright-red number (also by Wang) and a long, flowing hairstyle by Juan Carlos Maciques of See Management for Rita Hazan Salon to hit the dance floor.

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Half Updo

bride in sparkling wedding dress
Rylee Hitchner

This Nashville bride matched her gown's simple lines with a gentle half updo by Kristin Russell of Green Pea Salon.

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Beach Waves

Jen Huang

The bride knew she wanted to balance her spectacular custom gown with an effortless, barely wavy look styled by Amy Clarke and Beauty by Melina—and accessorized with a jeweled barrette she hopes will become a family heirloom.

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Vintage Flip

Aneta Mak

Channeling Grace Kelly, the bride's vintage 1950s flip, styled by Kim Westwood, topped a similarly classic strapless, modified A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline.

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Free-Form Style

Aaron Smith

The bride said she wanted her wedding to "be a place we would want to hang out and let our hair down"—so she did exactly that in a free-form style, created by Jessica Cook, over her white lace Houghton gown.

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Flower Crown

bride and groom walking holding hands
Jennifer Young

The glowing bride topped her abundant curls with a floral headpiece of balsa wood flowers, acacia, leucadendron, waxflower, and seeded eucalyptus, adorned with a small faux bird.

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Natural Waves

Lindsey Ocker Photography

When the bride's husband-to-be surprised her by proposing and wedding her on the same day, her daughters styled her shoulder-length blonde hair into soft, natural waves.

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Braided Crown

Erin McGinn

For her nuptials, the bride wore a lace Marchesa gown and had her long hair braided into a partial updo by Jennie Kay Beauty, then topped it with a floral crown.

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Landon Jacob

This classic Southern bride, in a Monique Lhuillier blush silk gown, opted for leaving her blonde hair unadorned, with soft spirals styled by MiKel Rumsey.

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Fairy-Tale Inspried

bride and groom walking holding hands
Shannen Natasha of The Wedding Artists Collective

The bride said her Oscar de la Renta gown reminded her of The Princess Bride, and Mitchell Rodrigues at Wonderland Beauty Parlor completed the look with generous fairly-tale waves.

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Beach Waves

Jessica Peterson

For a colorful and casual backyard wedding, natural hair was the perfect touch.

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Vintage-Inspired Curls

Mi Belle Photographers

This Santa Monica bride channeled a retro Hollywood vibe with a 1940s sideswept style, by Fiore Beauty, over her sleek sheath.

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Simply Straight


In keeping with her wedding's modern gourmet style, this bride crowned her elegantly simple gown with the veil from her mother's nuptials and a sleek, nearly straight hairstyle by Jessie Riley and Jeff Chastain of Jeff Chastain Parlor.

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Loose Curls

Kat Braman

After holding a traditional Indian wedding (for which she put her hair up), the bride switched gowns and had hairdresser Max Sanchez of White Salon and Spa style her long hair into loose curls.

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Our Labor of Love

For her "formal rustic" wedding to actor Donald Faison, both CaCee and maid of honor Jessica Simpson opted for classic golden ringlets styled by Roque.

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Flower Crown

Natalie Watson Photography

The bride wore her sun-kissed tresses in a wavy, side-swept style—crowned only with a simple wreath of bay leaves and ocean spray roses—for her Hawaii destination.

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