33 Ways to Wear Your Hair Down for Your Wedding
For every bride who dreams of a dramatic updo for her big day, there’s another who decides to let loose and wear her hair down. These women each found a unique and stylish way to make the most of their locks—whether topped with a veil or flower crown, worn half up half down, or simply sweeping over their shoulders au naturel.
Model Renee Puente 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 wedding to actor Matthew Morrison.
Befitting her career as an artist, this free-spirited bride let her long hair (styled by Bella Spa) flow naturally over her off-the-rack Chanel gown, crowned with an heirloom veil that had been in her family since the 1920s.
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.
After holding a traditional Indian wedding (for which she put her hair up), Sejal switched to a Claire Pettibone gown and had hairdresser Max Sanchez of White Salon and Spa style her long locks into loose curls.
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.
A Riviera Maya beach wedding was the perfect setting for Olivia’s simple Grecian-style 3.1 Phillip Lim gown and relaxed, softly pulled-back hairstyle.
This Nashville bride, a granddaughter of singer Johnny Cash, opted for a Jane Wilson-Marquis wedding dress previously worn by her mother, Roseanne Cash—and matched its simple lines with a gently half updo by Kristin Russell of Green Pea Salon.
A custom-made overlay and fresh floral head wreath complemented Lilly’s cascade of strawberry-blonde waves, created by hairdresser Liam Carrey.
In keeping with her wedding’s modern gourmet style, this bride—a judge on “Top Chef”—crowned her elegantly simple Carolina Herrera gown with the veil from her mother’s nuptials and a sleek, nearly straight ’do by Jessie Riley and Jeff Chastain of Jeff Chastain Parlor.
Channeling Grace Kelly, Lara’s vintage 1950s flip, styled by Kim Westwood, topped a similarly classic Vera Wang strapless, modified A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline.
A professional wedding photographer, Edyta planned a casual desert “wedding vacation” and crowned her simple waves styled by Erica Buekelman of 10.11 Makeup with a J. Crew necklace worn as a headpiece. “I wanted something less ‘bridal,’” she says.
This thoroughly modern bride wore a bespoke suit by Amber Doyle at Against Nature—inspired by ’70s-era it couple Mick and Bianca Jagger—and continued the theme with bohemian-styled red hair and a custom rhinestone headpiece from Stone Fox Bride.
Erica 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.
For a romantic, rustic event at a California ranch, Tara went wood-nymph chic with simple buds wound through gentle ringlets.
To complete Maureen’s fairy-tale look, hairstylist Kate Hanley designed a cascading fishtail braid for her woodland Berkshires wedding.
Corbin married fellow photographer Thatcher in a voluminous Vera Wang gown that reflected their 19th-century Irish venue, and topped it with equally luxuriant hairstyle by Ashley Brook Perryman.
Glowing bride Justina topped her abundant curls with a floral headpiece of balsa wood flowers, acacia, leucadendron, waxflower, and seeded eucalyptus, adorned with a small faux bird.
This Santa Monica girl channeled a retro Hollywood vibe with a 1940s sideswept style, by Fiore Beauty, over her sleek Elizabeth Fillmore sheath.
For her Rhode Island nuptials, Jolanta wore a lace Marchesa gown and had her long locks braided into a partial updo by Jennie Kay Beauty, then topped it with a floral crown.
To reflect her wedding’s nautical theme, this Connecticut bride let her sea-swept blonde hair flow free (styled by Michelle Leone from Fredric & Company), and adorned it with a simple floral pin.
This bohemian bride finished her Carolina Herrera gown with a soft, simple ’do, styled by Fiore Beauty, that incorporated wax flowers and a braid.
When Sandy’s husband-to-be surprised her by proposing and wedding her on the same day, her daughters styled her shoulder-length blonde locks into soft, natural waves.
For her rustic, Southern-inspired nuptials in Savannah, Georgia, Maggie wore a cotton lace and silk-chiffon dress she designed based on her mother’s gown and a floral crown atop curls styled by JW Salon & Spa.
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.
In the Hindu part of her wedding, Tina chose a simple, nearly straight ’do to contrast with her colorful lehenga by Marish Malhotra, a favorite designer among the Bollywood set.