20 Pretty Wedding Guest Hairstyles

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Photo: Birds of a Feather

Wear your hair in one of these pretty ways. We've got ideas for updos and more.

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Birds of a Feather

Maybe you've been to a bunch of weddings, or maybe this is your first. Whether you're looking for a new 'do that's different from what you wore to past events or you're totally clueless in terms of how to style your strands for a nuptial celebration, we're here to help. To do just that, we've compiled a list of wedding guest hair ideas for any type of affair.

The following wedding guest hairstyles differ in many ways. Some work best for long hair and others for short, some require a professional's help while others are easy to DIY, and some are formal while others are better suited for a casual event. Regardless, they all have one thing in common: They're undeniably pretty. No matter what kind of celebration you're attending—be it traditional or modern—there's a look in this roundup that'll speak to you. We're talking updos and down-dos, curly styles and straight styles—you name it, we've got it.

Take this group of ladies at a more casual event, for example. Everyone wore their locks down in a way that looked put-together but still natural. Soft waves, side parts, and small braids like these are just some of what you'll find in the slideshow ahead. We've also included other guest favorites, like sleek buns, tight ringlets, and half-up hairstyles.

Ready to plan your wedding guest look for an upcoming ceremony and reception? Find all of the hair inspiration you'll need right here. After you pick one, practice doing it yourself or consult your hairdresser to achieve it.

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Ballerina Bun

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En Route Photography

This stylish attendee wore her hair up in a bun for the big day.

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Half-Up Hairstyle

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Brooke Boling

Pull half your strands back for an easy look. For extra oomph, add some volume up top like this celebrant did.

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Classic Curls

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This reveler let her curly hair shine when she stepped out for a wedding.

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Hat Hairstyle

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Greg Finck

Make like a royal and cover your head with a statement accessory for a fun-but-formal affair.

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Small Pouf

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Ryan Ray Photography

Upgrade a simple down-do with an elegant pouf at your crown.

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Braided Updo

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Ashley Sawtelle

This guest chose to style her hair in an adorable updo featuring a side braid. The look is perfect for a summer celebration.

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Loose Curls

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Edward Winter / READYLUCK

Embrace your natural texture—it's beautiful as-is!

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Sideswept Updo

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En Route Photography

A side-swept look is both classy and classic.

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Middle Parts

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Ben Christensen Photography

All three of these women rocked middle parts for this modern wedding—one with flipped hair, one with curly hair, and one with straight hair.

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Soft Waves

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Corbin Gurkin

Waves like these are exceptionally versatile—depending on what you wear them with, they work for something formal or more laid-back.

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Side Ponytail

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Anagram Photo

Not all ponytails are casual. This guest opted for a slicked side-swept one.

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Braided Back

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Elizabeth Messina Photography

How romantic was this attendee's braided half-up hairstyle?

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Bohemian Style

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Katherine O’Brien Photography

For a bohemian event, get creative. The guest on the left wore a unique hairpiece for this wedding.

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Intricate Hairdo

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Alison Conklin

Lots of twists and a tiny braid headband make this guest's hairstyle a total standout.

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Slightly Twisted

Polly Alexandre Fine Photography

The celebrant on the left (influencer Martina Maccherone) took a few side strands and twisted them back for this hairstyle. Meanwhile, her friend (Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad) wore her straight and slightly-textured hair down.

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Knotted Hairdos

Liz Banfield

Knotted looks come in many forms, but we're partial toward these two.

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Voluminous Styles

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Sarah Kate Photography

If the wedding your attending is all about glamour, big hair will fit right in. These women offer two voluminous examples: a high updo and big waves.

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Curled Tips

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Joel Serrato

The easy-going curls at the ends of this celebrant's strands were simply lovely.

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Loose Strands

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KT Merry

Leave some face-framing strands out of your updo for a look that says, "I tried hard, but not too hard."

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