28 Braided Wedding Hairstyles We Love
Looking for a way to add a little bit of romance to your wedding hairstyle? Try a braid. The always-in-style accent is the perfect addition to just about any bridal beauty look, whether you're sporting a wispy updo, wearing your hair down, or going for a bold ponytail. Another bonus? Beyond ultra-short pixie cuts, braids are achievable on just about any hair length, from chic bobs to long locks.
While versatility is clearly one of braided wedding hairstyles' biggest advantages, utility is another selling point. Adding a braid into your hairstyle—especially if it's a style that targets the crown of your head—virtually ensures that your hair will stay put. Of course, not all braids work to curtail flyaways. Dreamier versions are often purposefully loose and contribute to that effervescent vibe so many bohemian brides are after. While classic brides typically gravitate towards traditional French plaits, contemporary women often ask for on-trend fishtails.
Love the idea of a wedding braid, but don't want it to be the defining part of your hairstyle? Try twisting a braided ponytail into a low bun for a fun play on the signature wedding updo. Or, try tucking wildflowers along a braided half-up, half-down style—the buds add intrigue, while bringing a little something extra to the simple look. If you're interested in going all out, though, test out milkmaid (like this pretty option!) or waterfall braids, both of which put the style on full display. To discover which braided wedding hairstyle is right for you, feel free to play around during your wedding hair trial—using one of the following plaits as your guide.
Straight Out of a Fairy Tale
Brides planning romantic weddings will adore the loose and effortless braids in this updo by Tatiana Irving of Braid Studio. To achieve the look, ask your stylist to pull out wavy strands on both sides of your face for a purposely-messy (but sexy!) look.
To recreate this beach-appropriate 'do, ask your hairstylist to create two braids—one on each side of your head—and then wrap them around so that they overlap.
To the Side
Adding a few braids to the lower section of your hairstyle is a subtle way to incorporate this trend into your bridal beauty look. Insert a few fresh florals for a bit of romance.
Reverse French Braid
As far as braided styles go, the reverse French (it requires plaiting hair over, not under each strand) is by far the most bohemian.
Ground a curly, romantic bun with a braid that keeps everything in place.
This windswept style by Serene Beauty Artistry illustrates how dreamy a looser iteration can be, especially when paired with a messy (but polished!) bun.
Looking for a way to help your long locks stay put for your updo? Braid the hair first (it keeps strands compact!), before twisting it around the nape of your neck.
Down the Center
Modern brides, put this down-the-middle braid on your radar. The style adds contemporary flair to even the most classic of wedding dresses.
The secret to preventing a milk maid braid from looking to "done" is pulling out a few strands to frame your face.
Fishtail Milk Maid
Or, put a contemporary spin on the classic look by opting for fishtail—not French—braids.
Show double the love for braided hairstyles by stacking instead of overlapping two sections. It looks twice as nice!
As simple as this Lillian Fogel crisscross style is, it photographs fairly intricately.
Only brides with thicker hair can pull off braids with this few plaits. To achieve this style, your hairstylist will need to pull apart each section after braiding your hair fully, just like Lara Navarrini did for this bride-to-be.
Notice how this bride's mid-crown braid follows the wave of her romantic updo, which was arranged by Lindsey Proctor.
The biggest advantage to wearing your hair in a crown-to-ends side braid, like this one by Beauty Therapy Hair Studio? The style will show up in all of your wedding photos—as opposed to a down-the-middle braid, which would be hidden behind your head.
Curly-haired brides, snake a single reverse French braid around the underside of your hairstyle to keep strands from blocking the statement-making details on the back of your wedding dress.
Braids aren't necessarily difficult to execute. This bride brought this look together herself by pulling her mane into a low braided updo and adding a colorful headpiece made of fresh flowers and small gold chains.