37 Pretty Wedding Hairstyles for Brides with Long Hair
If you're a bride-to-be with long hair, you're in luck: There's no shortage of wedding-worthy hairstyles for women with Rapunzel-like tresses since long hair makes it easier to twist, twirl, braid, and tuck in ways that brides with short haircuts can't always accomplish. Whether you want to wear a classic updo, a fishtail braid, or a half-up, half-down look, longer locks complement nearly any bridal style. Another great option? Wear your hair down in its natural state, allowing it to cascade over your shoulders and trail down your back.
To help you find your ultimate wedding hairstyle for your long locks, we rounded up some of our favorite looks on long-haired brides. At a complete loss for what you want? First, narrow down the options by considering a few important factors: the weather (humidity is incredibly important), the setting (you might want to go with an updo on a windy beach), the formality (perhaps you opt for an elegant chignon if it's a traditional black-tie affair), and the style and cut of your dress. Then of course, it's all about how you want to look. Some brides choose a wedding hairstyle that mimics their everyday look, while others amp it up, add in extensions to fill it out, and go for a totally glam style.
Jason Sparks of the Jason Matthew Salon transformed this bride's long blond locks into a dreamy hairstyle that showcased bouncy, romantic curls down her back, but kept her hair out of her face courtesy of an intricate braid. When it was time to dance, the half-up, half-down 'do shifted to a low bun. But that's not all we found. Click through to see more hairstyles every long-haired bride should put on her radar.
On a day where you "tie the knot" why not do the same in your hair? Ella Butler entwined two small sections of hair into a relaxed knot.
A High Ponytail
If you have long, voluminous curls, think about pulling them into a high ponytail and showing them off.
A Romantic Updo
Modern Salon and Spa made sure this updo really wowed. Long hair comes in handy if you favor a look like this, because your stylist is able to achieve a full and voluminous look with ease.
A Fancy Fishtail
Wedding Hair by Jillian Rae wove these golden tresses into a fishtail braid down the back. It almost blends in with the long loose waves but adds a little something special to the casual hairstyle.
When you're tying the knot somewhere hot (this bride was married in Jamaica!), humidity is a key factor to consider. This bride chose an updo with a thick braided crown, which held up well in the heat and could be further upgraded by Isha Kamara and Nyja Chambers, who wove gold string throughout to add an elegant, metallic touch.
On the Side
If you're skipping a veil, you have even more freedom to have a little fun with your wedding hairstyle. About Faces Day Spa & Salon curled and pinned this bride's hair to the side, which framed her face and showcased the wedding dress's stunning back.
Simple can be quite chic. Take this ponytail for example. Calvyn Cass of Brush Salon put the bride's straight hair in a low ponytail and wrapped her locks around it for a sleek finish.
Simple and Timeless
You can never go wrong with a center part and a low, full bun. The longer your hair, the more volume you can achieve.
Let Your Hair Down
When choosing your hairstyle, consider what your wedding dress looks like. Long locks with a bit of body and shape, which were styled by Ali Ryan for the Dry House Nashville, beautifully balanced the ornate lace of this bride's gown.
For a Gilded Age-inspired wedding, a glamorous hairstyle is pretty much a requirement. This bride wore loose finger waves styled by Team Hair & Makeup, which channeled the era in a way that didn't feel like a costume.
Half-Up, Entirely Chic
A Timeless Updo
Ashe Franke gathered this bride's hair into a loose and low updo, keeping a few pieces out in the front to frame her face. A classic, timeless look like this never goes out of style.
Add a little glam to a garden setting with a side-part and soft curls. Hannah Wagner Design kept this bride's long hair off her face with a brooch placed right over her ear.
Made in the Braid
If you're the type of woman who always wears one hairstyle in your day-to-day life, keep it consistent on the wedding day. For this bride, that meant wearing an upgraded version of her everyday look: a braid. Sge tapped Adrienne Aereboe to create the casual wedding hairstyle.
Claudia Mejerle twisted and tucked the front pieces of this bride's long hair and added a soft, romantic wave to the ends. With a style like this, you can show off a pair of dazzling earrings with ease.
Lush and Natural
If you want a little body but nothing too "done," consider a hairstyle like this one by Sherilyn Beauty.
Grace Kelly Style
Though the bride bucked tradition and wore a pink dress, she kept it classic for her wedding hairstyle, citing Grace Kelly as the inspiration. 10.11 Makeup fashioned her hair into a slightly sculptural updo we can't get enough of.
If you're opting to keep your long hair down, curl the sections by your face away so your eyes can be front-and-center.
Want to keep your hair casual but elevated? Take a cue from this bride, whose locks were given a subtle wave by Bella Skin and Body Boutique.
Flowers and Braids
There's a subtle princess vibe to this hairstyle by Fairest of All and we love it for that. A thick braid across the back of the head (perfect to tuck a few fresh blooms into) frames a cascade of long curls.
A Wavy Updo
A one-shoulder dress can often be modern in style, and you can go that route or counterbalance it with something soft and traditional. Salon on Main L.A. styled this updo that was sophisticated but a little undone with volume and fullness throughout.
A Braided Updo
Add a little texture and structure to a loose updo with a braid that starts towards the top of your head.
A Total Twist
For a chic, structured look, Katie Brooke Callahan pulled the bride's hair back into this sleek twist. A style like this would stay put all day and all night, no matter if it were windy or you got crazy on the dance floor.
A Beautiful Updo
The twists and turns in this loose, slightly-undone updo by Emily Artistry are amazing. A style like this will have your long hair up and out of the way while also drawing the eye up. It's a great option if the back of your dress is on the simpler side.
This bride did her own hair for her wedding, wearing her long blonde locks down and natural. If you're getting hitched in a laid-back setting and have beautiful hair like hers, this could be the style for you.
A Simple Bun
Sometimes a simple hairstyle, like a classic bun (this one was courtesy of Hair by Mila), can be all you need to complete your look. This low, twisted knot showed off the beautiful back and off-the-shoulder straps on this bride's dress.
A Long, Wavy Ponytail
A low ponytail with some waves works with so many dress styles and locations. If you want your hair pulled back but not entirely up, consider something similar to what Lucas Shaffer did here.
A Ponytail to the Side
Hair extensions aren't just for adding length. Katelyn Galloway used hair extensions to achieve fullness in this side-swept fishtail braid, but the bride's long locks gave it length.
Ask your hairstylist to curl your long hair and weave a few pieces together to make a partial updo like this one by Beauty & the Blush.
Swept to the Side
This bride's look proves you can wear your hair down on your wedding day. There's something very elegant about her side-swept bangs and long waves (created by The Moore Agency), which make an excellent frame for a ballerina veil.
Straight and Simple
Simple can be stunning, and this blowout proves it. A hairstyle like this looks great with a long veil.
A Timeless Chignon
Consider wrapping your long hair into an elegant, feminine, and classic bun. Then get ready to hug your husband without anything getting in the way.
This bride's cascading waves pinned to the side in a loose updo was simply lovely and elegant. It was a little retro but still fresh.
Long hair kept in loose waves (these tresses were shaped by Francine Berkowitz of John Sahag) can create a beautiful base for head jewelry, such as this maang tikka.