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32 Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair You'll Want to Copy Immediately

By Samantha Iacia

Braids, waves, and buns, oh my! These wedding hairstyles for long hair are giving us major mane envy right now.

Combing through all the different wedding hairstyles for long hair to find the perfect style for your own big day can seem like a totally endless process. We get it. When you've got long hair that seems to have a mind of its own, finding that ideal wedding hairstyle is no easy feat. There are so many wedding hairstyles for long hair to choose from—should you put it up in an elegant chignon, wear it down and flowing around your shoulders, or go for boho-chic braids? The list of wedding hairstyles for long hair seems, for lack of a better word, long. Plus, there are seemingly countless factors to consider: veil or no veil, gown style, wind speed—not to mention staying on trend. It's enough to make a bride tear her hair out. So, if you're working with your wedding hairstylist to find *the* look for your big day, we've got you covered. 

Keep your locks under control (and looking fabulous) on the big day with these wedding hairstyles for long hair.

Royal Makeup & Hair

Half-up with flowers

Perfect for a rustic or laid-back bash, this wedding hairstyle for long hair is versatile and effortless. All it takes is a curling iron, a few bobby pins, and some sprigs of baby's breath. Don't worry about this style being hair-sprayed to perfection — it's okay if it's a little messy or the curls fall throughout the night! 

Ballerina bun

A ballerina or donut bun (also called a sock bun when there's, you know, a sock used to style it) is an ideal go-to wedding hairstyle for the no-fuss bride. This 'do allows you to dance the night away without worrying about your hair coming out or getting in your face. Longer hair is preferable to achieve the perfect bun — it can be done with a circular foam bun shaper, but your wedding hairstylist probably has their own bag of tricks to make it last! An added bonus of this glamorous 'do? It'll make you look a few inches taller, so feel free to ditch the heels.

Bows and Arrows Hair

Tucked-under braid

A fluffed-up french braid is a très chic hairstyle for long hair. Tuck the end of the braid underneath to create an easy wedding hairstyle that stays off your shoulders and neck.  

Tyler Jones Photography

Embellished bow

Bows are just one of the bridal hair accessories we're loving right now. This sweet accent gets a grown-up twist when you pair it with a flawless chignon bun — choose a style in white for ultimate bridal vibes, or opt for a black velvet bow for a hint of edgy romance. 


Half-up twist

Since they're universally flattering and give you the best of both worlds (showing off your hair while also keeping it out of the way), half-up styles are some of the most popular wedding hairstyles for long hair. This style is actually not as complicated as it looks: all your wedding hairstylist has to do is create a half-up ponytail and flip it inside out. Loose curls will give your locks some added texture and volume. 

Tousled Andrea Lozano

Knotted ponytail

A knotted ponytail is one of our favorite wedding hairstyles if you're having a beach or outdoor wedding. This unique updo is a twist on the typical braid and is stunning with or without floral accents. Plus, it's a great way to show off your wedding dress if you're wearing a gown with a statement back.  


Floral clip

Highlight your face (and show off that bridal makeup) by pulling loose waves to one side with a statement floral clip. A gold and white barrette pops against darker tresses. 

Bliss Salon & Spa

Formal chignon

Straightened or relaxed hair is perfect for creating an elegant chignon. This wedding hairstyle for long hair is timeless and sophisticated, making it an ideal choice for a formal venue, such as a country club, ballroom, or historic estate. All you'll need is a pair of pearl wedding earrings to complete the look. 


Brushed-out waves

For a 'do that's classically feminine, opt for soft, retro-inspired waves. The best part about this wedding hairstyle is that it instantly pulls your look together and the curls can be done with hot rollers — leave them in to set for a few hours while you eat and get your makeup done. Your hairstylist can use a curling iron for any last-minute touchups. 

Hair by Lexi Lee

Loose braid with flowers

Go boho-chic by wearing your hair in a messy, undone braid. A halo of greenery and spray roses adds an ethereal touch and looks gorgeous in photos. 

Brit Jaye Photography

Braided updo

Talk about an elaborate updo! This intricate wedding hairstyle is perfect for brides with long locks. A style that involves curls, twists, and a whole lot of bobby pins (if we're keeping it real) is sure to turn heads on the big day. If you're getting married during the summer (BTW, here are our must-know summer wedding hair tips), this is a great way to keep long hair off your back and out of your face on an especially hot day.

Frantzeska Makeup & Hair

Sleek & straight

Here's proof that not all wedding hairstyles for long hair have to involve curls. For the bride who wants to keep her look simple and modern, smoothed-out strands are a polished option. A center part accessorized with a thick headband is fashion-forward and undeniably cool.

Alysha Rainwaters Photography

Braided topknot

For a romantic spin on the traditional wedding updo, opt for a high bun embellished with a braided crown and a headpiece of fresh flowers and greenery. This wedding hairstyle is ideal for brides who are worried about wind, the dance floor, or other elements damaging their look — an updo like this has major staying power.

Brianna B Adams

Low ponytail

A basic ponytail becomes a stylish wedding hairstyle when worn low and tousled. Cover the hair tie and leave a few strands loose around your face for an effortless, practical result.  

Simply Blue

Half-up half-down

Curly locks styled into a partial updo are the perfect look for an outdoor celebration. With just enough hair pulled back, you won't have to worry about hair blowing into your face in wedding photos, and you can still show off a stunning back design on your gown. The braid is great for attaching a veil or decorative comb, but it also just looks pretty! 

Kata Baron

Natural texture

If you've got it, flaunt it! Embrace your natural hair texture on your wedding day and let your strands do their thing — a side part shows off your curls or ringlets while framing your face. 

Tropical Occasions

Flower crown

Flower crowns were made for hairstyles for long hair, especially when it comes to beach weddings. Replicate this island-inspired style by pairing loose waves with a crown of orchids and a sun-kissed glow. 

Nancy Vestal Bridal Hair

Side-swept braided bun

Pink and red blooms are the finishing touch for a braided side updo. Paired with rose gold earrings, it would be a stunning choice if you're wearing a tulle ball gown or planning a romantic garden wedding

Hair by Kara Burnell


Where are our daring brides? Pile your curls on top of your head in a mohawk-inspired updo for a totally unexpected, non-traditional look. Add statement jewelry and a fabulous smokey eye, and you'll be ready to steal the show!

Soreya Hair | Make-up Artist

Symmetrical waves

If you have hair that responds well to a curler, we recommend a romantic wavy 'do like this one. You can't go wrong with perfectly symmetrical waves — this is one of the best wedding hairstyles for long hair if you're getting married indoors, where weather will be less of a factor and won't run the risk of ruining the curl pattern.   

Glamology Beauty Lounge

Fishtail braid

Channel your inner Disney princess and rock an Elsa-inspired fishtail braid that keeps your hair under control on the big day. It's a dreamy choice for all types of venues and seasons, whether you're having a rustic summer barn wedding or hosting a winter wonderland-themed celebration

Chloe Luka Photography

Side ponytail

This couldn't be a more perfect wedding hairstyle for brides with long hair. A curly, side-swept style like this is versatile and oh-so-romantic. We recommend pairing it with a fitted lace gown and beaded hair brooch to really play up the vintage vibe. 

Beachy waves

Take a chilled-out approach to your bridal 'do by rocking beachy, surfer-inspired waves created using a straightener or curling wand. The more uneven the waves, the better — this wedding hairstyle for long hair is all about achieving an "I woke up like this" effect, so leave the ends of your hair straight and piece-y. 

Frantzeska Makeup & Hair


Pull your hair into a low ponytail to keep it off your face and shoulders. A minimalistic circle barrette adds understated flair. 

Jaded Beauty

Half-up bouffant

Hello, bombshell. A voluminous half-up bouffant style is both playful and sext. For retro vibes, complete your bridal look with a cat eye and red lipstick, or wear barely-there makeup for something more demure. Take this wedding hairstyle to the next level by adding clip-in extensions for even more length and bounce. 

Bows and Arrows Hair

Messy braid

Weave sprigs of fresh lavender into a messy braid for a two-in-one wedding hairstyle: a look that has "garden goddess" written all over it and also smells amazing! 

Pure & Couture Salon

Braided chignon bun

This intricate braided chignon bun is a stunning alternative to a simple updo. It's one of our favorite wedding hairstyles for long hair if you're getting married at a traditional venue (like a house of worship) or having a classic wedding theme

The Wildflowers

Bridal hat

A bridal hat should be at the top of your list if you're looking for unique wedding hairstyles for long hair. This old school wedding accessory is coming back into style, and it's a super easy way to change up your look throughout the day. Pick a hat that feels appropriate for your wedding venue and aesthetic: a floppy straw hat is great for a vineyard wedding, while a structured suede fedora is a trendy option for industrial spaces.

Dreamcatcher Artistry

Deep side part

Gather your hair to one side and finish the look with a deep side part and sparkly barrette. This wedding hairstyle is a simple way to show off your collarbone and shoulders without having your hair in a full updo. 

Hair by Kara Burnell

Braid crown

A braid crown is a go-to wedding hairstyle for extra-long tresses and is especially great for a summertime wedding.   

Wrenwood Design

Micro braids

Add texture with large, bouncy curls and finish the style with two super tiny braids or twists.  

Styles on B

Front pulled back

Need to keep bangs or face-framing layers out of the way? Clip your hair back on the top of your head, then leave the rest of your locks down and loosely curled. The end result will frame your face beautifully. 

Samantha Iacia

Samantha is a Washington, D.C.-based wedding writer with a soft spot for pale pink English roses and...

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