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20 Beautiful Bridal Updos – Romantic Wedding Hair for 2013 Brides

We have been pinning away on the Pinterest account for a couple of weeks now, and only yesterday we realised how many stunning bridal hair photos we had in our wedding hair styles folder! So, for those of you who haven’t succumbed to the inspiration boards already, we thought we’d share some of our findings here!

The Classic Updo

The updo will always be a wedding classic, and is perfect for displaying a beautiful headpiece, tiara/headband or even a wedding veil, depending on the style/height of the hair. Make sure to bring your hair accessories along with you for your hair trial, so that your wedding hair stylist knows what he/she will be working with on the morning. Also remember that sometimes what we see in the mirror can be somewhat distorted, so take some photos from a couple of angles and pop some make-up on so that you can get a good idea of how the style will look on you and in photos.

By Karen Birney

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via Belle The Magazine | LeBoheme on

These two ‘messy updos’ are great examples of semi formal hair dos. They will look beautiful on boho brides who don’t like feeling too constrained or restricted but still want something ‘bridal’ and different for their big day.

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Photo by carterandcookeventco via | Photo by Adam & Alli

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Top row: Left – Photo by Julie Cummins, hair by Ruth O’Neill | Right – via Olga Esson Pinterest |
Bottom row: Left – | Right – via Pinterest

The Top Knot, the Side Bun and Hair Accessories

The top knot (above right) has been a big beauty trend all year, both on the catwalks and on the aisle (in fact we loved the look so much we dedicated a whole blog post to it! Brides on Trend – The Top Knot) This look is perfect for hanging a long veil below, or for sporting a particularly beautiful bridal headband such as a hair vine from Rangoli. The side bun (below right) is a more casual, romantic take on the bun and provides a nice frame for brides who perhaps aren’t used to wearing their hair off their face and fear feeling a bit exposed with a tradional updo. This look will go perfectly with one of Stacey Hannan’s hair combs, or these striking twisting star flowers from Cel Design Jewellery.

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Photo by Heidi Ryder Photography | via

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Bottom row: Right – Hair by Sian Sharkey | Left – Hair by The Powder Room Girls

Sian Sharkey‘s gorgeous blonde bride (bottom left) needed a style to support a full veil, and we love this romantic look Sian did for her on the big day – the side swept fringe sat gracefully with a neat up do and complemented both the bride’s style and hair colour perfectly. The more unusual but equally romantic hair style by The Powder Room Girls (bottom right) is one of our favourite formal dos as it also shows great movement and femininity in a hair style.

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Top row: Left – Hair by Upstyle Junkie | Right – Hair by Upstyle Junkie |
Bottom row: Left – via Note to Sarah Tumblr | Right – Elie Saab via Elle

This style by Upstyle Junkie (top left) is a fabulously modern updo, for brides who want to look trendy without worrying if their style will age too much. The soft but structured look is balanced perfectly with a more fun element in the braid. If it’s not for you, it’s definitely a look to try on your bridesmaids!

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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  1. Avatar lea says:

    hey, thanks for this great post! Can you actually tell us where the photo in the article header is from? I’ve seen that image in several places and would love to get a better look at that updo.. it’s actually my favorite on the page!

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