Glamorous and Stunning Wedding Hairstyles

To help you envision the right hairdo for your big day, we’ve rounded up 15 gorgeous wedding hairstyles that are eye-catching, modern, and downright dreamy.

By The Zola Team

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Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. After all, you’ll be the center of possibly hundreds of guests’ attention, and you’ll likely pose for more photos on your big day than on any other day of your life. Your hairstyle is just one element of your wedding day style, but it can help pull it all together to achieve the desired overall look. To help you envision the right hairdo for your big day, we have rounded up 15 gorgeous wedding hairstyles that are eye-catching, modern, and downright dreamy. Save your favorite glamorous styles and share them with your hairstylist to make your wedding day beauty dreams come true.

Glamorous Wedding Hairstyles With a Veil

The veil can take a wedding day hairstyle from ordinary to extraordinary. Soft, loose curls or a simple bun become wedding-day-worthy with the addition of a veil. See how these wedding veil styles, in particular, add a glamorous touch, and never second guess the power of tulle again.

Juliet Cap Veil

Inspired by one of the greatest love stories of all time, the Juliet cap veil is both romantic and stunning. The style can feature embroidery, such as lace, or embellishments, such as rhinestones, so you can select the right version to match your gown. For the most eye-catching effect, wear your hair down or in a low updo and add this veil. It will take your wedding day hairstyle from simple and understated to romantic and glamorous instantly.

Cathedral Veil

A cathedral veil is the epitome of glamour; it’s built for the extravagant halls of a cathedral after all. The length extends beyond the length of the dress’s train to grant you jaw-dropping gazes as you walk down the aisle. Not only can this veil turn heads, but it can also turn any hairstyle into a glamorous one. It works best with low buns, half-up/half-downs looks, or completely down styles.

Birdcage Veil

If you’re looking for an accessory to match the old Hollywood glamour of your ballroom venue or your silk-taffeta gown, look no further than a birdcage veil. However, that doesn’t mean that this is solely an accessory for the bride with a vintage flair—no way. For example, you can wear a birdcage veil to add a glamorous finish to a jumpsuit for a more modern look, or you can pull a J.Lo in “The Wedding Planner” and style it chicly with a skirt suit for a courthouse fete. While it varies in how it can be styled, this kind of veil also varies in what it is made of. When choosing a birdcage veil, you can go with a classically netted option or opt for one dotted with pearls for a trendier touch.

Lace-Trimmed Veil

A lace-trimmed veil can instantly make your wedding day hairstyle look more glamorous. Lace by your face, be it a thin, modern trim or a classic pattern, is not only beautiful in photos but also adds a stunning softness to your bridal look. It stands out best against hair worn down, as your hair provides the necessary contrast to see all the beautiful detail in the lace. If your dress is made of lace, select a lace-trimmed veil that matches its lace pattern in both color and size for a cohesive look.

Gorgeous Wedding Hairstyles With Accessories

While wedding veils are non-negotiable for many brides, they aren’t something you want to wear all night long. If a veil isn’t really your thing, or if you want to replace it post-ceremony with another eye-catching headpiece, you’re in luck. There are so many stunning wedding hair accessories that can kick your ’do up a notch. Stun your guests and your groom with one of the following sparkling additions.

Pearl Headbands

Headbands and pearls top the wedding hair accessory trend list, so incorporate them both by wearing a pearl headband, or two. We love the look of stacked headbands, but one bold pearl piece will also look modern and chic. When you combine these two wedding day hair trends you get a modern twist on a classically elegant jewel that will appeal to almost everyone.

Head Jewelry

To complement the rest of their beautiful jewelry, an Indian bride wears a maang tikka or head jewelry piece on a string that follows the line of her part. This is not only a cultural adornment but also a fashionable one. And so, it has inspired other forms of beautiful wedding day head jewelry. Similar styles look best worn with a center part. Let the jewelry do the talking and keep the rest of your bridal hair style simple by wearing it down or in a low bun.

Glamorous and Stunning Wedding Hairstyles Photo Credit // Kateigh & Ben Photography

Rhinestones on Waves

Nothing says glam more than rhinestones. These baby gems can add a glamorous finish to your wedding day look, or be the star of the show. As of late, you can incorporate floating rhinestones into your wedding hair style by simply sticking them on. Add them to waves or a slicked-back ponytail for an ultra-glam look. And, be generous—the more sparkle, the better.

Crowns

For a bride who wants to have her cake and eat it too, we can think of nothing more fitting than a crown. Be the princess you’ve always imagined that you would be (and are) on your wedding day and take this opportunity to wear the crown. Gold, silver, bejeweled, or floral, take your pick and wear it with pride. This stunning look isn’t going anywhere. In fact, bridal crowns are only getting bigger and better, but that doesn’t mean opting for a more subtle tiara is settling for less at all.

Combed Updo

Show off your best asset by tying your hair up in a ballerina bun on the top of your head, which is, in fact, a totally glamorous and romantic hairstyle. Add a floral comb to really pile on the glamour, and put a smile on. Darling, you’ve never looked better.

Glamorous Wedding Hairstyles Without Accessories

No veil, no accessory, no problem. You can still be as glam as you want to be without the use of props, even if they are really, really pretty props. Here are a few of the most stunning wedding hairstyles that don’t solicit accessories—shocking, we know.

Tucked in Updo

You can’t go wrong with a classic low updo hairstyle. This style is always glamorous and elegant, works with any style of veil or accessory, and looks beautiful from all angles. If you have long, thick hair, it keeps your hair out of your face and off of your neck so that you don’t have to worry about it ruining photos or sticking to you on a hot summer’s day.

Wrapped Ponytail

Ponytails are no longer just for the gym. Take it down the aisle by adding some volume and curls. Complete the look with a glamorous twist by wrapping hair around the ponytail and pinning it in place. You’ll be left with a secure, chic, and care-free updo that won’t fall out on the dance floor. Don’t forget to curl your hair first for the most voluminous and pony-flip inducing look.

Triple Bun Updo

For a trendy take on wedding updos, consider this fun triple bun updo hairstyle that stacks three buns on top of one another. From the front, it will look like a sophisticated ‘do, and from the back, it will look fun and flirty. Keep in mind, you’ll need a lot of hair (of your own or an extension piece) to achieve this look, but, if you can, the result will be totally glam with a twist.

Waves

Elegant, sophisticated, glamorous, stunning—the list goes on. There are far too many positive attributes associated with these soft waves to not consider them for your wedding. A soft, beachy wave works on both short hair and long hair, but looks best when finished with a vial of shine serum.

Straight and Slicked Back

The pinned-to-your-head look definitely wasn’t in when your momma was getting married, so while she may not be crazy about it, we sure are. Wear your hair straight and slick for a modern hairstyle that gives off a sophisticated vibe. It works with any kind of part as long as you capture every last wispy and tuck them safely behind your ears. This style not only highlights your beautiful face, but also any jewelry you’re wearing and the neckline of your wedding dress.

It’s easy to see that whether you decide on an extravagant veil, a sparkly new accessory, or to forgo them both, you can realize a glamorous wedding day hairstyle that is both stunning and suitable for you and your hair type, length, and color.