15 Winter Wedding Hairstyle Ideas to Try

Whether your style is more romantic boho or Hollywood glam, there are plenty of cold-weather-inspired looks to consider for a winter affair.

By Ruksana Hussain

Winter Wedding Hairstyles to Try
Photo by Amy Allen Photography

The First Look ✨

  • Work with your natural texture by incorporating romantic accents and adornments—such as pearl pins, dried florals, and dramatic headpieces—to suit your specific style.
  • Braids are your best friend, whether it be a half-up-do, fishtail pony, or knotted style.
  • Consider a retro style for more formal gatherings, such as dramatic barrel curls or a 1920s bob with finger waves.
  • Classic looks such as undone updos, low buns, and dramatic twists are not only seasonless, but work well with a variety of hair types.

Below are 12 of our favorite picks for winter-inspired hairstyles that are more than worthy of your big day:

1. Natural Texture with Romantic Accents

Working with your natural texture and incorporating ethereal elements such as dried or gold-adorned flowers is a great way to capture the romantic feeling of the winter season. These easygoing, unkempt styles generally work best with kinky curls or thicker hair with a natural wave. However, a few decorative pins are an easy way to add visual interest.

Photo credit: Latest Hairstyles

2. Braided Pony

If you like your hair up and out of the way, braids are a simple way to dress up a ponytail without feeling too stuffy. For those with long, thick hair, a high pony with a single, textured braid is an easy way to create a stunning, ethereal look. If you have less hair to work with, face-framing braids, twists, and fishtail styles are a few ways to add some volume.

Photo credit: StayGlam

3. Side-Swept, Barrel Curls

For a glamorous, old Hollywood feel, few styles beat the classic appeal of large barrel waves. Consider using a retro pin to keep your hair out of your face and sweep your curls off to the side for some extra oomph. This style not only fits the mood of more formal gatherings, but also works well with a range of hair types.

Photo credit: Byrdie

4. Half-Up Braids

Nothing says “winter is coming” like channeling Khaleesi and rocking a braided, half-up style with messy waves. For something slightly more formal, consider creating more defined curls. Tighter braids are an easy way to make them look more elegant and traditional, while undone, messy styles are great for a more casual, whimsical look.

Photo credit: Make Life Lovely

5. Undone Updo

The messy updo lends itself extremely well to the romantic ambiance of winter weddings. This style is a great opportunity to work with your natural texture, whether it be tight curls, loose waves, or pin straight. Consider adding a flower crown or some jeweled pins to help the style fit your special day.

Photo credit: Pippa

6. Low, Tight Bun

Another alternative to a more traditional wedding updo, a low, slicked-back bun works well with almost any dress or theme. Keep it tight and sleek for a black-tie affair or consider pulling out a few face-framing pieces to soften the look. You can also pin it back with a couple of pearl pins for an added touch of elegance.

Photo credit: StyleCraze

7. High, Curly Updo

Think of it as a fancy alternative to the much-loved top knot. For those with a lot of natural curl and texture, roll with the undone look by pinning pieces high on your head. Those with slightly straighter hair can use twists and barrel curls for a contemporary take on the classic, ballerina-style bun. The higher and more voluminous, the better.

Photo credit: Naturally Curly

8. Retro Bob with Birdcage Veil

Who says weddings call for long hair? Throw it back to the roaring 20s with a blunt bob and fun, birdcage veil. Keep it sleek and straight with heavy bangs or make an ode to the Jazz Age with some classic finger waves. This style works particularly well in the winter with fur coats, velvets, and other rich textures that complement the vintage look.

Photo credit: Southern Living

9. Dramatic Headpiece

If you want to make a statement without worrying too much about your actual hairstyle, consider opting for a glamorous headpiece, such as a jeweled headband or gold, celestial-inspired crown. Consider a vintage headdress for a timeless look or opt for something fun with feathers for a more boho-glam style.

Photo credit: Weddings in Houston

10. Elegant Twist

If braids aren’t really your vibe, an elegant, twisted updo is a great alternative that has the same romantic feel. From French rolls and low buns to chunky, urban styles, twists can be accomplished with nearly every hair texture and thickness, giving them the flexibility to suit your specific style.

Photo credit: Love Hairstyles

11. Large, Knotted Braid

If you’re working with lots of hair, consider pulling it back into a single, knotted braid in lieu of a low, messy updo or half-up style. Not only is a large braid more modern, but it provides an effortless, romantic vibe that makes a traditional bridal look feel a little more casual.

Photo credit: Missy Sue

12. Jeweled Pins and Adornments

Pearls, golden adornments, and deep-colored jewels all work especially well in the winter season, particularly for more formal affairs. Velvet also makes a great accent, particularly for sleek ponytails and more traditional updos. Constellations, faux flowers, and gold leaves are all a few popular picks.

Photo credit: Amazon

13. Braided Bun

A popular bridal hairstyle and one that’s just as easy as it is stylish is a braided bun. Simply gather hair to the back or top and braid it into a bun. You can even do a side braid if you are feeling adventurous. No matter the texture of your hair, this is a style that suits many. Add to it that this is a non-nonsense, worry-free style and you have a winner. Easily hold your bun in place with hairspray or styling gel and you are all set. Decorate it with beads for an elegant style or simply leave it as is for a chic do.

Photo credit: Latest Hairstyles

14. French Twist

For a timeless updo you can wear neat or tousled, look no further than a French twist. Easily a style that will last all day, this is a great option for short to medium hair lengths. Look effortlessly chic in minutes without the feeling that your hair will come unraveled at any time. The bun sits at a comfortable length, or you can even wear it as a high bun. Add a gorgeous headpiece or an intricate veil if you’d like to take it up a notch. Photo credit: The Right Hairstyles

15. Chignon with Crystals

To keep all your hair away from the face but feel elevated to a bridal updo, a chignon is the perfect solution. You can wear it relaxed and messy or polished and neat, and anywhere in between. Decorate with crystals using a headpiece, tiara, or other decorative ornaments to accentuate the style and show off your coveted tresses and wedding dress.

Photo credit: Love Hairstyles

From classy pearls to fur coats and red lips, there are few things as romantic and glamorous as a winter wedding. Whether you choose to play with your natural texture or rock an Art Deco headpiece, there are lots of options for hairstyles that can suit both the season and your personal style.

P.S. Looking for hair tips for men? We’ve got you – head here!

Find Your Wedding Vendors at Zola, All Pre-Screened for You

Find even more wedding ideas, inspo, tips, and tricks

We’ve got wedding planning advice on everything from save the dates to wedding cakes.